7 Days
Tour Type

Summit Climb to Alpamayo

Tour Details
Summit Climb to Alpamayo – 7 Days

Summit Climb to Alpamayo. Discover Peru’s Cordillera Blanca as you trek, climb; and scramble over snow- and ice-covered moraine rock into the high altitudes of the Andes. Not for the faint of heart; this 14-day itinerary is for the somewhat experienced climber and altogether adventurous spirit.


  • Snow & Ice Climbing
  • Meet locals on your way through the peaks and valleys of the Cordillera Blanca
  • Discover stunning turquoise lakes hidden among snowy peaked mountans
  • Camp on icy mountaintops with unparalleled views of surrounding peaks
  • Reach the Alpamayo summit and rappel down to High Camp
Price Includes
  • Personalised Expert Advice
  • Qualified and licensed trekking and climbing guides
  • UIAGM international certified climbing guides
  • All meals and snacks on treks and climbs
  • Quality international brand tents
  • Cooking, Dining & bathroom tents
  • All cooking equipment, kitchen equipment, eating utensils, tables & chairs
  • Oxygen Bottle for Huayhuash & Alpamayo Circuit Treks
  • Thermorest sleeping mattress
  • Mules, Arrieros & Rescue Horse
  • Private trek transport in a well maintained vehicle with careful drivers
  • Vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and other special diet requests catered for
  • Emergency Equipment & First Aid kit
  • Booking of domestic flight tickets, bus tickets, hotels and guesthouses, Lima transfers and city tours
Price Excludes
  • Guide Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses



Note 1: We classify the course and climbing as Hard because the altitude of 5686 metres and the steep, tough nature of the hike up to camp while carrying your gear, do make it demanding. The intensive nature of the climbing instruction is also physically demanding.
You need to be strong enough to carry a moderate-weight backpack up the steep trail. For the fit, strong and well-acclimatized this is a great, challenging adventure; you should not consider this program unless you have above average fitness and are generally strong.
Note 2: The guide in charge of your climb will be one of our local experienced & professional UIAGM International Mountain Guides.
Note 3: Acclimatisation It is important that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before attempting to climb any peak in the Cordillera Blanca, thus avoiding any potential problems with lack of energy or any altitude-related illnesses when climbing.
Climbing above 5000m is physically demanding, even when the climbing itself is not steep or technical. On this ascent you go from Huaraz (3,090m) direct to the Moraine Camp (5,130m), constituting an altitude gain of 2040 metres in a single day. It is therefore extremely important that you already be well acclimatized.
We recommend a trek of minimum 4 days or a series of day hikes to above 4500m for acclimatization and extra fitness. Arrive in Huaraz and check in to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day settling in and acclimating to the higher altitude — 9,843 feet above sea level.
Drive to the trailhead; which begins in the village of Cashapampa (9,000 feet/2,743 meters). This 3 hour drive takes us through beautiful farming communities as you head between the spines of the Cordillera Negra and the Cordillera Blanca. After organizing our burros, you'll hike with daypacks to Llama Corral (11,500 feet/3,505 meters), where you'll camp for the night.
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Today you'll continue trekking past the Santa Cruz Lakes until arriving into the hanging valley that sits beneath Alpamayo. Making our base camp at the treeline, approximately 13,500 feet (4,115 meters).
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you'll help carry equipment to the moraine camp (16,000 feet/4,877 meters), at the edge of the glacier. After safely storing our gear you'll return to Base Camp for one of our cook Teo's famous feasts.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we move up to moraine camp at 16,000'/4,877m in good time to take in the views from this camp. You'll eat well this evening in readiness for the summit to come!
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you'll make your steps onto the glacier making our move to Col Camp (18,000 feet/5,486 meters). Often one of the most challenging days of the expedition, you'll be climbing on fissured glacier and moving up as many as three/two-tool ice and neve pitches, whilst managing the weight of your backpacks! Col Camp boasts one of the best views from a high camp in the entire world, the alpenglow lights up the Southwest face.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Providing you are well acclimatized and strong, today you'll attempt the summit of Alpamayo (19,512 feet/5,947 meters). The route to the summit has a 1-2 hour approach across a steep glacier before crossing the bergshrund onto the South- West Face. 6-9 pitches (depending on whether we tackle the climb via the Ferrari or Italian Route) of two-tool (55-70 degree) ice and neve take us to just below the summit ridge. Traditionally, a final hard, steep pitch puts us on top, where in a good year you can straddle the ridge (one foot on each side hanging over 2000+’/610+m faces) and work our way to the ultimate summit. Rappelling the route to descend, and then return to our high camp.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Moving out from our high camp, traversing down to Cashapampa, where our private transportation will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz. It's never goodbye, only until the next time!
  • Meals: Breakfast

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