Peru: Climbing Nevado Huamashraju (5434 m)

Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the World

03 Days/02 Nights   April to November   Moderate

Highlights of the Cordillera Blanca. The highest tropical mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca is part of the spectacular Andes that form the spine of South America. A mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, the region boasts over 50 peaks that exceed 15,000 feet, 700 glaciers and 300 lakes.

The Cordillera Blanca (Spanish for white range) is a mountain range in Peru that is part of the larger Andes range and extends for 200 kilometres (124 mi) between 8°08' and 9°58'S and 77°00' and 77°52'W, in a northwesterly direction. It includes several peaks over 6,000 metres (19,690 ft) high and 722 individual glaciers. The highest mountain in Peru, Huascarán, at 6,768 metres (22,205 ft) high, is located there. The Cordillera Blanca lies in the Ancash region and runs parallel to the Santa River valley (also called Callejón de Huaylas in its upper and midsections) on the west. Huascarán National Park, established in 1975, encompasses almost the entire range of the Cordillera Blanca.

About Nevado Huamashraju: Located east of the tow Huaraz city. A beautiful mountain has spectacular views from the Summitst. you can appreciate the Nevado Churup, Nevado Vallunaraju, Nevado San Juan, Nevado, great Nevado Huascaran, Nevado Huantsan and others.

This is a really tempting mountain close to Huaraz. Actually you see the mountain from most of the places in Huaraz. To get there, you hire a taxi to take you to where the road ends on the other side of the valley from Pitec. There you can hire a donkey to take your luggage more than half ways to base camp. The trek is beautiful, but steep. Still you’ll reach base camp after 3-4 hours of trekking.

From base camp you have several options to reach the summit of this spectacular, pyramid shaped mountain. You can climb the glacier to the right both ways, or you can mountain climb the ridge on the left side or the north wall. The ridge has one difficult section (6-), but is a very nice alternative. The north wall has a couple of sections 3+/4-, but has no major difficulties on the way up (remember some belay gear if you are going the same way down). If you want do some mixed, you can go down the glacier. You will need 3-4 pickets, but except for that it is an easy way down (be aware though to get off the glacier on the right place, on the northern end of the glacier).

Huamashraju in Quechua means: "Nevado del Miedo" or "Mountain of Fear". The mountain has a pyramidal shape and can be seen from most points of Huaraz, being probably the closest mountain to the city, sitting between Quebrdas Shallap and Rajucolta. This mountain is part of the Huantsan massif. It has an east (5350m) and west summit (5434m). It was first climbed in May 15th 1954 by locals J. Cabana and A. Soriano.

Quoting a local, (there are no easy routes on Huamashraju), meaning most if not all are on the D range and above. It offers several alpine routes: the ones on the left side are mainly alpine rock on crack systems, followed by some alpine ice and mixed climbing. Routes on its right side are the opposite, with straightforward and short glacier crossing, followed by alpine ice and mixed climb to the rocky summit. Most of these routes are not cataloged, and the mountain is seldom climb even though it is so close to Huaraz. The north face has some 400m of granite walls that offer quality granite. It is most frequented by locals, but is a great option as a technical acclimatization climb or if you are in a hurry: if fit, you can climb it from Huaraz to Huaraz in a day. Most climbers leave Huaraz one day and return on the next. Huamashraju is a mountain that is being hit hard by global warming, having lost an immense amount of its glacier covering in the past 15 years.

Travel Program


Day 1: Huaraz - Transfer to village Jancu (3950 m) - Trekking to Base Camp of Huamashraju (4550 m)
Day 2: Base Camp - Ascent Summit to Huamashraju (5434 m) - Return to Base Camp
Day 3: Base Camp - Trekking down to village Jancu (3950 m) - Private transfer to Huaraz City

Detailed Program

Detailed Program

Day 1:Huaraz - Transfer to village Jancu (3950 m) - Trekking to Base Camp of Huamashraju (4550 m)
Departure at 8:00 am. Eastbound from the city of Huaraz toward the small town of Jancu (3950 m). Where we will begin or trek, we will walk about 3 hours to the Base Camp of Huamashraju (4550 m). We spend the night next to the lagoon. Overnight Camp (-/L/D)

Day 2: Base Camp - Ascent Summit to Huamashraju (5434 m) - Return to Base Camp
This morning we wake up very early at 2:00 am. We'll start preparing breakfast and ready for climbing, we will check our equipment to climb to the top of Huamasharaju (5434 m). for 5 hours at a leisurely pace from the Summit we can see the Nevado Churup (5495 m), Nevado Vallunaraju (5686 m), Nevado Cashan (5716 m), Nevado Shacsha (5703 m), Nevado Huantsan (6395 m), after enjoy our Summit we return by the same route to the Camp. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Day 3: Base Camp - Trekking down to village Jancu (3950 m) - Private transfer to Huaraz City
This day after breakfast at 8:00 am. We will pick up our tents and mountain equipments, return to the village of Jancu (3900 m). where our private car will be waiting to return to the city of Huaraz (3100 m). Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What’s included

What's included

Services included in the prices:
  • Peruvian qualified and experienced local guide/s
  • All meals during the tour
  • Camping tents (2 persons)
  • Porters Nevado Vallunaraju (2 pax 1 porter)
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Cooks
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz

Not Included:
  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Personal expenses
  • Acclimatization Tour
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Domestic flight Airline ticket LC-Peru
  • Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima
  • Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hote
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

Prices & Dates

Tour Information:

Season: April to November
Difficulty: Easy

Dates & Prices:

More information about dates and prices upon request.


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