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6-Day Mountaineering Course Cordillera Blanca

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Koky, an IFMGA mountain guide, wants to lead you on a 6-day course that will teach you and prepare you for the rigours and challenges of mountaineering.

Cordillera Blanca

6 Days

May - Sep


I want to guide you on a 6-Day Mountaineering Course that will properly prepare you for the peaks to come.

There are few activities in the world more exhilarating than mountain climbing. However, it is imperative that one learns how to climb safely. Too many injuries and fatalities occur in the mountains because of a lack of preparation. Hence the need for courses like this. Because a lot can happen in the peaks, from avalanches to sudden storms, and you need to know what to do when those things occur.

You don't require any prior climbing experience to take this 6-day Mountaineering Course. Our classroom will be the beautiful Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

The objective of this course will be to teach you the skills necessary to be a successful, safe climber. I will help you learn better decision making when the unexpected happens. I will teach you the technical skills needed to climb effectively. And I will see to it that you understand the intricacies of climbing.

A lot will be covered over the course's 6 days. We will go over Hazard Evaluation and Haul systems, Glaciology and Top Rope Management. We will cover the crucial Crevasse Rescue. You will practice walking in Crampons, Ice Climbing, and tying Climbing Knots. We will discuss Route Finding and Expedition Planning. And we will conclude with a summit attempt of the beautiful mountain, Yanapaqcha (5,460m).

Beyond all that you will learn, it is also important for you to know that you will be learning by doing, and you will be practising by climbing. While intensive, this course is incredibly rewarding, offering views and experiences that will stay with you forever. So come, join me on this 6-Day Mountaineering Course, and let me teach you what you need to know for proper and safe climbing 

I will be awaiting your message.

If you would like to join me on the 12-day, full service option of this course, you can also join me here.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Porters

- Luggage transfer


Day 1: Base Camp

Climbers will depart from Huaraz early in the morning and drive to Yanapaqcha trailhead. Approximately 3 hour hike to base camp. Preliminary skills are the focus of the day, including, introduction to mountaineering and hazard management, equipment use and care, climbing knots and altitude physiology.

Day 2: Glacier Practice

Climbers will wake up at 6:30 am and have breakfast. Approximately 30 minute hike up to the ice. Focus on practical skills that includes, walking with crampons, kicking steps/following tracks, using an ice axe to walk and self belay, self arrest, team arrest, rope team travel techniques and snow/ice anchors. At around 4:30 pm descend back to camp for dinner and rest.

Day 3: Crevasse Rescue Practice

Climbers will eat breakfast at 7 am. Class begins at 8 am. Morning spent learning belay systems, equalised anchors and haul systems. After lunch, entire afternoon is spent on the snow practising the important skill of “Crevasse Rescue.” Return to camp by 5:30 pm for dinner and rest.

Day 4: Summit Preparation

Climbers will leave campsite at 7:30 am. Head to ice to practice various techniques and scenarios of glacier travel. Climbers will be presented with problems they must solve using the skills they’ve practised and developed over last 2 days. Another crevasse rescue will be performed. Later on, climbers will head to an ice wall to learn a top-rope anchor system for ice climbing. After that, a pre-summit discussion will take place planning the following day’s climbing objective. Dinner will be served at around 5 pm.

Day 5: Summit

Climbers will wake up at 3 am, eat breakfast and gear up. They will head up to the glacier and begin the summit attempt in pre-established rope teams. Depending on snow conditions, weather, and team health/fitness, the summit can be reached in approximately 4-6 hours. Descent will take approximately 3-4 hours. Climbers should be back in camp by mid-afternoon for lunch and rest. Those who wish to continue with skills practice will head back up to the glacier or to a location where instructor can work with anything climber still wishes to learn/practice.

Day 6: Huaraz

Climbers will eat breakfast at 7:30 am, pack up camp, and hike to the road where transport will be waiting to return them to Huaraz. Upon arrival at the Skyline Adventures base, gear will be unloaded and accounted for. Afterwards, climbers will return to their hotel.



More info

All food during in-town days or extra food/beverages will not be included. Porters to carry personal equipment in and out of camp will not be included. Additional porters can can be contracted by climbers as requested at an additional cost. Climbers must get themselves to/from Huaraz as well as handle their own hotel arrangements and acclimatization activities. Proper adjustment to the altitude as absolutely necessary for both safety and comfort during this course. Allow yourself at least 4 days prior to the course start date for day hikes and at least one night sleeping above 4,000m.

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

UIAGM/AGMP Mountain Guide from Peru.

I've been a UIAGM guide since 1999, and have experience climbing and guiding along the Andes in Peru, Chile and Bolivia, and in the Alps.

I'm also specialized in mountain photography and film-making.

So contact me and I'll guide around the best of the Andes in Peru!


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