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A variation on the Quilcayhuanca - Cojup trek

 
A variation on the Quilcayhuanca - Cojup trek

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Object Title: A variation on the Quilcayhuanca - Cojup trek

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Page By: rgg

Created/Edited: Feb 17, 2012 / Feb 17, 2012

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Early days

I had arrived in Huaraz less than a week before and was looking for partners. As I would learn in the following weeks, sometimes that happens quickly, but mostly it takes a bit of time. I had put up notes in several local hangouts, and posted my intentions in the Plans & Partners section.

Keeping busy

In the mean time, I decided to climb some easy mountains that would probably have a trail, which would mean that the chance of dissappearing in a crevasse wouldn't be too high. The first one had been Vallunaraju, and the trail was excellent. What next?

I asked around, and learned that Maparaju and Jatunmontepuncu were suitable. And so I bought supplies for a couple of days and headed off to the Quilcayhuanca valley.

It's a relatively quiet valley, but not completely devoid of people. On the first day, I met a group of three climbers near the entrance to Quebrada Cayesh, and two days later I passed an empty camp deeper in Quebrada Quilcayhuanca. On the last day, while descending from Jatunmontepuncu down to Quebrada Cojup, I met a group of hikers who were on the Quilcayhuanca - Huapi pass - Cojup trail.

On Maparaju, there was indeed a trail to follow. Jatunmontepuncu worked out quite different than planned - but that's another story.

For now, enjoy the pictures!

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I stayed at Edward's Inn in Huaraz. Edward, who happens to be a mountain guide, is very knowledgeable about the Cordillera Blanca. He helped me put together this plan.

Images


Sunrise on San Juan and Huantsán

Sunrise on San Juan and Huantsán

Jatunmontepuncu summit view

Jatunmontepuncu summit view

Sunrise on Ranrapalca

Sunrise on Ranrapalca

Nevado Palcaraju (6274m) <small>and Laguna Palcacocha (4566m)</small>

Nevado Palcaraju (6274m) and Laguna Palcacocha (4566m)

Nevado Pucaranra from the south

Nevado Pucaranra from the south

Nevado Tullparaju (5787m) from Nevado Jatunmontepuncu (5415m)

Nevado Tullparaju (5787m) from Nevado Jatunmontepuncu (5415m)

Sunrise on Ranrapalca

Sunrise on Ranrapalca

Nevado Pucaranra (6156m)

Nevado Pucaranra (6156m)

Cordillera Blanca panorama

Cordillera Blanca panorama

San Juan (5843m) and Huantsán (6369m)

San Juan (5843m) and Huantsán (6369m)

Ranrapalca from the trail to Maparaju

Ranrapalca from the trail to Maparaju

The end of Quebrada Cayesh

The end of Quebrada Cayesh

Nevada Pucaranra and Nevada Chinchey

Nevada Pucaranra and Nevada Chinchey

Annotated panorama of the southern Cordillera Blanca

Annotated panorama of the southern Cordillera Blanca

Nevado Huamashraju (5434m)

Nevado Huamashraju (5434m)


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BLongGreat work!

BLong

Voted 10/10

Nice images. Thanks for sharing them :)

What did you end up climbing?
Posted Feb 18, 2012 9:57 pm

rggRe: Great work!

rgg

Hasn't voted

Vallunaraju before this Quilcayhuanca trip, Maparaju and Jatunmontepuncu during, and Urus Este, Tocclaraju, Pisco, Huascarán Norte, Uruashraju, Ishinca, Yanapaccha, Huascarán Sur and Chopicalqui after.
Looks like a lot, but there are many, many more, so I guess I'll have to go back some day!
Posted Feb 21, 2012 2:06 am

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