Trek & Climb: Nevado Pisco & Chopicalqui – 7 Days

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1886
7 Day
Availability : Jan 1' - Dec 31'
Cusco
Nevado Pisco & Chopicalqui
Min Age : 21+
Max People : 15
Overview
Climb Nevados Pisco & Chopicalqui.

Climb Pisco & Chopicalqui in the Cordillera Blanca. This is an ideal route for climbers with some experience who are looking to improve and better their mountain climbing skills. Hone your knowledge and skills on Pisco before progressing to the more technically challenging Chopicalqui.

About mt. Pisco Peak: Pisco Peak forms part of the mountain range called the Huandoy Massif, located in the central part of the Cordillera Blanca. This is an excellent preparation climb for those who want to undertake the larger & more difficult peaks. Reaching the summit is attainable even for people without experience but who are ready for a challenge alongside more experienced climbers.

About Chopicalqui Peak: Chopicalqui is the third peak of the Huascarán Massif, also located in the Cordillera Blanca, between the two peaks of Huascarán and Contrahierbas. Following with an elevation of 6,345 meters; it is the fifth highest mountain in the Ancash region, and the fourth highest in the Cordillera Blanca. It is a demanding mountain with some technical climbing and this requires previous climbing experience.

Chopicalqui is appropriate for people with significant experience and alpine skills – managing rope and crampons on snow and ice walls and with good safety technique. In some years there can be steep sections of ice climbing that require the use of two ice axes and previous experience in their use is recommended.

Mt. Pisco
Best season: April to September.
Distance:       23 Km.
Altitude:        3900 – 6340 meters above sea level.
Rating:           Easy – Moderate.
Location:       Cordillera Blanca.
Average temperature: Between 13° C – 22° C during the day/ at night 0°C to – 6°C.

Mt. Chopicalqui
Best season: May to August
Distance:       32 Km.
Altitude:         3900 – 6340 meters above sea level.
Rating:           Moderate – Difficult.
Location:       Cordillera Blanca.
Average temperature: Between 13° C – 22° C during the day/ at night 0°C to – 12°C.

Highlights
Trek and climb in the world famous Cordillera Blanca
Hone your climbing skills on Mt. Pisco
Advance to climb and summit Mt. Chopicalqui with stunning views of the Huascarán Massif
Enjoy views of Huascaran, Huandoys, Contrahierba, Pisco, Chacraraju


Included
Breakfast x 6
Lunch x 7
Dinner x 6
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles sticks)

Not Included
International Airfare
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Travel & Adventure Insurance (we highly recommend some form of medical evacuation insurance)
Entrance fee to the Huascarán National Park (S./150.00 per person)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Emergency mule (can be hired for the expedition)

Suggested Packing
Hiking Boots
Trekking socks (synthetic fibers)
Sun hat
Hat for cold weather (fleece)
microfiber shirts and thermal
Fleece
Trekking pants
Sunglasses
Day Backpack or advance 40 liters
Waterproof Jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
Waterproof Pant (Gore-Tex or other)
Waterproof Layer
Water Bottle
Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
Sunscreen (lips and skin)
Personal First Aid Kit
Photographic Material
Washbag and towel
Sandals
Trekking Poles

Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
Acclimatisation
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. 
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Huaraz - Llanganuco Lakes - Cebollapampa - Lake 69 - Pisco Base Camp

You’ll start walking from Cebollapampa (3,900m) for around 5-6h to the base camp (4670m) or the Pisco Refugio. In the afternoon you’ll receive a short briefing, and check-up on the group and personal equipment is the focus for the next day’s summit.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp or Refugio

Day 2Base Camp - Summit - Base Camp

Waking-up at around 1:00 a.m and after a very light breakfast you’ll start to walk by the morraine for approx. 2.5 hours then over the glacier for 4 hours until reaching the summit around the time of sunrise. The morraine is a bit rocky but as soon as you make the Glacier it becomes much lighter the hike.

The route offers amazing views: Huandoy Mountains, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Alpamayo, Arteson. Pisco’s Summit offer one of the best views in the entire Cordillera Blanca. Then returning back to the base camp by the same route to spend one further night there.

Overnight: Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Base Camp - Cebollapampa - Base Camp Chopicalqui

You’ll have breakfast at 7:00 a.m. approx, after breakfast taking a 2h walk down to Cebollapampa from where you’ll take another trail to the base camp of Chopicalqui, trekking for about 4 hours.

Overnight: Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Base Camp – Morraine Camp (4,700m) 

After breakfast at Base Camp you’ll hike up to the Moraine Camp for about 4 hours, during this hike you’ll enjoy the splendid view in the north site like PiscoHuandoys and Chacraraju peaks, lunch along the way.

After arriving to the camp in the afternoon we will check our climbing equipment for the next day, and early dinner and overnight Camping at (4,700m).

Overnight: Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Morraine Camp – Camp 1 of Chopicalqui (5,500m)  

After breakfast you’ll climb up for about 40 minutes over the rocky paths to reach the glacier, where you’ll put your climbing gear on to start climbing for about 3 hours to the Camp 1.

Here you’ll enjoy the splendid views of immense peaks like Chacraraju, Huandoys, etc. overnight over the glacier at (5,500m).

Overnight: Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Camp 1 – Summit Chopicalqui – Morraine Camp (4,700m)

This day is the most important and a little hard to climb. You’ll leave at 1:00 am in the morning after a light breakfast, climbing for about 5 to 06 hours to the summit (6,354m). Along the way you’ll find steep walls to climb co-operating with your mountain guide.

After enjoying the views of Huascaran, Huandoys, Contrahierba, Pisco, Chacraraju mountains; immediately you’ll begin descending the same route by rappelling and then trekking back to the Camp 01, where our cook will be waiting with hot drinks and something to eat.

Then you’ll pack your gear and continue climbing down to morraine Camp for about 2 more hours arriving around 4:00pm.

Overnight: Camping at (4700m)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Moraine Camp – Base Camp – Huaraz

After the last breakfast in the morraine Camp of Chopicalqui, you’ll descend to the Base Camp for about 1 hour half. Continuing down to the highway called Curva de Chopicalqui, where our transfer will be waiting for us, from here to Yungay will take 2 hours.

Along this route you’ll pass the Llanganuco lake and then arriving to the Huascaran National Park Control. Afterwards you’ll continue travelling along the Callejon de Huaylas to Huaraz for another 1 hour more. Arriving to Huaraz around 17:00 hrs approximately.

Transfer to the Hotel then meeting for Dinner in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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