Climbing Vallunaraju 18,655 ft (5686m) 5D/4N
- Tour Type: Mountaineering
- Departure city: Lima, Perú
- End city: Lima, Perú
- Price: $1289 USD
The Nevado Vallunaraju has a height of 18,655 ft (5686m), belongs to the massif of the Chinchey of the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru, its meaning in Quechua language means “The Snowy of Dreams”, It has one of the most striking views from the city of Huaraz for its particular silhouette resembling a saddle, it is also a very popular destination as part of the acclimatization and training prior to a mountain of higher elevation and complexity, its ascent is relatively easy for those who are new to the world of high mountains.
|Key Tour Data|
|Tour Name:||Climbing Vallunaraju 18,655 ft (5686m) 5D/4N|
|Location:||Cordillera Blanca inside Huascaran National Park, Departament of Ancash, Perú.|
|Days walking:||2 days|
|Total tour time:||5 days (from Lima to Lima)|
|Total walking distance:||5.6 miles (9km)|
|Elevation:||4,101 ft ± (1250m ±)|
|Technical difficulty:||5 of 7|
|Maximum Altitude:||18,655 ft (5686m): Summit Vallunaraju|
|Minimum Altitude:||10,007 ft ± (3050m): Huaraz City|
The Vallunaraju is one of the few peaks of the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from the city of Huaraz in two days and is a perfect training and acclimatization activity for larger objectives.
It is ideal for acclimatization and for mountaineering courses. The Association of Mountain Guides of Peru (AGM) and the House of Guides carry out annual safety and glacier courses on this mountain before the beginning of the season, directed to the public; it is also ideal for those people who have a short stay in the city of Huaraz or have a few days of vacation.
In this adventure we will walk approximately 5.6 miles (09km) for a period of two days of pure ascent.
Highlights Climbing Vallunaraju
- Know the snowy of dreams.
- Perform high mountain activities for beginners.
- Pure contact with nature.
What you get
4 nights Accommodation
3N nights hotel (in the town of Huaraz), 1 nights camping.
Travel easily from A to B (Bus)
1 Breakfsat, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Snack(s) in the walking.
Professional bilingual guide (End-to-end accompaniment throughout your tour package)
Handy extras and accessories (Sleeping bag / tent / mat).
What is not included
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Accommodation in Lima
- Travel insurance
- Meals in the city
- Personal expenses
- Single accommodation (available on request)
- Personal equipment (harness, mountain pants, mountain jacket (goretex), mountain shoe or mixed shoe, suitable mountain clothes, personal medication, backpack, crampons, ice axe, sunglasses, etc.).
Day A: Transfer Lima 0 ft (0m) – Huaraz 10,007 ft (3050m)
Departure Time: Usually in the afternoon
Today you will be picked up at your hotel in Lima (Capital of Peru) between noon and 12:00 noon. Please be fully prepared with all your personal gear and have consumed your lunch before boarding our transportation.
We will go to the bus terminal to board the bus that will take us to the city of Huaraz (08 hours); we will arrive late at night and we will leave you at your hotel so you can rest and the next day make your acclimatization hike.
Activity: Eight hours of bus transportation.
Day B: Acclimatization Day: Querococha Lagoon – Chavin Temple
Today will be a day of acclimatization in the city of Huaraz, we will take a walk towards the archaeological site of Chavin, about two hours from the city of Huaraz, in the district of Chavin de Huantar, we will activate ourselves with a day of culture and nature.
Departure: 09:00 am. – Return: 08:00 pm.
Leaving the city of Huaraz 10,007 ft (3100m), we will pass through the towns of Recuay, Ticapampa and Cátac.
Visit the Great Temple of Chavin that reflects the greatness of our ancestors: The Lanzon of Chavin and the nailed heads.
After lunch we will visit the Chavin National Museum.
Activity: Today we walk very little, but we learn a lot about the Chavín culture.
Day 1 of 2: Huaraz 10,007 ft (3050m) – Base Camp 14,436 ft (4400m)
In the morning at 8am, after breakfast, the transportation will be waiting for you to take you from your hotel to the base camp, which will be the starting point for the ascent to the Nevado Vallunaraju the next day.
The access to the base camp of the mountain is made by road through the Llaca ravine until reaching the vicinity of the Llaca Lagoon 14,436 ft (4400m). At this point we will also find the AGMP (Association of Mountain Guides of Peru) shelter, a few more minutes of ascent and we will arrive at the moraine camp where we will camp to begin the attack to the summit the following day.
Here we will rest, enjoy our meals and spend the night to acclimatize for the next day’s ascent.
Difficulty: We started with a moderate but important ascent.
Day 2 of 2: Base Camp 14,436 ft (4400m) – Climbing Vallunaraju 18,655 ft (5686m) – Huaraz 10,007 ft (3050m)
On this day it is our turn to crown the summit, for that we will wake up at 02:00 in the morning, pack our climbing equipment, have a nutritious breakfast and start the march. From the base camp to the summit Vallunaraju is an average of 1.7 miles (2.8km) in ascent that is achieved in about four hours at a leisurely pace.
From moraine camp (the place where we spend the night), the path is a pure ascent through rocky plates, but the path is visible and does not represent a major difficulty, but it is always important to pay attention and be attentive to the indications of your guide. Once we overcome this obstacle of rocky plates, we arrive at the foot of glacier 16,486 ft (5025m), it is here where we put on the rope, place the crampons and ice axe in hand and continue the ascent, but this time on the glacier.
When continuing with the ascent we will visualize the pass that unites the South summit with the North, once in the pass 18,225 ft (5555m) we will have the great Ranrapalca 20,472 ft (6240m) and its neighbor Ocshapalca 19,301 ft (5883m), continuing by the South edge that takes toward the summit, the last meters toward the summit is by a profusely glaciated edge, thus we will arrive to the summit 18,655 ft (5686m) where we will have a wonderful view of the White Mountain range, especially of the Nevado Huascarán.
After crowning the summit and capturing the best pictures for the memory we begin our descent to the base camp to pack our belongings and continue our descent to our vehicle that will be waiting to take us back to the city of Huaraz.
Difficulty: A day of great physical effort, many ascents and descents, 11 hours in total.
Day C: Huaraz 10,007 ft (3050m) – Lima 0 ft (0m)
Today we say goodbye to Huaraz and return to the city of Lima, our tour leader will accompany you to your hotel in the city of Lima, and with this we will have completed the most wonderful experience that can be lived in the Peruvian Andes.
Activity: Today we only use the bus to return to our hotel in Lima.
Visa and passport information
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It is a condition of booking with Made In Mountain that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to take out adequate travel insurance and to ensure that you have read and understood all the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake during the tour, including all optional activities. Your insurance policy should fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country.
In case of medical emergencies, illness or injury your insurance should cover the entire duration of your vacation. If you are trekking at high altitude, make sure there is no upper altitude limit that may limit or exclude coverage for your trip.
In this adventure you will reach 5752 meters above sea level, a cold climate typical of the Peruvian Andes, and during most of the day you can reach temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, especially in the mornings and nights.
This trip is at an altitude where there is a risk of being affected by acute mountain sickness (AMS), a common and generally harmless condition caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen concentration. While the itinerary has been specifically designed to allow your body to acclimatize gradually, the rate of onset and severity, as well as the altitude at which AMS develops, can vary greatly among individuals; being physically fit offers no special protection. If symptoms develop during your trip, you should report them to your Made In Mountain leader immediately.
Travelers with heart or lung conditions, anemia, asthma, high blood pressure, or who are taking the birth control pill should seek advice from their primary care physician and specifically mention the maximum altitude the trip reaches (refer to the trip itinerary). Bring your travel notes to your medical appointment so that your physician has all the details of your trip.
You should have adequate travel insurance for your trip. Make sure that your insurance policy covers you up to the maximum altitude indicated above.
Important for trips to the Cordillera Blanca
In the high season of visitors from April to October (Andean summer) our reservations sell out quickly, so we recommend that you book your vacation well in advance of your planned travel date, at least 4 to 5 months in advance when possible.
About flight delays
Made In Mountain does not currently include international flights from your home city in its itineraries, so it is very important that you schedule your arrival in Lima, Peru 1 or 2 days prior to the start of your tour to avoid delays with your itinerary.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and you should inquire before traveling.
At present, in the current year 2022, the Peruvian Government requires to show the vaccination card for access to public places.
In Peru, in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, no other vaccines are mandatory, but we recommend protection against typhoid fever, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on malaria, dengue fever and Zika virus. Take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites, which include mosquito repellent, as well as long pants and long-sleeved shirts to cover up when necessary.
About camping tents
You will be assigned a space in a shared tent of two, three or four people as organized by the main guide, but if you want more privacy and want a personal tent, this will have an additional cost of $ 20 dollars in total for the ten days of camping (equivalent to $ 10 dollars per day).
If you come as a couple or with friends, a private tent can be assigned to you depending on availability, so it is very important that you book your tour well in advance.
Please note that in this adventure each participant must carry his or her own clothing.
About high mountain clothing.
Each participant must bring his or her own clothing and mountain equipment (harness, mountain pants, mountain jacket (goretex), mountain shoe or mixed shoe, suitable mountain clothes, personal medication, backpack, crampons, ice axe, sunglasses, etc.).
You can rent high mountain equipment, on average the price is 50 dollars according to the quality.
Food in camping
The food is varied, prioritizing good nutrition to keep you active throughout the trip.
Your tour leader will contact you to ask you about your dietary preferences.
Travel Lima – Huaraz – Lima
To move from the city of Lima to Huaraz (round trip) you will board a bus from the bus terminal, our partners are recognized agencies that meet all safety protocols, biosecurity and the best comfort.
You will always be accompanied by your tour leader at all times from your hotel in Lima, round trip.
Basic services in Huaraz
Huaraz is a small city in the process of development so it can not be compared to the hotel and gastronomic offer of cities like Lima or Cusco; however we always make the best effort to give you the best comfort and food when you are in this place; you will have good internet access and amenities with primary services; our partners are among the best you can find in that city.
Drinking water is provided. Tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will purchase large water containers so you can refill your bottle.
Lodging, meals, flights or additional services
If you have problems booking your accommodation, meals, or any additional services in Lima, we can assist you, it is only important that you make your tour reservations well in advance.
Remember that any additional service that is not included in this tour will have an additional cost.