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Climb Alpamayo in the Cordillera Blanca (Peruvian Andes), 7 days


Join one of our IFMGA certified guides for an amazing 7-day ascent of the sensational Alpamayo peak in the Cordillera Blanca mountains of Peru.


Cordillera Blanca

6 Days

May - Aug




* Enjoy a 6-day ascent of the incredible Alpamayo peak in Peru.

* Marvel at the gorgeous views of the Cordillera Blanca.

* Spend your nights in the peak's base camp and high camp.


Named the most beautiful mountain in the world by a number of respected publications, Alpamayo (5,947m) is a fantastic peak to admire. It is also a great peak to climb, which is what you will get to do on this 7-day adventure.

Our journey will begin in Huaraz, the wonderful mountainous city in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. From there, we will progressively make our way closer to Alapmayo. Once we reach the peak, we will then proceed up, further and further, until we reach the summit. Since this trip lasts 7 days, you will have plenty of time to properly acclimatize. This is essential in ensuring your journey to the top of the gorgeous and gigantic mountain will not involve any altitude sickness.

Some of the great spots you will get to visit during our journey up Alpamayo include Cashapampa, Llamacorral and Coraz. Furthermore, in the evenings of this trip, you will be staying in different camps, including the Alpamayo base camp and high camp.

While not an exceedingly difficult climb, our journey will nonetheless have some tough spots. As a result, participants should have prior mountaineering experience. You should also be in good physical condition.

Climbing a mountain as stunning as Alpamayo is an unforgettable experience. To enjoy it for yourself, over 7-day wonderful days, please send a request.

We also offer a 5-day ascent of the amazing Chopicalqui peak, which is also located in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Drinks

- Hot shower

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Quickdraws

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

- Clean drinkable water

Price details

Price Includes:

Certified Mountain Guide IFMGA / IVBV / UIAGM (english, spanish)

Certified chef during Alpamayo expedition

Private transportation: Huaraz – Vaqueria village

Private transportation: Cashapampa village – Huaraz

Porters for the transfer of logistic equipment from base camp to high camp.

Mountaineering equipment (helmet, harness, and crampons)

Donkey drivers and donkeys for the transfer of the logistic camping equipment (15 Kg per participant)

5 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch, tea time and dinner)

4 seasons tent with double occupancy

Tent kitchen, dining room and bathroom.

Kitchen sets and fully-equipped dining room

First aid kit and oxygen bottle

Permanent radio communication between the Andean Raju Expeditions team.

Satellite phone for emergencies

Boiled water to fill up your bottle every day (1 Lt.)

Warm water for your personal higiene

Tips to get to Huaraz

Advice before the Expedition

Last day: lunch and farewell toast with regional food and typical Peruvian drinks.

Price doesn't include:

Airline ticket to Lima and back to the country of origin

Bus transportation Lima / Huaraz / Lima

Entrance ticket to Huascaran National Park: S/. 150.00 nuevos soles

Personal porters

Mountain boots and technical ice axes

Personal tent (if you want a personal tent, the rent is S/. 30 soles per day)

Extra costs for premature abandonment of the expedition

International Medical Insurance

Accident and rescue insurance (you can ask us about the agreement we have with Global Rescue for a preferential price)

Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance

Transfer to Huaraz out of schedule, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition

First breakfast at the beginning of the itinerary is not included

Sleeping bag -25° / -30º

Personal expenses

Hotel during your stay in Huaraz

Tips for guide / staff


Day 1: Huaraz (3,100 m) – Vaquería Village (3,700 m) – Tucto Camp (4,250 m)

Our expedition starts in Huaraz, we will pick you up at your hotel with private transportation. We will go north through the Huaylas valley to Yungay then continue to Huascaran National Park to check in and pass through Llanganuco canyon while visualizing the turquoise lakes Orconcocha and Chinancocha. Then we will go up the road until we reach the beautiful viewpoint Portachuelo Pass, where we will stop to enjoy the visual domain of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoys, Pisco, and all the turquoise lakes that compose the far Llanganuco valley. Finally, we will continue to Vaquería village, this is the place where we will begin the approach to the Alpamayo mountain. Vaqueria village is where the donkey drivers and donkeys are waiting to assist us with the transfer of logistical equipment to the camp. After about 5 hours of walking, we will arrive at Tucto camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Transfer by car: 3 hours Estimated hiking time: 4 to 5 hours Elevation: +550 m (3700 masl to 4250 masl) Distance: 13.5 km

Day 2: Tucto Camp (4,250 m) - Punta Union Pass (4,750 m) - Alpamayo Base Camp (4,300 m)

On the second day of the approach hike to Alpamayo mountain, we will go up to Punta Union Pass (4750 m). From this pass we will have an awesome viewpoint of the snowy mountains: Taulliraju (known as the Cathedral of the World), Artesonraju (known as the mountain of the Paramount Picture), Rinrijirca, Paria and Quitaraju. We will go down to the Santa Cruz valley, passing by the Taullipampa camp. We will continue our hike to the Quebrada Arhuay to finally reach our Alpamayo base camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 4 to 5 hours Elevation: +50 m (4250 masl to 4300 masl) Distance: 13 km

Day 3: Base Camp (4,300 m) – Moraine Camp (4,800 m)

This day we will prepare the personal mountain equipment to be carried by the porters. Then, we will hike uphill for about 3 hours on a rocky trail until we reach the Alpamayo moraine camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 6 hours Elevation: +650 m (4300 masl to 4950 masl) Distance: 2 km

Day 4: Moraine Camp (4,800) - High Camp (5,500 m)

This day we should arrive at the high camp of Alpamayo. The porters will take care of the transfer of the camping equipment.

We will continue our ascent through morainic sections until we reach the glacier. Once on the glacier, we will equip ourselves with the necessary material: harness, mountain boots, helmet, crampons and ice axe. The guides will be in charge of the safety of the team to arrive safe to our camp. After a traverse across the glacier, we will reach a small climbing wall that will take us to the high camp.

During the sunset we will be able to enjoy awesome views of the sunset and its reflection on the Alpamayo climbing wall.

Finally, we will have dinner, it will be a time to eat and rest to continue with the next day’s climbing.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 6 hours Elevation: +450 m (4950 masl to 5400 masl) Distance: 2 km

Day 5: High Camp (5,500 m) – Alpamayo Summit (5,947) - High Camp (5,500 m)

The most awaited day has arrived, it’s time for our ascent to the summit. We will start the day around midnight, after breakfast the guide will rope us and he will inspect all the necessary equipment for the climb. We will start the departure, we will make a traverse to the base of the wall, we will enter the climbing channel that begins on slope of 60º. Depending on the conditions of the mountain, the guide will look for the best route. After approximately 8 hours of continuous climbing, we will reach the summit. From this point you will be able to appreciate in its maximum splendor the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, a 360º view of the most emblematic mountains of Peru: Huandoy, Chopicalqui, Huascaran, Quitaraju, Santa Cruz, Pucajirkas, Rinrijirca, Paron, Caraz, Aguja, Piramide.

We will stay at the summit the necessary time to rest, hydrate and take pictures. Finally we will make the descent rappels by the same route of ascent, we will arrive to our camp, we will eat and rest.

Depending on the fitness of the client and previous coordination with the guide and support team, we could descend the same day to Base Camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated climb time: 10 to 12 hours. Elevation: +547 m (5400 masl a 5947 masl ), 450 m Alpamayo ice Wall.

Day 6: High Camp (5,500 m) – Base Camp (4,300 m)

This day, after breakfast, we begin our descent to base camp. We will make a few rappels and continue with the journey until we reach the moraine and we will continue our descent until we reach the camp. Our cook will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch to replenish energy and then we will rest satisfied for the great feat done.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated descent time: 3 to 4 hours.

Day 7: Base Camp (4,300 m) – Cashapampa Village (2,900 m) – Huaraz (3,100 m)

This day the hike starts uphill from Huayllapa to Tapush Pass, the road is surrounded by vegetation along the way. After 5 hours of walking we will arrive at the Tapush pass, from this point we will enjoy our lunch and the view of the Diablo Mudo Mountain (5350m) and the Susococha lake. We continue downhill until we reach the Gashpapampa camp (4,600m) being this the highest camp of the entire circuit.

Meals: Breakfast. Estimated hiking time: 5 to 6 hours. Elevation: -1200 m 50 / -150 m Distance: 23.5 km Transfer by car: 3 hours


About the guide

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Andean Raju



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We are a team of young IFMGA and UIMLA-certified mountain guides and leaders, with extensive experience. We offer hiking and mountain expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Perú, our main adventure destinations. We also offer ascent expeditions to the most emblematic mountains of Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia.

In Andean Raju Expeditions we are proud of our work. Our priority is always the satisfaction and safety of our customers, always taking care of the conservation and protection of the environment. Our mission goes beyond adventure, we offer our clients a personalized experience and our friendship, sharing our culture, knowledge and love for nature and mountains to ensure every visitor an unforgettable experience.





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What people are saying about Andean Raju



Had so much fun mountaineering with Pablo and Paulino! first experience climbing snow/ice, would definitely recommend and good price too



An extraordinary expérience with Pablo and Alex, two fantastic guides (and now friends for life) from Huaras, Peru, who are at the same time extremely professional and incredebly flexible. We reached the summit on day 8 to benefit from a good weather window. My heurt is full of gratitude for the who le expérience and the magical encounters I was blessed with during that expedition. Probably amongst the very best memories in my entire life. Thank you si much, guys! And see you soon for new adventures 😛🔥❤️😊



Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.



The guide did the absolute minimum he could possibly do. The food provided was definitely not enough for what we were doing. This was already a fast itinerary and he cut it short by two more days. It made it extremely dangerous for us as clients. 2 of the 5 of us had to get flown off the mountain by helicopter due to edema because we didn’t acclimate properly. The guide then lied on social media and claimed 100% success to the summit. He really is a snake. He only cared about cutting everything and doing it as cheap as possible, most likely just to make a few more bucks. If this was a service offered in the U.S., there would’ve been a lawsuit. He should never guide this trip ever again for the pure safety of the clients.



Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.

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