Mountaineering - Callejón de Huaylas
The mountain sport at Los Andes, has special importance on the White Mountain range, inside the National Park of Huascarán, being one of the places of more attractiveness. The Mountain range of Huayhuash, is also another ideal scenery for the mountaineering, and it offers bigger degrees of difficulty.
Among the main climbers on ice, the peaks of the White Mountain range, the highest in Peru, and the ones in Huayhuash, are located in the world tour. The easiness of their roads and accesses allow to achieve several routes of ascents, taking as starting point the city of Huaraz, and favored by an excellent weather.
The glacier summits, offer high challenges to the most experienced climbers; there are also easy peaks for less expert climbers that demand a few hours and simple ascensions. For the professional experts, exist virgin roads with almost vertical flanks that combine rock tracks and ice.
Peru possesses a great number of peaks that are very more coveted by the professionals of the mountaineering in the world, many of these peaks, are in the White Mountain range. The mountaineer can try to climb several summits in a short lapse.
Recommendations for the practice of mountaineering (andinismo)
The most advisable and secure months for ascensions are May and June by the south and southwest flanks which have more difficulty. For the classic ascensions the advisable season is from May to August. As being a tropical mountain range, the temperatures are not very low, and during the day you can wear light clothes.
It is quick and easy from the small towns that are located in the foothills of each mountain. From these towns it can solved the problems of provisioning and logistics. Daily transport exists between these towns and the city of Huaraz.
In Huaraz or Lima, you can hire the services of experienced mountain guides. These can provide you all the necessary equipment and the logistics that demands this experience. The guide will be able to inform you about the characteristics of the routes.
The best maps can be acquired in "Instituto Geofísico Nacional" (National Geophysical Institute) in the city of Lima, or in the services of mountain guides.
Different degrees of technique difficulty exist; the mountaineer should be informed on them and choose the equipment and route according to their experience.
For the ascensions of more difficulty, stakes of 90 cm. should be used to fasten the fixed strings. The avalanche risk will be always present.