Today I am inviting you to a versatile 18-day expedition that combines the best of trekking and climbing in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. We’ll do the Cedros-Alpamayo circuit and then, we’ll reach the summit of the Nevado Ishinca.
The trails on the Cordillera Blanca will surprise you with every new step. We’ll will walk on the surroundings of the Alpamayo Peak, an amazing natural monument in the shape of a rocky pyramid at 5947 meters of height. Actually it has been considered the “most beautiful mountain of the world” by a famous mountaineering magazine since 1996.
During the first part of the adventure we’ll also enjoy other amazing viewpoints like the Huascaran Peak, which is the highest mountain of the region, as well as the Chopicalqui, Pisco and Yanapaccha peaks.
The second stage of the trip will consist in climbing the Nevado Ishinca at 5560 meters of altitude. It is a relatively easy mountain, so we will not need too many technical skills, although it is possible that we have to use some climbing equipment along the way to the summit. Also, conforming we advance on the Ishinca Gorge Valley we will appreciate the flora, fauna and condors of the region in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca.
Please find all the details about itinerary at the end of this description. Our starting and ending point will be Huaraz.
So send me your request now and book this trip. Come with me and live a unique mountaineering experience across the Peruvian mountains. You won’t regret!
Arrival in Lima
We arrive at Lima, the capital of Peru and then will be transferred to the hotel to go to Huaraz by the following day.
We can go to Huaraz by bus or plane. Huaraz will be our starting point.
Acclimatization day in Churup Lake
We will do a tour around Churup Lake at 4.450 meters high in order to get acclimatized before such a intensive trip.
First hiking day
We will drive to Hualcayan at 2.900 meters to start our hike for the following 4 or 5 hours until we get to Wishcash (3700 m).
We leave Wishcash and walk towards the lake Cullicocha at 4.850 meters. After 8 hours, we hike down to the 3.800-meter campsite in Ruinapampa.
We will hike across a high pass from where we can appreciate the stunning sight of Alpamayo. Then, we reach to Laguna Jancarurish, where we will set up our camp.
Alpamayo Base Camp
During this day we will visit the foot of this amazing mountain, enjoying a great landscape.
Safuna Lake (4200 m)
Today we continue hiking up until Cara Cara Pass at 4.830 m from where we have more and more panoramic viewpoints of the Alpamayo and its lakes around. Then, we will descend to set our camp in Lake Safuna.
Jancapampa and its people
After crossing another pass at 4.600 meters, we will get to our campsite in the green lands of Jancapampa. We can meet local people and learn more about their lifestyle in the middle of the mountains.
This hiking day will take 7 hours. We will climb up to Tupa Tupa Pass and then, down to Huecrocha Lake at 4.100 meters. We will set up our camp next to this lake.
After crossing the Alto de Pucaraju Pass we have a steep descent to Tuctubamba where we will spend the night.
Starting the descent
We start early in the morning in order to climb the Punta Union Pass at 4.750 meters. From there, we can enjoy a beautiful sight of the Santa Cruz Valley. Then, we start to descend to the 3.700-meter Cacinapampa.
Llanganuco Huaraz Lake
We will hike down to Vaqueria and then to the lake of Llanganuco Huaraz, where we will spend the night.
We can use this day to rest after all these trekking days in the mountains.
Our second starting point
We will drive from Huaraz to Cochapampa, where we start a new hike, this time to get to the Ishinca Base Camp, in the Huascaran National Park. We will reach there after 5 hours of walking.
During our way to the summit, we need to use climbing gear because we will climb ice surfaces. After several hours, we finally are at the highest point of the Ishinca Mountain at 5560 meters of altitude, from where we have a 360° viewpoint of Cordillera Blanca. Then, we return to the base camp.
Return to Huaraz
We will hike from the base camp to Cochapampa for 4 hours approximately. Then, a transfer will take us to Huaraz in order to enjoy a celebration dinner.
From Huaraz you can return to Lima by bus or flight. End of the trip.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Personal equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Accommodation in campsites includes: Personal tents. Dining tent kitchen tent , toilet tent.