Are you an experienced hiker looking for an adventurous challenge? Climb Vallunaraju, one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in only two days. This challenging trek is filled with beautiful trails, climbing up gorgeous glaciers, and surrounding scenery that will leave you in awe. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to conquer this mountain and feel a sense of accomplishment like never before. Book your trip today and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Vallunaraju is one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in two days. It is mainly suitable for experienced climbers and hikers. Although graded as an easy climb, the high altitude and long and 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. Porters carry tents, food, and climbing rope up to Moraine Camp and back, but you need to carry your own personal gear.
You need to be healthy and not have a fear 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 5,000m/16,404ft is physically demanding, even when the climbing itself is not steep or technical. On this ascent you go from Huaraz (3090m/10,137ft) directly to the Moraine Camp (5130m/16,830ft), constituting an altitude gain of 2014m/6,607ft 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/23°F).
From Huaraz we drive 1.5 hours to the Llaca Valley (4,350m/14,271ft). Then we climb steeply up a ridge for 2 to 3 hours to Moraine Camp (4,760m/15,616ft). During this hike we will see mountains in the east 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 but not steep climb up good snow slopes towards the summit (5686m/18,654ft). The last 60m is steeper and you may feel the need to ask for assitance– do not hesistate to ask the guide; he/she will be happy to help you with this. After enjoying the views and taking plenty of pictures, we go back down to the Moraine Camp (4760m/15,616ft) 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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