Ascent Sullcon, Vicuñita, Paccha Esquina

Ascent to Mt. Sullcon, Vicuñita and Paccha Esquina, in Cordillera Central. 7-day trip with Quique, IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide. Discover this hidden and beautiful range, away from the crowds.




Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



    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!

    Extra details

    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    2925 USD

    Group of 6
    1082 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    About the Guide


    IFMGA/UIAGM - AGMP Mountain Guide from Perú.

    I began my mountain work when I was 18 years old as cook and carrier (porter) and I am now a Mountain Guide UIAGM – AGMP.

    1998: I studied French at the Alliance Française in Cusco.
    2000: I was accepted at the Don Bosco School for Guides of the Andes through the intermediary of the Italian volunteers of the Operazione Matto Grosso, technical support of the Association of the Mountain Guides of Peru.
    2005: I passed my diploma as Mountain Guide UIAGM-AGMP. Climbing in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
    2008-2011: Extra training as a Guide in Italy.
    Since 2011, I have been Secretary of the of Peruvian Mountain Guides Association.
    2013: Guiding in Ecuador, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Illinizas.
    2014: Climbing to Utah, Usa.
    2015: Exploring trip in Cordillera Central, close to Lima, Perú.

    I speak French, Italian and English fluently. For more than 12 years I have been organizing and managing trekking, mountaineering in Peru and expeditions to the Aconcagua since 2007.

    Contact me if you are interested in doing a mountain trip to Peru!



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