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13-day ski touring in Ishinca and Tocllaraju, Cordillera Blanca

Follow Miguel, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this 13-day ski touring across Ishinca and Tocllaraju peaks from the Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes.

Mountain RangeCordillera Blanca
Duration13 days
Offer periodApr, May
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Spend 13 wonderful ski touring days in the Ishinca and Tocllaraju peaks from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.

Ishinca and Tocllaraju are two mountains that belong to the Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes. With 6,034 meters above sea level, Tocllaraju is one of the highest peaks in the country. It is also a very popular ascent for mountaineers around the globe. Ishinca has a height of 5,530 meters and it is located in the Ishinca Valley, one of the most popular valleys of the area and an excellent starting point for different adventures.

On this tour, we’ll reach the summits of both mountains. We’ll use the Ishinca Refuge and the Morrena Camp as bases for our ascents. Also, during the trip, you will have the opportunity to visit the Wilcacocha and the Churup lakes, among other wonderful spots. Please take a look at the itinerary below for more information.

To take part of this trip, it is mandatory to have prior mountaineering experience and a very good physical condition.

So come and challenge yourself with this amazing ski touring across Ishinca and  Tocllaraju. I will be happy to safely guide you through this fantastic area!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

We’ll pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2: Huaraz

We’ll go from Lima to Huaraz (3,100 meters) by bus in an 8-hour drive. You will see the astonishing landscape of the Cordillera Blanca on the way.

Day 3: Cordillera Negra - Wilcacocha lake

We’ll drive south to the Santa Cruz pass and walk through the Cordillera Negra to the Wilcacocha lake (3,745 meters).

Day 4: Churup Lake

We’ll go from Huaraz to Pitec (3,885 meters) and walk during 3 hours to the Churup lake (4,450 meters) inside the Huascaran National Park.

Day 5: Ishinca Refuge

We’ll drive to Pashpa (3,600 meters) and start our hike to the Ishinca Hut (4,350 meters). We’ll contemplate the beautiful surrounding peaks during the hike.

Day 6: Ishinca Summit

We’ll go from the refuge to the Ishinca North Glacier, from where we’ll continue with our skis on. Then we’ll reach the Ishinca summit (5,530 meters) and see the incredible landscapes from the top. We’ll return to the refuge through the southwest glacier under the Ranrapalca mountain.

Day 7: Preparation day

Preparation day for Tocllaraju.

Day 8: Morrena Camp Tocllaraju

We’ll start the hike from the hut until we reach the Camp 1 (5,000 meters) to the Tocllaraju.

Day 9: Tocllaraju Summit

We’ll reach the Tocllaraju summit (6,034 meters). We’ll do part of our hike with our skis on. Finally, we’ll return to the Camp and then to the refuge.

Day 10: Extra day

Extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 11: Pashpa - Huaraz

We’ll return to Pashpa and then drive to Huaraz.

Day 12: Preparation day

Day off to prepare for the departure.

Day 13: Lima and departure

We’ll drive to Lima and say goodbye.


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Perú, based in Huaraz, Cordillera Blanca.

I like mountaineering and skiing. I recently completed the ski certification in Argentina, so I'm one of the few fully IFMGA certified guides in Peru. I've also guided in Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and the Alps.

Some of my favourite trips are climbing in the Dolomites, Fitz Roy in El Chalten, and mountain biking across Peru, Bolivia and Chile.


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