Join Magno, IFMGA certified mountain guide, in this fantastic 17-day mountaineering trip to climb 5 summits in Cordillera Blanca, including Ishinca.
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.
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.
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
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.
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.
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.
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.
We ascend slow and steady by a well-marked path until the end of the Ishinca valley. We set camp here.
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.
Today, the second acclimatization summit: Nevado Ishinca. After reaching the top, we descend to the Cojup valley.
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.
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.
Transfer by private vehicle to Pitec. We meet the mule carriers and start towards the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca. We set camp in the valley.
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.
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.
Return to Huaraz in mid afternoon.
Transfer by bus to Lima. Overnight in a hotel. Dinner not included.
Day off at Lima. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport. Lunch not included.
Hotels in the cities and camping during the expedition.
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.
At Lima airport.
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.
Grands espaces grandioses ! Vues imprenables sur la cordillère blanche. Une organisation sans failles, Merci a Marco, Paul, notre chef péruvien gastronome, sans qui le voyage n’aurait pas eu le même goût et César pour leur implication sans failles. Un autre coin de paradis.
This has been the best trek of my life ! Fantastic guide and team taking care of every details, breathtaking views and nature all along the way...incredibly delicious food, 5 stars style. Thanks so much for making it so unique !
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