Climbing Maparaju (17473 ft / 5326 m) – 3 Days / 2 Nights
Duration: 3 Days -2 Nights
Maximal elevation: 5326 masl
Highest Camp Site: 4100 masl
Season recommended: May to August
Difficulty: Moderate (M)
Maparaju is an acclimatization mountain to prepare for the higher peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. It’s normally considered a trekking peak more than a climbing one, but weather conditions can make this ‘easy’ summit far from a sure bet. Crevasses are not a concern as the moutain only has a small snow cap.
Day 01:Huaraz – Pitec – Base Camp Maparaju (4100m/13448ft)
After the breakfast in the Hotel we will take a private bus to Pitec; we will leave from Huaraz to the east side, arriving to the Quilcayhuanca entrance at 10:00hours approximately, from here we will start hiking to Base Camp for about 3 hours half approximately, at 12:00m we will have a lunch, after that we will continue hiking up to Base Camp of Maparaju. Overnight camping at (4100m/13448ft).
Day 02: Base Camp – Summit Maparaju (5326m/17469ft) – Base Camp
After the breakfast in the morning we will start climb at 3 am. After to climb 3 hours approximately. We will get the glacier where we put on our mountain equipments to start ice climbing. After two hours we will get the summit (5326m/17469ft) around at 8 am approximately. After to enjoy the splendid views of mountains we will go down to Base Camp. Overnight camping at (4100m/13448ft).
After the breakfast in the morning we will start to hike down along the Quilcayhuanca valley and the half way we will have lunch enjoying the nice places, then we will continue hiking down to entrance where our bus will be waiting for us to transfer to Huaraz, arriving to Huaraz around 16:00hours.
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Lima transfers all land transport involved in the itinerary, hotel accommodation in Huaraz on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Once on trek, a full service, including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment) is included in the trek price.
•Food while on the mountain
•Group climbing and cooking gear
•Scheduled restaurant meals
•Pack animals and porters for group gear
•Ground transportation from Lima and return and while in the mountains
Travel insurance, meals other than breakfasts when staying in hotels in Lima and Huaraz, sleeping bags, personal trekking gear. Tips for trek staff, Lima Airport departure tax, miscellaneous personal expenses – beer, tips, souvenirs etc…
• Personal equipment
• Alcoholic beverages
• Unscheduled hotel nights and restaurant meals
• Trip and medical/evacuation insurance
• Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, room service and so forth
•Alpine climbing harness Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing (e.g. Mammut Alpine Light, Black Diamond Alpine Bod w/gear loops)
•2 Locking carabiners Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best. screw gate type, no Autolocking (e.g. Kong HMS, Petzl Attache or William)
•3 Regular carabiners (e.g. Mammut Standard Wiregate or BD Hot Wire are recommended)
•Belay device (e.g. Black Diamond ATC)
•Ice axe w/leash Lightweight (e.g. Grivel Air Tech, Black Diamond Raven, or Charlet Moser Snowalker) Under 5’7” use 60cm, 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm, over 6’2” use 70cm
•Plastic mountaineering boots (e.g. Koflach Arctis Expedition or Scarpa Inverno) Make sure the boots have a new stock liner or an alveolite liner
•1 Pair gaiters or super-gaiters Super gaiters will provide more warmth and are recommended. The Savage gaiter by Climb High is a good choice.
•Crampons, anti-ball plate, and repair kit Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended, include a mandatory simple repair kit (e.g. Grivel G12 [new matic or classic], Black Diamond Contact Strap, or Charlet Moser VASAK Flexlock)
•Climbing helmet Adjustable, should fit with hat on
•Perlon cord 30 feet of 6-millimeter perlon cord for prussik material; do not cut prior to trip!
•Adjustable trekking pole
•2 Long sleeve polypropylene shirt Lightweight, light colored for sunny days
•Sports bras Two, synthetic, no cotton!
•Soft Shell (e.g. Mammut New Age, Marmot Dri-Clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur or Krushell Jacket, R2 pullover acceptable)
•Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers. (e.g. Mammut Motion XCR or equivalent)
•Expedition down parka w/hood This is probably your most important piece of clothing! It is important that your jacket have an insulated hood.
•2 Pair liner gloves Thin wool or polypropylene
•1 Pair medium weight fleece gloves (Windstopper preferred)
•1 Pair warm gloves fleece or wool
•Shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex, with textured rubber palms and taped seams. Nylon shells will not keep your hands dry (Check out OR)
•Warm hat Wool or synthetic
•Shade hat or baseball cap
•Neck warmer (Optional)
Your head needs to be completely covered during cold conditions. Any area of skin exposed on a cold, windy day is at risk of cold injury. Wind Stopper hats or balaclavas are a great choice.