Trek & Climb: Nevado Vallunaraju

Trek & Climb: Nevado Vallunaraju – Flying in from your country you’ll arrive in Lima in the afternoon. Then transfer to the bus station in Lima (Plaza Norte Terminal) – Huaraz (Travel by bus, the journey lasts around 7-8 hrs)

Vallunaraju is a very popular summit to peak in the Cordillera Blanca. Vallunaraju is located in the central part of Cordillera Blanca, it is the nearest mountain to go climbing starting from the city of Huaraz and it is considered a moderate climb. The day you’ll go to the summit you will have an amazing view of many peaks around, all the city and the Cordillera Negra.

Following then; to climb this peak you it’s not necessary to have any previous experience. However it is a moderately difficult climb and you will need a couple of day hikes in Huaraz to acclimatize; this is only in case if you are a newcomer to mountain terrain at altitude.


  • Climb one of the famous mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • Climb & ascend one of the more moderate mountains for beginners to glacial climbing.
  • Maximum altitude: 5,685m. (Vallunaraju summit).
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.
  • Duration: 2 days & 1 nights.
  • Best Season: May – September.
  • Location: Cordillera Blanca.
  • Average temperature: Day to Night 18°C to (–10°C).


Day 1
Huaraz – Llaca - Campo base 4,900m
Starting out from Huaraz you'll travel to llaca Valley by private transport arriving in around 1.5-2 hours. Leaving the transport from the base of the trail you'll ascend for 2-3hrs, covering moraine terrain until you reach the base camp by the side of Vallunraju Glacier. There you'll camp for 10 to 12 hours approximately, before setting off the following morning.
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2
Campo Base - Cumbre Nevado Vallunaraju 5,685m - Huaraz
Beginning the ascent at 3:00-4:00 am crossing some moraines until reaching the glacier, you'll pass through slopes of (35 - 40 °) of inclination until you summit the Nevado Vallunaraju, where you'll be able to appreciate magnificent views of the surrounding peaks of the Cordillera Blanca.
Then you'll begin the descent to the base camp where you can rest, have some lunch and continue to the base trail.
Approximately 6hrs ascent & descent of glacier & approx. 2-3hrs descent to the base trail.
For the 3-Day option, you can spend another night at base camp before heading down to the base trail for the journey back to Huaraz City.
From here you'll meet with our private transport and begin the journey back to Huaraz, where you can overnight once more and revel in an epic ascent of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • Overnight: Huaraz
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Tour Info

Breakfast x 1
Lunch x 2
Dinner x 1
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Any additional extras
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
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
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.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
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.
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.

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  • Breakfast x 1
  • Lunch x 2
  • Dinner x 1
  • Private Transport - collection & drop-off
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Cook
  • All camping & climbing equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Not Included
  • Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Extension trips to Machu Picchu
  • Tips for crew
  • Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Any additional extras
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