Best months: May to september
Time required: 5 days Climbing
Grade: Technical / Difficult

Quitaraju is a really nice mountain with great views from its south face, taking in the Alpamayo, Artesonrajo, Huascaran(s) and Chopicalqui peaks. The easiest route is via the west ridge, graded AD, but very long sustained and steep in places. The north face is really nice, being graded D, 700m, inclination of about 55° degrees. Different variants have different grades, so a tougher climber could find some 60-70 degree climbs by traversing some 50m left or right from the arete in the upper part of the face.

Before attempting Quitaraju we suggest that you should have trekked 4 days minimum and have climbed a 5000 peak for a good acclimatization and fitness.
ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive to the trailhead at Cashapampa where we’ll meet our donkeys and logistics team. It will take approximately three hours of walking with light daypacks to get to camp Llamacorral at 3760m.

Day 2: A fairly short day, about 2.5 hours with daypacks. Basecamp is made at 4350 meters in a valley at the base of Alpamayo on the opposite side of the route.

Day 3: Depending on weather and acclimatization the next day can either be a rest day (recommended) or a carry day to 5200m meters.

Day 4: Move up to high camp at 5350meters. The group will carry a load to the high camp of Quitaraju. The guides will fix ropes in advance of the group on one steep section. One fixed rope and two belayed sections are normal in order to reach the col.

Day 5: We climb Quitaraju on a 60-70 degree climbing going some 50m left or right from the arete in upper part of the face.

Day 6: We collect all our gear and then we return to the Base camp.

Day 7: We return to Cashapampa where the minivan will be waiting for us to take us back to Huaraz.

Contact: info@peruviantreks.com for more details.