Cerro Azulcocha is a marvelous viewpoint on the eastern side of Siula Grande, Nevado Yerupaja and many other giants of Cordillera Huayhuash
This mountain can be accessed easily during the 10 to 14 days trekking around Cordillera Huayhuash. A perfect map for this trekking trip is the excellent map 0/3c Alpenvereinskarte Cordillera Huayhuash of the Austrian Alpine Club (scale 1:50,000).
Cerro Azulcocha is about 500 meters air distance southwest of the 4830 meters high col Siula Punta (GPS coordinates: S10.28757 W76.85563), which is traversed on the Huayhuash trekking.
Resting on Siula Punta
Follow the ridge over some rocks to the peak. Some easy scrambling is required (grade II)
Cerro Azulcocha seen from Siula Punta
The views from the summit are stunning (despite some clouds in the higher mountains)
Summit of Cerro Azulcocha with view to Northeast
View to Southeast with Laguna Quesillococha and Cordillera Raura
The fees on the Huayhuash trekking are expensive now. We paid more than 200 Soles (approximately 70U$) per person for camping and community access in the year 2013!
When to Climb
Best season is May to September. We met just 4 other tourists end of September!
If you do the trekking clockwise Incahuain is the starting point in the morning (GPS coordinates: S10.24090 W76.86196) and the camp Huayhuash is the final point for this day (GPS coordinates: S10.32842 W76.84306). The path from Incahuain to Siual Punta is relatively steep, thus clockwise trekking is recommended. Mules must go another way via the col Punta Carnicero.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
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