AAPC02   Climb Mounts Pisco and Chopicalqui   8D/7N


Mount Pisco is named after the typical Peruvian drink, Pisco. The climb of Mount Pisco offers a great introduction to alpine climbing in the Cordillera Blanca and it is an excellent choice as a preparatory climb for Chopicalqui, a more demanding and difficult mountain.

Day 1: Huaraz – Pisco Base Camp.


In the morning, we arrange a private transportation to Cebollapampa high plain. From here, we trek towards to the base camp of Mounts Pisco and Huandoy. The trail leads us along beautiful landscapes with a well-marked route with glacial streams, gracious Andean flowers and queñua (polylepis) forests while we can enjoy great views of Mounts Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanacocha and the Pisco itself. The 4 hours hike will take us to the camp at 4650m. From here, we have exceptional views of Mounts Huandoy, Chopicalqui and Pisco. (LB, D)

Day 2: Base Camp – Pisco Summit – Base Camp.

We start our attempt to reach the summit of Mount Pisco early in the morning at about 2 a.m. First, we have to negotiate our way through a camp of loose rocks of the moraine and then at sunrise we will reach the base of the glacier where we put crampons on and start the climb in easy glacial and snowy terrain. At certain point of the route and weather permitting we will have the opportunity to enjoy marvelous views of the Artesonraju snowy peak, Mount Caraz, Pico de Garcilaso and other impressive and beautiful mountains of the east side of the Cordillera Blanca. Finally, after 7-8 hours of continuous climbing we will get to the summit of the Pisco Mountain. Our effort will be rewarded with an incredible 360 degrees view of the Cordillera Blanca main peaks: Huascaran, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Alpamayo, Artesonraju, etc. etc. Then we return to base camp where we expect to arrive at about 2 – 3 p.m. for a well-deserved rest and dinner. (B, LB, D)

Day 3: Pisco Base Camp – Chopicalqui Base Camp.

After a relaxed morning, we will start our trek down to the meadow of Cebollapampa. From here and with the help of donkeys and later on with porters we will continue our hike until we reach the base camp of Chopicalqui where we set up our camp at 4270m/14000ft. B, LB, D.

Day 4: Chopicalqui Base Camp rest day. B, L, D.

Day 5: Base Camp – Chopicalqui Moraine camp (5030m/16500 ft).

Together with the help of our high altitude porters, we will reach the first altitude camp on the moraine after 6-7 hours of continuous walking. B, LB, D.

Day 6: Moraine camp – Camp I (5550m/18200 ft).

We will need approximately 7 hours to reach the high camp I located on the upper part of the glacier on the place known as the col. (B, LB, D).

Day 7: Chopicalqui Summit (6354m/20841 ft) – Moraine camp.

Weather permitting and with good snow and ice conditions of the route, we will need approximately 7 hours to climb to the summit of Mount Chopicalqui and 4-5 hours to come down the Moraine camp. (B, LB, D).

Day 8: Moraine camp – Cebollapampa – Huaraz.

After a relaxing morning, we will trek down to the meadow of Cebollapampa where our car is waiting to transport us back to the city of Huaraz. (B, LB)

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We provide: Private transport (from/to Huaraz), all entrance fees, professional mountain guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment, communal climbing gear, complete food services while on the mountain, cook, helpers, mule keepers, mules (horses) for cargo transportation, extra horse for emergency, first aid kit, porters.

Not included: International and domestic flights, airport taxes, personal climbing gear, extras and tips, personal travel insurance.

Grading:  moderate – hard – very hard

• Climbing Ratio: 3 clients / 1 guide





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