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Alpamayo is a steep, perfectly shaped pyramid of ice, one of many fine peaks that comprise the Santa Cruz massif, the northernmost massif of the Cordillera Blanca. Alpamayo is smaller than many of its neighboring peaks, but overcomes this shortcoming by its breathtaking form. It has two sharp summits, North and South, separated by a narrow corniced ridge.

Elevation (feet): 19,511
Elevation (meters): 5,947
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -8.878203
Longitude: -77.654371
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1951
First successful climber(s): G. Hauser, F. Knauss, B. Huhn, H. Wiedmann (German expedition)
Nearest major airport: Lima, Peru
Convenient Center: Huarez, Peru

Trip Reports

There are 35 trip reports for Alpamayo.

  • Log #54 - by Chris Franks on Aug 10, 20043.00 stars
    We were lucky enough to have perfect weather and conditions on the Ferrari route the day we summited. There were some cornices near the summit but they were small. Absolutely stunning views of the...
  • Log #55 - by Jean Jorgensen on May 31, 20043.00 stars
    stayed out all night at El Tambo, packed at 6am for a 7 am departure, somehow forgot my crampons had to borrow a pair from a climber descending the mountain. sustained a back injury at the moraine...
  • Log #56 - by Robert McGehee on Jan 13, 20043.00 stars
    A beautiful mountain and we were lucky enough to be one of 3 teams at high camp. Started the summit climb under an immense full moon and summitted to a clear view in all directions. Returned to camp,...
  • Log #57 - by Bandli Risch on Dec 24, 20033.00 stars
    Very nice weather and we had the luck to be the only once at the ferrari route. Check pictures at
  • Log #58 - by Todd Bell on Nov 13, 20033.00 stars
    We did not a nice view from the summit day. Alhough the route was in perfect conditions. The nice part of this owercrowded mountain is that all belays stations where fixed, so we all went down...
  • Log #59 - by andre de jonge on Oct 30, 20033.00 stars
    no summit to much snow for me alone! till 5600m camp. adj
  • Log #60 - by Jim St. Jean on Sep 24, 20033.00 stars
    Climbed Italian/Ferrari route (true Ferrari out of condition, this is next runnel to the left almost identical). Menacing ice towers near summit, route in great shape, some fixed anchors, summitted...
  • Log #61 - by Kurt on Sep 05, 20033.00 stars
    Nice weather and climbing. A little ice in the middle. Beautiful mountain.
  • Log #62 - by Jeroen on Sep 01, 20033.00 stars
    Had to abandon climb due to avalanche: probably a serac broke off from maybe as high as the summit ridge. Avalanche path a hundred meters wide, crossed three times by the route up. Due to amazon...
  • Log #63 - by manuel on Aug 29, 20033.00 stars
    Had the fantastic view only for a few minutes, then it was clouded. But the feeling was great anyway.
  • Log #64 - by Maarten Edelman on Aug 22, 20033.00 stars
    Wouter van Kammen, one of my dearest friends, with whom I climbed Aconcagua in january 2003, died on the Alpamayo in an avalanche July 21st, 2003. I just want to say that my thoughts are with his...
  • Log #65 - by Francisco Bezanilla on Aug 16, 20033.00 stars
    Beautiful Climb. Perfect weather in the nihgt of 12 to 13 and all day July 13.Previous night snowed. That same day several other climbers made it and a group installed a fixed rope for a later climb.
  • Log #67 - by Mario Dutil on Sep 30, 20023.00 stars
    Tres belle montagne, faire sans faute, Pour plus amples informations voir mon site WEB au ou ecrivez-moi. Bye.
  • Log #69 - by Ulrich Prinz on Oct 05, 20013.00 stars
    The mountain itself is not bad, but it was soooo crowded -> No Fun ! See my page for complete story: -> Travel, Peru (or
  • Log #70 - by Elizabeth Kay and Bridget Collier on Aug 21, 20013.00 stars
    Always carry 2 axes and plenty of hair conditioner for after -you never know who you might meet!
  • Log #71 - by fabio airoldi on Aug 21, 20013.00 stars
    "via de los italianos" on the left of Ferrari route, this year the rimaya is too open good conditions, good weather: only five people (whit us) on the route ! 5:15 departure from Camp 1,...
  • Log #72 - by paul michael scanlon on July 12, 20013.00 stars
    Never quite sure if we were actually on Ferrari Route. Two people who led the climb have been on the route multiple times and felt that we were actually on a different line or the route has changed...
  • Log #73 - by Jan Poppe on Mar 11, 20013.00 stars
    Marvellous experience. Trek from base camp to col was really hard. Climbing the ferrari-route is a joy, best climbing experience so far. Once on top the view however was very limited (in fact zero)...
  • Log #74 - by Sander Boekhorst on Jan 28, 20013.00 stars
    Absolutely recommendable climb. For some years now August is slightly unstable weatherwise. The last four rope lengths were icy and well used. Not so crouded though as supposed to be July.
  • Log #75 - by Beto Santillan on Jan 27, 20013.00 stars
    IMPORTANT TIPS Huaraz city will be your base to access any mountain in the Cordillera Blanca, used to be a quite town, not any more since 3 years ago two big mining companies have started operations...
  • Log #76 - by Beto Santillan on Jan 27, 20013.00 stars
    my first summit on this beatiful mountain was on 9th aug 1994 in a midle of storm (3:32pm), with a bunch of Mexican "cuates" , getting out of it was pretty scaring, couldn't find the stacas for...
  • Log #77 - by Josef Lunger on Nov 10, 20003.00 stars
    Perfectly secured route. The bergschrund was o.k. A lot of snow.
  • Log #78 - by John Pearson on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    Great view, pity about the fixed gear
  • Log #79 - by Mark Robbins on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    Fortunately for myself, my friend Rick and our guide Rolfe Oostra, the storms and people of July and early August had all left, and we were alone for two nights at col camp and our summit climb on...
  • Log #80 - by Rob Spinosa on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    A beautiful peak and a great climbing experience. The same holds true for its neighbor, Quitaraju. For photos and route description, visit my site at:
  • Log #81 - by michael feldman on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    I climbed with Swis Stockton of Granite Arches. Great climb. Cold at night, warm in the daytime sun. Bring food and water (200 calories and 1 quart of water are not enough).
  • Log #82 - by Shaun Parent on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    I will be hanging out in huaraz during the summer of 2000. Look for me at the Cafe Andino!! Cheers!!
  • Log #83 - by Birck on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    Nice weather, nice climbing, only a little ice in the middle. 4 hours to reach the summit (we were 7). What a beautiful mountain !
  • Log #84 - by Kyle Amstadter on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    Watch for falling seracs on appraoch to Col!
  • Log #85 - by Jen Petrik on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    If anyone wants to call and talk about their trip to Peru and exchange beta please call. I am planning to return next summer and summit Alpamyo as well as Pisco. Anyone in Colorado that wants to...
  • Log #87 - by Gil Piekarz on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    The most pleasant Base Camp that I know. The trail from the beginning (Cachapampa) is really beantiful, and the mountain....huuaaauuuu!!!
  • Log #100 - by leland turner on Aug 19, 20043.00 stars
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  • Log #103 - by Steve Head on Aug 20, 20043.00 stars
    I am a 28 year-old experienced mountaineer looking for a partner(s) to join me in climbing Alpamayo, Santa Cruz, and several others 6000+ metre peaks in the Cordillera Blanca during the month of...
  • Log #105 - by Ben Gorman on Aug 22, 20043.00 stars
    I actually haven't attempted this peak yet, but I'm planning a trip to attempt Alpamayo and other Cordillera Blanca peaks in May/June 1999. I'm looking for partners - anyone interested drop me an...
  • Log #21319 - by an anonymous user on June 26, 20083.00 stars
    Climbed Ferrari route - well equipped with anchors every 50m. Snow stake proved useful for descending the top of the route. We were lucky to get out of a huge serac fall whilst descending from col.