Glacier conditions change and what was an easy walk across a glacier one year may be a difficult passage through crevasses for the next season. What does not change however are the superb views of the two Huascaran peaks, the Huandoy group, and Chacraraju that can be enjoyed from the summit!
Before attempting Chopicalqui we suggest that you should trek for a minimum of 6 days and have climbed a 5000m peak to ensure a good acclimatization and fitness.
Day 1: Huaraz – Llanganuco –Chopicalqui Base Camp (4200m/13776ft)
After the breakfast in the Hotel we will aboard the private bus to go along the Callejón de Huaylas in the north side of Huaraz, after driving for 2 hours aprox we will register in the National Parks Control, passing the Llanganuco lake Chinancocha and Orconcocha, where we will have Lunch, then in the early afternoon we will continue going up to the Ancush Valley between Huascarán and Chopicalqui, we will arrive to the Base Camp around 2pm. overnight camping at (4200m/13776ft).
Day 02: Base Camp – Moraine Camp (4700m/15416ft)
After the breakfast in the Base Camp we will hike up to the Moraine Camp for about 4 hours, during this hike we will enjoy the splendid view in the north site like Pisco, Huandoys and Chacraraju peaks, lunch along the way, after arrive to the camp in the afternnon we will check our climbing equipments for the next day, dinner and overnight Camping at (4700m/15416ft).
Day 03: Moraine Camp – Camp 1 of Chopicalqui (5500m/18040ft)
After the breakfast we will climb up for about 40 minutes over the rocky paths to get the glacier, where we will put our climbing gears to start climbing for about 3 hours to the Camp 1, where we will enjoy the splendid views of nice peaks like Chacraraju, Huandos, etc, overnight over the glacier at (5500m/18040ft).
Day 04: Camp 1 – Climb up Chopicalqui – Moraine Camp (4700m/15416ft)
This day will be a little hard to climb, we will leave at 3:00am in the morning after breakfast, climbing for about 4 to 5 hours will get the summit (6354m/2841ft), then after enjoy the views for few minutes will come back to the Camp 1, where the cook will be waiting with hot water to drink, then we will continue go down to Moraine Camp for about 2 hours more, arriving around 4:00pm, Overnight Camping at (4700m/15416ft).
Day 05: Moraine Camp – Base Camp – Huaraz
After the last breakfast in the Moraine Camp of Chopicalqui, we will descend to the Base Camp for about 1 hour half, continue go down to the highway called Curva de Chopicalqui, where our transfer will be waiting for us, from here to Yungay will take 2 hours, along this travel we will pass the Llanganuco lake and then we will arrive the of Huascaran National Park Control, where we will registering whit our passport, then we will continue go down to Yungay, after this we will continue traveling along the Callejon de Huaylas to Huaraz for about 1 hour more. Arriving to Huaraz around 17:00hours approximately. Transfer to the Hotel.