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   Quitaraju 6036m
Distance   Approx 65km

The broad peak of Mount Quitaraju is located right next to the famous Mount Alpamayo, and the same high camp is used to reach the summits of both the giants of the Cordillera Blanca. Far fewer people choose to climb Quitaraju, so while several groups are likely to be scaling the steep south face of Alpamayo, the chances are that you will have Quitaraju all to yourself. While not quite as steep as its neighbour, Quitaraju’s most-used summit route up the north face is longer, requiring over 12 rope-lengths of sheer ice climbing. It is also possible to reach the summit via the west ridge, which is an airy, longer, but easier route with outstanding views of the south face and also of Alpamayo (5947m), Artesonraju (6025m), Huandoy (6395m), Huascaran (6768m) and Chopicalqui (6354m), amongst others. Needless to say, the summit rewards climbers with awesome 360-degree views.
This expedition is ideal for experienced mountaineers seeking technical challenge at high altitude.

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

DAY 3 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 Quitaraju Summit (6036m). Descend to Alpamayo Base Camp (4250m)
Approx 8 hours climbing to summit, 7 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