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Climbing Alpamayo and Quitaraju. Peru

Climbing Alpamayo and Quitaraju  

The Santa Cruz Valley is home to several mountains, among them are the most popular and technical mountains such as Alpamayo, the most beautiful mountain  in  the  world,  the  Quitaraju  with  an  impressive  wall  and  the Artesonraju. The Artesonraju inspired Paramount Picture to create the logo of its production. Dare to know them and climb them.  Organize  your  expedition  with  us  to  these  mountains  and  live  a  unique experience. 

Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Cordillera Blanca, Andes
Medium / Hard
Number of participants:
From 2 people
Maximum height:
6040 m
June - August
Start of the program:
Finish program:
14 days
2 330 USD
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Arrival in Lima at night (sleep in hotel)


Travel from Lima to Huaraz in the morning by Bus or Plane (sleep in hotel)


Acclimatization day – Churup Lake. We’ll  leave  from  Huaraz  city  towards  east,  passing  through  villages  as Unchus and Llupa, up to the place called Pitec (3860 msnm), where we have to  pay  the  entrance  fee  at  the  Huascaran  National  Park  control  post,  then start  hiking  in  an  ascending  path,  observing  mountains  as  Huamashraju, Cashan  and  Shacsha  also  crop  fields  can  be  seen.  This  place  houses  a diversity  of  flora  and  fauna  such  as  the  wild  duck,  plants  with  healing properties and quenual tree forests. To reach this lake we have to climb rocks helped by a steady metal rope, ideal for those who love the adventure or take other path less challenging. Churup is a beautiful blue lake one of the most frequently visited, surrounded by Ichu grass, Quenual trees, wild flowers, etc. there’s also a smaller lake on the east side for those who want to continue hiking,  both  lakes  are  right  below  the  mountain  with  the  same  name,  then return to Huaraz city.


Huaraz – Cashapampa (2900 masl) – Llamacorral  (3750 masl). We’ll leave from Huaraz city,  towards north of Callejon de Huaylas, passing through  cities  as  Carhuaz,  Yungay  and  Caraz,  following  the  Rio  Santa  and observing  part  of  the  Cordillera  Blanca  and  Cordillera  Negra,  making  short stops.  Then  we’ll  go  to  the  Cashapampa  Village,  where  we’ll  meet  the donkey  drivers  and  donkeys.  The  trek  starts  here  up  to  the  place  called Llamacoral where we’ll camp. About 5 to 6 hours.


Llamacorral – Arhuaycocha Base Camp (4250 masl). In  our  second  day we’ll  pass  through  Hichic  Cocha  (small  lake)  and  Hatun Cocha (big lake), then observe mountains as Aguja (5886 masl), Caraz (6025 masl),  Abasraju  (5765  masl),  Quitaraju  (6040  masl),  Alpamayo  (5947  masl, known as the most beautiful mountain in the world), Artesonraju (6025 masl), and  ascend  to  the  Arhuaycocha  Base  Camp  in  the  Arhuaycocha  Valley. About 4 to 5 hours.


Arhuaycocha Base Camp – Alpamayo Moraine Camp (5450 masl). We’ll walk in an ascending path to reach the moraine, then walk over the ice up to the Camp I. About 5 to 6 hours.


Alpamayo Moraine Camp – Camp I (on ice). We’ll  ascend  on  ice,  with  nice  panoramic  views  of  the  Cordillera Blanca.


Camp I - Summit of Alpamayo (5974 masl) - Camp I. We’ll leave at dawn and climb up to the Summit of Alpamayo, with technical ice  wall.  From  the  Summit we  can  observe  mountains  as  Quitaraju  (6040 masl), Santa cruz (6259 masl), Pucajircas (6050 masl), Taulliraju (5830 masl), Artesonraju  (6025  masl), Caraz  (6025  masl)  and  Aguja  (5888  masl),  then descend to Camp I. About 8 to 9 hours.


Rest day. Relax in the Camp I

DAY 10

Camp I - Quitaraju Summit (6040 masl) - Camp I. We’ll leave at dawn and climb a technical wall and reach the Summit, from where we can observe mountains such as Alpamayo (5947 masl), Santa cruz (6259 masl), Pucajircas (6050 masl), Taulliraju (5830 masl), Artesonraju (6025 masl), Caraz  (6025  masl),  Aguja  (5888  msnm),  then  descend  to  Camp  I. About 8 to 9 hours. 

DAY 11

Rest day.  (Opcional)

DAY 12

Alpamayo Moraine Camp - Alpamayo Base Camp. We’ll descend to Moraine Camp or Base Camp. About 4 to 5 hours.

DAY 13

Alpamayo Base Camp – Cashapampa - Huaraz (hotel). We’ll pass for last time through the lakes of Hatun Cocha and Hichic Cocha, and  finally  reach  the  Cashapampa  village  where  our  prнvate  van  will  be waiting to take us back to Huaraz city.

DAY 14

Departure from Huaraz  to Lima and Lima - Home

Lima - Huaraz (3052 m) - Churup Lake (4450 m) - Huaraz  - Cashapampa (2900 m) - Llamacorral  (3750 m) - Arhuaycocha Base Camp (4250 m) - Alpamayo Moraine Camp (5450 m) - Camp I (on ice)  - Summit of Alpamayo (5974 masl) - Camp I - Quitaraju Summit (6040 m) - Camp I - Alpamayo Moraine Camp or Base Camp  - Moraine Camp (5200 m) - Cashapampa - Huaraz (hotel) - Lima

The cost of the full package of services -  from 2330 USD*

* cost for a group of 8 people or more


Service with tents

Service without tents 

Cost per person 





  • Pick  up  at  Lima  Airport  (by  our  personal)  and  transfer  to  the  bus station or Hotel (taxi service must be paid by client).
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner during the expedition.
  • Private  Transport:  to  different  starting  and  ending  point  of  the expedition.
  • Experienced Climbing Guides certified by the UIAGM/IFMGA.
  • Cook. 
  • Porters
  • Donkey drivers. 
  • Donkies. 
  • Camping  equipment:  Sleeping  tents,  Kitchen  tents,  Dinning  tents, Bathroom tent, Mattress, practical table and chairs, etc. 
  • Kitchen kit: Plates, pots, tea pot, frying pot, spoons, knife, cups, etc. 
  • Huascaran National Park entrance fee.
  • Basic first aid kit. 
  • One day hike (Acclimatization day – Churup or Willcacocha lake).
  • PACHAMANCA  the  last  day  of  the  expedition  (typical  food  of  the Peruvian Andes) from company

Not Included:

  • Taxes
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks. 
  • Personal clothing and equipment. 
  • Travel, personal, and medical insurance.
  • International flight. 
  • Hotel (we can make reservations if clients want it so, extra payment). 
  • Extra charge for luggages. 
  • Laundry. 
  • Reconfirmation of flights. 
  • Food during stay in Huaraz city. 
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Transport from Huaraz to Lima or Lima Huaraz.
  • Mountain equipment (it can be rented in Huaraz city).
  • Tips.

Brief information on the area and route

Peru (Republic of Peru) is a country in South America, on the territory of which the tropical forests of the Amazon and Machu Picchu are located - the ancient Inca city on the top of the Andes mountain range. The area around Machu Picchu, where the Urubamba Valley is located (another name is the Sacred Valley of the Incas), the Inca Trail and the colonial city of Cusco, famous for its archaeological sites. The capital is the city of Lima. The territory of Peru can be divided into three regions, differing in the nature of the terrain, climate, flora and fauna.

  • In the west, along the Pacific coast, stretched a narrow strip of desert coastal plains (Costa). The largest deserts are Atacama and Sechura.
  • East is located the mountain belt of the Andes - Sierra. The highest point is Mount Huascaran (6,768 meters); In total, Peru has more than three dozen mountain peaks with a height of more than 6,000 meters.
  • To the east is the Amazonian lowland (selva) - the territory of tropical rain forests.

Huaraz is a city in Peru, the administrative center of the Ancash department. Located in the valley Callejon de Huaylas, on the river Santa, in the central part of the region, at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. The population is 120,000 people, 407 kilometers north of Lima, the Pan-American Highway passes through the city.

Santa Cruz - one of eleven districts of Santa Cruz Province in Peru.

Santa Cruz is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru; in the area of Santa Cruz, Huaylas, Ancash. It has a height of 6259 meters. First ascent: July 20, 1948

Lakes: Churup (4450 m), Hatun Cocha (3886 m)  and others.

Alpamayo - a pyramidal mountain, about 5947 m meters high,  covered with ice with very steep slopes (about 60 degrees) in the northernmost mountain range of the Cordillera Blanca, Santa Cruz Massif. It has two peaks, South and North, separated by a narrow cornice. In July 1966, a photograph taken by Lei Ortenburger, was published in the German magazine Alpinismus. After that, the mountain of Alpamayo was called "The most beautiful mountain peak in the world." First ascent: 1951

Quitaraju - a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca, situated in the Ancash Region, Huaylas Province, Santa Cruz District, in the Andes of Peru, about 6,40 m. Quitaraju lies north of the Santa Cruz Creek and the lakes named Ichiccocha, Jatuncocha and Quitacocha, between Santa Cruz in the west and Alpamayo in the northeast. First ascent: 1936.

Artesonraju - a mountain peak 6025 m, located near the city of Caraz in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in the Peruvian Andes. It is one of many prominent peaks located within the boundaries of Peru's Huascarán National Park. Artesonraju has two distinguished climbing routes; however due to their difficulties, Artesonraju is seldom successfully climbed in comparison to other well known mountains in the Cordillera Blanca. First ascent: 1932. The Artesonraju inspired Paramount Picture to create the logo of its production.

Additional Information

  • Children under 14 years old are allowed on the route only when accompanied by adults.
  • The host party has the right to change the route according to weather conditions and group conditions
  • The cost of the voucher does not include: additional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: additional transfers, personal equipment hire, hotel booking, recreation, etc.
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