Alpamayo circuit

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Timing: 12 or 13 days

Grade: Medium / Hard

The Cordillera Blanca must provide one of the most varied landscapes for trekking and climbing in the world. There are more than 50 peaks of 5700m of higher, including the highest mountain in Perú Huascarán at 6768m and also the beautiful pyramid of Alpamayo which has been voted the most beautiful mountain the world. There are blue lakes, high passes, glaciers, awesome vertical walls and spectacular campsites. Our trek passes by all these features.

PROGRAM FOR THE FULL CIRCUIT:

Day 1: Drive 5 hours to Hualcayan 2900m. On the way we have visits to Yungay where there is a memorial to the thousands of people killed in the 1970 earthquake, and then the colorful local market at Caraz.

Day 2: Climb steadily in a zig zag path from Hualcayan to Wishcash 4300m.4 to 5 hours hiking

Day 3: Continue upwards to the spectacular lake Laguna Cullicocha 4850m, then cross the first pass Paso Osoruri 4750m. A long descent to camp at Ruinapampa 3800m. 8 hours.

Day 4: An easy day, walking gently up valley to Cruze Alpmamayo camp 4150m. 3 to 4 hours

Day 5: Extra night at Cruze Alpamayo Camp to appreciate the stunning views of Alpamayo. Visit Laguna Jancarurish or Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m).

Day 6: Climb to the often windy pass Cara Cara 4830m from where we have more fantastic views of Alpamayo and the lakes, then traverse to another pass Mesapata 4500m and before descending to camp at Lake Safuna 4200m 7 hours.

Day 7: From Safuna to another pass Paso Pucajirca 4600m and camp in the open grassy valley of Jancapampa 3600m 7 hours. There are a lot of farming families living in the valley and we meet many curious local children

Day 8: We pass by many adobe farm houses, sheep, cattle and horses while climbing up to the pass Pass Tupatupa 4400m and descend to camp beside the small lake Laguna Huecrococha (3950m). 7 hours

Day 9: Pass Alto de Pucaraju 4650m from where we have breathtaking views of the mountain Taulliraju, then a steep descent to camp in a lovely quiet valley at Tuctubamba (4250m). 7 hours

Day 10: We enjoy our spectacular mountain surroundings by spending an extra night at Tuctubamba camp. We can take a day hike joining onto the famous Santa Cruz trail and climbing to the pass Punta Union 4750m from where we have grand views of the Santa Cruz Valley, or take a rest day and enjoy the sun at camp.

Day 11: At first we walk easily down the Huaripampa Valley passing through farming settlements and villages to Colcabamba. We then climb gently to camp by a stream at Molino Pampa in the Quebrada Keshu 3600m. 6 to 7 hours.

Day 12: A short day where we climb steadily upwards to a high campsite on a plateau perched on the mountainside called Avalanche Campsite at 4650m. 4 hours. Spend the afternoon watching avalanches crash down from the glacier on the opposite side of the valley

Day 13: A climb of around 2 hours to the high and narrow pass of Punta Yanayacu (4850m) where we have close views of the glaciers on Nevado Contrahierbas and the massive peaks of Chopicalqui and Huascarán. Then descend to Quebrada Ulta where our van will be waiting to return us to Huaraz

*FOR THE 12 DAY TREK, WE DELETE ONE OF THE REST DAYS

Santa cruz – Llanganuco trek

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Timing: 4 or 5 days

Grade: Medium

A popular shorter trek in the Cordillera Blanca. Its popularity is due to the spectacular mountain views, crystal blue lakes and the challenging pass Punta Union at altitude 4750m. An amazing variety of scenery in only 4 or 5 days and an achievable high mountain trek for any people with a love of the outdoors & reasonable fitness level.

This is a great trek to combine with the a 4 or 5 day trek to Machu Picchu for those people who would like to see a wide variety of scenery in the Peruvian Andes with only limited vacation time . It is also an excellent trek to acclimatize for climbing.

Day 1: Drive Huaraz to Cashapampa & Hike to Llamacorral

Drive to Cashapampa 2800m 3 hours. Hike continuously upwards through the Santa Cruz river canyon to camp at Llamacorral 3750m 5 hours.

Day 2: Llamacorral to Taullipampa

An easier day hiking in a wide, open valley to Taullipampa 4250m. 4 hours.

Day 3 (or 4): Punta Union Pass to Paria

Climb steadily up for 2 to 3 hours to the pass Punta Union 4750m then descend to camp in a secluded valley away from the main trail at Paria 3850m. 7 hours.

Day 4 (or 5): To Vaqueria – Llanganuco & Return to Huara

Follow easily down the valley Quebrada Huaripampa passing through farming settlements and villages, and then a short climb to the road end at Vaqueria 4 to 5 hours walk. Our private van will take us over the pass Portachuelo 4767m, passing the famous Llangunuco Lakes and then to return to Huaraz.

Alpamayo base camp

terTiming: Options from 8 to 10 days

Grade: From Moderate (10 days) to Hard (8 days)

This trek offers the most spectacular mountain scenery and lakes on the Alpamayo Base Camp Circuit, but is a condensed version of our classic 12 to 13 day complete Alpamayo Circuit trek. The trek features views of the stunning pyramid shaped Alpamayo, once voted to be the most beautiful mountain in the world and then the crystal blue lake Cullicocha nestled at the base of Santa Cruz Mountain.

The description here is for the gentler 10 day option, but the trek can be condensed down to 9 or even 8 days for fit people who are very well acclimatized. Please contact us to discuss which option may be best for you. We can advise after considering your level of fitness & previous trekking experience.

Day 1: Drive from Huaraz past Llanganuco Lakes and over the Pass Portachuelo 4750m to Vaqueria (3600m) 3 ½ hours drive. From Vaqueria we have a relaxing trek about 4 hours on a gradually rising path to a secluded campsite in the Paria Valley 3800m.

Day 2: Two hours hike further up the valley to camp at Tuctubamba 3950m. We can make a side trip on the way and climb up to the top of the pass Punta Union 4750m to have fantastic views down into the Santa Cruz Valley. 3 to 4 hours extra.

Day 3: We climb steeply on a rocky trail to the top of the pass Alto de Pacaraju 4650m from where there are magnificent views of many snow covered peaks. We then have a long descent down through lupine covered hillside to camp at a small lake Laguna Huecrococha. 3950m. 7 hours

Day 4: We climb to another pass Tupatupa 4400m & descend to camp at the top of a wide valley at Jancapampa (3600m). Directly behind camp we have views of a huge hanging glacier. 7 to 8 hours.

Day 5: A long gradual climb up a forested valley and past the lake Laguna Sactaycocha, then we climb steeply to the top of the rocky Pass Paso Pucajirca 4600m. Descend to camp at Safuna in the Quebrada Tayapmapa. 4200m. A long day 7 to 8 hours

Day 6: We cross two passes today. The first pass is a gradual ascent to the low pass of Mesapata 4500m, then we cross the sometimes windy pass Cara Cara (4830m) from where we have our first great views of the pyramid shaped Alpamayo. We camp below the majestic Alpamayo at the camp named Cruze Alpamayo 4150m. 7 hours

Day 7: We stay another night at Cruze Alpamayo Camp. Climb up the moraine to the lake Laguna Jancarurish for close up views of Alpamayo or continue upwards towards Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m). 5 to 6 hours return. Or REST DAY.

Day 8: Tomorrow is a hard day. We make it easier on ourselves in the 10 day trek option by today hiking down the valley to a secluded campsite away from the main trail named Plataforma de Valle Dos Cedros (4200m) 3 hours hiking. In the afternoon relax & enjoy the mountain views in preparation for tomorrows hike.

Day 9: A hard day with two high passes to ascend. We have a long climb to the pass Paso Osoruri 4750m. We then descend and climb again to a second pass Paso Cullicocha 4850m from where there are fabulous views of the magnificent mountain Santa Cruz. Descend to camp at the crystal blue high lake Laguna Cullicocha (4650m). 6 to 7 hours

Day 10: Downhill all the way today. We descend on a long zig zag track to the village of Hualcayan 2900m. About 5 or 6 hours. Our van will be waiting for us at Hualcayan to drive us about 4 hours back to Huaraz

ALPAMAYO 5,952 Mt.

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DIFFICULTY: AD+ very hard- technical

DURATION: 6- 7 Days

RECOMENDED TIME: From May 15th  to September 15th

LOCATION: Cordillera Blanca

AVARAGE TEMPERATURE: During the day between 14° C  to 23° C

During the night between -10°C  and on the top  -18°C

Alpamayo is an amazing pyramid of ice and snow flutings, once voted to be the most beautiful mountain in the world. The climb to the summit is steep & technical, and is suitable for experienced climbers only. We advise warm-up climbs on one or two peaks beforehand. The beautiful wall of Alpamayo is about 60 degrees with a steeper last part – about 70-80 degrees.

In the itinerary there is one extra day in case of bad weather or the need to acclimatize more.

ITENERARY

DAY 01: HUARAZ 3100M – CASHAPAMPA 2900 M – LLAMACORRAL 3760M.

After the breakfast in the hotel we will aboard in our private bus to go along the Callejón de Huaylas in the north side of Huaraz. passing the different districts such as: Carhuas 2650m, Yungay 2500m, after this city, we will get the Caraz city 2250m, then we will continue our travel to get the last Distrit Cashapampa arriving around 10:00am , where the Donkey Driver will be waiting for us to carry our luggage with the donkies , from here we will start hiking up, after walking 2 hours half we will have lunch, then we will continue hiking up, after hiking up for 5 or 6 hours we will get the first camp which is called “Llamacorral 3760m”

DAY 02: LLAMACORRAL – BASE CAMP ARHUAYCOCHA 4250M.

This day we will hike along the valley enjoying amazing landscapes and variety geographical features including the beautiful turquoise lakes called Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha,  following our ways will continue  climbing up to the Alpamayo Base Camp 4250m, Once we have arrived here we’ll set up our campsite and check our climbing gears for the next day,

DAY 03: BASE CAMP 4250M – ALPAMAYO’S MORAINE CAMP 4900M.

After the breakfast we will start climbing up for about 3 hours rocky path and get the Moraine camp located at 4900m. where you are going to enjoy from splendor views of the mountains such as Artesonraju, Paria, Pucajirca and others

DAY 04: ALPAMAYO’S MORAINE CAMP – CAMP I  5550M

After breakfast, we will climb the glacier for about 4 hours and a half, where we will put our climbing equipments to continue climbing, then we will get the camp 1 and will have dinner later afternoon and rest, overnight camping at 5550 M.

DAY 05: CAMP 1- ALPAMAYO’s SUMMIT 5952M – CAMP I

This day the breakfast will be at 2 or 3:00am in the morning, and we will start climbing using head lamps, and after 1 hour approximately walking on the snow we will get the base of the wall (French route) the inclination is approximate 60° to 70°, then we will start climbing the wall, and after 2 or 3 hours climbing we will get the summit 5952m, where you will appreciate a breathtaking scenery from the white mountain range with many different peaks. After enjoying the view for few minutes, we will descend rappelling with the help of the professional UIAGM guide, arriving to our campsite you can rest in the afternoon, overnight in the glacier at 5550m.

DAY 06: DESCEND FROM CAMP I TO BASE CAMP

After the breakfast in the Camp 1, we will take the same route to go back to the Moraine Camp, then we will continue going down to the Base Camp, arriving to the Base Camp around 3:00pm and overnight camping in the Base Camp at 4250m.

DAY 07: BASE CAMP – CASHAPAMPA – HUARAZ

Today we will come back walking down the hill along the Santa Cruz valley enjoying the nice view of Jatuncocha and Ichiccocha Lake, till Cashapampa, where the van will be waiting for us to transfer us to Huaraz, for about 3 hours and a half.

 

SERVICES  INCLUDED

  • Acclimatization tour to Churup lake 4450M.
  • Meal ( breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time, dinner)
  • North face tent (04 season)
  • Kitchen tent (Base Camp)
  • Dining tent (Base Camp)
  • Toilet tent(Base Camp)
  • Certificated Mountain  guide ( English spoken)
  • Certificated cook
  • Donkeys
  • Donkey driver.
  • Kitchen and dining full utensils. Chair, table, stove, gas, plates, caps, forks (Base Camp)
  • first aid kit
  • private transport
  • Porters
  • Hot water to clean up your hands and face.
  • Boiled water to fill your bottle every day.
  • Include last day typical dinner and drink
  • rope, ice peaks, ice screw

SERVICES  NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights to Lima / Peru
  • Bus ticket Lima – Huaraz and Huaraz – Lima
  • Lost luggage
  • Hotel in Huaraz and Lima
  • Meals in restaurants in Huaraz and Lima
  • transaction fee not included in total
  • Entrance fee to Huascarán National Park, s/ 150.00 soles per person
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Horse (in case of emergency, for trekking parts)
  • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Don’t include first breakfast.
  • Personal spendings
  • Personal camping and climbing equipment such as: sleeping bag, mattress, head lamp, carabiners, boots, crampons, ice axes, harness, helmet, dawn jacket, rainproof pants and jackets, snow glasses, gloves, ATC, Deysi chang, appropriate clothes, personal medicines, etc.)
  • Tips

WE RECOMEND TO BRING

  • Hiking boots/climbing Boots
  • trekking socks (synthetic fibers)
  • Sun hat
  • Hat for cold weather (fleece)
  • microfiber shirts and thermal
  • Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Day Backpack or advance 40 liters
  • waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Waterproof Pant (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Waterproof Layer
  • Bottle for water
  • Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
  • Sunscreen (lips and skin)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Photographic Material
  • hiking poles