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Mountain Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Mountaineering finds an unparalleled scenario in the Peruvian Andes

Cordillera Blanca is part of the Andes mountains and is located in the Ancash department, northern Peru. It is about 200-km long, and has more than 15 peaks over 6000 meters with Huascarán (6757 m) as the highest one. The large variety of mountains and routes of different difficulty, make it an must-see destination for mountaineers. Among the most important summits -besides Huascaran- you can ascend Chopicalqui, Pisco, Alpamayo, Tocllaraju and Artesonraju. Find here below the best offer of guided mountain climbing trips in Cordillera Blanca.

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What should I know about Mountain Climbing Cordillera Blanca?

The Cordillera Blanca is considered “the Peruvian capital of mountaineering”. It is located on the eastern side of the Santa River Valley, in Callejón de Huaylas. It has the greatest amount of snow-capped peaks, among which Huascarán (6768 m), Huandoy and its three summits over 6000 meters, Chopicalqui (6354 m), Chacraraju (6 112 m), Alpamayo (5947 m) and Copa (6118 m) stand out.

The glacial peaks offer good challenges to the most experienced climbers, but there are also easier itineraries that demand few hours and gentle routes.

Why should I choose Cordillera Blanca for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

+500 lagoons

If you enjoy hiking among turquoise-water lakes, Cordillera Blanca is the perfect spot. Some of the most amazing are the Llanganuco Lagoons (accessible from Yungay) and the Parón Lagoon located north of the Huandoy peak. Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes, near the Alpamayo, are also beautiful and accessible only on foot or by horse from Caraz.

Culinary offer

One of the best things about Peru is that wherever you are, you will always find a great culinary offer for all tastes and budgets. You cannot leave the area without trying the Cuy or alpaca meats. If you are a vegetarian you can find dishes with rice, avocado-based salads and delicious fruit juices.


It is a popular starting point for any mountain climbing adventure in the Cordillera Blanca, due to its proximity to the highest mountains. It is located at about 3050 meters of height with great views of the main peaks such as Vallunaraju or Huascarán. The kindness of its people, the natural beauty and cultural contrast will make you love this place.

How can I get to Cordillera Blanca?

From Lima you can get there by plane using the local airline with daily flights to Huaraz. Another option is by bus, with an 8-hour ride along a good paved road.

When is the best time to travel to Cordillera Blanca for Mountain Climbing?

Southern hemisphere's winter is the best season to visit the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. During June, July and August the weather is more stable and the summits are in the best conditions.

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Cordillera Blanca



Percy is a great guide, climbing with him you fill very secure. Trip itself was organized perfectly, each day you can count on a lot of support and smile.



Excellent service in every way. I was confident Octavio experience and I was thrilled with everything done during this expedition.



Excellent adventure. Octavia is a very skilled guide. The expedition was fabulous



Disappointed with the whole experience. Didn't climb with Juventino, never met him. Got a different guide. Booked Pisco and Chopicalcui as separate climbs with one day off in between to rest. Agency combined the climbs. They told me to of go from Pisco BC directly to Chopicalcui moraine camp. Got a different guide who didn't tell me that we'll get snowed in at moraine camp. Only found out about the snow once we reached Chopicalcui moraine camp. Spent the night there, next day had to go down. Disappointed rebooked my flight and left Peru. Waste of my time and money.



We had an amazing time with Percy during our trip to Vallunaraju! The hike itself was really beautiful and Percy was a very kind and helpful guide.

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