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Climbing and Expeditions


Experience the thrill & adventure of Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes with our professional local Peru UIAGM guides.

We offer a range of climbing & mountaineering adventures including:
*Climbing instruction from beginner to experienced level climbers
*Summits suitable for beginner level climbers, intermediate or advanced climbers
*Technical & challenging climbing

*Professional qualified guides
*High guide to client ratio

Acclimatisation: Good acclimatisation is required for all climbs. We can advise on a suitable acclimatization program including day hikes and an acclimatisation trek. For climbing 6000m or technical peaks we recommend a “warm up” climb of a 5000m peak for extra acclimatisation.

Support: All climbs are led by a qualified & licensed UIAGM International Mountain Guide; From 3 or 4 clients depending on mountain difficulty, there is at least one licensed assistant mountain guide (member of Peruvian Mountain Guides Association). Donkeys carry equipment to Base Camps & climbs are supported by porters who carry tents, equipment and food, but you need to carry your own personal clothes and climbing gear where we use high camps.

Safety: Climbing Groups are organised so that in the event of an accident, illness or tiredness there are always sufficient qualified climbing staff on the mountain to effect a rescue and / or evacuate clients safely back down the mountain with a porter or assistant guide while other members of the group will be able to continue with their climb in safety if they wish to do so.

Grading: The grading of the climbs is an indication only of the level of difficulty. Even climbs suitable for beginner climbers are graded medium to hard to reflect that the altitude makes climbing on any peak physically demanding. Although many guidebooks describe some peaks as being “trekkers peaks” the approaches to all the mountains involve a sometimes steep & challenging hike up through moraine rock to reach the glacier and often there are short sections of steep climbing on ice on even the “easier” peaks. We do NOT consider that any climb in the Cordillera Blanca can be classified as a “trekking peak”. Altitude and terrain make all climbs physically demanding. A climb should only be considered if you are well acclimatised and generally already in good physical condition.

Climbing Equipment:  Our climbing guides provide group rope, snow stakes and ice screws. You need to provide your own personal climbing equipment. It is available for hire in Huaraz and we can help organise gear hire for you.

NOTE: the routes used and the conditions on all the peaks are changing each year and even each month. The descriptions we have given are general only, and the routes used, conditions on the mountain or description of the routes may change considerably on the day we are climbing.

Peaks Suitable For Novice Climbers:
*Climbing Course
*Urus & Ishinca

Peaks Suitable for Intermediate Climbers or Novice Climbers Who Have Received Some Instruction:
*Tocllaraju (3 Peaks Ishinca Valley Trip)

Technical Peaks:

Clic On the name of the climbing program below for information.

Peaks described as Medium are also great acclimatisation climbs as preparation for 6000m or technical climbs.

Peaks described Technical can also be good options for strong novice climbers who have received some instruction & have good basic climbing techniques.

Altitudes are quoted in metres – to convert to feet multiply by  3.28084

*Climbing Pisco 5752m 4  Medium
*Vallunaraju 5686m 2 Medium
*Ishinca 5530m and Urus 5450m 5 or 6 Medium
*Yanapaccha 5460m 2 Technical
*Tocllaraju 6034m 4 Technical
*Alpamayo 5947m 6 or 7 Technical
*Huascaran 6768m 6 or 7 Technical
*Chopicalqui 6354m 4 or 5 Technical


You can combine two or more of the peaks for an extended climbing expedition. Contact us for suggestions, information or programs for peaks not listed here.

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