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 Climbing Artesonraju
  (5 days 4 nights )

Summary: Artesonraju is a great peak to add-on to any number of itineraries in the Cordillera Blanca. With relatively quick access and options to climb from various valleys, this 6025 meter peak is perfect for those folks who have the stamina and will to really pack in the climbing!
The SE face of the mountain has been made famous by Paramount Picture’s logo, displaying this aspect of the mountain each time a blockbuster movie comes out! Accessed via the Paron valley, the high camp is a 2 day hike away. From this glacier perch, the “normal route” ascends the pyramid’s 600 meter south east face via 50-70 degree snow and ice, calling for endurance and skill in the attempt. This add-on fits nicely onto the Pisco/Chopicalqui or Urus/Ishinca/Tocllaraju itinerary.
The North Ridge of the mountain is reached from the Santa Cruz valley, one day’s walk from the Alpamayo basecamp and 2 day’s walk from the trailhead in Cashapampa. A moraine camp with stunning views of Taulliraju and Santa Cruz Grande is the stage for the climbing of this technical and less-traveled route. 70 degree snow and ice slopes, adventurous route finding, and some committing moves near the summit highlight this exceptional climb. A great follow-up to an Alpamayo/Quitaraju trip
Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch / (D)= dinner

Itinerary.

Day 01: Huaraz – drive to Cashapampa – hike to Llamacorral. (L) (D)
After the breakfast in the hotel we will aboard in our private bus to go along the Callejón de Huaylas in the north side of Huaraz. passing the different districts such as: Carhuas (2650m/8692ft), Yungay (2500m/8200ft), after this city, we will get the Caraz city (2400m/7872ft), then we will continue our travel to get the last Distrit Cashapampa arriving around 10:00am , where the Donkey Driver will waiting for us to transport our Camping equipments , from here we will start hiking up, after walking 2 hours half we will have lunch, then we will continue hiking up, after hiking up for 5 or 6 hours we will get the first camp named Llamacorral, arriving around 4pm. Overnight camping at (3800m/12464ft).

Day 02: Llamacorral – Jatuncocha Lake – Taullipampa. (B) (L) (D)
Today we will hike along the valley moderate enjoying the beautiful lakes called Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha, turquoise lakes, then we will arrive to nice spot where will have lunch at the place called Quisuar, after it we will climb up to the Alpamayo Base Camp, we will get here early and prepare and check our climbing gears for the next day, overnight at (4500m/14760ft).

Day 03: Taullipampa – Moraine Camp – Camp 1 of Artesonraju. (B) (L) (D)
This day after the breakfast in the Base Camp (Taullipampa) we will pack our climbing gears to go up to the Camp 1 of Artesonraju, we will climb up for about 5 – 6 hours with porters help, whose will carry our logistics and food, getting the Camp 1 we will have hot drinks and immediately we will check our climbing gears to be ready and start climb the next morning, we will have early dinner, overnight at (5200m/17056ft)

Day 04: Camp 1 – climb up to the summit (6025m/19762ft) – Taullipampa. (B) (L) (D)
This day our breakfast will be very early at 01:00hours, then 30 minutes breakfast and we start climbing up around 01:30hours for about 6 to 7 hours climbing up to the summit over (6025m/19762ft), along the way up we will find ice walls about 50 to 80 degrees, after hard climb getting the summit we will enjoy the nice views mountains around, like Piramide de Garcilaso, Caraz, Taulliraju, Pucajirca, Alpamayo, Quitaraju and many more, after that we will start descend rappelling with the Guide help, arriving to the Camp 1 we will rest for some minutes and then we will picks up our tents to continue go down to Taullipampa for about 4 - 5 more hours, overnight at (4500m/14760ft).

Day 05: Taullipampa – hike out Santa Cruz valley – back to Huaraz. (B) (L)
Today we will come back walking down hill along the Santa Cruz valley enjoying the nice view of Jatuncocha and Ichiccocha Lake, till Cashapampa, where the transfer will be waiting for us and will have a last stop for lunch, after lunch we will aboard our private transfer to return Huaraz, for about 3 hors half, arriving to Huaraz around 4 to 5:00pm.

THE CLIMBING COST INCLUDES:
•Transfer Lima - Huaraz - Lima.
•Qualified and experienced local guide/s UIAGM. (English and Spanish)
•Additional guides and porters where necessary
•Climbing permits - Huascaran National Park.
•Porters, cook, horse man and pack animals
•Emergency horse.
•06 or 07 days climb to alpamayo mountain
•All food during climbing days.
•Cook and assistants.
•Group Equipment: ropes, tents, stoves etc and all supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit
•Group First aid kit.
•Insulated mat
•All guiding service.
•All the logistic.

THE CLIMBING DOES NOT INCLUDED:
•International flights
•Meals and hotels in Lima and Huaraz.
•Excess equipment over the 20kg per person allowance.
•Personal clothing and gear to include sleeping bag and mattress.
•Personal expenses such as alcohol, phone calls, gifts, laundry, room service and so forth
•Extras at hotel (i.e. telephone, laundry, internet…).
•Departure taxes at the airport. (International departure tax is currently $30.25),
•Excess weight for your luggage.
•Travel Insurance.
•Medical treatment.
•Medical vaccinations
•Any rescue costs.
•Meals not specified.
•Any personal charges.
•Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
•Return flights to Lima, Peru.
•Gratuities.
•Others expenses not specified in Inclusions above.

WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
•Backpack.
•Sleeping bag.
•Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Huaraz for a few dollars).
•Strong, comfortable footwear.
•One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire a personal porters, see options below)
•Sweater and jacket (something warm).
•Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water will be provided).
•Torch / Flashlight and batteries.
•Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
•Sun block (sun protection cream).
•Insect repellent, absolutely the most important item for this hike is bug spray. Anything with a lot of DEET with do the job, anything less is simply not sufficient. Bug spray MUST be bought in Huaraz, as it cannot be found even in neighboring towns.
•Toiletries, towel and toilet paper.
•Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, energy bars etc.
•Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries, cash in soles and US$
•Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Hunacarhuaz after the trek)
•Optional: walking Poles /sticks rubber covers necessary (can be hired from our office for US$30 for the 15 day trek)
•You also need to bring a copy of your passport on the trail.
 
Cost by Person 1,030 US$ .  Minimum 4 people.
 

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