La Cordillera Blanca

Alpamayo Expedition

When: JUN-AUG

Length: 15 days

Level: Hard

Price: $2,950

Overview

The crowning jewel of the magnificent Cordillera Blanca

An astonishing pyramid of snow and ice, Alpamayo is considered the world's most beautiful mountain

Alpamayo is one of the Cordillera Blanca’s most stunning and renowned specimens. This illustrious mountain attracts a large number of international climbers each year, all hoping to ascend its huge southwest face and experience for themselves the mountain’s truly sublime grandeur.

Just short of 6,000 meters (19,690 feet), Alpamayo is indeed an exquisite climb. With 70 degree slopes of snow and ice, the climb is technical by nature and definitely requires previous experience. Our suggested itinerary pairs a climb of Alpamayo with an ascent of Quitaraju, the 6040m (19,820 feet) peak directly to Alpamayo's east.

Quitaraju’s north face offers pleasant 40 to 55 degree snow and ice climbing, and tops after a short traverse of the mountain's razor sharp summit ridge. From here, you'll experience the best view imaginable of Alpamayo famous flutings. These two dramatic mountains are often proceeded by an acclimatization climb of Huarapasca, an accessible, fun and semi-technical mountain in the southern part of the Cordillera Blanca.

"I had an incredible experience and would definitely consider using [Project Cordillera] again as the whole thing blew my mind."
- Oscar Hjorlund, Denmark

Customized options are available, including fully-inclusive travel itineraries, expedition services only, independent expedition support, and/or simply hiring a leading guide.

Alpamayo

Altitude
5945M

Very Strenuous, Technical, AD+

Quitaraju

Altitude
6040M

Very Strenuous, Technical, AD+

Huarapasca

Altitude
5412M

Less Strenuous, Semi-Technical, PD+

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Private airport pick-up, and a night in Lima.

Day 2 -

Private transfer and coach to Huaraz. Enjoy views of the giant sand dune and the changing mountains scenery before arriving at your hotel in the mountain town.

Day 3 -

Meet the guides and review your itinerary, go over plans and finalise the expedition details. Spend the rest of the day exploring nearby ruins and getting to know the city.

Day 4 -

Get acclimatized with a day hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup (4500m).

Day 5 -

Leave early for the climb of Huarapasca, a fun, semi-technical peak that's perfect practice for refine skills for the coming climbs.

Day 6 -

Head out to Cashapampa where you'll load the donkeys with gear and supplies. Hike up the beautiful Santa Cruz valley and camp near a big alpine lake en-route to base camp.

Day 7 -

Continue the approach, arriving at Base Camp by the afternoon. Enjoy 360 degree high white mountain views.

Day 8 -

Ascend the steep moraine to the Moraine Camp (4900m), where you'll have an exceptional view of Artesonaraju and Alpamayo.

Day 9 -

Ascend up to the High Camp (5200m), perched on the snowy col between Alpamayo and Quitaraju. Spend the evening in one of the world's most spectacular camping spots.

Day 10 -

Depart from camp and head to the steep summit wall of Alpamayo, then begin the climb up the southwest face, reaching summit in the early morning.

Day 11 -

Rest day, so you can sit back and enjoy the view! If there are any issues affecting timing (such as unstable weather), this day also acts as another opportunity to summit.

Day 12 -

Summit day on Quitaraju (6040m), which offers the same fun, technical terrain as Alpamayo with a bit more elevation.

Day 13 -

Descend all the way back to the Base Camp, and enjoy the feeling of having climbed some truly awesome peaks.

Day 14 -

Hike back out to Cashapampa, returning to Huaraz around 4pm. Check into your Hotel for a hot and well-deserved shower. Meet again for a celebratory feast that evening.

Day 15 -

Last minute gift shopping before departing for Lima at 10am, arriving at the airport or your hotel by 7pm.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • First class bus tickets
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • All acclimatisation activities and for the duration of the expedition
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All technical equipment
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Donkeys or llamas and porters where applicable
  • Sleeping tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and bathroom tent
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions
  • Celebration banquet at the end of trip

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • All food during in-town days except the Celebration Banquet
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

10th Jun 2017 - 2nd Jul 2017

Lima to Lima fully inclusive 23 days expedition including Alpamayo, Yanapaqcha and Quitaraju.

Fully Booked
11th Jun 2017 - 5th Jul 2017

This is a fully-inclusive 23 days expedition with all services from Lima to Lima inlcuding Alpamayo, Artesonraju and Huascaran. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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2nd Jul 2017 - 24th Jul 2017

This is a fully-inclusive 23 days expedition with all services from Lima to Lima including Alpamayo and Huascaran. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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6th Jul 2017 - 28th Jul 2017

This is a fully-inclusive 23 days expedition with all services from Lima to Lima including Alpamayo and Huascaran. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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9th Jul 2017 - 31st Jul 2017

This is a fully-inclusive 23 days expedition with all services from Lima to Lima including Alpamayo and Huascaran. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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11th Jul 2017 - 2nd Aug 2017

This is a fully-inclusive 23 days expedition with all services from Lima to Lima including Alpamayo and Huascaran. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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15th Jul 2017 - 29th Jul 2017

This is a fully-inclusive 15 days expedition with all services from Lima to Lima, with an ascent of Quitaraju. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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