Climb Vallunaraju, a great beginner mountain and one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in only two days. A good peak for beginners or to include at the end of your trek or for acclimatization for climbing bigger peaks.
Vallunaraju is one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in two days. It is suitable for both first time climbers and also experienced climbers. A good peak to include at the end of your trek or for acclimatization for climbing bigger peaks. Although graded as an easy climb, the high altitude and long and in places steep snow slopes do make Vallunaraju a physically demanding climb. It is also necessary to carry all equipment up to Moraine Camp on the mountain on a steep trail. Porters carry tents, food, climbing rope up to Moraine Camp and back, but you need to carry your own personal gear.
You are healthy and not afraid of heights. Good fitness and strength is required. You need to be strong enough to carry a moderate-weight backpack up the steep trail. For the fit, strong and well-acclimatized this is a great, challenging adventure. You should not consider this climb unless you have above average fitness and are generally strong. It is important that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before attempting to climb any peak. Thus avoiding any potential problems with lack of energy or any altitude-related illnesses when climbing. Climbing above 5000m is physically demanding, even when the climbing itself is not steep or technical. On this ascent you go from Huaraz (3090m) directly to the Moraine Camp (5130m), constituting an altitude gain of 2014m in a single day. It is therefore extremely important that you are already well acclimatized. We always recommend a trek of minimum 4 days for acclimatization and extra fitness.
This climb can be booked all year around. The best climbing season in the Andes is from April to October, with rainy season in between. It is usually sunny and warm during this time. Due to the altitude, the nights can be quite cold (to minus 5 ° C).
From Huaraz we drive 1.5 hours to the Llaca Valley (4350m). Then we climb steeply up a ridge for 2 to 3 hours to Moraine Camp (4760m). During this hike we will see mountains in the east site like San Juan, Ranrapalca, Ocshapalca, and Leon Dormido.
Early in the morning around 4:00 am we start a short climb over the rocks for about 25 minutes to get to the beginning of the glacier. We put on our climbing gear and climb around 4 hours up. A steady and not steep on good snow slopes towards the summit (5686m). The last 60m is steeper and will feel exposed – the guide will help you with this. After enjoying the views and taking pictures, we go back down to the Moraine Camp (4760m) for about 2 hours. Then we return back to the road in the Llaca Valley and drive to Huaraz.
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
Please read carefully through the required equipment list. Missing equipment can be rented from us to a reasonable price. You will review your gear again with your guide before climbing Vallunaraju.
During the climb we pay attention to a healthy and high-calorie diet. For lunch, a box lunch is served. We can prepare vegetarian dishes on request.
We use minivans or comfortable 4×4 off-road vehicles, depending on the group size to get to Vallunaraju Basecamp.
It is necessary to carry all equipment from the vehicle up to Vallunaraju Basecamp. The way up to the camp is a dirty and rocky trail which is steep and demanding for about the first two hours. Our crew carry the tents, food and equipment, but you need to carry your own personal gear (and must have a backpack large enough for this). Our crew will carry as much of your climbing gear as they can manage.
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Experince the remote beauty of the Cordillera Blanca
The Santa Cruz trek departs from the trekking mecca the is Huaraz. This region is consistently overshadowed by Cusco & Machu Picchu, but thats what makes this place so magical -with towering snowcapped peaks, and no crowds.
The Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca. The trek takes you through fertile valleys, has views of magnificent, spiraling high glaciated peaks, flower-filled meadows and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. This world-famous circuit crosses from one side of the Cordillera Blanca range to the other through ascending the Punta Union Pass reaching an elevation of 4750m.
If you’re planning on visiting Huaraz – hell, even if you’re not – you absolutely need to visit Laguna Paron. The largest lake in the Cordillera Blanca, it’s also one of the most beautiful.
Altitude: The mirador over the lake sits at 4,200m, the lake itself a little lower. Yep, this is really quite high
Distance: If you choose to hike from the trailhead entry, the total distance is approximately a 20km round trip. Should you take a tour that goes all the way to the lake entrance, you need only do a short walk (45 minutes there and back) up to the mirador.
Time: This is a long day trip from Huaraz, requiring a start at either 5 a.m. or 8 a.m. dependent upon the type of tour you take. Tours are usually back in Huaraz by about 6 p.m.
Base City: Huaraz.
Laguna 69 is one of the best hikes in Huaraz.
Laguna 69 (or Lake 69) has become a popular Peru hike as of late and it’s no surprise why! After an endorphin inducing hike, you’re rewarded with stunning views of glacial turquoise waters surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Huascaran National Park. This trek in Huaraz, Peru has put Northern Peru on the must-visit list for many travelers. Are you one of those wanderlusters?
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