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2-day Helamcoma ascent in the Cusco region

Come along with Alfredo, an IFMGA mountain guide, on a two-day mountaineering adventure, where you’ll traverse a glacier as you ascend Helamcoma in the Cusco region.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Hike and climb across rocky terrain and traverse a glacier

  • Take in the spectacular views of the Salcantay and Veronica mountains

  • Acclimatise for bigger peaks that you may want to ascend in the area


Want to experience a classic climb in the Cusco region with alpine rock climbing and a glacier traverse? Then join me on this awesome 2-day ascent of Helamcoma in the Urubamba Mountain Range. You can even combine this trip with a visit to the Machu Picchu citadel.

What to expect: Day 1

I’ll pick you up either in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and we’ll travel together to Tastayoc, which is just past the entrance to Machu Picchu at Ollantaytambo. From there we’ll continue our journey to basecamp at Langaluyoc Lake where we’ll end the day. This will take us from 4,000 meters above sea level (MASL) to 4400 MASL. On the way you’ll experience stunning views of Mount Veronica.

What to expect: Day 2

On the second day, we’ll be on the move for 12 hours starting at 3am. After a quick breakfast, we’ll climb for three hours before reaching the glacier. After traversing the glacier, we’ll walk along a rock band. As we continue our ascent, they’ll be a few points where we’ll rock climb, but it won’t be more than 5 meters of IV/5.7. Once we arrive at the base of the summit you can then decide if you want to ascend via the most direct route of 80 m V /5.8 or via the east ridge with 15 m IV/5.7 rock climbing.

On our descent, we’ll pass by the glacier once more before hiking back to base camp and packing up our gear for the return to Tastayoc. From there we’ll drive back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

Sign up today and experience a classic Cusco mountaineering experience.

If you want to spend more time in the mountains while in the Cusco region, why not join me on a four-day climb in nearby Ausangate.




More info

You’ll be walking a lot each day and be carrying a backpack of up to 15kg with equipment. So, you’ll need a good level of fitness. Basic rock climbing skills are necessary. It’s important to also note that there are some exposed drops along the way.

Meeting point

Pick up in Cusco, Peru




Day 1: Day one

I’ll pick you up from Cusco or Sacred Valley no later than 9am. It’ll take around 2.5 hours by car to reach Tastayoc from Cusco or 1 hour from Ollantaytambo along a curvy but paved road. From Tastayoc we’ll climb to basecamp at Langaluyoc Lake and camp there for the night.

Day 2: Day two

We’ll wake up at 3am. After a light breakfast we’ll start our climb to the glacier. From there we’ll walk along a rock band, then do some rock climbing to reach the summit. We’ll go back the way we came and pick up our belongings from basecamp. We’ll then drive back to Cusco and should arrive there at 6pm.

About the guide

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I have been climbing and exploring the mountains in the Cusco region for the the last 15 Years. I am an IFMGA certified mountain guide and a wilderness emergency medical technician.
I really love the mountains, the wildlife and the culture of the Peruvian Andes.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 516 each

Group of 2

USD 299 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

Price details

Personal equipment such as boots, helmets, harnesses, sleeping bags, mattresses, and clothing are not included in the price. Food is also not included. It is possible to rent this information at an extra cost.

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