Peru: Climbing Nevado Yanapaccha (5,460 m)

Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the World

03 Days/02 Nights   Season: April to November   Difficulty: Moderate

Highlights of the Cordillera Blanca. The highest tropical mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca is part of the spectacular Andes that form the spine of South America. A mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, the region boasts over 50 peaks that exceed 15,000 feet, 700 glaciers and 300 lakes.

The Peak Yanapaccha: is located in the Ancash province of Yungay, strategically nestled between colossal mountains of five and six thousand meters of the famous Cordillera Blanca. From its top you can see a spectacular panoramic view and if it were not for the close vicinity of the Pisco mountain, perhaps the "Yana" would be, for that reason, the most frequented mountain in this area.

Etymologically, the name of the snowy, Yanapaccha or Yanaphaqcha, derives from the Quechua toponymy. Yana, black and paccha, phajcha or paqcha which means waterfall, waterfall, waterfall, which would refer to "waterfall on a black hill".

The mountain was promoted for the first time on June 23, 1954 by members of an American expedition that also reached for the first time the western peak of the Huandoy (at that time still several of the six thousand of the Cordillera Blanca were still virgins).

Located almost in front of the frequented Pisco mountain, with which it shares the access ravine - Cebollapampa -, the Yanapaccha does not present, however, the same stalking that its neighbor receives.

The adventure of its ascent begins in the city of Huaraz, from where there is public transport by the paved route Huaraz-Caraz to the famous town of Yungay * (58km, in combi ** duration estimated just over an hour). There it will be necessary to make a transfer to the transports that take to the towns of the "Callejón de Conchucos" demanding the 28km until Cebollapampa, around one hour more. There exists a beautiful camping area.

However, lately, the groups no longer enter the Yanapaccha by that classic ravine, but, continuing on the road towards the Abra known as Portachuelo up to km42, take a small path that leads directly to the moraines Yanapaccha

The mountain has the general characteristics of the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca: the climber must travel glaciers and slopes of ice and snow solving the difficulties and taking care of the risks that this type of ascent has. Although the peak of the Yanapaccha, 5460m, is almost 300m lower than the Pisco snow, the greater slope of its ice and snow slopes make it a more difficult target than its neighbor, being the first within the snowy ones "of easy ascent" and the second one a step above, with (moderate difficult). The mountain is located in the Huascarán National Park, 340,000ha declared Biosphere Reserve and Natural Patrimony of Humanity.

Travel Program


Day 1: Huaraz - Drive to Portachuelo - Hike to moraine camp (4,900 masl)
Day 2: Moraine Camp - Yanapaccha Summit (5,460 masl) - Moraine Camp
Day 3: Moraine Camp - Portachuelo (Trail Head) - Huaraz

Detailed Program

Detailed Program

Day 1: Huaraz - Drive to Portachuelo - Hike to moraine camp (4,900 masl)
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you and you will head north down through the Callejón de Huaylas. Passing by traditional Andean towns, we'll make our first stop in Carhuaz (2,650 masl), where you'll be able to try the famous local artisanal ice cream that incorporates a variety of regional fruits. We will then continue down the valley to the fabled town of Old Yungay (2,500 masl) which was buried in an earthquake-induced avalanche in 1970. From here we will begin our ascent into the mountains, passing through the Llanganuco Valley at the base of Huascarán, Peru’s tallest peak. After registering with the National Park, we’ll pass into Llanganuco Valley where we’ll be greeted by two turquoise glacial lakes: Chinacocha and Orconcocha. We’ll continue on up to Portachuelo, and if it isn’t cloudy, we’ll have spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks of Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huascarán, Huandoy and Chacrarahu. Our van will drop us off at the trail head where we’ll then begin a ~ 3-hour hike to the Yanapaccha moraine camp (4,900 masl). Once at camp, we’ll spend some time checking and preparing our gear for tomorrow’s climb. Travel time Huaraz – Trail head: ~ 4 hours (including stops)

Day 2: Moraine Camp - Yanapaccha Summit (5,460 masl) - Moraine Camp
We will begin our day early, starting with breakfast at 3:00am and leaving camp by 3:30am. We’ll begin hiking on a rocky trail for 30 minutes before reaching the glacier. Once on the glacier, it will take approximately 4 hours to reach the summit. Once on the summit, we’ll enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks such as Huascarán, Copicalqui, Contrahierbas and Huandoy. We’ll then descend to moraine camp which will take ~ 3 hours, where we’ll break for lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening at camp. .

Day 3: Moraine Camp - Portachuelo (Trail Head) - Huaraz
After breakfast at moraine camp, we'll hike back down to Portachuelo to the trail head where we were initially dropped-off. Private transportation will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz via the Llanganuco Valley and Yungay. We expect to arrive in Huaraz no later than 5:00pm and we will take you directly to your hotel.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What’s included

What's included

Services included in the prices:
  • Peruvian qualified and experienced local guide/s
  • All meals during the tour
  • Camping tents (2 persons)
  • Porters Nevado Vallunaraju (2 pax 1 porter)
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Cooks
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz

Not Included:
  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Personal expenses
  • Acclimatization Tour
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Domestic flight Airline ticket LC-Peru
  • Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima
  • Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hote
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

Prices & Dates

Tour Information:

Season: April to November
Difficulty: Easy

Dates & Prices:

More information about dates and prices upon request.


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