Mt. Quitaraju Expedition
Our Mt. Quitaraju Expedition takes us to the peak located south-eastward of Alpamayo. These two mountains share a base camp, giving climbers an opportunity to climb both mountains from the same high camp. Mt. Quitaraju gets far less attention than Alpamayo, making it a great climb where you will encounter very few climbers. Our Mt. Quitaraju Expedition provides amazing views of Alpamayo, Artesonrajo, Huascaran, and Chopicalqui.
Mt. Quitaraju, stands over the ever more popular Alpamayo, but Quitaraju may be one of the crown jewels of the Santa Cruz Valley region of the Cordillera Blanca along with the Santa Cruz Grande. Most days in the Peru dry season there may be 10-20 climbers on Alpamayo, but Mt. Quitaraju can go for days without a single climbing group anywhere on the mountain despite being just as accessible as Alpamayo.
Mt. Quitaraju Expedition: Included
- Certified mountain guide
- Meals during the expedition
- Donkey and donkey driver
- Private transfer for start and end the climb
- Personal tent, kitchen tent with utensils, dining tent with table and chairs, toilet tent
- Entrance fees to Huascaran National Park
- Acclimatization day to Churup Lake 4,450 meters
- Taxi from bus station to Hotel in Huaraz
- Hotel in Huaraz
Mt. Quitaraju Expedition: Not included
- Personal climbing gear
- Sleeping bag
- Hotel in Lima if needed
- Bus ticket from Lima/ Huaraz / Lima
- Taxi from Lima Airport to bus station in Lima
We make the 2-3 hour drive from Huaraz, to Cashapampa, load the donkeys and then hike to Llamacorral where we will spend the night.
After breakfast we trek from Llamacorral, to Jatuncocha and then on to Alpamayo Base Camp
We leave Base Camp and make the short 2-3 hour hike up to the Moraine Camp
Moraine Camp we make the snow climb up to Camp 1
This is the summit day. We will leave Camp 1 early and make the push to the summit of Quitaraju (6,036 meters). We will then return to Camp I and spend the night.
From Camp 1 we climb down to base camp and spend the night
From Base Camp we hike out via the Santa Cruz Valley and return to Huaraz