Stories, information and comments from Casma-Huaraz climbers
Story by Robertjan Kuijten from , The Netherlands, submitted on 07/08/2014
I''ve ridden this route in 2004. The direct route from Casma to Huaraz is about 130km. After roughly 100km one crosses the mountain pass at around 4.500 meters of altitude.
Back in 2004, the first 36 km up from Casma were asfalt and well-paved. Once you start climbing, there is nothing near. No single building.
From where the asfalt ended, it was just a few km''s to the next village. There is a village with a market somewhere in the first part of the climb (it may have been that same village). The smaller villages along the way didn''t have much to offer regarding food (or shelter).
The road mostly goes up, alhtough sometimes the road goes down for maybe 50m of altitude (at most). The unpaved part was quite rideable with a trekking bicycle, I would not have liked to use a racing bicycle for it.
From what I''ve understood, this whole road may now be paved with asfalt for the whole length of it. Even though it would still make the difficulty score high, it would in my opinion be a lot easier nowadays if it''s paved all the way. Back in 2004 I regarded it as a multi-day climb, but some tourists have downhilled it in reverse direction with tourism agencies from Huaraz (uphill by minivan, downhill by mountainbike).
My personal climb rating:
Story by Monica from , Spain, submitted on 30/05/2010
.............who have more information about this route???
it will be very interesting to do..
please sed me more information...thanks