Day 1 Huaraz – Vicos Pueblo – Base camp
We leave Huaraz (3100m) at 8.00am and drive to the village Vicos (3400m). Here we will meet our donkeys and arrieros who will carry the main luggage as far as the base camp, and collect it two days later. From Vicos it is a fairly steep hike, of approximately 12km up to our base camp (4800m). The route passes through Quenual woods and we see impressive rock formations and cave paintings as we go. On arrival at our camp, a hot meal is served and the climbing equipment is explained and packed ready for the summit attempt.
Day 2 Base camp – Summit Vicos – Base Camp
We wake up at 2.00am, drink a hot cup of tea and set off. The walk to the glacier will take 2 hours. On reaching the glacier, everybody will put on crampons, gaiters, harnesses and helmets. The group will rope together and each person will take their ice axe in their hand. We traverse the glacier to reach the summit (5390m) at around about sunrise. On top of the mountain we will eat a small breakfast and take in the panoramic view of Tocllaraju, Urus, Palcaraju, Vallunaraju, Ranrapalca, Huascaran, Copa and the vast Cordillera Blanca behind them. After relaxing for 20 minutes we begin our return to base camp where we should arrive between 12.00 and 1.00pm. The remainder of the day is for resting and a hot meal will again be served in the dining tent.
Day 3 Base Camp – Vicos Pueblo – Huaraz
The arrieros will arrive to collect the baggage at 8.00am. After a final breakfast together we pack up and begin the return journey to the village Vicos where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to Huaraz. Expected arrival time is 3.00pm.
Does not include
- Lunch, dinner and snacks day 1
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks day 2
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks day 3
- Camping and climbing equipment
- First aid kit
- Private transport
- Entrance to the national park
- Accident insurance
Clients should carry a daypack which will contain
If you would like to modify this plan, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- Sun glasses
- Rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Packed lunch (provided)