Huascaran peaks at 6,768 meters and is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. In order to climb this mountain you will need to acclimatize. Before attempting the Huascaran you should consider climbing mountains like Ishinca of 5,560 meters. Pisco of 5,752 meters, or other mountains within a two-week period of time before ascending Huascaran. The Huascaran mountain became popular around the world thanks to the Ice Climbing Adventure Sports. Many international tourists come to climb it during the dry season.
In the morning you will travel East to Musho, about one hour. Once you arrive here you will meet the donkey driver that will transport all climbing equipment to the base camp. The base camp will be at about 4,300 meters and will take about 4 to 5 hours to hike up to. You will stay the night here at the base camp.
After an early morning breakfast you will begin to ready your climbing gear. With the help of the porters, it will take an estimated time of 3 to 4 hours to reach the Moraine Camp. The route will include walking up a rock face of about 200 meters.
When you wake you will have breakfast and then begin once more to hike from Moraine Camp to the high camp. At times you may have to do some rock climbing, about 3 hours’ worth to reach the glacier. Once at the glacier you will take about another hour to reach high camp 1 at 5,400 meters. You will have amazing views from here with different mountains all around. You will stay overnight camping over the
Today, you will begin climbing early in the morning towards Camp 2. You will climb for about 4 hours. If there are other climbers in the area, it is best to pass the channel quicker rather than wait as this is considered an avalanche zone. You will arrive to Camp 2 around 10:00 am. You will stay for overnight camping on the glacier at 6050 meters.
After breakfast in Camp 2 you will start climbing at 2:00 am. Along the this route you will enjoy the incredible views of different mountains and enjoy the breathtaking sunrise of the Cordillera Blanca. Arriving to the summit at 6768 meters provides unreal views of the Cordillera Blanca and many other snow-capped mountain peaks. Take in the view and some pictures and you will begin to return down to Camp 2 to stay the night.
Early in the morning you will begin descending back to the base camp. In about 2 hours you will reach the Moraine Camp. Here you will have lunch and continue down to the Base Camp, which will take about another 2 hours. You will spend the night at the Base Camp at 4,200 meters.
After a later wake-up in the morning, you will begin to descend to Musho, about a 3 and a half hour walk. Here your private transportation will be waiting to take you back to Huaraz. You should return sometime in the mid-afternoon and will be dropped off at your selected hotel, staying overnight in Huaraz.
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