Climbing Nevado Quitaraju Mountain


The snowy mountain Quitaraju (6,100m/20,013ft), belongs to the Santa Cruz mountain range. It is one of the most popular mountain visited after Alpamayo.

Day 01: Huaraz – Cashapampa (2,900m/9,514ft) – Llamacorral (3,760m/12,335ft)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will board our private bus, and drive along the Callejon de Huaylas, north of Huaraz. Passing by different districts such as: Carhuas (2650m), Yungay (2500m), Caraz city (2250m). We will arrive at Cashapampa around 10am. There, the donkey driver will be waiting for us. Once all the camping equipment geared, we will start hiking up. After about 2h30, we will have lunch. We will continue hiking for 5 to 6h, all the way up to our first camp "Llamacorral", arriving around 4pm. Overnight camping at 3760m.

Day 2: Llamacorral – Jatuncocha Lake – Alpamayo Base Camp (4,500m/14,764ft)

Today we will hike along the valley, passing by the turquoise lakes of Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha. We will stop for lunch at the beautiful site of Quisuar. We will then climb up to Alpamayo Base Camp. We will get there early and prepare our climbing gear for the next day. Overnight at 4500m.

Day 3: Alpamayo Base Camp – Moraine Camp (4,800m/15,748ft)

After a nice breakfast, we will start climbing up a rocky path for about 3h to get to Moraine camp. There we will pitch our tents and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains Artesonraju, Paria, and Pucajirca (among others). Overnight camping over 4800m.

Day 4: Moraine Camp – Camp 1 of Quitaraju (5,550m/18,208ft)

After breakfast, we will start our 4h30 ascent to the glacier. We will then equip ourselves with our climbing gear and climb up to Camp 1, where we will enjoy a nice dinner in the late afternoon and get some good rest. Overnight camping at 5550m.

Day 5: Camp 1 of Quitaraju – climb up Quitaraju summit (6,100m / 20,008ft) – Camp 1

After an early breakfast at 3am, we will start our ascent at 3:30am. After 1h30 walking in the snow we will get to the base of the wall, with an inclination of approx. 70 º. We will reach the summit after a 3-4 hour climb. We will enjoy some breathtaking views of the white mountain peaks. We will them come back down rappelling with the help of our guide. We will arrive to the camp around 1pm and have lunch, and take the afternoon to rest. Overnight at 5550m/18204ft.

Day 6: Camp 1 – open down to the Base Camp

After breakfast, we will head back the same route to Moraine Camp, then down to Base Camp, arriving to around 3pm. Overnight camping at 4500m.

Day 7: Base Camp – back to Huaraz

We will walk back down along the Santa Cruz valley, enjoying one more time the great views of the Jatuncocha and Ichiccocha lakes. Arriving at Cashapampa, where our driver will be waiting for us. We will have a last stop for lunch, and then drive back to Huaraz, arriving around 4pm.


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