Mount Yanapaccha is a stunning mountain located in the Cordillera Blanca range of the Peruvian Andes. It has an elevation of 5,460 meters (17,913 feet) and is a popular destination for mountaineers due to its accessibility and relatively straightforward climb.

The standard route to the summit of Mount Yanapaccha starts from the base camp at the Yanapaccha Glacier. The route involves a steep climb up a snow and ice slope, with some sections requiring the use of ropes and other technical equipment.

As climbers ascend higher, the route becomes steeper and more challenging, with some sections reaching up to 50 degrees in steepness. The final section to the summit involves a rocky scramble, but it’s not too difficult.

The ascent typically takes 2-3 days, depending on the climber’s fitness level and acclimatization. The route offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers, including the neighboring Mount Pisco and Chopicalqui.

While Mount Yanapaccha is considered a technically straightforward climb, it’s important to note that climbing at high altitudes can be dangerous and requires careful preparation and planning. It’s recommended to climb with an experienced guide and to acclimatize properly before attempting the climb.

Technical Data

Max. Altitude:

5.460 msnm – Cumbre Yanapaccha


3 days / 2 nights

Physical Difficulty:


Technical Difficulty:



Cordillera Blanca

Average temperature:

Between 13 °C – 23 °C during the day / night -05 °C to -30 °C.


Day 1

Huaraz – Yungay – Km 42 – Campo Morrena

Our expedition starts in the city of Huaraz.

The team designated by Andean Raju Expeditions for your expedition will go to your respective hotel to pick you up with private transportation. After the pick up we head north through the Callejon de Huaylas to Yungay, from this point we turn off to the east side towards the Quebrada de Llanganuco. On the way we will stop for 30 minutes for breakfast. We continue our journey and after about 10 minutes we will make another stop to check in at the Huascaran National Park control, after another 20 minutes we will go around the beautiful lagoons of Chinancocha (female lagoon) and Orconcocha (male lagoon). Finally, the transport arrives at Km 42, the starting point of our hike to the Moraine camp. Our porters are responsible for the transfer of the logistic equipment to the camp. The first 40 minutes pass through a rocky plain surrounded by Andean vegetation, we make a small ascent to reach the moraine area of the route. During the ascent we will be escorted by the imposing Chacraraju and Huandoy peaks. After approximately 2 hours of walking we will arrive to our first day of camp, from here we will be able to appreciate the Chacraraju, Huandoys and Pisco.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents (4-season tent)
  • Meals: Box Lunch, lunch and dinner
  • Transfer time by vehicle: 3 hours
  • Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours approximately
  • Difference in altitude: from 3100 masl to 4900 masl (+1800)
Day 2

Campo Morrena – Cumbre Yanapaccha – Campo Morrena

The long awaited day has arrived, our ascent to the summit. The approach to the glacier is about 20 minutes, at this point we will equip ourselves, our guide will make an inspection of everything necessary for the ascent and finally we will rope up to continue with the journey. We make an approach to the base of the wall overcoming crevasses and short climbing sections (55°). After climbing for 7 hours the wall for 200m (60° – 65°) we will reach the summit to enjoy an impressive panoramic view, we can appreciate the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, the most emblematic mountains of Peru: Huandoys, Chacraraju, Huascaran South and North, Chopicalqui, Alpamayo, Hualcan, Pisco, Taulliraju and more.

We remain at the summit for a prudent time to rest, hydrate and take pictures. Finally we make the rappels of descent by the same route of ascent, we arrive to our camp, we feed ourselves and we continue our descent to the Moraine camp.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents (4-season tent)
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch and dinner.
  • Duration of the day: 8 to 10 hours approximately.
  • Elevation gain: from 4900 masl to 5460 masl (+560)
Day 3

Campo Morrena – Km 42 – Huaraz

The final day of our expedition has arrived. After breakfast we dismantle the camp for the return, the porters are ready to move all the logistic equipment. We head downhill until we reach Km 42. The transport is waiting for us at this point to take us to the city of Huaraz.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents (4-season tent)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hiking time: 2 hours approximately
  • Transfer by car: 4 hours approximately
  • Elevation difference: from 4900 masl to 3100 masl (-1800)

Our Service Includes

  • Certified mountain guide UIAGM / AGMP.
  • Private transportation.
  • 4 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch and dinner).
  • 4-season double occupancy tent.
  • Personal climbing equipment (harness, helmet, crampons and ice axes).
  • Horseman and donkeys for the transfer of logistic equipment. 15 kilos per passenger are allowed.
  • Cooking utensils and complete dining room.
  • First aid kit.
  • Boiled water to fill your bottle every day.
  • Warm water for your personal hygiene every morning.
  • Tips to get to Huaraz.

Our Service Does Not Include

  • Air ticket to Lima and to the country of origin.
  • Entrance ticket to Huascaran National Park (50 USD).
  • Mountain boots.
  • Accident and rescue insurance.
  • Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Hotel.
  • Costs generated by the abandonment of the expedition.
  • Sleeping and insulating mattress.
  • Extra days in hotels in case of early arrivals out of schedule.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers out of schedule to Huaraz, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition.

We Recommend to Bring

  • Trekking Pants.
  • Trekking Shoes.
  • Trekking Socks (synthetic fibers).
  • Hat for the sun, cap for the cold, gaiters.
  • Down jacket (-30º).
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended).
  • Sleeping bag (-25°)
  • Microfiber and thermal T-shirts.
  • Sunglasses and a spare.
  • Backpack 75 – 80 liters to carry your belongings.
  • Waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, waterproof clothing.
  • Water bottle (1 Lt.).
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries).
  • Personal first aid kit.
  • Personal hygiene accessories.
  • Photographic material.
  • Towel.
  • Sandals / Crocs.





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