Climbing Huascaran

Climbing Huascaran in Peru, is a mountaineering dream.
Huascaran is the highest mountain in Peru. Huascaran stands at 6,768m/ 22,205 feet tall. A giant of the Andes mountains. The ascent normally takes 21 days. The main difficulties being the large crevasses that often block the route to the summit. Before climbing Huascaran in Peru we require that you have been above 5,500m/ 18,044 feet. We also require previous mountaineering, for example Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.

Our itinerary includes Mount Pisco, Yanapaccha, Vallunaraju and Ishinca prior to heading high on Huascaran. We include continuous training support and advice along with our dossier on the climb.
We have a great professional climbing team based in Huaraz, Peru. We have lead numerous group climbs in Huascaran. Ian has climbed Everest to the top and led 20+ trips to Peru. This region of Peru is similar to the Himalaya’s. Giant jagged peaks, in unique and untouched settings. If you are looking to go higher climbing Huascaran in Peru should be on your bucket list of mountains to climb. Huascaran is accessible to you if you have completed our Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo or Mera peak trips. You should also consider doing one of our Scottish or Colorado winter skills courses.

Mount Huascaran is the fourth highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, Huascaran has it’s own national park. This region of Peru attracts lots of people to trek and climb in this magnificent mountain region. Huascarán is normally climbed on the western side via a high camp in the col that separates the summits, known as La Garganta. After following our acclimatization schedule to climb Mount Pisco we will move towards Huascaran. The main challenges Climbing Huascaran in Peru will be the extreme altitude and large crevasses that often block the route to the summit. This trip starts from $5,650.

Daily Distances

Day 1

Fly to Lima Peru. You can be picked up from the airport and drive to Huaraz at 3,052m/ 10,013 feet. We will do private transfer for groups arriving in Lima.

Day 2

Today will be an acclimatization day near Huaraz and we will aim to get up to 3,500m/ 11,500 feet and then back to Huaraz where you can pick up some last minute items for the journey ahead.

Day 3

Acclimatization day

Day 4

Huaraz – drive to Cashapampa and trek to Llamacorral (3760m/12332ft)

Day 5

Llamacorral – trek to Taullipampa (4250m/13940ft)

Day 6

Taullipampa – rest day or visit Arhuaycocha Lake, view of the Alpamayo

Day 7

Taullipampa – trek to Punta Union (4750m/15580ft) – Cachinapampa

Day 8

Cachinapampa – driver to Portachuelo pass (4770m/15645ft) – Yuraccorral

Day 9

Trekking from Yuraccorral to Base Camp – Moraine Camp Pisco (4850m/15908ft)

Day 10

Climbing Nevado Pisco 5750m and back to Base Camp (4500m/14760ft)

Day 11

Back to Huaraz, Overnight in the Hotel

Day 12

Huaraz – rest day and preparation for Huascaran

Day 13

Huaraz – Drive to Musho – hike to Huascaran Base Camp

Day 14

Base Camp – Moraine Camp – climb up to the Camp 1 (5300m/17384ft)

Day 15

Camp 1 – climb up to the Camp 2 (6000m/19680ft)

Day 16

Rest Day – In Case the weather is bad

Day 17

Camp 2 – Climb up Huascaran to the summit (6768m/22199ft) – Camp 2

Day 18

Camp 2 – Climb down to the Base Camp

Day 19

Base Camp – Musho – return to Huaraz

Day 20

Huaraz – Celebration with the group and get some sleep.

Day 21

Early flight to Lima and flight back home

  • Climbing Huascaran in Peru

    Before undertaking any serious climb in Peru, you need an acclimatization schedule to match the elevation gain. Check out our itinerary below. Our normal schedule adds in the climb of Pisco 5,750m/ 18,864 feet. This is a classic combination between trek and climbing expedition.

  • We trek the Santa Cruz Trek

    This is a very popular and short trek in to the Cordillera Blanca with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, crystalline water and lakes with two high passes like Punta Union at 4,750m/ 15,583 feet. and Portachuelo Pass at 4,770m/ 15,649 feet. The climb of Pisco mountain at 5,750m/ 18,864 feet does not required you to have previous mountaineering or technical ability, but we recommend it along with previous high altitude trekking experience.

    The preparation for Climbing Huascaran in Peru does require you to reach the elevation of 5,750m/ 18,864 feet on Pisco mountain, before moving on to climb Huascaran at 6,768m/ 22,205 feet. The trails are not that challenging, but the altitude is, so coming physically prepared is paramount. Once you come prepared you will be treated to world class mountain views Pisco mountain. You will see you views of your ultimate goal of Huascaran and other peaks like Huangoys, Artesonraju, Yanapaccha and Chopocalqui.

  • Climb Pisco before Huascaran

    Huascaran is the highest mountain in Peru and the fourth highest peak in the whole of the American continent. Huascaran is surrounded by peaks reaching over 5,000m/ 16,404 feet of height in the Cordillera Blanca which offers of the most stunning climbing and scenery found anywhere else of the world. If you considering joining one of our Climbing Huascaran in Peru you need have gone on one of our winter skills courses, had previous multi-day high altitude trekking and mountaineering experience. The best month for Climbing Huascaran in Peru are June, July and August.


Q). The best month for Climbing Huascaran?

A). We recommend climbing Huascaran in June, July and August.

Q). Long long is the drive from Lima to Huaraz?

A). This can vary, but usually takes around 7/8 hours.

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