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Mount Ranrapalca 4-day guide ascent from Huaraz

A unique 4-day expedition up to the summit of one of the most challenging peaks in Perú: the Mount Ranrapalca. Do it under the professional supervision of Juventino, a local IFMGA guide.

Mountain RangeCordillera Blanca
Duration4 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Type of tripNot specified


The Mount Ranrapalca can be seen from the city of Huaraz thanks to its 6162 meters of altitude. Despite of that, it is one of the less visited mountains in Peru due to its technical difficulty.

To climb the Mount Rarapalca you will need a vast mountaineering experience and an excellent fitness level. I always recommend to have a good prior acclimatization before trying this ascent. One of the best peaks for that is the Nevado Vallunaraju.

We can ascend the Mount Ranrapalca via two main routes. On the one hand, the Northeast ridge goes from the Ranrapalca-Ishinca col steeply along a mixed terrain (rock and snow). It is a 500-meter traverse to the sharped summit. It will be the ascent route for this expedition.

On the other hand, the North face route starts to the right of the central couloir, crossing over the rock band on our right and ascending a snowy cone for about 150 meters. Then, we must face a group of rocks in the middle of the north face. Once we did it, we will walk over a short section of rocks and snow that leads us to the summit plateau.

As for the descent it will be via the Northeast slopes. I always suggest to abseil the first part so we get to the slopes by daylight.

The best season to do this ascent is from June to August. The maximum amount of participants per group is 6. I can open a group specially for you and your friends.

So, contact me for further details or if you want to book your place. It will be my pleasure to lead you up to the summit of the Ranrapalca!


Deposit for reservations: 1000 USD (900 EUR). Full payment 40 days before. No refund if you cancel less than 30 days!

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Not included in the price: - International flights to Lima / Peru round trip - Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure - Exit tax at the airport in Lima - Travel accident and health insurance - Luggage insurance and trip cancellation - Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz - Personal expenses - Acclimatization Tour - Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park - Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station - Domestic flight Airline ticket LC-Peru - Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima - Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz - Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel - Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.) - Tips

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Day 1: Huaraz - Transfer to Pashpa (3400 m) - Trekking to Ishinca Base Camp (4250 m)

We will leave Huaraz via a private transfer to the village of Paltay and then to Pashpa. Here we’ll meet our local team of donkeys and donkey drivers. We will start an easy climb through the Ishinca Valley to our campsite (-/L/D).

Day 2: Ishinca Base Camp - Yanapampa (4800m) - NE ridge or the NE slopes Ranrapalca Col (5300 m)

This day we will ascend to the Ishinca Base Camp in direction to the Northeast ridge or the Northeast slopes of the Ranrapalca Col (5300 m), which lies between the Ranrapalca and Ishinca mountains. We will continue hiking uphill through easy ramps and avoiding cracks. We will finally reach the Col where we will set up our camp. The elevation gain of the day will be 500 meters and a total ascent duration is 7 hours approx. Overnight camp (B/L/D).

Day 3: Ranrapalca High Camp 1 - Summit (6162 m) - Return High Camp 1

Summit day! We’ll wake up at 3 AM and start to ascend to the Ranrapalca. We’ll take the Northeast route overcoming cracks and climbing a sharped ridge which ends in the next glacier. After that we will continue ascending until we arrive to the summit of Ranrapalca, where we’ll have a beautiful view of the Cordillera Blanca (Cayesh, San Juan, Maparaju, Tullparaju, Pucaranra, Huapi, Huantsan, Ishinca, Tocllaraju and Urus peaks). Finally, we will return to Col Ranrapalca. The elevation gain will be 862 meters with a total ascent time of 10 or 12 hours. Overnight camp at High camp I (B/L/D).

Day 4: High Camp 1 - Ishinca Base Camp - Trekking down Pashpa - Huaraz

After breakfast we will pick up our tents and start returning to the Ishinca base camp. Then, we must walk to Pashpa while the donkeys carry our camping and personal equipment. We’ll return via a hillside covered with quenual trees, native Andean flora. Once in Pashpa our transport will be waiting. We’ll arrive Huaraz by midday so we can have lunch there. Then, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the city (B/L/-).

About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3196 each

Group of 2

USD 1763 each

Group of 3

USD 1763 each

Group of 4

USD 1598 each

Group of 5

USD 1598 each

Group of 6

USD 1495 each

Group of 7

USD 1495 each

Group of 8

USD 1341 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transport during the trip

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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