In this 8 days mountaineering program I propose the ascent of Mt. Sullcon, Vicuñita and Paccha Esquina in the Cordillera Central, an off the beaten track mountain range near Lima, less known but as beautiful as Cordillera Blanca or Huayhuash range.
The mountains of Cordillera Central and the Nor Yauyos Cochas Reserve are unique, with plenty of lakes full of trouts and a historic Inca Trail that goes through the southern part of the range. The easiest access route is from Lima, the capital city of Peru, travelling 150 km to the east.
The Cordillera Central, overshadowed by Cordillera Blanca, Huayhuash and Vilcanota, has over 200 peaks between 5000m and 5500m, some of them with beautiful glaciers. This is the place to go if you want to avoid the crowds. You’ll see much less people, camps and trails than in the other ranges in Peru. In la Cordillera Central you’ll be able to explore places that only a few visited before.
Day 1: Lima 70 m – San Mateo 3300 m – Yuracmayo 4300m (Río Blanco)
We depart very early from Lima towards the east, until San Mateo, a village in the road that connects the center of Peru with the jungle. We have breakfast there and then continue until Rio Blanco, where we take a road that takes us to Yuracmayo lake, where we will camp.
Day 2: Yuracmayo 4300m (Río Blanco) – Camp Morrena Sullcón 4900 m
Trekking towards Morrena Camp of Mt. Sullcón, at 4900m. We camp there, enjoting beautiful views of Mt. PAca (5530m). 4 hours, 600m ascent.
Day 3: Camp Morrena 4900 m – Summit Sullcón 5610 m
After a good breakfast we start our first ascent towards Mt. Sullcón, going through its snowed slopes, and a 40° long glacier traverse. We’ll enjoy fantastic view from the summit, of Nevado Paca, Tatajaico and Vicuñita. We then go down to the camp. 8 hours.
Day 4: Yuracmayo 4350m – Paso Ocsahualca 4900m – Lake Paccha 4500m
Starting at 8 AM from Río Blanco we drive south-east towards Ocsahualca pass, at 4900m. Here we might see vicunas, partridges and Huachuas (Andean gooses). Enjoying views of Nevado Vicuñita, Paccha Esquina and Harrarayoc, we arrive to Paccha Camp, at 4535m, after 2 hour drive.
Day 5: Lake Paccha 4500 m – Nevado Vicuñita 5500 m
The climb continues to the right on a moraine taking as reference the path of vicunas. We meet limestone plaques that mark the beginning of the glacier. We then take right which leads to the summit by the northwest, with slopes of 30 ° to 45 °. From the top we appreciate superb 360 ° view. Back to the camp.
Day 6: Lake Paccha 4500 m – Nevado Paccha Esquina 5265 m
Our last Summit is Nevado Paccha Esquina, an easy Summit with no technical difficulty. We won’t find glaciers, but maybe snow. We go up by the north face, and from the summit we can appreciate the peaks Vicuñita, Suiricochas and Harrarayoc.
Day 7: Lake Paccha 4500m – San Mateo 3100 – Lima
After a very good breakfast we put down our camp and drive back to Yuracmayo, watching for the last time the mountains we summited, and then to San Mateo and Lima. 6 hour drive, and end of expedition.
Contact me if you are interested in discovering this peaks in Cordillera Central, the least explored of the Peruvian Andes ranges, and with an easy access from Lima. You won’t regret it!
Included in the price
1 Mountain Guide UIAGM – AGMP
1 Guide Assistant (For groups over 6)
1 cook + helper. All meals during the expedition
Camping and cooking equipment
Technical mountain equipment
Spots of interest
Cordillera Central in Peru
The mountains of Cordillera Central and the Nor Yauyos Cochas Reserve are unique, plenty of lakes full of trouts and a historic Inca Trail that goes through the southern part of the range. The easiest access route is from Lima, the capital city of Peru, travelling 150 km to the east.
Price per person
|Group of 6||1082USD|
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport to the start of the trip