Walking up to the first camp Llamacorral Day 01: Drive Huaraz to Cebollapampa and Ascend on Foot to Pisco Base Camp
3 hours (by car) 3 - 4 hours (hiking)
We drive from Huaraz down the broad Callejón de Huaylas to Yungay, enjoying the changing vegetation as we go. Here we turn east and ascend to the Huascarán National Park and Cebollapampa 3850m (2½ hours), passing the famous twin lakes of Llanganuco en route. At Cebollapampa, our gear is loaded onto the donkeys and we climb on a good path
carrying only a light day pack for 3 hours to Pisco Base Camp (4650m).
There is a refugio there where you can buy some beer or wine.
If you are a novice climber, we can organize some basic instruction in the afternoon.
Mount Alpamayo viewed from the Mirador Alpamayo
Day 02: Pisco Base Camp to Pisco Summit and Back to Base Camp
9 - 12 hours aprox
Summit Day. We leave early and climb to Morena (4900m) for about 3 hours, crossing loose ground and negotiating
large moraine rocks until we reach the glacier, where we put on crampons and rope up. For most of the route, it is not overlysteep or technically difficult, although the altitude does make it a challenge. There are occasional short steep sections and hard ice, or possibly a crevasse, may need to be negotiated. Also note that since 2013 there has been a steep (60 deg.) slope of some 30m to the summit. We will of course assist you with any difficulties. We try to arrive at the summit to see the sun rise. About 5 hours to the broad summit where there is plenty of room to walk around, appreciate the amazing surrounding mountains and take photos.
From the summit you can enjoy fantastic views of the close-by peaks; many among the highest in the Cordillera Blanca, including Huascarán (6768m), Chopicalqui (6354m), Huandoy (6160m), Chacraraju (6012m), Pirámide (5885m) and Artesonraju (6025m). We descend to the base camp, where we will prepare an hot soup, where a celebration dinner will be prepared.
3st day, walking up to the highest pass Punta Union (4750 masl)
Day 03: Return to Huaraz
OPTIONS for choose:
Descend from Base Camp to Cebollapampa and drive back to Huaraz It’s a 2 hours walk down to Cebollapampa, where we meet our vehicle for a 3 hours drive back to Huaraz.
Hike to Laguna 69 and then to Cebollapampa, and drive back to Huaraz. From Pisco Base Camp is possible to make a traverse through the rock moraine around Pisco to reach the beautiful jewel blue mountain lake of Laguna 69, nestled at the base of Pisco. The hike is initially quite hard, passing though and over a lot of rock but later is becomes a nicer grassy trail, with a final tough little ascent 600m up to Laguna 69. The effort is well worth it when you are treated to magnificent views of the massive peaks Huandoy, Huascaran & Chopicalqui. Finish with a fast descent on a zig zag good track down to Cebollapampa. Depart from Pisco base camp 08:00am, arrive Cebollapampa about 02:00pm to 03:00pm