Artesonraju (19,767 feet, 6,025 meters) is considered one of the jewels of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. The spectacular peak is often recognized as the “Paramount Pictures” icon and provides an incredible climbing experience for the technical climber who also excels at altitude. Artesonraju demands an extremely long summit day, where efficiency and fitness are essential.
Our acclimatization strategy is pure fun, riding mountain bikes for a day from high above Huaraz and climbing Vallunaraju (18,655 feet/ 5,686 meters). Vallunaraju rises out of the beautiful Llaca Valley close to Huaraz. Summit day on the mountain is big as we bypass Moraine Camp and head straight for the summit on moderate glaciated terrain, perfect for refreshing our skills and acclimatizing.
This itinerary allows us to begin our walk to Artesonraju within our first week of arriving in Peru. Although Artesonraju has a relatively quick and easy approach, summit day of the North East Face is long as we navigate a complex glacier, climb approximately 7 pitches of steep snow and ice, and end on an exposed summit ridge. The 360o views from this summit are spectacular and an incredible reward.
Our Artesonraju Expedition will be guided by one or more of Alpenglow’s AMGA certified lead guides. AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) certification is the highest possible training available to guides, and only the most experienced and dedicated attain it. Our lead guides have also traveled and climbed extensively in South America and know the Peruvian Andes intimately. Their knowledge of Andean culture as well as the mountains, combined with their passion for teaching others to become competent mountaineers, guarantees that your experience will be one to remember.
We combine our guides’ experience with the local expertise of our close friend, expert Peruvian logistics operator, and incredible cook, Alfredo Ibarra. A highlight of your trip will be waking up each morning to Alfredo’s smile, hot coffee, and tasty pancakes. Our small team size and low ratio of climbers to guides (2:1) ensures that you stay healthy and strong, and are able to enjoy each component of your experience.