Mt. Chopicalqui 6364 m

Price $1050 $900 4 days
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Mt. Chopicalqui 6364 m

$1050 $900 per person


Southwest Ridge (Normal Route)

Chopicalqui is a little difficult than the intermediate difficulty of the 6,000m peaks in the range. Really nice views from two valleys Llanganuco and Ulta. Also Chopicalqui is known as the east peack of Huascarán. Chopicalqui is the highest, most beautiful peaks in the Cordillera Blanca with his ridge with a moderate snow climb to a spectaular Summit pyramid.

First Ascent:  August 3, 1932, By H. Hoerlin, E. Scneider, P. Borchers, E. Hein.

Elevation Gain: 1,500m from Moraine Camp and 983m from High Camp.

Grade: D.

Time: 7-9 hours from high Camp. 5 days roundtrip from Huaraz City.

Equipment:  Crampons, 2 technical  axes,  02 60m ropes, 02 ice crew and ,  8 or more snow pickets for anchors and rescue crevasses.


About Mount Chopicalqui:

  • Elevation: Mount Chopicalqui stands at 6,354 meters (20,846 feet) above sea level, making it one of the tallest peaks in the Cordillera Blanca range.
  • Location: It is located in the Ancash region of Peru, within Huascarán National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Difficulty: Chopicalqui is considered a technical climb, requiring mountaineering skills such as ice climbing, glacier travel, and altitude acclimatization.
  • Season: The climbing season typically runs from May to September, during the dry season in the Andes.

Important Considerations:

  • Guide: It’s highly recommended to hire an experienced guide or join a guided expedition, as Mount Chopicalqui requires technical skills and knowledge of the route.
  • Altitude: Proper acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Take your time ascending and ensure you’re well-hydrated.
  • Equipment: Bring appropriate mountaineering gear, including crampons, ice axes, helmets, and a four-season tent. Renting gear in Huaraz is possible if you don’t have your own.
  • Permits: Check if any permits are required for climbing in Huascarán National Park and obtain them in advance.
  • Weather: Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions in the mountains. Keep a close eye on weather forecasts and be ready to adjust your plans accordingly.

Climbing Mount Chopicalqui is a challenging but rewarding experience, offering stunning views and a sense of accomplishment. With thorough preparation and the right mindset, it can be an unforgettable adventure.

4 days
20+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    06:30 hrs
  • Return Time
    16:00 hrs
  • Dress Code
    Mountaineering equiptment and clothing. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
  • Included
    Hotel & Accommondation
    Mountaineering Chef
    National Park Fee
    Personal Mountain Guide
    Technical Equipment
  • Not Included
    Cycling Equipment
    Emergency Horse
    Ice Climbing Equipment
    Muleteers & Donkeys
    Personal Instructor
    Personal Mountaineering Clothing
    Rock Climbing Equipment
    Trekking Equipment
Day 1: Arriving From Lima, Perú
Day 1: Arrival in Huaraz
  • Arrive in Huaraz, the nearest major city to the Cordillera Blanca.
  • Rest and acclimatize to the altitude (3,052 meters / 10,013 feet).
Day 2: Adventure Beggins
Day 2: Acclimatization Hike
  • Take a day hike to nearby Lake Churup (4,450 meters / 14,600 feet) to further acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Return to Huaraz for the night.
Day 3: Huaraz City - Base Camp
Day 3: Travel to Base Camp
  • Depart from Huaraz and drive to the trailhead near the village of Cebollapampa (3,900 meters / 12,795 feet).
  • Trek to Base Camp (4,600 meters / 15,092 feet) at the foot of Mount Chopicalqui.
  • Set up camp and prepare for the climb.
  • Spend the day at Base Camp resting, hydrating, and practicing mountaineering skills.
  • Review rope techniques, crampon use, and crevasse rescue with your guide.
Day 4: Base Camp - High Camp
Day 4: High Camp
  • Ascend to High Camp (5,200 meters / 17,060 feet), carrying only essential gear.
  • Set up camp and prepare for an early summit attempt.
Day 5: Summit Day
Day 5: Summit Day
  • Wake up before dawn and begin the summit push.
  • Navigate the glacier and climb steep snow and ice slopes.
  • Reach the summit of Mount Chopicalqui and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
  • Descend back to High Camp or Base Camp, depending on conditions and group fatigue.
Day 6:
Day 6: Contingency Day
  • Use this day as a contingency in case of bad weather or if additional acclimatization is needed.
  • Alternatively, descend back to Huaraz if the climb was successful.
Day 7: Return
Day 7: Return to Huaraz
  • Pack up camp and trek back to the trailhead at Cebollapampa.
  • Drive back to Huaraz and celebrate your successful climb.