Mountaineering Course Nevado Vallunaraju (05 Days)


05 Days/04 Nigths
Max. Altitude: 5686 m / 18,654 ft
Route: Mountaineering Course Nevado Vallunaraju
Availability: March - October
Difficulty: Moderate

Nevado Vallunaraju is one of the most predominant mountains that can be seen directly from Huaraz. You can recognize it for its double-headed summit, the northern one being the highest one. Its name come from quechua, Vallunaraju meaning “mountain of dreams”. The views over Cordillera Blanca from the summit are spectacular and Vallunaraju is one of the most regularly climbed mountains because of its easy access. It serves as a great acclimatization climb.


  • We recommend you to do at least a 1-Day hike in altitude to be acclimatized before doing this tour.
  • We can offer you different hikes.
  • Huaraz - Acclimatization Churup lake

    This is a very good hike to acclimatize. From Huaraz we go by car to the village of Pitec. On the way we pass several picturesque villages, such as Unchus and Llupa. At 3850 m /12,631 ft we start our easy hike up to Lake Churup with its blue colors sitting at an altitude of 4440 m /14,566 ft ling over steep rocks. And then we come back to Huaraz by the same way.

  • Acclimatization Wilcacocha lake
  • Acclimatization Uruscocha lake
  • Acclimatization Ahuac lake
  • Acclimatization Rajucolta lake
  • Acclimatization Laguna 69

  • Travel Program


    Day 01: Huaraz - Camp Morrena 4800 m / 15,748 ft
    We drive for 1 ½ to 2 hours to reach the starting point. We then walk to camp Morrena, appreciating the beautiful views over Ranrapalca and Ocshapalca. We camp at the altitude of 4800 m / 15,748 ft , preparing and checking the equipment in the afternoon. 3 hours aprox.

    Day 02: Camp Morrena 4800 m / 15,748 ft - Vallunaraju glacier
    We walk about 20 minutes the second day, only to reach the Vallunaraju glacier where we get familiar with basic

  • Ice climbing techniques.
  • Equipment and how to use it
  • Essential knots you need to know
  • Using of the crampons
  • Rope up
  • Anchoring in ice
  • Ice climbing techniques .

    Day 03: Camp Morrena 4800 m / 15,748 ft – Vallunaraju glacier
    We walk up to the same place as the day before. 20 min aprox. Refreshing the knowledge about the equipment and techniques
  • Repeating the knots
  • Climbing in the glacier
  • Security and self-security techniques in ice climbing
  • Anchoring in ice and snow
  • Rescue and self-rescue course

    Day 04: Camp Morrena 4800 m / 15,748 ft - Vallunaraju glacier
    Early breakfast. We then ascend to 5300 m / 17,388 ft, where we continue with our practice.
  • Putting anchors in ice and snow
  • Rescue and self-rescue techniques
  • Making an improvised stretcher

    Day 05: Camp Morrena 4800 m / 15,748 ft – Vallunaraju summit 5686 m / 18,654 ft - Huaraz
    We start at 2 am, walking pass the moraines to reach the glacier. We then climb to the top of Vallunaraju, where we are rewarded with spectacular views over Ranrapalca, Huantsan and other surrounding mountains. We descend to camp Morrena, take a rest at the refugee and return to Huaraz. 5 hours aprox.

  • What’s included

    What’s included

    • Mountain Guide (AGMP - UIAGM)
    • Specialised cook
    • Porter
    • First-Aid kit
    • Private transport between Huaraz / start and end of trek.
    • Complete meals during the trekking program
    • Kitchen / dining tent.
    • Collective technical equipment
    • Camping equipment
    • Tent for 2 Person
    • Toilet tent

    Not Included:
    • Entrance fee of National Park Huascaran
    • Tour of Acclimatization
    • Travel accident and health insurance
    • Pick-up from the station and transfer to the Hotel reserved for you in Huaraz.
    • Transfers from the airport / hotel / airport - Lima
    • Hotel accommodation in Lima.
    • Tour of the city
    • Transfer from the station to the hotel / station / hotel - Lima
    • Bus ticket Huaraz / Lima,
    • Hotel accommodation in accordance with tour program.
    • Donkey driver
    • Donkeys
    • Food and drink in Lima and Huaraz
    • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
    • Not mentioned food and beverages
    • Personal Spending
    • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, backpack, harness, hiking pants, mountain jacket (goretex), hiking shoes, matraz, suitable clothing, personal medicine, crampons, ice axe, sunglasses, etc.)

    What to take

    What to take

    • Small backpack
    • Long-sleeved shirts
    • Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
    • Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers
    • Lightweight pants
    • Regular and long underwear (at over 13,000 ft./4,000 masl)
    • Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down
    • Light cap and wool hat
    • Rain poncho (or rain gear)
    • Water bottle
    • Medium weight socks
    • Hiking boots
    • Sleeping bag (-10º to 0ºC)
    • Small daypack
    • Strong waterproof duffel bag
    • Sunglasses, Sun block, lip balm
    • Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
    • Towel.

    technical equipment

    • Helmet
    • 100% uv snow sunglasses
    • Crampons
    • Harness
    • Snow boots
    • 2 Gloves (Light gloves and good one)
    • 2 technical axes (per person)
    • 4 carabiners lock (per person)
    • 1 stake of Snow
    • 1 Carabiner (Pear from)
    • 2 express
    • 1 Deysichay (Life Line)
    • 3 Hoop Tapes
    • 2 Ice screws
    • 1 ATC descender (Rappel)
    • 3 Cord for prusik
    • Cap for cold

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    Mountain Guide (UIAGM-AGMP)

    Eloy Salazar

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