SAVE $200 WITH PROMO CODE: OUTPOST
A perfect trip for beginner climbers and people wanting a high-altitude experience who have little or no mountaineering skills.
The ascents are located in one of the world’s finest mountaineering areas, and offer straightforward glaciated climbs. We begin with a spectacular trek up Peru’s Quebrada Quilcayhuanca valley, with our route taking us through pre-Inca trails over several passes, with stunning views of famed peaks like Cayesh, Ranrapalca and Chinchey. During the trek we are surrounded by incredible peaks, turquoise lakes and lupine-covered meadows. Along route we climb three 5000+ metre peaks suitable for those with no mountaineering experience. Ascents include Maparaju, Huapi and Ishinca.
Each climb offers moderate glacier climbing challenges, with occasional route-finding difficulties through crevassed areas, and just enough steep snow and ice sections to keep things interesting! Participants will find opportunities for hands-on experience, with all the complexities involved with expedition climbing, from learning about altitude illness to determining what equipment and food will be needed. Each day provides a different view, and after more than a week off the beaten path we arrive in the Ishinca Valley, where you’ll climb the 18,138-foot Ishinca, or explore the beautiful valley.
The mountains of the Cordillera Blanca of Peru contain some of the greatest vertical relief outside the Himalayas, and offer climbing challenges equal to those in the great ranges of the world. The Blanca is located in the Ancash region of Peru, about 400 km to the northeast of Lima. (The range is one portion of the 7,500 km Andean chain that runs along the western coast of South America.)
The Blanca contains more than 300 summits and the world’s highest tropical mountains (more than 27 over 6000 meters), and are considered by many the most beautiful peaks in the Andes. Elegant corniced ridges, delicately fluted ice faces and easy access valleys make it a climber’s paradise.
We return to the bustling town of Huaraz for a celebration dinner and dancing, Peruvian style, and with opportunities to explore the culture of Peru. Two languages are spoken in this region, Spanish and Quechua. The indigenous Quechua people, whose ancestry can be traced directly to the Incas, continue to weave intriguing tales around the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca and to live in the shadows of the Andes, farming much as their ancestors did.
This rich cultural backdrop offers glimpses into Peru’s past and into one of South America’s most important cultural vestiges, the Inca Empire, adding immensely to your overall experience.
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- Length: 15 days
- Departs: June 15, June 30, July 15, 2019; June 13, June 28, July 13, 2020
- Accommodation: chalets, base camp, camping
- Price: $3,695 – $200 with promo code: Outpost. Client-to-guide ratio is 4:1
- Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Trip Pricing Details
- Four scheduled hotel nights
- Food while on the mountain
- Park Fees
- Group climbing and cooking gear
- Scheduled restaurant meals
- Pack animals and porters for group gear
- Ground transportation from Lima and return and while in the mountains
- Personal equipment
- Staff/guide gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Unscheduled hotel nights and restaurant meals
- Trip and medical/evacuation insurance
- Personal items: phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.