Fixed Departure Huascaran Climb
(7 days, 6 nights)
Day 1: Huaraz - Musho - Basecamp
After breakfast, leave for Huaraz, heading north to the town of Musho, approximately two hours from Huaraz. From Musho you start the hike for about five hours until Huascaran base camp at an elevation of 4400m. Camp.
Day 2: Base Camp - Moraine Camp
Today, as you climb above the Base Camp, the route becomes more difficult, taking a complex path up and around huge glacially polished granite slabs. Your next camp, is the Moraine Camp 4900m, located just below the glacier.
Day 3: Morain Camp- Camp I
Today you will arrive at the edge of the ice itself. An additional 2 hours of glacier traversing takes you to camp I on the glacier at 5400m.
Day 4: Camp I - Camp II
Climb for about three hours until La Garganta (The Throat), a broad saddle between the north and south summits. As you climb through the increasingly broken glacier, you will encounter short sections of technical climbing including an ice ascent of up to 60 degrees inclination. Camp II is at 6000m.
Day 5: Huascarán Summit
Very early start at 3.00 am to reach the summit at approximately 11.00 am. Return to camp II.
Day 6: Camp II - Base Camp
Descend to Base Camp, which lasts about 6 hours.
Day 7: Base Camp - Musho - Huaraz
Hiking for another three hours until Musho where your private transport will be waiting. Return to Huaraz and a celebratory dinner.
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