Relish World-Class Climbing At One Of Peru’S Highest Peaks
Climb Alpamayo, considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Put your technical skills into practice by summitting the 5947m high peak.
Trek a leg of the renown Santa Cruz circuit on your way to Alpamayo Base Camp.
Climb Alpamayo if you are in the Cordillera Blanca in the dry season, between June to September.
If you are traveling to Huaraz from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with quite a few cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and …
If you are traveling to Huaraz from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with quite a few cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From other Latin American countries, LATAM and Avianca offer good connections. An Airport Express bus (typical fare USD ~8 one way) connects Lima city centre with Jorge Chávez Airport in regular intervals, from 06:00 to 22:00 hours. Taxis cost USD ~15 one way.
Huaraz is well connected with Lima by bus. The distance is ~400km and the journey takes around 8 hours and is reasonably priced ($11 - 29 one way) and services are generally quite reliable. Main Operators are Movil Tours, Cruz del Sur, Lenea and Oltursa.
Note that in Peru each bus company often has its own separate terminal. In Lima, the main bus terminals are in Javier Prado, La Victoria, Terminal Plaza Norte, Aramburu and Paseo de la República. Flights from Lima to Huaraz are operated by LC Peru, with daily one flight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The airstrip in Huaraz is ~23km north of Huaraz, you can take a combi (USD ~1) or a taxi (USD ~10 - 16) to Huaraz town. Flights are temporarily suspended due to financial difficulties being faced by the airline.
The Alpamayo Circuit will be without a doubt one of the highlights of your climbing career, combining a beautiful trek through the Santa Cruz Valley and a technical climb to the summit of the Alpamayo peak. While the climb is challenging, mostly at 45 degrees and more on ice and snow, you will be rewarded with incredible views from the top of this remarkably shaped ice pyramid.
Summiting of Alpamayo should be attempted only by acclimatized and experienced alpine climbers – remember that less than half of the climbers make it to the top and that all companies will require that you have previous climbing knowledge. You will also need adequate equipment – ask your tour company for a list of what they provide and what you will have to bring. If you are climbing on your own, don’t forget to bring a tent, a satellite phone, cooking equipment, etc; and to get written permission from park officials. Finally, make sure that your insurance covers climbing expeditions – most travel insurances require an extra for climbing at altitudes over 3000m.
In Huaraz you can contact the following - Medical: Clínica San Pablo North of town, this is the best medical care in Huaraz. Some doctors speak English; Police - Policìa de Turismo; Forex - Banco de la Nación, BCP, Interbank