This fun and easily accessible peak made for a great start to our 3 week trip. Spent one night in Huaraz, one at Cebollapampa with a dayhike to Lake 69, and one at moraine camp before going for the summit. Got lost in an icy sea of wild crevasses at the bottom of the glacier in the morning darkness but eventually found our way. The route required crossing several tenuous snow bridges and then climbing through seracs to gain the northwest ridge about 400 feet below the summit. We had to climb one pitch of steep snow to gain the ridge which felt ok unprotected on the way up but we belayed on the descent. Summit ridge was relatively easy. Awesome views up top. Descended to Cebollapampa afterwards on rough trail that was difficult to follow in places and ended up doing a little bushwhacking.
Climbed guided 1:1 with Edgar Parra. A very short, easy approach hike makes Yanapaccha quite accessible. A wonderful change to the other peaks we climbed/attempted in Peru, which all sport endless, often miserable approach slogs over moraine. Three pitches to the summit, one riddled with medium-sized crevasses and interesting ice steps. Definitely an AD grade. 4:30 from tent to top, minimal route finding invovled. The knife-edge summit has truly awe-inspiring views of Huascaran, the Huandoys, Chacraraju, and others. Perhaps an even better summit view than nearby Pisco. Highly recommended!
Fun little peak. Great views.
A guided trip through Huaraz Treks with awesome guide Rodolfo. This was an amazing experience to my highest altitude attained yet. We had lots of snow, and 4 pitches of 50+ degree snow slopes to reach the knife-edge ridge summit. I cannot think of a better finale to a honeymoon.
Climbed the direct,no visibility at the summit but a great first climb to acclimitize.
All parties climbing that day and that we spoke to about recent climbs were not accessing the NW ridge, but climbed direct. Accessing the ridge would have been difficult due to seracs. This goes at a solid PD. Be sure and have two 60m ropes for decent using any existing fixed pickets or be prepared to down climb 60 deg snow, heavily crevassed. Also, the access trail from the top of the road switch backs is now a well maintained, easy, trail. Use extra caution purifying drinking water at the camp. We were on an expedition researching water quality throughout the Cordillera, and this water tested amongst the poorest in the region. We used boiled water from a hidden stream feeding the pond; you may need to move a few rocks to access it. As others noted, a spectacular climb.
Climbed Yanapaccha with my partner Jacek from the high camp in 4h. Fantastic route, we had plenty of sun on the ridge and on the summits. One of the best views in Cordillera Blanca. Highly recommended!
very short but fun climb at a moderate altitude. rendered one of the best pictures anyone has ever taken of me with chacaraju in the background.
After the slog up the glacier and skirting around a few crevasses, the short steep section to get onto the NW ridge provided a little amusement before the great panorama opened up near the summit - the view to Chopi and Huascaran is just awesome.
Summited under a full moon. Didn't even need a headlamp. Probably some of the best views I've seen on any mountain in the Blanca. Well worth it! Super easy, 2 hour approach.
Summitted in 3 h 15 from the laguna camp in perfect conditions, only challenge being the 80 m. 55 degrees slope under the mushroom. Photos on http://www.flickr.com/photos/sergejf/sets/72157627265452906/
A fine climb with magnificent views. It already started on the approach and continued on the climb, all the way up to the summit. Of course, it didn´t do no harm that we had sunshine all the time.
I climbed the mountain as a part of a 6 day mountaineering course by Skyline Adventure School. The mountain was really ideal for this, as it proved to be technical enough to require us to use pretty much every technique we had gone through during the course (except crevasse rescue, lucky!).
Good first climb. A few big crevasses, some 50 degree snow, lots of good views. Unfortunately an American guide died in a crevasse up there the week before, which gave us a strange feeling climbing it.
Exceptional day with no clouds, probably one of the most spectacular summit views you can have in the Cordillera Blanca.
This was my first real experience at mountaineering and I couldn't of asked for a better way to start, the valley has great views of other peaks around. The climb is a great start for anyone starting out, not to hard but hard enough and not intimidating at all.
A great choice for acclimatization. More challenging than a walk-up but not too taxing for getting used to the altitude. Beautiful views from the summit of the Huandoys, Pisco, Chopi, and especially Chacraraju.
I took a six day mountain climbing course with Skyline Adventures on Yanapaccha. Great climb with amazing views, but unfortunately we got turned around by a storm high up around 5,300 m. Still an amazing experience!
Moonlight climb without headlamps, summited just before sunrise on a clear day... I doubt it gets much better than this!
Left at 3:15, summit at 5:45 and back in BC by 7:30. Very straightforward, could have done with only one ice axe and no snow stakes though the last part is a bit steep.
We set off from the high bivy pond at 4am. We summited and returned to the pond by noon. Were back in Huaraz by late afternoon. This is a very enjoyable, very straight-forward climb. In the upper sections it is useful to have 3 or 4 snow stakes. Especially for descending. My video will give you a very good idea what the climb looks like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW8rk6GYyvI