Climbing Vallunaraju 5686m

*MASL = Meters Above Sea-Level
Duration: 2 days & 1 night
Grade: AD- / Moderate snow slopes with some steep climbing – Suitable for beginners
Altitude: 5,686 masl (18,655 fasl)

Vallunaraju is one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be summitted from Huaraz in just two days. The climb is enjoyable yet challenging, providing an adventure for novice climbers and serving as a good acclimatization ascent for more experienced mountaineers. The glacier of Vallunarahu is also ideal for practicing techniques such as crevasse rescue and ice climbing and the local mountain guide association holds a rescue course on this peak every season.
Although Vallunarahu is graded as “moderate,” the long slope and steeper final section before the summit makes this climb physically demanding. You will also need to carry all personal gear and equipment up a steep, rocky trail to the moraine camp. Porters are available to assist with carrying tents, food and climbing rope. We highly recommend that clients be in appropriate physical condition before attempting this climb.

Day 1: Drive 1½ hours from Huaraz to the Llaca Valley (4,350 masl) where we will then hike up a steep trail for ~ 3 hours until we reach the moraine camp (5,130 masl) near the glacial tongue. We will camp here and prepare our gear for tomorrow’s summit bid. Total hike time: ~ 3 hours.

Day 2: Leaving camp in the early morning, we take a short hike to the glacier and then continue up a gradual snow slope towards the summit. The final 100-meters of the climb is considerably steeper and feels exposed, but your guide will be there to help you make your way to the summit. After summitting, we will descend back to basecamp for a quick rest before heading down to the Llaca Valley where private transport will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz. Total climb / hike time: ~ 10 hours

For more information on dates and prices, feel free to contact us at If you would like to arrange a private climb, please send us an e-mail with the approximate dates you would like to go and the number of people in your group. Travelling alone? No problem! You may also opt to join another group that we’re leading to the summit.