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Mount Vallunaraju


Duration 2 days
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Range of Altitude 3,700m to 5,686m / 12,139ft to 18,655ft
Distance Covered Approximately 8km

At 5,686m/18,655ft, Mount Vallunaraju’s twin-summits are prominently seen peeking their heads up above Huaraz. The Mount Vallunaraju climb is popular with climbers of all fitness levels given its close proximity to the city and also because it is relatively easy and can be completed in just two days.

The 2D1N climb is an ideal acclimatization-climb and a good chance to learn important mountaineering skills – especially if you are eventually headed for more technical climbs or higher elevations later on.

This climb is ideal for beginners with little or no prior climbing experience. Nevertheless, it is still essential that climbers are in good physical shape and are well-acclimatized given the high altitudes and long trekking distances.


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  • We start by driving for approximately one and a half hours north-east of Huaraz to Llaca valley, the starting point of the trek

  • We hike northwards for approximately three to four hours to Moraine camp, where we spend our first night. The ascent is rather steep and the path is inaccessible to donkeys, but porters will be on hand to assist in carrying the equipment
  • We begin the day with a short climb of approximately 45 mins from the campsite to the glacier, where we put on our climbing gear for a further sustained climb of another four hours to get to the summit. The climb is mostly gradual but steepens towards the end as we approach the summit

  • Spend some time soaking in the surrounding sights at the summit, before making our way back along the same route to Moraine camp

  • With all equipment packed, we hike downhill for another three hours to Llaca valley, where our private transport awaits for our return back to Huaraz


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