Climbing Pisco – Huascaran Mountain


The Nevado Pisco (5,752m/18,871ft) is a mountain of the Cordillera Blanca within the Huascarán National Park, part of the Peruvian Andes, province of Yungay, Áncash region. The Huascarán (6,768m/22,204ft) -meaning 'horonym' in Quechua; also translated as "the snow-covered summit over Huashco village", or "the snow-covered twins" - is the culminating mountain of the Peruvian Andes.

Day 01: Huaraz – Llanganuco – Pisco Base Camp (4,600m/15,091ft)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will board our private bus, and drive along the Callejón de Huaylas, north of Huaraz. Passing by different traditional Andean villages, we will make our first stop at Carhuas (2650m), to enjoy a delicious homemade ice-cream. We will continue our bus trip and stop in the ancient town of Yungay, a city that was burried under snow in 1970, following an avalanche in Huascarán Mountain, the New Yungay (2500m). From there, we will head up to the entrance of the Llanganuco Valley, where we will register in the National Huascaran Park Control. We will then have our lunch break at the beautiful lakes of Llanganuco (Chinancocha and Orconcocha). We will then hike up to the Base Camp of Pisco. If the weather conditions are good, we will enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain peaks of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Pisco, and Huandoys. We will arrive to the Camp Base Pisco around 3 pm. Overnight at 4600m.

Day 02: Base Camp of Pisco – Moraine Camp (4,850m/15,912ft) 

After breakfast, we will have the morning free to rest and check our climbing gear. We will have lunch at 12pm and then start our 2h30 hike via a rocky path to the Moraine Camp of Pisco. We will have some hot tea and dinner. Overnight camping at 4850m.

Day 03: Moraine Camp – Climb up Pisco (5,750m/18,860ft) – Base Camp of Pisco

We will have an early breakfast, and start our ascent around 3am. It will take us about 1h to get the glacier We will equip ourselves with our climbing gear and start our climb up to the Pisco Summit. After about 1h we’ll get to a challenging 40m section at 50°. After this we will have an extra 2h30 climb to reach the summit. There we will enjoy breathtaking views of different mountains such as: Artesonraju, Alpamayo, Caraz, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha, Chacraraju, Brogui, Huandoys, and more, as well as the famous lake 69. We will then start our way down to the Moraine Camp, where the donkey drivers will be waiting for us. We will then go down to the base Camp, and arrive around 3pm. Overnight in the Base Camp at 4850m. 

Day 04: Base Camp of Pisco– Llanganuco – Huaraz

After breakfast, we walk back down for about 2h to Cebollapampa, where our private transport will be waiting for us. We will pass one more time by the Orconcocha and Chinancocha lakes; have lunch on the way, and pass again the Huascaran National Park control. We will continue to go down to Yungay district, and should arrive in Huaraz around 4pm

Day 05: Huaraz free day

This day you will have free time in Huaraz, to rest, do some purchases or take part in an extra day-tour. 

Day 06: Huaraz – Musho – Huascaran Base Camp (3,800m/12,464ft.)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will board our private bus around 7am, and drive along the Callejon de Huaylas, north of Huaraz, until Mancos. After an hour, we will arrive in Mucho, where the donkey driver will be waiting for us to transport our climbing gear. We will hike up for about 4-5h and arrive to Base Camp. Overnight camping at 3800m.

Day 07: Base Camp of Huascaran – Camp 1 (5,000m/16,400ft)

After breakfast, we will start hiking up. We will have a challenging 3-hour walk over granite rocks, leading us to the glacier of Huascaran. Then, we will start a 3-hour ascent up to Camp 1. Up there, we will enjoy breathtaking views over the Cordillera Negra, and “el Escudo de Huascaran’ behind which we will watch the sun disappear. Overnight camping at 5300m.

Day 08: High Camp – Camp 2 (5,950m/19,516ft)

We will have an early breakfast and start climbing at 4am for about 4-5h. If there are other climbers, we will have to pass this zone with avalanche risks a bit faster. We will arrive around 9am at Camp 2 and get some good rest to prepare for the next day. Overnight camping over the glacier at 5950m

Day 09: Camp 2 – Climb up Huascaran (6,768m/22,199ft) – Camp 2

We will start climbing Huascaran after an early breakfast, at 3am. Along the way, we will be able to see the lights of little villages from above, and even Huaraz at some stage. We will witness the sun rising in the Cordillera Blanca, as we get to the summit (6768m) around 7am. We will enjoy breathtaking views of the white Mountain Range up there. We will then start our way back down to Camp 2, for about 4h, and should arrive around 3-4pm. Overnight camping at 5950m

Day 10: Camp 2 – Base Camp of Huascaran (3,800m/12,464ft)

Around 3am, we will start our way back down to Base Camp. After 2h we will arrive at Camp 1, and we will then continue until the end of the glacier, where we will have some hot drinks. We will continue hiking for 2h until Camp 2. We will have a nice lunch when we arrive, some good rest and then our last dinner together that we will celebrate with some Pisco Sour. Overnight at 3800m

Day 11: Base Camp of Huascaran – Musho – Huaraz

After breakfast, we will walk back for about 3 hours, down to Musho, passing by an eucaliptus forest. There our private transport to Huaraz will be waiting for us. Estimated arrival time: 2pm, and then transfert to your hotel.


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