08 Jun 2023

Peru – Alpamayo Expedition


Our Journey begins in the main city of the White Cordillera of Peru, mestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz is a charming mountain town that serves as the gateway to the stunning Cordillera Blanca range. Surrounded by towering peaks, vibrant markets, and bustling streets, Huaraz offers a blend of culture, adventure, and natural beauty.

Highlights of Huaraz:

  • Plaza de Armas: Explore the central square of Huaraz, where you can soak in the atmosphere, admire the colonial architecture, and interact with friendly locals.
  • Local Markets: Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and flavors of Huaraz’s markets, where you can sample delicious Peruvian cuisine, shop for souvenirs, and experience the local way of life.
  • Cultural Attractions: Visit museums, churches, and archaeological sites that showcase the rich history and heritage of the region.
  • Outdoor Activities: Huaraz is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of activities such as trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more.

Acclimatization Trek to Lake 69:

Before embarking on the expedition to Alpamayo, take advantage of the opportunity to acclimatize to the high altitude by embarking on a trek to Lake 69. This stunning alpine lake is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, surrounded by towering peaks and pristine wilderness.

Alpamayo: The Jewel of the Andes:

Alpamayo is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, with its iconic pyramid-shaped summit and towering glaciers. Located in the Cordillera Blanca range, Alpamayo presents a challenging yet rewarding climb for mountaineers, with technical aspects that require skill, experience, and determination.

Difficulty and Technical Aspects:

  • Steep Terrain: The ascent of Alpamayo involves navigating steep ice and rock faces, requiring climbers to have strong technical skills in ice climbing and mountaineering.
  • Glacial Travel: Climbers must navigate crevassed glaciers and seracs, requiring careful route finding and roped travel for safety.
  • Altitude: Alpamayo’s high altitude presents a significant challenge, with climbers ascending to over 5,000 meters above sea level. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential for a successful summit bid.

Skills Needed for Climbing Alpamayo

1. Mountaineering Experience: Climbers must possess prior experience in high-altitude mountaineering, including proficiency in snow and ice climbing techniques, rope management, and glacier travel.

2. Ice Climbing Skills: Given Alpamayo’s steep ice faces, climbers require strong ice climbing skills, including the effective use of ice axes and crampons, as well as techniques for ascending steep ice slopes.

3. Rock Climbing Skills: Proficiency in traditional rock climbing techniques is essential for sections of the climb that may involve rock climbing. This includes skills in anchor placement, belaying, and rappelling.

4. Glacier Travel: Climbers must be skilled in glacier travel techniques, such as route finding, rope management, and crevasse rescue, to navigate safely across crevassed glaciers.

5. Altitude Acclimatization: Proper acclimatization to high altitude is crucial, as Alpamayo’s summit reaches over 5,000 meters above sea level. Climbers should adhere to acclimatization protocols and be aware of altitude-related illnesses.

6. Physical Fitness: Climbing Alpamayo demands a high level of physical fitness, including strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Climbers should engage in a comprehensive training regimen leading up to the expedition.

7. Route Finding and Navigation: Proficiency in route finding and navigation skills is essential for navigating complex terrain and changing weather conditions. Familiarity with map reading, GPS navigation, and mountain navigation techniques is vital.

8. Teamwork and Communication: Effective teamwork and communication skills are crucial for success on the mountain. Climbers must work cooperatively with their team members and guides, communicating clearly and effectively to ensure safety and success.

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Why book with us? 

Choosing Andes Eco Adventure ensures an expedition marked by expertise, safety, and personalized service. With a team of seasoned professionals boasting extensive experience in guiding expeditions to Alpamayo and other iconic peaks, we prioritize safety above all else, adhering to strict protocols and standards while ensuring the well-being of every climber. Our commitment to personalized service means tailoring each expedition to meet the unique needs and preferences of our clients, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Moreover, as stewards of the environment, we practice responsible travel and conservation efforts, minimizing our impact on the pristine Andean wilderness. With top-of-the-line equipment, nutritious meals, and a supportive community of like-minded adventurers, Andes Eco Adventure offers a journey characterized by excellence and camaraderie. Join us on an unforgettable adventure to Alpamayo and experience the wonders of the Andes with confidence and peace of mind.


Day 1 - Huaraz

Upon your arrival in Huaraz, whether it be at the bus terminal or airport, our team at Andes Eco Adventure will greet you and provide comfortable transportation to your designated hotel. Situated at an elevation of approximately 3,052 meters (10,013 feet) above sea level, Huaraz offers a picturesque setting amidst the towering peaks of the Andes.

After settling in, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a small city tour, allowing you to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and atmosphere of Huaraz. Explore the bustling streets, visit local markets, and marvel at colonial architecture as you acclimate to the altitude.

Later in the day, we'll conduct a comprehensive briefing for the Alpamayo expedition. Our experienced guides will outline the itinerary, discuss safety protocols, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This briefing ensures that you are fully prepared and informed for the adventure ahead, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience on Alpamayo.


  • Hassle-free transportation from the bus terminal or airport to your hotel in Huaraz.
  • City tour to explore the sights and sounds of Huaraz, offering a glimpse into local culture and heritage.
  • Expedition briefing conducted by our expert guides, providing essential information and ensuring your readiness for the Alpamayo expedition.


  • Transportation: Private transfer from bus terminal or airport to hotel.
  • Duration: Flexible, depending on arrival time and city tour.
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay at designated hotel in Huaraz.

Day 2 - Free Day

Today is dedicated to acclimatization in the picturesque city of Huaraz, nestled at an elevation of approximately 3,052 meters above sea level. Take advantage of this free day to adjust to the altitude and explore the charming surroundings at your own pace.


  • Acclimatization: Spend the day acclimatizing to the altitude of Huaraz, an essential step before embarking on the Alpamayo expedition.
  • Exploration: Explore the vibrant streets, colorful markets, and cultural landmarks of Huaraz, immersing yourself in the local atmosphere.
  • Leisure Activities: Enjoy leisurely strolls, visit museums, or relax in cafes, taking in the breathtaking mountain views that surround the city.


  • Elevation: Huaraz is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,052 meters above sea level.
  • Transportation: No organized transportation provided. You are free to explore Huaraz on foot or by local transportation.
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay at designated hotel in Huaraz.

Take this opportunity to rest, recharge, and prepare for the upcoming adventure on Alpamayo.

Day 3 - Lake 69

Today, you'll embark on an acclimatization excursion to the stunning Lake 69, situated amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca. Departing from Huaraz, you'll ascend to higher elevations as you journey towards this pristine alpine lake.


  • Lake 69 Excursion: Explore the mesmerizing beauty of Lake 69, nestled at an elevation of approximately 4,600 meters above sea level. Marvel at the crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
  • Scenic Trekking: Enjoy a scenic trek through the picturesque landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca, passing by glacial streams, rugged terrain, and lush Andean flora.
  • Acclimatization: Use this opportunity to further acclimatize to higher altitudes in preparation for the Alpamayo expedition. Take it slow and steady, allowing your body to adjust to the thin air.


  • Elevation: Lake 69 is located at an elevation of approximately 4,600 meters above sea level.
  • Transportation: Private transportation provided from Huaraz to the trailhead. From there, you'll trek to Lake 69 and return to Huaraz.
  • Trekking Time: The trek to Lake 69 typically takes several hours, depending on your pace and stops along the way.
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay at designated hotel in Huaraz.

Day 4 - Vaqueria

Our journey commences in Huaraz, where we'll personally pick you up from your hotel using private transportation. Heading north through the picturesque Huaylas valley, our route takes us to Yungay, then onward to Huascaran National Park. Here, we'll check in and venture through the breathtaking Llanganuco canyon, treating our eyes to the vibrant hues of Orconcocha and Chinancocha, two stunning turquoise lakes. Ascending further, we'll reach the captivating viewpoint of Portachuelo Pass, offering panoramic vistas of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoys, Pisco, and the myriad turquoise lakes of the distant Llanganuco valley. Continuing our journey, we'll arrive at Vaquería village, the starting point for our approach to Alpamayo.

Vaquería village serves as the hub for our logistical support, where donkey drivers and their trusty companions await to assist with the transfer of equipment to our campsite. After approximately 5 hours of trekking, we'll reach Tucto camp.

Accommodation: Mountain tents. Meals: Box lunch, lunch, tea time, and dinner. Transportation: 3-hour car transfer. Estimated Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours. Elevation Gain: +550 meters (3700 masl to 4250 masl). Distance: 13.5 kilometers.

Day 5 - Alpamayo Basecamp

Continuing our approach to Alpamayo, on the second day, we ascend to Punta Union Pass (4750 m), offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding snowy peaks. From this vantage point, we'll marvel at iconic mountains such as Taulliraju, known as the Cathedral of the World, and Artesonraju, famously featured in Paramount Pictures' logo. Other notable peaks include Rinrijirca, Paria, and Quitaraju. Descending into the Santa Cruz valley, we'll pass by the Taullipampa camp before trekking through Quebrada Arhuay to finally reach our Alpamayo base camp.

Accommodation: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time, and dinner. Estimated Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours. Elevation Gain: +50 meters (4250 masl to 4300 masl). Distance: 13 kilometers.

Day 6 - Moraine Camp

Today, we'll ready our personal mountain equipment for transportation by the porters before embarking on a challenging ascent. Setting out on a rocky trail, we'll hike uphill for approximately 3 hours until we reach the Alpamayo moraine camp.

Accommodation: Mountain tents.
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time, and dinner.
Estimated Hiking Time: 6 hours.
Elevation Gain: +650 meters (4300 masl to 4950 masl).
Distance: 2 kilometers.

It's a demanding day, but the stunning scenery and sense of achievement make it all worthwhile. Prepare for an unforgettable experience as we approach the majestic Alpamayo.

Day 7 - High Camp

Today marks our arrival at the high camp of Alpamayo, a crucial step in our ascent. The porters will handle the transfer of camping equipment, allowing us to focus on the challenging terrain ahead.

Continuing our ascent, we'll navigate through morainic sections until we reach the glacier. Here, we'll equip ourselves with essential gear including harnesses, mountain boots, helmets, crampons, and ice axes under the guidance of our experienced guides. Safety is paramount as we traverse the glacier and tackle a small climbing wall en route to the high camp.

As the sun sets, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of the sunset casting its warm hues upon the Alpamayo climbing wall, creating a truly magical atmosphere.

After a rewarding day of climbing, we'll gather for dinner, providing a well-deserved opportunity to refuel and rest in preparation for the challenges of the next day.

Accommodation: Mountain tents.
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time, and dinner.
Estimated Hiking Time: 6 hours.
Elevation Gain: +450 meters (4950 masl to 5400 masl).
Distance: 2 kilometers.

With each step, we inch closer to the summit, fueled by the camaraderie of our team and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Andean landscape.

Day 8 - Summit

The highly anticipated day has dawned - it's time for our ascent to the summit of Alpamayo. We'll kick off the day around midnight, fueling up with a hearty breakfast before our guide thoroughly inspects all necessary climbing equipment. Once roped together, we'll commence our journey, beginning with a traverse to the base of the wall.

Entering the climbing channel, we'll navigate slopes as steep as 60º, with our guide carefully selecting the best route based on mountain conditions. After approximately 8 hours of continuous climbing, we'll triumphantly reach the summit. From this vantage point, the Cordillera Blanca mountain range reveals itself in all its splendor, offering a 360º panorama of Peru's most iconic peaks, including Huandoy, Chopicalqui, Huascaran, Quitaraju, Santa Cruz, Pucajirkas, Rinrijirca, Paron, Caraz, Aguja, and Piramide.

At the summit, we'll take the necessary time to rest, hydrate, and capture unforgettable photographs. Finally, we'll begin our descent, rappelling down the same route we ascended. Returning to our camp, we'll replenish our energy with a satisfying meal and well-deserved rest.

Depending on individual fitness levels and prior coordination with the guide and support team, it may be possible to descend to Base Camp on the same day.

Accommodation: Mountain tents.
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time, and dinner.
Estimated Climb Time: 10 to 12 hours.
Elevation Gain: +547 meters (5400 masl to 5947 masl), 450 meters Alpamayo Ice Wall.

As we stand atop Alpamayo, surrounded by majestic peaks and unparalleled beauty, we'll savor the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering one of the world's most iconic summits.

Day 9 - Return to Basecamp

After a well-deserved breakfast, we embark on our descent back to base camp. Beginning our journey, we'll navigate a series of rappels before continuing onward through the rugged terrain until we reach the moraine. From there, we'll descend further until we arrive back at camp.

Our cook will greet us with a delicious lunch upon our return, providing the nourishment needed to replenish our energy stores. With hearts full of pride and satisfaction for our remarkable achievement, we'll rest and reflect on the incredible feat we've accomplished.

Accommodation: Mountain tents.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner.
Estimated Descent Time: 3 to 4 hours.

As we descend from the lofty heights of Alpamayo, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Andes, we'll carry with us memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 10 - Cashapamba

Today, our hike begins with an ascent from Huayllapa to Tapush Pass, winding through verdant vegetation along the way. After approximately 5 hours of trekking, we'll reach the picturesque Tapush Pass, where we'll pause for lunch and take in breathtaking views of Diablo Mudo Mountain (5350m) and the serene Susococha Lake.

Continuing our journey, we'll descend until we reach the Gashpapampa camp, situated at an altitude of 4,600 meters, making it the highest camp of the entire circuit.

Meals: Breakfast.
Estimated Hiking Time: 5 to 6 hours.
Elevation: -1200 meters (from Tapush Pass to Gashpapampa camp), -150 meters (from Huayllapa to Tapush Pass).
Distance: 23.5 kilometers.
Transportation: 3-hour car transfer.

As we trek through the stunning landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca, we'll be immersed in the natural beauty of the Andes, forging unforgettable memories along the way.

Day 11 - Return to Huaraz

Today marks the conclusion of our exhilarating adventure. After breakfast at Gashpapampa camp, we'll begin our journey back to Huaraz, where our services will come to an end.

As we bid farewell to the stunning landscapes and towering peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, we'll carry with us cherished memories of our time spent exploring this remarkable region.

Upon arrival in Huaraz, our team will assist with any final arrangements and ensure your safe departure.

Thank you for choosing Andes Eco Adventure for your expedition to Alpamayo. We hope this journey has left you with unforgettable experiences and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Andes.

Safe travels, and until we meet again on the next adventure.

Meals: Breakfast.
Transportation: Return to Huaraz.

As we journey back to civilization, we reflect on the challenges overcome and the camaraderie forged during our expedition. While our time in the mountains may come to an end, the memories and friendships made will last a lifetime.


Tour includes:

  • Accommodation in Huaraz
  • Trek tour to lake 69
  • National park entrance fee nd permits
  • Certified Mountain Guide IFMGA / IVBV / UIAGM (english, spanish)
  • Certified chef during Alpamayo expedition
  • Private transportation: Huaraz – Vaqueria village
  • Private transportation: Cashapampa village – Huaraz
  • Porters for the transfer of logistic equipment from base camp to high camp.
  • Mountaineering equipment (helmet, harness, and crampons)
  • Donkey drivers and donkeys for the transfer of the logistic camping equipment (15 Kg per participant)
  • 5 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch, tea time and dinner)
  • 4 seasons tent with double occupancy
  • Tent kitchen, dining room and bathroom.
  • Kitchen sets and fully-equipped dining room
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Permanent radio communication between the Andes Eco team.
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • Boiled water to fill up your bottle every day (1 Lt.)
  • Warm water for your personal higiene
  • Tips to get to Huaraz
  • Advice before the Expedition
  • Last day: lunch and farewell toast with regional food and typical Peruvian drinks.

Not Included:

  • Airline ticket to Lima and back to the country of origin
  • Bus transportation Lima / Huaraz / Lima
    Entrance ticket to
  • Personal porters
    Mountain boots and technical ice axes
  • Personal tent (if you want a personal tent, the rent is S/. 30 soles per day)
  • Extra costs for premature abandonment of the expedition
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Accident and rescue insurance (you can ask us about the agreement we have with Global Rescue for a preferential price)
  • Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Transfer to Huaraz out of schedule, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition
  • First breakfast at the beginning of the itinerary is not included
  • Sleeping bag -25° / -30º
  • Personal expenses
    Hotel during your stay in Huaraz
    Tips for guide / staff

Confirmed dates: 

July 21st 


$2950 per person

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