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
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
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!
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.