Cordillera Blanca Climbing Vallunaraju 5686m
Timing: 2 days
Grade: AD- / Moderate snow slopes – some steep climbing – Beginner suitable
Altitude: 5686m (18655 ft)
Vallunaraju is one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in two days. The climb is an enjoyable, moderate mountaineering adventure with great views from all aspects and sun during the climbing. Vallunaraju is suitable for both first time climbers and also experienced climbers wanting to practice various technique, crevasse rescues and ice climbing. A good peak to include at the end of your trek or for acclimatisation for climbing bigger peaks.
Although graded as a moderate climb, the high altitude and long and in places steep snow slopes do make Vallunaraju a physically demanding climb. It is also necessary to carry all equipment up to Morena Camp on the mountain on a steep trail. Porters carry tents, food, climbing rope up to Morena Camp and back, but you need to carry your own personal gear.
Good fitness and strength is required.
James from USA climbed Vallunaraju: Everything was brilliant. Eli, the cooks, the porters. It will take a few days to digest everything, but I will post rave reviews on line …. In all honesty, I cannot think of anything negative to say. Granted this is my first trip with such a level of service, everything was simply magnificent.
Day 1: Drive 1½ hours from Huaraz to the Llaca Valley 4350m. Then we climb steeply up a ridge for 2 to 3 hours to Morena Camp 5130m
Day 2: A steady and not steep on good snow slopes towards the summit . The last 60m to the summit is steeper and will feel exposed – the guide will help you with this. Return back to the road in Llaca Valley and then to Huaraz. About 10 hours to climb & descend.
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