Trip Duration   6 days
Trip Type   Mountaineering expedition
Grading   Technical (for experienced climbers only)
Starting point of expedition   Cashapampa
Finishing point of expedition   Cashapampa
Highest point   Alpamayo 5947m
Distance   Approx 65km

Mount Alpamayo is undeniably the jewel of the Cordillera Blanca - renowned worldwide for the beauty of its near-perfect pyramid of ice. Since winning ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Mountain’ photography competition in Munich in 1966, Alpamayo has fascinated mountaineers, and climbers come from all corners of the globe in great numbers each year to attempt the serious and difficult route to its summit.
Alpamayo was first climbed by a German expedition, which reached its summit via the north ridge in 1957. These days the summit is reached via the more accessible, but still extremely steep and fluted ‘French Route’. The route is highly technically difficult, requiring good crampons and ice-climbing techniques, and should be attempted by well acclimatised and highly experienced climbers only.
Located right inside the Cordillera Blanca, Alpamayo’s breath-taking pyramid is only fully visible from the high camp, which is accessed via a 70m wall. This highly prized view is motivation enough to join the expedition and will leave you gasping in awe! And if that isn’t enough, Alpamayo also provides magnificent views from its summit, nestled among the most stunning 6000m+ glacier-clad peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, including Mount Quitaraju (6036m), Artesonraju (6025m), Pucajirca (6050m), Santa Cruz (6259m), Caraz (6025m), Chacraraju (6112m), Huandoy (6395m) and Huascaran (6768m).

DAY 1 Drive to Cashapampa (2900m), via Caraz.
Trek to Llamacorral (3760m)

Approx 3 hours driving, 5 hours trekking

DAY 2 Trek to Alpamayo Base Camp (4250m)
Approx 7 hours trekking

Trek to Alpamayo glacier (4980m), via moraine.
Ascend to Alpamayo High Camp (5350m)

Approx 3 hours trekking to glacier, 5 hours climbing to high camp

DAY 4 Ascend to Alpamayo Summit (5947m), via Basque French Route (south face). Descend to Alpamayo Base Camp (4250m)
Approx 7 hours climbing to summit, 6 hours climbing down to base camp

DAY 5 Trek to Llamacorral (3760m)
Approx 6 hours trekking

DAY 6 Trek to Cashapampa (2900m). Drive to Huaraz, via Caraz
Approx 4 hours trekking, 3 hours driving