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Nevado Chopicalqui - 6354 Meters - Yungay - Cordillera Blanca - Peru

High camp at 5400m with Nev. Chopicalqui in the back.
Datum: July 2005
Höhe: 6354 Meters
Länge: 3 to 4 days
Grad: AD
Approach / Zustieg:
Material: crampons, 2 ice-axes, 1*60m rope, walking stick recommended
Ausrichtung: all directions
Descent / Abstieg:
Führer: The Andes - A guide for Climbers by John Biggar

Beschreibung Nevado Chopicalqui - 6354 Meters - Yungay - Cordillera Blanca - Peru

There are many 6000er peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. It is hard to choose which one to climb. The conditions change every year. A mountain your friend climbed last time can be hard today. In 2005 the Nevado Chopicalqui was on of the easier peaks over 6000 meters. Many people climb this mountain and there was an obvious track all the way to the top. Route finding no problem. However, there is still the altitude, the technical difficulties and the weather.

Regardless the easy route finding, do not underestimate the climb. High Altitude Sickness is serious and there is no room for pushing it to far. Always take food for a day or two more with you. A good night of sleep at the moraine camp might help to get acclimatised a bit better.

We were very lucky and had the mountain for ourselves. Only 6 people were at high camp and, unfortunately, only 3 of us made it to the summit.

The park fee of 65 soles a person is a lot but the ticket is valid for a month. There are buses going up the road or you can take a taxi to the switchback at km 37. Taxis charge about 35 to 40 soles a ride.

There was a lot of trash at all the camps, please do not leave anything behind. It is no fun to camp between all this garbage.


Take the road from Yungay towards the Lagunas Lianganuca, passing the lakes until reaching the 5th turn at about 37km, 30 min walk to base camp
3 camps on the climb
Approach / Zustieg
from base camp obvious trail to moraine camp further to high camp and summit. Mostly even an obvious track on the glacier
Descent / Abstieg
same way down

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Bilder Nevado Chopicalqui - 6354 Meters - Yungay - Cordillera Blanca - Peru