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Ascend Urus, Ishinca, Vallunaraju, Maparaju and Andavite

Join Magno, IFMGA certified mountain guide, in this fantastic 17-day mountaineering trip to climb 5 summits in Cordillera Blanca, including Ishinca.

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17 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


During this 17-day trip I propose you to reach 5 stunning summits. The complete list is: Urus, Ishinca, Vallunaraju, Maparaju and Andavite. They are all in the surroundings of Huaraz. Indeed, Huaraz is the South American capital of mountaineering.

From glacial summits to green valleys, you will discover one of the most beautiful massifs in the Andes: Cordillera Blanca. Join me in this fantastic adventure!

There are no particular technical difficulties in these ascents. Therefore, they are accessible to anyone in good physical shape and eager to live a beautiful high mountain experience. In fact, you don't need to have previous mountaineering experience.

We meet in Lima, from where we transfer to Huaraz. Then, after an acclimatization in the Willcacocha lake, the expedition begins! We will discover the amazing landscapes and natural environment of Cordillera Blanca. Each day there will be something new to surprise us. Plus, to ensure a calm rhythm, I included two resting days throughout the trip. For more details have a look at the itinerary below.

Do you want to share this fantastic 17-day mountaineering experience in Peru with me? Then don't hesitate to contact me! I will be waiting for your message to start planning. I also offer other mountaineering trips in Peru for different levels, like this one or this other one.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees


Day 1: Meeting at airport in Lima

We meet at the airport and take a taxi to the hotel, in the Miraflores neighbourhood. It’s an ideal location to discover Lima. Dinner not included.

Day 2: Lima - Huaraz

In the morning, transfer to the bus terminal. a 7-hour bus drive takes us to Huaraz, the capital of Ancash. Hotel in the city. Dinner not included.

Day 3: Huaraz (acclimatization)

We go to the Willcacocha lake (3725m) to acclimatize, in the Cordillera Negra. We appreciate the Cordillera Blanca facing us in all its splendour. We return to Huaraz in the afternoon. Dinner not included.

Day 4: Huaraz - Laguna Yanacocha - Pampa

Transfer in private vehicle to Pashpa, meeting the mule carriers. From there, we follow a path until the Yanacocha lakes. We cross a magnificent quenoals forest (Polylepis sp.). Lunch by the lake. In the afternoon, descent to the camp, where we enjoy a magnificent sunset behind Huascaran, the highest tropical summit in the world.

Day 5: Pampa - Base camp

We ascend slow and steady by a well-marked path until the end of the Ishinca valley. We set camp here.

Day 6: Base camp - Urus - Base camp

Early departure for the first summit ascent, the Nevado Urus. It serves as a good acclimatization. Return to the base camp in the late morning.

Day 7: Base camp - Ishinca - Quebrada Cojup

Today, the second acclimatization summit: Nevado Ishinca. After reaching the top, we descend to the Cojup valley.

Day 8: Quebrada Cojup - Quebrada Llaca

We continue our descent to the wild valley of Cojup. Once we reach the road, we transfer to the base camp of Vallunaraju, in the Llaca valley.

Day 9: Quebrada Llaca – Vallunaraju – Huaraz

A path takes us up quickly until the foot of the glacier at 5000m. We reach the ridge S, which will take us to the summit of Vallunaraju. Return to the base camp, then by car to Huaraz.

Day 10: Huaraz

Rest day

Day 11: Huaraz – Base camp

Transfer by private vehicle to Pitec. We meet the mule carriers and start towards the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca. We set camp in the valley.

Day 12: Base camp - Maparaju - Base camp

In the morning we depart to Maparaju. Upon reaching the summit we get magnificent views over the Nevado Cayesh and Nevado Huantsan. Return to the base camp.

Day 13: Base camp

Rest day.

Day 14: Base camp - Andavite - Base camp

The ascent starts with a fast approach until the foot of a rocky ridge. We will reach the glacier and from there it’s only 500 more meters until the summit. Return to the base camp.

Day 15: Base camp - Huaraz

Return to Huaraz in mid afternoon.

Day 16: Huaraz - Lima

Transfer by bus to Lima. Overnight in a hotel. Dinner not included.

Day 17: Lima - Transfer to airport

Day off at Lima. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport. Lunch not included.



More info

If you are more than 3 people, a second guide will join us. Please note that all meals are included except when noted otherwise in the itinerary section.

Meeting point

At Lima airport.

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

I'm Mountain guide AGMP (Peru) since 1982 and IFMGA (international) since 1988. Technical Director of AGMP (Association of Mountain Guides of Peru) since 1996, I train future mountain guides.

I started as a porter helping my father in an expedition he organized in 1976. During my first expedition, it did not know anything about mountain, I had to do my first rescue because a client got sick. It has been a hard work to evacuate him because the motorway still did not get to Quebrada Honda.

I've organized numerous rescues in the mountains and the Amazon jungle and participated in scientific missions on behalf of American glaciologists as Lonnie Thompson. Familiar of the Alps and the Himalayas, the mountain ranges of Peru have no secrets for me.

Mountains are nice worldwide and give you good memories, but if I had to keep one expedition, I would take one in the Cordillera Blanca, Huandoy (North Face) or Yerupajá maybe.

What I prefer in this job is keeping learning new knowledge, nice life standard, travel and know the world and of course knowing people and cultures. I also like helping in the training of new guides.


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