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Climbing in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: Huascarán (6,768m) summit, 7 days

Join Marco, an IFMGA certified mountain guide to climb the summit of Huascarán in the beautiful range of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.

Mountain RangeCordillera Blanca
Duration7 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group


  • Climb the highest peak of Peru.

  • Witness spectacular views of the valley and the peaks of Cordillera Blanca.

  • Explore the plant and animal life of the Huascarán National Park.


Join me to climb the summit of the snowy massif of Huascarán in the Peruvian Andes on this week-long trip.

Located in the majestic Cordillera Blanca range in Huascarán National Park, Huascarán is one mountain that cannot be missed! This iconic mountain is distinguishable because of its 3 peaks- the north summit (6655m), the east summit (6354 m) and the highest southern summit which stands at an impressive 6768 m.

The southern summit known as Huascarán Sur is the highest point in Peru and the trip will precisely lead you there.

The incredible adventure will begin in Huaraz. From there, we will climb up to the base camp (4270 m) via Musho. The trail further leads to Campo Moreno, Camp One and Camp Two for the next couple of days. You will see spectacular views of the valley of Callejón de Huaylas and the neighboring peaks on the way.

We will have ample time to acclimatize before attempting the summit. The final leg of the journey will begin at Camp Two. Starting early at about 1 a.m we will scale on ice and snow to eventually get to the top. The summit offers unobstructed views of the Cordillera Blanca range and other high peaks of the Huayhuash.

Make sure to capture this unbelievable moment by clicking a selfie or two. After some time, we will descend via the same route to get back to the base camp.

Regarding difficulty, keep in mind that it is a moderate grade trip which requires a good level of fitness. The climb is somewhat difficult and requires previous mountaineering experience.

So, if you have what it takes, please send a message to treat yourself to this climb in the Peruvian Andes. You will have the time of your life, I assure you! Also, check out my trip to Nevado Pisco if looking for some more adventure in Peru.

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Day 1: From Huaraz (3,100 m) to the Base Camp via Musho (3,050 m)

Departure from Huaraz in the northwest direction along the Callejón de Huaylas until we reach the town of Musho (3,050m).

From here, we will hike until we reach base camp of Huascaran. You will be able to see the entire valley of Callejón de Huaylas from here.

Transportation duration: 3 hours.

Walking hours: 4 hours.

Day 2: Base Camp (4,270 m) - Campo Morena (4,800 m)

After breakfast, head towards the brown field located at 4,800m. Taking all the climbing equipment along, ascend Huascaran and continue until we reach Campo Morena.

Rise hours: approximately 5 hours.

Day 3: Campo Morena (4,800 m) to Camp One (5,300 m)

Head towards the glacier to reach the camp at 5,300m.

Rising hours: approximately 4 hours.

Day 4: Camp One (5,300 m) to Camp Two (6,000 m)

Advance through the icy terrain until we reach Camp Two.

Hike hours: 5 – 6 hours approximately.

Day 5: Hike from Camp Two (6,000 m) to the Summit (6,768 m)

Depart from Camp Two at 1:00 a.m. and head towards the summit. You will be able to see the Blanca mountain range along with the highest peaks of the Huayhuash mountain range. Thereafter, descend via the same route.

Hours of ascent and descent: approximately 10 hours.

Day 6: Camp Two (6,000 m) to the Base Camp (4,270 m)

Descend after breakfast following the same route to Campo Morena and then arrive at the Base Camp to rest.

Hours of descent: approximately 7 hours.

Day 7: Base Camp (4,270 m) to Musho(3,050 m)

After breakfast, head towards the town of Musho from where you will return to Huaraz.

Hours of descent: approximately 4 hours.

About the guide

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I am an active member of the IFMGA and the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association. I have many years of mountaineering experience in the Cordillera Blanca, the Cordillera Huayhuash and in the Vilcanota mountain range. I also have extensive experience as a member of the Mountain Rescue Team.

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