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Climb Chopicalqui in Peru, 4-day Itinerary in the Cordillera Blanca

Chopicalqui in Peru
Chopicalqui in Peru
Chopicalqui in Peru
Chopicalqui in Peru

Enjoy a 4-day climb of the amazing Chopicalqui peak in the spectacular Cordillera Blanca Mountains of Peru with one of our IFMGA certified guides.


Cordillera Blanca

4 Days

May - Sep




* Enjoy a 4-day climb of the amazing Chopicalqui Peak in Peru.

* From the summit, bask in the great views of Huascaran.

* Spend your nights in various camps as you progress further up the mountain.


At 6,354 meters, Chopicalqui is definitely an impressive mountain. And, on this 4-day expedition, we would like to guide you to the summit of this great peak.

Located in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, Chopicalqui rests peacefully in the shadow of the north face of the mammoth Huascaran peak (6,768m). However, just because the peak is in the shadow of the country’s highest mountain, doesn’t mean it is any less impressive. Typically covered in snow, the Chopicalqui peak will definitely take your breath away. And, as we make our way up the peak, the views you will get of its neighbouring peaks only gets more and more incredible.

Like most climbing expeditions in Peru, our journey will begin in Huaraz. From there, we will venture to several camps, each one higher than the last. Those camps include the Chopicalqui base camp, the Morrena Camp, and the mountain’s high camp. Each one of these camps will provide you with some amazing viewpoints of the surrounding landscape that includes a beautiful forest and various alpine lakes.

Needless to say when climbing a peak higher than 6,000 meters, but all participants on this trip should be in good physical condition. You should also have some prior mountaineering experience.

Would you like to climb one of the Cordillera Blanca’s finest peaks? Then send a request and join us on this 4-day journey to the summit of Chopicalqui. We have no doubt you’ll have an amazing time.

We can also take you to the summit of Alpamayo on this 6-day trip.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Porters

- Mules and horses

Price details

Price Includes:

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

Certified chef during Chopicalqui expedition

Private transportation: Huaraz – Road 106, km 36

Private transportation: Road 106, km 36- Huaraz

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

Mountaineering equipment (helmet, harness, and crampons)

4 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch and dinner)

4 seasons tent with double occupancy

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) - Yungay / Road 106, km 36 (4.400 m) - Chopicalqui Moraine Camp (4.700 m)

Our expedition starts in Huaraz, we will pick you up at your hotel with private transportation. After pick up we will head north through the Huaylas valley to Yungay, from here we will turn east towards the Quebrada Llanganuco. On the way we will stop for 30 minutes for breakfast. We will continue our journey and after about 10 minutes we will make another stop to register at the Huascaran National Park entrance control. After another 20 minutes we will go around the beautiful lakes of Llanganuco (Chinancocha and Orconcocha). Finally the transport will arrive at Km 36 called Ancush curve, the starting point of our hike to the Chopicalqui moraine camp. Our porters are those responsible for the transfer of the logistic equipment to the campsite. The first 30 minutes passes through a plain surrounded by andean vegetation,then we will go uphill until we will reach the moraine zone of the route. During the hike we will have the landscape of the majestic Huascaran behind us. After about 4 hours of walking through rocky areas we will arrive to our first day of camping, from here we will see the Chacharaju, Huandoys, Pisco, Yanapaccha.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Box lunch, lunch and dinner Transfer by car: 2 hours Estimated trekking time: 4 hours Elevation gain: +1600 m (3100 masl to 4700 masl)

Day 2: Chopicalqui Moraine Camp (4.700 m) – Chopicalqui High Camp (5.500 m)

On our second day of expedition, we will start the day early in the morning. We will go through rocky sections until we reach the glacier. At this point we will equip ourselves: harness, hiking boots, helmet, crampons and an ice axe. The guides will be in charge of roping us to arrive safely to our campsite. After crossing the glacier and overcoming crevasses we will arrive at our camp.

At sunset you will be able to enjoy splendid views of the sunset.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner. Estimated hiking/climbing time: 2 to 3 hours Elevation: +800 m (4700 masl to 5500 masl)

Day 3: Chopicalqui High Camp (5.500 m) - Chopicalqui Summit (6.354 m) - Chopicalqui Moraine Camp (4.700 m)

We will start at midnight, after breakfast the guide will rope us up and make an inspection of the team’s climbing equipment. We will make a traverse to the base of the ridge, this section of the glacier almost always has excellent snow conditions. The climb presents us shorter sections of climbing that we have to overcome. After about 8 hours we will reach the summit to enjoy an awesome panoramic view, we can see almost the entire Cordillera Blanca, the most emblematic mountains of Peru: Huandoys, Chacraraju, Huascaran South and North, Alpamayo, Hualcan, Yanapaccha, Pisco, Taulliraju, Huantsan, Ranrapalca, Tocllaraju and more.

We will stay at the summit to rest, hydrate and take pictures. Finally we make the descent rappels by the same route of ascent, we will arrive to our high camp, we will feed and then we will continue our descent to the Moraine camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch and dinner. Estimated climbing time: 10 to 12 hours. Elevation: +854 m (5,500 masl to 6,354 masl)

Day 4: Chopicalqui Moraine Camp (4.700 m) – Road 106 km 36 - Huaraz (3.100 m)

The expedition has ended. After breakfast we dismantle the camp for the return, the porters will be ready to transfer all the logistic equipment. We will go downhill until we reach the road 106, km 36. The transport will be waiting for us at that point to transport us to Huaraz.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast Estimated hiking time: 2 hours Transfer by car: 3 hours back to Huaraz. Elevation gain: -1600 m (4700 msnm a 3100 msnm)


About the guide

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Andean Raju



Tour Operator

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



Andean Raju Expeditions is great. It's beautifu here. Id recommend trying to get private guides l



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.

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