Climb Ishinca (5,535m) & Tocllaraju (6,035m) in the Cordillera Blanca, 6 days

Join IFMGA-certified guide Quique on this 6-day ascent to the summit of Ishinca (5535m) and Tocllaraju (6035m), two beautiful peaks in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.




Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, May, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip



  • Reach the summit of two stunning mountains in the Peruvian Andes

  • Acclimatize gradually to the altitude, climbing Ishinca before Tocllaraju

  • Discover the unique Peruvian culture along a local certified guide


I invite you to join me on a great 6-day trip in the Andes of Peru, climbing Ishinca (5535m) and Tocllaraju (6035m), two beautiful peaks of the spectacular Cordillera Blanca.

This 6-day ascent in the Ishinca Valley allows you to gradually acclimatize to the high altitude. Ishinca is a great acclimatization climb if you don’t have much experience, and also to acclimatize and prepare yourself to reach the summit of Tocllaraju, a more challenging ascent and our main goal.

On the way up to Ishinca here is an easy glacier with a steep section of 100m just before the summit. We can also enjoy impressive views of Ranrapalca and Huantsan mountains.

The city of Huaraz (3100m) will be the starting point of our trip. From there, we’ll head to the Ishinca Valley, and spend the night at the Ishinca Base Camp (4350m). On the following day, we’ll climb to the Ishinca summit (5530m). The third day will be a rest day, or a reserve day in case of bad weather.

On the fourth day, we will head to the Moraine Camp (5100m). Finally, we will ascend to the spectacular Tocllaraju summit (6035m) on the fifth day. We will enjoy breathtaking views from the top. We will descend to Base Camp and get back to Huaraz on the sixth day.

A private transfer will take us to the trailhead starting point, from Huaraz. Mules and donkey drivers will help us carry the tents and food to the base camp, and a cook will prepare our meals along the trip.

Bear in mind you need an excellent fitness level in order to join this ascent, although we will spend some days to get a good acclimatization to high altitude.

Just send me a request if you want to join me on this unique ascent in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.  Book your trip and get ready for an unforgettable mountaineering adventure! If you are looking for a faster ascent, I also guide a 4-day Tocllaraju ascent.

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Price per person

Group of 1
2190 USD

Group of 2
1548 USD

Group of 3
1494 USD

Group of 4
1348 USD

Group of 5
1287 USD

Group of 6
1180 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 The price INCLUDES: IFMGA-Mountain Guide - 4 days with alll meals, included all team - Private transportation to trailhead and back -1 cook and 1 porter - Fee for Huascaran National Park - High Altitude tents - Mules and donkey drivers - Camping gear, kitchen tools. The price DOES NOT INCLUDE: Hotel in Huaraz -Bus from Lima to Huaraz -Personal climbing gear


  • Day 1Huaraz (3100m) - Bus to Pashpa (3500m) - Ishinca Base Camp (4350m), Ishinca Valley)

    Transfer by bus to the village of Pashpa (3500m). Start of the trek by a path along the edge of the mountain from which you can see the Copa and theHuascaran mountains in the north. The Quebrada Ishinca begins with a wood of Quenoals (a typical tree of the Cordillera). The path is deep and progressive and helps you to discover the superb landscapes around the Ishinca. We then cross a plain and reach the Ishinca base camp which is just below a mountainous cirque.

  • Day 2Ishinca Base Camp (4350m) -Ishinca summit ascent (5530m) - Ishinca BC

    We leave the refuge and cross the river, joining the path which zigzags up to
    the plateau. The slope is more gentle up to the end of the Ishinca lagoon. We
    continue up the north glacier to a small pass with little crevasses. About a hundred
    metres before the summit the slope is steep, at 45°. We enjoy a pleasant view from the summit. Return to Base Camp.

  • Day 3Ishinca Base Camp - Rest day or reserve day in case of bad weather
  • Day 4Ishinca Base Camp (4350m) - Climb to Morrena Camp (5100m)

    The climb up to Camp 1 (Morrena Camp) begins at the bottom of the valley on the left by astraight and stony path which leads up to the spur of ice. We continue on the edge of the glacier and reach Morrena Camp which is next to granite rocks. We get a beautiful view of the sunset and of Copa mountain.

  • Day 5Morrena Camp (5100m) - Tocllaraju summit (6035m) - Back to Base Camp (4350m)

    We cross a large glacier with crevasses, then take the north-west crest which
    leads to the bottom of a pyramid where we discover the rimaye and the 60m-section which is very steep and technical, with a slope of 55° . Then we reach the easy
    summital crest which leads to the summit. Abseil down, return to Morrena Camp and
    descent to Ishinca camp.

  • Day 6Ishinca Base Camp (4350m) - Pashpa - Bus to Huaraz - End of trip

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point



We will camp


About the Guide


IFMGA/UIAGM - AGMP Mountain Guide from Perú.

I began my mountain work when I was 18 years old as cook and carrier (porter) and I am now a Mountain Guide UIAGM – AGMP.

1998: I studied French at the Alliance Française in Cusco.
2000: I was accepted at the Don Bosco School for Guides of the Andes through the intermediary of the Italian volunteers of the Operazione Matto Grosso, technical support of the Association of the Mountain Guides of Peru.
2005: I passed my diploma as Mountain Guide UIAGM-AGMP. Climbing in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
2008-2011: Extra training as a Guide in Italy.
Since 2011, I have been Secretary of the of Peruvian Mountain Guides Association.
2013: Guiding in Ecuador, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Illinizas.
2014: Climbing to Utah, Usa.
2015: Exploring trip in Cordillera Central, close to Lima, Perú.

I speak French, Italian and English fluently. For more than 12 years I have been organizing and managing trekking, mountaineering in Peru and expeditions to the Aconcagua since 2007.

Contact me if you are interested in doing a mountain trip to Peru!



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