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Alpamayo (5947m) - Chopicalqui (6354m)

  • The trip
  • Itinerary
  • Price
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The trip

In Summary

This travel offers the ascent of two of the most beautiful mountain of the White Mountain Range : Alpamayo and Chopicalqui. These two mountains which peak respectively at 5947 m and 6354 m, represent an unforgettable experience for the sportsmen and the lovers of the wide oven spaces. After a smooth period of acclimatization between Huaraz and Mancos, two cities situated at the foot of mountains, you will go to the conquest of these two giants of ice. You will be accompanied by a team of specialized mountain guides.

The strong points of the trip  « Alpamayo (5947m) - Chopicalqui (6354m) »

  • The ascension of two of the most beautiful mountains of the world
  • English speaking personnel and high mountain guides
  • An period to acclimate at the foot of the glaciers

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Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Upon your arrival in the airport of Lima, you will be welcomed and brought to your hotel. You will have the evening free in the dynamic neighborhoods of the Peruvian capital.

 

DAY 2: LIMA – HUARAZ (3090 M) – MANCOS (2530 M)

After a short transfer to the bus terminal, you will take a bus to Huaraz. During this day of travelling, you will be able to enjoy the transition between the landscapes of the arid coast of the Pacific and the scenery of the Andes mountain range. On the way, you will stop at Barranca, charming colorful coastal city.You will arrive in Huaraz, in the heart of the White Mountain range, and continue your route towards Mancos where you will discover, thanks to an unobstructed view, the Huascaran, highest tropical mountain of the world (6768m).

 

DAY 3: MANCOS (2530 M) – LAGUNA PARON (4140 M) – MANCOS (2530 M)

It is without a doubt the most beautiful cirque glacier of the White Mountain range. You will go in a private vehicle until the high altitude Paron lake located at the end of the valley. It is the biggest lake of the massif and you will enjoy the unobstructed view of five summits of more than 6000m surrounding it. From here, two paths run along the lagoon to arrive at the foot of Nevados Caraz (6025m), Artesonraju (6025m), Piramide (5885m), Chacraraju Oeste (6112m) and Pisco (5752m). Return to Mancos and night in an inn.

4 hours of walk

 

DAY 4: MANCOS (2530 M) – PUENTE ACUSHCA (3850 M)

You will be transferred in private vehicle to the bivouac’s place. During this transfer, you will cross the Callejón de Huaylas until Carhuaz. Then, you will climb up the path n the Ulta ravine until Shilla and continue up to the entrance of the National Park and the bivouac zone. You will be able to have a view of the Huascarán and the Chopicalqui. Meeting with the Carhuaz and Shilla communities. Possibility to wander around the colorful market of Carhuaz (only on Wednesdays and Sundays). Night in tents.

 

DAY 5: PUENTE USCHCA (3850 M) – MOLINOPAMPA (3585 M)

Departure for an acclimation trek. You will start from the Cancahuapampa quebrada and hike through the lupin fields and a queñuales forest (endemic trees) until a high lake. You will then continue to the Yanayacu pass (4850m) before going back down to the Ichiculta quebrada until the locality of Molino Pampa. From here, you can admire the superb east face of the Chopicalqui, as well as the Huascarán as you climb up to the Yanayacu pass.

6.5 hours of walk, +950m / -1300m of height difference

 

DAY 6: MOLINOPAMPA (3850 M) – TUCTO (4200 M)

You will leave the Molino Pampa community and go through the Chacaruri bridge. Then, you will go down the path joining the Huaylas passage to the Conchucos passage. You will cross the small villages of Machco and Chalhua and turn right to take the Quedraba Grande to go down to Colcabamba. You will then go up the Huaripampa quebrada until your campsite.

8 hours of walk, + 900 m / - 275 m of height difference

 

DAY 7: TUCTO (4200 M) - LAGUNA HUECROCOCHA (4000 M)

You will take a small path climbing up to the Alto de Pucaraju pass (4650m) offering an unobstructed view of the most important summits of the mountain range: Hualcan, Chopicalqui, Huascáran, Pirámide, Paria, Artesonraju, Huandoy and then Taulliraju, Rinrihirca, Santa Cruz Grande and Santa Cruz Norte. Trek back down on the eastern slope of the Andes through the Comun Pasto quebrada until the Huecrococha lagoon.

4.5 hours of walk, + 530 m / - 730 m of height difference

 

DAY 8: HUECROCOCHA LAGOON (4000 M) – JANCAPAMPA (3600 M)

Walk down in the Nanayoc valley – one of the most beautiful of the trek – until the Janca Pampa community. Then, you will climb up to the left the Tingopampa quebrada, using a path going through a forest and then pastures until the Tupatupa pass (4350m). View on the Taulliraju. Your bivouac is located at the end of the plateau, at the foot of the magnificent Pucahirca crater.

6 hours of walk, + 385 m / - 815 m of height difference

 

DAY 9: JANCAPAMPA (3600 M) - SAFUNA LAGOON (4200 M)

You will cross the width of the plateau to join a path climbing abruptly to the north. You will reach a first plateau. The path enters in a zone of pastures. Then, from the pass, you will go down into the Yantaquenua quebrada until the small village of Huillca, at 4000m of altitude. After this, you climb up the Tayapampa valley until the lake of Safuna, located at the foot of the east face of the Pucahirca mountain chain. From the campsite, you will have an unobstructed view of the north face of the Alpamayo mountain.

7 hours of walk, + 1250 m / - 660 m of height difference

 

DAY 10: SAFUNA LAGOON (4200 M) – JANCARURISH (4250 M)

Passing through a first col at 4450m high between the quebradas of Tayapampa and Moyobamba. You will climb up the Moyobamba valley until the Cara Cara pass, which means “bare col” (4860m). Descent in the Alpamayo quebrada. Throughout this day, you will be able to enjoy a clear view of the Quitaraju, the Alpamayo, the Abasaraju and the Santa Cruz summits. Night at an altitude of 4250m.

7 hours of walk, + 1100 m / - 750 m of height difference

 

DAY 11: JANCARURISH (4250 M) – ALPAMAYO BASE CAMP (4400 M)

You will go back up the quebrada de los Cedros to catch sight of the most beautiful slope of the Alpamayo pyramid for the first time since the beginning of the trek. Rest and preparations for the ascent of this summit. You will sleep in the base camp of the Alpamayo, facing the snow-covered Santa Cruz.

3 hours of walk (rest day), + 200 m / - 650 m of height difference

 

DAY 12: ALPAMAYO BASE CAMP (4400 M) – MORAINE CAMP (4850 M)

You will go to the Moraine camp carrying part of the equipment and helped by the local carriers. Night at an altitude of 4850m.

4 to 5 hours, + 450 m of height difference

 

DAY 13: MORAINE CAMP – ALPAMAYO CAMP 1 (5300 M)

Climb up to the Alpamayo camp 1, located on the icy plateau between Quitaraju and Alpamayo. The path crosses a maze of rocks and steps onto a steep snowy slope (about 40° incline over 50m) before reaching an icy plateau. The camp, facing the Alpamayo and its glaciers, offers a superb view; it is one of the most beautiful high altitude camps of South America.

4.5 hours of walk, + 500 m / - 25 m of height difference

 

DAY 14: ASCENT OF THE ALPAMAYO (5947 M)

Very early in the morning, you will undertake the ascent of the Alpamayo (5947m) through the direct French route. Magnificent view from the summit. Climb back down to base camp 1 slope to the Arhuaycocha quebrada. From the icy pass between two summits, you will go down the southern face to reach the Arhuaycocha quebrada. After crossing the whole icy plateau, you will abseil down a steep slope of 100m to reach the glacier below. You will continue to the base camp of Alpamayo, at an altitude of 4270m, through the Santa Cruz quebrada (Ferrari way) or the Arhuaycocha quebrada (French way).

12 to 14 hours of walk, + 575 m / - 1780 m of height difference

 

DAY 15: ASCENT OF THE ALAPAMAYO – SAFETY DAY

This is a safety day to eventually try once again the ascent of the Alpamayo or attempt another: the Quitaraju (6040m – AD/D). The decision to renounce to the ascension or to attempt another belongs entirely to the high mountain guide who will analyze the meteorological conditions and decide.

 

DAY 16: BASE CAMP – MOROCOCHA – CACHINANPAMPA

In the morning, you will discover the splendid Taulliraju face (5830m), its rock face, ledges and peaks well drawn by the Amazonian winds. You will face the Rinrihirca (5810m) during your walk until the turquoise waters of Taullicocha. You will reach the Punta Union pass (4750m), using a beautiful Inca path from where you will have a superb view of the mountains and glaciers such as the Huascaran (6768m), the Chacraraju (6112m) and its impressive face. You will cross this huge rocky bar and reach the Morococha lakes. A beautiful descent will lead you through the forests of queñuales, typical trees from the Andes. You will set camp at Cachinanpampa (3300m).

7 hours of walk, + 550 / - 1400 m of height difference

 

DAY 17: CACHINANPAMPA – VAQUERIA (3000 M) – YANAPACHA

After a good night of rest and a copious breakfast, you will continue your descent in the Huaripampa quebrada until the village of Vaqueria (3000m), where you will take a path to climb back up to your camp of Yanapacha.

6.5 hours of walk, + 900 m / - 100 m of height difference

 

DAY 18: YANAPACHA – CHOPICALQUI BASE CAMP (4450 M)

Climb to the Portachuelo pass (4767m) from which you will observe a splendid view on the Huascaran, Huandoy, Chacraraju and Chopicalqui massifs. You will then go back down to the base camp of Chopicalqui (4485m).

5 hours of walk, + 550 m / - 300 m of height difference

 

DAY 19: CHOPICALQUI BASE CAMP (4450 M) - CAMP 1 (5600 M)

Very early departure (by night) to reach camp 1. During the ascent, you will have a privileged view of the north-eastern face of the Huascaran. You will continue through a rocky terrain until the glacier. Arrival at the high altitude camp at 5600m, where camp is set.

6 hours of walk, + 915 m / - 25 m of height difference

 

DAY 20: ASCENT OF THE CHOPICALQUI (6350 M) – HUARAZ (3090 M)

You will walk by the south-east ridge, by passing several large crevasses, then climb up a 50° slope. A long snowy crest will take you to the ridge at the summit. From here, fantastic views of the Huascaran, the Huandoy and the Chacraraju can be observed. Back down to the base camp and return to Huaraz.

14 hours of walk, + 1000 m / - 2100 m of height difference

 

DAY 21: FREE DAY IN HUARAZ – SAFETY DAY

Free day in the city of Huaraz to rest and recover from the ascent, or eventually attempt again the ascent of the Chopicalqui.

 

DAY 22: HUARAZ – LIMA

Transfer to the bus station of Huaraz to take your bus to Lima. Welcome to Lima, transfer and check in to hotel and free evening in the capital.

 

DAY 23: LIMA – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

Transfer to the airport to take your international flight. Arrival the next day.

 

END OF OUR SERVICES

Price

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

- Accommodation in hotels in Lima and Huaraz and camping

- The meals during the treks, and those mentioned as “included”

- Private and group ground transportation

- The guide, mule-drivers and cook during the trek

- High mountain guides and group equipment (ropes, etc)

- The entrance to the national park of Huascaran

- The buses (unescorted) Lima – Huaraz – Mancos and Huaraz – Lima

- The group logistic for the treks: mattresses, tents, food, mules …

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- International flights

- Insurance

- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program (expect 5 to 10 USD per meal)

- Drinks

- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)

- Personal trekking (trekking poles, sleeping bad) and high mountain equipment (shoes with studs, ice axes, clothes, etc.): possibility to rent on the spot

- The single supplement (please contact us)

Organization

PERSONNEL

You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every leg of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another.

A few exceptions:

- For the Puno – Cusco trip, you will travel in a group touristic bus with an English / Spanish guide

- The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.

 

ACCOMMODATION

In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:

- Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a 3 places tent for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals.

- Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity  and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems).

- 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, …

As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.

 

MEALS

In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc).

For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!

 

TRANSPORTS

Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …).

Exceptions:

- For the Puno – Cusco / Chivay – Puno and Arequipa – Puno trips, you will travel in a group touristic bus that will make several stops and visits on the way.