Peru Adventure: Snow & Ice Climbing on Alpamayo – 19 Days
Peru Adventure: Snow & Ice Climbing on 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 19-day itinerary is for the somewhat experienced climber and altogether adventurous spirit. Thus; this program includes acclimatization hikes and a basic climbing course to practice the skills required to reach the summit of Alpamayo. It’s also an excellent trip for photography lovers — the views are simply breathtaking!
Vallunaraju is easily accessed from Huaraz and with a wide variety of rock, ice forms, slopes, ice walls and crevasses is an ideal site for a climbing course and it is where the Peruvian Mountain Guides come for training courses and to practice.
So then; the courses outlined below are general in nature only. Courses can be tailored depending on your level of experience and which skills you may particularly wish to practice; and also the mix between rock and ice climbing that you would prefer; along with the number of days that you have available.
Instruction on basic techniques and safety for first time climbers or people with only limited climbing experience.
Includes practice using knots, roping up, use of crampons & ice axe, self arrests, glacier travel, crevasse awareness, rappel, belay, snow stakes, ice screws.
Following then; if there is time and you have the energy; you’ll also have an introduction to, crevasse rescue and ice climbing.
After all; this program is developed for people who want to take their time for some photography; and enjoy the natural wilderness and the surrounding mountain ranges. Hence; it is recommended to do a trek beginning in Vaquería which is a starting point of our 9 or 10 day Alpamayo circuit trek. During this trek you will enjoy different valleys with mountains of the Cordillera Blanca; also you will not only be able to see the pictures attached but encounter for yourself the pyramidal shape of the mountain Alpamayo.
- Learn snow and ice climbing techniques on an included training course
- Meet locals on your way through the peaks and valleys of the Cordillera Blanca
- Discover stunning turquoise lakes hidden among snowy peaked mountains
- Camp on icy mountaintops with unparalleled views of surrounding peaks
- Reach the Alpamayo summit and rappel down to High Camp