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Climbing the Alpamayo. Peru

Climbing Alpamayo

The  Alpamayo  Mountain  is  considered  "The  Most  Beautiful Mountain in the World" Located in the Peruvian Andes. Organize your expedition with us to this mountain of 5947 m and live a unique experience. 

Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Santa Cruz Massif, Cordillera Blanca, Andes
Number of participants:
From 2 participant
Maximum height:
5947 m
June - August
Start of the program:
Finish program:
11 days
1 760 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 m), 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. thereґs 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 m) - Llamacorral (3750 m). 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 m). In our second day we’ll pass through Hichic Cocha (small lake) and Hatun Cocha (big lake), then observe mountains as Aguja (5886 m), Caraz (6025 m), Habasraju (5765 m), Quitaraju (6040 m), Alpamayo (5947 m, known as the most beautiful mountain in the world), Artesonraju (6025 m), and  ascend  to  the  Arhuaycocha  Base  Camp  in  the Arhuaycocha  Valley. About 4 to 5 hours.


Rest day. This day we can advance to the moraine camp.


Arhuaycocha Base Camp - Camp I (5450 m). 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.


Camp I - Summit of Alpamayo (5974 m) - 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 m), Santa cruz (6259 m), Pucajircas (6050 m), Taulliraju (5830 m), Artesonraju (6025 m), Caraz (6025 m) and Aguja (5888 m), then descend to Camp I. About 8 to 9 hours.


Camp I - Base Camp. A moderate descent. About 4 to 5 hours.

DAY 10

Base Camp - Cashapampa - Huaraz (Hotel, Pachamanca dinner) - Lima at night (exit hotel). In our return to Cashapampa Village, our private van will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz City. Hotel, Pachamanca dinner

DAY 11

Departure from Huaraz  to Lima and Lima - Home. Possible overnight in Lima!!

Note: After the ascent, we are ready to offer you a vacation on the coast of the ocean, lakes and various excursion programs in Peru - Read

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 - Base Camp - Cashapampa – Huaraz - Lima

The cost of the full package of services -  from 1760 USD*

* cost for a group of 8 people or more

  Service with tents Service without tents 
Cost per person   1840 1760



  • 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 (Ratio 1:2)
  • 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.

Alpamayo (isp. Nevado 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

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.

Attention! Don't forget to read our article about outdoor activities in Peru - Read

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