Huascaran is the highest mountain in Peru; its two summits are separated by the enormous, Col at 6768 m. La Garganta, which is reached by climbing along the edge of a tumbling icefall. Due to the altitude, climbing Huascaran requires a series of acclimatization steps, similar to those needed for all of the highest peaks on Earth. The terrain provides enough of a technical challenge to excite experienced alpine climbers.
Transportation from airport or bus station to the hotel; free time for acclimation. This ride follows the Pan American highway north across the impressive Pacific coastal desert. Continuing toward higher terrain, we pass through the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) at Conococha Pass (4,020 m.) and into the Santa Valley and Huaraz (3,100 m.). Once across the pass, you will see a charming view of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range), without a doubt some of the most impressive landscapes in the world. You can also fly via LC PERU – flight duration 50 minutes.
Today, the departure is at 07:00 a.m. by vehicle along Callejon de Huaylas, lasting approximately 3 hours. Then, we will reach Musho village, where we will load donkeys with gear and supplies and from here start the climb to the Huascaran Camp. Overnight camping.
Today, you will continue your trek around 08:00 a.m., starting your walk up on the rocky section toward Moraine at 4,850 m. Here, you will have lunch, and in the afternoon you will reach the Base Camp, enjoying an impressive afternoon.
Time for the hard work! Ascend to the high camp, the Moraine Camp (5,350 m.), which is the high pass between Alpamayo and Quitaraju. In the afternoon, you will have an exceptional view from the high camp.
Depart from camp early in the morning. We will start climbing up towards col passing by a dangerous avalanche site on the way up until reaching a site in the middle of a couple of peaks. Enjoy the view in the afternoon on Cordillera Blanca, camping overnight at the high camp.
Very early breakfast at 12:00 a.m., we start the 7-hour climb up to reach the north summit at 6,768 m. This offers a breathtaking view of Cordillera Blanca, from atop Huascaran, the highest point in Peru. Then, we head back along the same route, rappelling at difficult parts, until we reach the high camp again.
After breakfast we walk down till Musho Village, then our private transport will pick up us to take us to the hotel in Huaraz.
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.