Walking up to the first camp Llamacorral Day 01: Drive Huaraz to Quebrada Llaca valley. Climb to Morena Camp
1.5 hours (by car) 3 - 4 hours (hiking)
We drive eastwards and upwards from Huaraz on a dirt road for 1½ hours to the Llaca Valley(4470m). Here we put on our packs and climb steeply up a ridge for about 3 to 4 hours to Morena Camp (5000m). Donkeys are unable to negotiate this route, so we need to carry all equipment. The first 2 hours is on tough, steep ground, but then the route gets easier and traverses gradually to the campsite. All the way up to Morena Camp we have amazing views of the nearby ridgeback Nevado Ocshapalca snow peak (5888m), the town of Huaraz and, away to the west, the Cordillera Negra. At night time from Morena Camp, the lights of Huaraz way below are magical.
If you are a novice climber, we can organize some basic instruction in the afternoon.
Mount Alpamayo viewed from the Mirador Alpamayo
Day 02: Climb to Summit. Descend Back to the Road. Vehicle to Huaraz
10 hours (morrena camp - summit - llaca valley, 1.5 hours (transport)
We leave camp early. First we climb up over moraine rock slabs, which are steep in places, for about 45 minutes to
an hour before reaching the glacier. We then negotiate generally steady slopes on good snow towards the 5686-metre summit. The final 60-metre approach to the summit is steep and feels exposed to some people; the guide will help
you with this should you feel at all unsure. We will fix a rope here if clients are inexperienced or feel nervous.
Throughout the climb we can see north to Huascaran (6768m), the highest mountain in Peru. We then return to Morena Camp to pack up the tents, before descending steeply to the Llaca Valley where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz.