Grade

Difficult

Climb 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.

Day 1
HUARAZ- LLANGANUCO LAKES- CEBOLLAPAMPA- LAKE 69- PISCO BASE CAMP
We start walking from cebollapampa 3900m around 5-6h to the base camp (4670m) or the Pisco Refugee. Ithe afternoon we get a short briefing, and check-up on the group and personal equipment is the focus for the next day summit. Meals included: Lunch
Day 2
BASE CAMP- SUMMIT- BASE CAMP
Waking-up at around 1:00 a.m and after a very light breakfast we star to walk by the moriane for aprox 2 .5 hours then over the glacier by 4 hours we reach the summit around the sunrise. The morraine is a bit rocky but as soon we hit the Glacier it becomes much lighter the hike. The route offers amazing views: Huandoy Mountains, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, alpamayo, arteson and Piscos 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 night there.
  • Overnight: Camp
Day 3
BASE CAMP- CEBOLLAPAMPA- BASE CAMP CHOPICALQUI
We have breakfast at 7:00 a.m. approx, After breakfast 2h by walk down to Cebollapampa from where we will take another trail to the base camp of chopicalqui for about 4 hours.
  • Overnight: Camp
Day 4
BASE CAMP – MORAINE CAMP 4700M 
After the breakfast in the Base Camp we will hike up to the Moraine Camp for about 4 hours, during this hike we will enjoy the splendid view in the north site like PiscoHuandoys and Chacraraju peaks, lunch along the way, after arrive to the camp in the afternoon we will check our climbing equipment for the next day, and early dinner and overnight Camping at (4700m).
  • Overnight: Camp
Day 5
MORAINE CAMP – CAMP 1 OF CHOPICALQUI 5500M 
After the breakfast we will climb up for about 40 minutes over the rocky paths to get the glacier, where we will put our climbing gears to start climbing for about 3 hours to the Camp 1, where we will enjoy the splendid views of nice peaks like Chacraraju, Huandoys, etc. overnight over the glacier at (5500m).
  • Overnight: Camp
Day 6
CAMP 1 – CLIMB UP CHOPICALQUI – MORAINE CAMP 4700M 
This day is the most important and a little hard to climb, we will leave at 1:00 am in the morning after a light breakfast, climbing for about 5 to 06 hours to the summit (6,354m), in the way we will find steep pieces where to climb cooparating with your leader guide so after enjoying the views of Huascaran, huandoys, Contrahierba, Pisco, Chacraraju mountain inmediatly we will strat descending by same route rappelling and walking to the Camp 01, where the cook will be waiting with hot drinking and something to eat, then we will pack our staff and continue climbing down to Moraine Camp for about 2 more hours arriving around 4:00pm, Overnight Camping at (4700m).
Day 7
MORAINE CAMP – BASE CAMP – HUARAZ
After the last breakfast in the Moraine Camp of Chopicalqui, we will descend to the Base Camp for about 1 hour half, continue walking 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 travel we will pass the Llanganuco lake and then we will arrive the of Huascaran National Park Control, where we will registering whit our passport, then we will continue go down to Yungay, after this we will continue traveling along the Callejon de Huaylas to Huaraz for about 1 hour more. Arriving to Huaraz around 17:00hours approximately. Transfer to the Hotelthen meeting for Dinner at home at the evening.

Services Included:

  • Transfer bus station- hotel.
  • Specialized high mountain Guide.
  • Cook- porter specialized in high mountains.
  • Private transport.
  • Food during all the service.
  • Camping and climbing equimpent.
  • Service of donkeys and donkeydrivers.
Doesn’t Include:
  • Hotel nights in the city.
  • Entrance fee to the Huascarán National Park, S./150.00 per person
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Horse (in case of emergency, for trekking parts)
  • Don’t include first breakfast and last dinner.
  • Personal Spending
  • Personal camping and climbing equipment (sleeping bag, climbing boots, grampons, harness, ice axes, heat lamp, snow glasses, appropriate clothes, personal medicines, etc.)
  • Tips
WE RECOMEND TO BRING
  • Hikking 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
  • bottle
  • Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
  • Sunscreen (lips and skin)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Photographic Material
  • wash bag and towel
  • Sandals
  • Hiking poles.
Included
  • Briefing one day before the trek.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure.
  • 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available).
  • Drinking water along the trek.
  • Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers).
  • Chef (assistant chef for larger groups).
  • Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks.
  • Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers.
  • Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times).
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person).
  • These are provided by your guide at your briefing.
 
Not Included
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the hot springs.
  • Inflatable mattresses, pillow & sleeping bag. (If you don’t want to bring your own, you can hire these from us).
  • Tips for guides and field staff.
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