Let’s climb together the amazing Quitaraju summit, in the Cordillera Blanca!
The Quitaraju mountain lies in the Southeast side of the Alpamayo peak. In fact, we will spend the night in the same campsite we use to climb the Alpamayo. And the ascent route up to the Quitaraju summit, from Cashapampa to the high camp, is also the same one.
Of course it is a perfect program to combine with the ascent to the Alpamayo summit. All you will need is a proper acclimatization since we’ll be several days over 4000 meters above sea level. That is why I’ll add 2 extra days to warm-up our bodies before starting the big adventure.
The best months to enjoy this one-week mountaineering trip are June, July and August. As you may know, Peru has a very stable weather during the Andean Winter. While climbing in Cordillera Blanca you will find a wide range of temperatures. Therefore, you will need from shorts and a t-shirts during your stay in the city, to warm jackets and pants for a summit day.
Finally, I’ll share with you a sample itinerary at the bottom of this page. Check it for more details about the day-by-day program.
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Lima – Huaraz (3090 m)
We’ll take a bus and drive across the Punta Conococha Pass (4100m) to the town of Huaraz (3090m), where we check in to the group Hostal.
Acclimatization day with the option to make a 6-hour round trip to the Churup Lake, at 4450 meters. Once up there we’ll enjoy views of the Cordillera Blanca and its impressive peaks. Hostal night.
Huaraz - Cashapampa (2900 m)
We’ll drive passing by the cities of Carhuaz and Yungay, an old city completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1970. Caraz will be our starting point to get to Cashapampa. It is a famous trek through the Santa Cruz valley. Then, our equipment will be loaded by the donkeys and we will climb during 4 hours to the Llamacorral campsite at 3,700 meters.
Ichiccocha Lake - Jatuncocha Lake – Alpamayo base camp
After having breakfast we will continue uphill, passing by the Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes. We’ll finally arrive to the Alpamayo base camp, at 4,300 meters of altitude.
Alpamayo base camp – Moraine Camp (4800 m)
We will climb to the Moraine Camp. This time, the donkeys can not come with us so you will carry your personal gear during 3 hours.
High Camp at 5,400 m (glacier)
We will climb for about 15 minutes on moraine terrain until we reach the glacier, where we must put the crampons on and use ropes to face some steeper sections. After 4 hours we’ll be at the high camp.
Quitaraju summit (6306 m) – High Camp
We will leave early (2:00 AM) to reach the Quitaraju summit by 7 or 8 AM. We will be at the top for 20 minutes taking photos and appreciating the surrounding mountains. We’ll descend to the high camp by rappel. Once in the campsite we will prepare a hot soup and rest.
Quitaraju High Camp – Alpamayo Base Camp
We’ll return in the morning after breakfast, down to the base camp.
Cashapampa – Huaraz
We will walk down to Cashapampa during 6 hours. Then, we’ll drive to Huaraz. Overnight stay in a hotel of the city.
Huaraz - Lima
End of the program.
Price per person
|Group of 2||1500USD|
- Guiding fee
- Transport to the start of the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
Not included in the price:
- Personal Climbing Gear