Quitaraju 6-day guided ascent in Cordillera Blanca

An unforgettable climb to the Quitaraju Peak in company of Juventino, a local IFMGA mountain guide. A 3-day challenging ascent surrounded by the most amazing landscape.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Cordillera Blanca

People per Guide

15 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    I am glad to offer this amazing 6-day ascent to the summit of the Quitaraju Peak.

    The Quitaraju is a 6040-meter mountain located in the southeast of the Alpamayo. Although it is not as famous as the Alpamayo I think that it is an advantage. The ascent route is really quiet and far from the tourists. In addition, the Quitaraju offers amazing views from its summit.

    There are many ascents routes to reach the top of the Quitaraju. The west ridge seems to be the easiest way but it is quite long with many steep sections. There is another option, via its north face, which is really nice although you must face some slopes of 55º degrees of inclination and an altitude change of around 700 m.

    The perfect season to ascend the Quitaraju Peak is during the months of June, July and August. Although I have not open groups yet, I can open a new one for you and your friends (15 as maximum).

    Keep in mind all the member of the group must have a perfect physical condition since it is a demanding ascent.

    So, if you want to join me on this adventure or maybe in other similar program in the area (such as this ascent through the Huascaran South Face) don’t hesitate to contact me! It will be my pleasure to guide you in the Cordillera Blanca.

     

     

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    2600 USD

    Group of 2
    1450 USD

    Group of 3
    1450 USD

    Group of 4
    1350 USD

    Group of 5
    1350 USD

    Group of 6
    1200 USD

    Group of 7
    1200 USD

    Group of 8
    1100 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Transport during the trip
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Huaraz - Llamacoral (3850 m)

      Transfer from Huaraz to Cashapampa. The trek stars in Santa Cruz where we’ll meet the team and the donkey drivers. Walk to Llamacoral Camp (-/L/D).

    • Day 2Llamacoral - Trekking to Base Camp of Quitaraju/Alpamayo (4350 m)

      Today we’ll hike to Arhuaycocha (4300 m) with great views of the Alpamayo, Artesonraju and Taulliraju peaks. Night at the Base Camp of Alpamayo (B/L/D).

    • Day 3Alpamayo Base Camp - Ascent to Quitaraju/Alpamayo Moraine Camp (4900 m)

      After breakfast we’ll prepare the equipment for the day. We will then start the ascent with the help of the donkey drivers. The trail takes us across a steep moraine at the glacier to the Moraine Camp (B/L/D).

    • Day 4Moraine Camp - Ascend to Quitaraju/Alpamayo High Camp (5300 m)

      Today we’ll reach the Alpamayo High Camp, which is located on a steep glacier at the base of the Alpamayo and the Quitaraju peaks. Due to the constant shrinkage of the glacier, every year we find a different situation along this section. We will have dinner a bit early because we must wake up very early for the long day that awaits us tomorrow. Overnight at the high Camp (B/L/D).

    • Day 5High Camp - Ascent to Quitaraju Summit - High Camp (5300 m) or Descend to Base Camp (4300 m)

      Summit day! One possible route is the French route, a 60-70-degree ice wall. Above the wall, you will be very close to the highest point of the narrow ridge. At the summit, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the Cordillera Blanca! After a brief rest and some photos at the summit, we must return quickly to the High Camp via rappel by the same route we ascended. The ascent takes 6-7 hours, while the descent takes about 2-3 hours. If participants are tired, we can stay one more night in the High Camp. If everyone feels fine we will descend to the Quitaraju/Alpamayo Base Camp (B/L/D).

    • Day 6Base Camp - Descent through Quebrada Santa Cruz - Cashapampa - Transfer to Huaraz

      Today we will start the hike early, descending through the Santa Cruz valley to Cashapampa. In this village our minibus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz. Lodging at the hotel (B/L/-).

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    Huaraz

    More info

    Not included in the price:

    - International flights to Lima / Peru round trip

    - Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure

    - Exit tax at the airport in Lima

    - Travel accident and health insurance

    - Luggage insurance and trip cancellation

    - Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz

    - Personal expenses

    - Acclimatization Tour

    - Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park

    - Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station

    - Domestic flight Airline ticket LC-Peru

    - Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima

    - Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz

    - Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel

    - Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)

    - Tips

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

    He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

    To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

    He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.

     
     
    FROM 1100 USDper person
     

     

    What People are Saying about Juventino Martin Albino Caldua

     

    The legend Juventino. My brother and I travelled to Huaraz to climb the Vallunaraju summit. Our guide Juventino has been the best guide I\'ve had over the past years and I have made a lot of hikes and climbing over the world. He is a very talented and experienced guide, he took care of us very much and made sure safety is first. We also had an amazing experience with the food, they cooked delicious meals. They also have top brand quality equipment that made us feel really safe, we had the lucky experience of having a horrible storm at the base camp and I believe that the north face summit series tent they provided saved us!!!! Overall, best guide I have ever had, made us feel very confortable and happy. If you want a guide to feel safe and have the best experience possible go with the legend Juventino!!!
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