Cycling Punta Olimpica a Top 100 World Bike Climb
Ride 52 kilometers gaining 2,327 meters at 4.3% average grade.
Thank you to Bryan Kevan (BMK Framewerckx), Berkeley, California; Jelmer Brinkman from Lent, Netherlands for their contribution of photographs to this page.
Thank you to our friend and Legendary Mountains co-author Ties Arts, Bussum, Netherlands for this climb summary.
The climb from Carhuaz up to the top of Punta Olimpica is one of world’s most iconic cycling climbs. Cycling in the park National Huascaran is unique. You cycle around the magic Huascaran mountain (6768 meters high) which is the fourth largest mountain in South America.
The climb crawls up to the Tunnel Punta Olimpica, claimed to be world’s highest tunnel. (at 4736m).
The road is well paved and not busy. You ride in an amazing landscape. Up to the tunnel.
Literally you ride between Glaciers and it makes you feel so close to mother nature!
The last 19 km’s are the big finale. Switchbacks and you as a rider being surrounded by Glaciers. See this amazing video from bikingman. The high altitude and some steeper sections make it harder but the views give relief. At 4736 there is the entrance of the tunnel. But this is not the end yet. There is a 3km rideable dirt section to the original pass to make it complete and conquer 4900meters.
Punta Olimpica has it all in terms iconic elements. Perseverance is necessary but the return is unbelievable.
Jelmer Brinkman and friends rode it in 2013 and said it was his most beautiful climb ever.
Bryan Kezan rode it in 2019 up until 4900 including the dirt section and confirmed this, see his amazing story