The Giant of the Peruvian Andes
(highest peak of the Tropics)
Sept. 2- 15th, 2014
The west faces of Huascaran's north and south summits. Our plan is to reach the higher, (closer) south summit of this Andean giant.
Peru is the land of the pyramidal peaks in South America and the Cordillera Blanca Range offers the closest experience to the Himalaya outside of Asia. Huascaran is the K2 of the Andes with the toughest terrain of any big peak in South America.
This is one of Eli Helmuth's favorite climbing ranges due to the local culture, endless peaks, typically great weather, easy access, and high quality alpine climbing that makes the Andes one of the greatest ranges in the world.
Eli is a fluent spanish speaker who has lead climbing trips in Peru since 1999 with the same team of cooks and porters who are the very best in the region.
Day 1: Depart U.S. arrive in Peru pm, stay in Lima Hotel.
Day 2: Travel day to Huaraz 10,000', via am flight. Hike above town to 12,000' on established trails.
Day 3: Acclimatization hike to Laguna Churup @ 15,ooo'.
Day 4: Travel by private van 1 hr. then 4 hr. hike to Vallunaraju highcamp @ 16,400'.
Day 5: Climb to the summit of Vallunaraju (18,651') then descend to Huaraz.
Day 6: Rest day in Huaraz.
Day 7: Drive and hike-in to camp 1 on Huascaran @15,600' w/ burros.
Day 8: Move up the glacier to camp 2 @18,000'.
Day 9: Move to high camp @19,600'.
Day 10: Rest day at high camp/ weather day / summit day.
Day 11: Summit day, return to Camp 2.
Day 12: Hike out and return to Huaraz.
Day 13: Return to Lima via bus for night flight home.
Day 14: Arrival in U.S.
Topographic map of the Andes most challenging high peak: Huascaran.
The Llaca Valley and our approach to Villunaraju.
1. Services of Eli Helmuth, AMGA certified alpine guide plus second guide for max. 3-1 climber/guide ratio.
2. Transfers to/from airport in Lima, 1 night hotel in Lima and flight to Huaraz and return.
3. Four nights of accommodation in Huaraz Hotel.
4. Transport to/ from mountains, mules for equipment, and full porter and cook services for all mountain days included.
5. All park entrance fees.
7. All meals in camp.
8. Group climbing and camping equipment.
Price Does Not Include:
1. Personal travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
2. Personal clothing and gear.
3. City meals and drinks, climbing food on summit days.
6. Recommended travel/trip cancellation insurance.
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