Chopicalqui, Perú




5 days


The name “Chopicalqui” is derived from the Quechua language which means “fits in the center”, in reference to its location between the mountains of Huascarán and Contrahierbas. It is sometimes referred to as the easier 6000m peak. This makes it very popular and it can get crowded at times.


  • Transport: From Huaraz to the starting point of your activity, and from the end point of your activity back to Huaraz. We use private transport, minivans and other types of cars, depending on the size of the group.
  • Guide: Qualified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and English.
  • Cook: A professional cook who is trained to prepare healthy dishes in a hygienic manner, depending on the size of the group.
  • Muleteers: In charge of taking the donkeys with our materials and backpacks, taking care of them and guiding them. (depending on the expedition we are replaced by porters / people who load things)
  • Donkeys: The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of the group. The donkeys carry tents, food, climbing rope to base camp and back, but you must bring your own personal equipment. (depending on the expedition we are replaced by porters / people who load things)
  • Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
  • Equipment: Good quality high mountain tent, sleeping mattress, ropes, carabiners, dining tent (depending on the size of the group), table and chairs, first aid kit, stove, crockery and kitchen utensils. We can also provide you with personal mountain equipment if you do not have one.
  • Entrance fee: for the national park.


  • First breakfast, last dinner, soft or alcoholic beverages, medical treatment, travel insurance, tips, additional expenses as a result of leaving the expedition early, additional expenses as a result of rescue or emergency evacuation.

What to Bring

  • Mountain backpack (65 liters).
  • Sleeping bag (-25 C)
  • Walking poles if you have knee problems.
  • Mountaineering boots – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Crampons – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Ice ax – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Helmet – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Harness – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sun protection: sunscreen (minimum factor 40), hat, good sunglasses
  • Well used in mountain boots or trekking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing: T-shirt (quick-drying or merino wool recommended), trekking pants or leggings, sweater, wool trekking socks, underwear, long thermal underwear, fleece, gloves, hat, buff.
  • Down jacket quality 650 to 900 thermal degrees
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Gore-Tex gloves
  • Bottle of water 1 liter, We will provide you with boiled and purified water
  • Toilet paper, personal toiletries, small towel
  • Extra snacks and money

Are you missing something? We can provide the detailed program and everything you need for a great day of expeditions, check each trip for detailed information on prices and offers we have for groups and dates or contact us for a personalized trip and you will be able to fully enjoy. The personal technical equipment and expedition clothing that we can provide you at no cost will depend on whether we have an available warehouse, which is why it is important to book in advance and check what we can provide you.

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Smoking Allowed

Tour Plan

You are picked up at your hotel and we drive along the Callejón de Huaylas on the north side of Huaraz. After driving for about 2 hours we will register at the National Parks Control, passing by Lake Llanganuco, Chinancocha and Orconcocha, where we will have lunch, then in the early afternoon we continue up towards the Ancush Valley between Huascarán and Chopicalqui. We arrive at Base Camp (4200m) around 2pm.
We hike to the Moraine Camp for about 4 hours, during this hike we will enjoy the splendid views of the Pisco, Huandoys and Chacraraju peaks, having lunch on the way. After arriving at the camp (4700m) in the afternoon we check our climbing equipment for the next day.
We climb for about 40 minutes through the rocky trails to reach the glacier, where we will use our climbing equipment to start climbing for about 3 hours to Camp 1 (5500m). Throughout this climb we will enjoy the views of beautiful peaks such as Chacraraju, Huandoys.
Today we leave at 3:00 am in the morning and climb for about 4 to 5 hours until we reach the summit (6534m). After enjoying the views, we descend back to Camp 1. After a short rest, we continue to Moraine Camp (4700m) for about 2 more hours, arriving around 4:00pm.
We descend for about 1.5 hours to the base camp. We continue down to the road called Curva de Chopicalqui, where our transfer will be waiting for us. On the way to Yungay we pass by Lake Llanganuco. Then we continue down to Yungay, and from there we travel through the Callejón de Huaylas to Huaraz for approximately 1 more hour. We arrive in Huaraz around 5pm. IMPORTANT THE CHOPICALQUI MOUNTAIN CAN ALSO BE DONE IN 4 DAYS ASK ABOUT THE SHORT EXPEDITION BY INTERNAL AND THE OFFERS WE HAVE FOR YOU

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