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Cordillera Blanca, 6-day mountaineering course in Peru

What better place to learn mountaineering than the Andes? Join certified mountain guide, Manuel, on this hands-on 6-day course in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and learn footwork, self-arrest, rope team travel, ice climbing, and crevasse rescue skills, as well as how to rappel, build anchors, find routes, and more!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration6 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Learn all the necessary mountaineering skills to tackle high altitude mountains.

  • Enjoy an in-depth, hands-on, personalized mountaineering course in Peru.

  • Discover the amazing Cordillera Blanca in the Andes and climb one of its peaks.

Description

The Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes is a unique mountaineering location. On this 6-day course, you will have the chance to explore one of its towering peaks as you learn and practice the necessary skills for successful and safe mountaineering expeditions.

With several 6,000 m (19,690 ft) high peaks and over 700 glaciers, the Cordillera Blanca region is a favorite among mountaineers. On this program, we will enjoy a top of the line course on the breathtaking Mt. Yanapaccha, which lies at an altitude of 5,460 m (17,910 ft) in the Huascarán National Park.

Every day, we will learn different techniques and then put them to practice out on the mountain. Furthermore, we will also try the Yanapaccha summit and admire the stunning Andean scenery. You can find a detailed itinerary below. Some of the topics we will cover on this course include:

  • Proper Footwork
  • Self-arrest
  • Rope team travel
  • Ice climbing
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Rappel
  • Building ice and snow anchors
  • Route Finding
  • Belay Systems

Please keep in mind that this is an intensive mountaineering program. Therefore, you will need prior mountain climbing experience and a good fitness level. Of course, we will be there to help and guide you every step of the way.

So, would you like to join this 6-day Cordillera Blanca mountain climbing course? Then contact me now and let’s start planning an unforgettable adventure!

 

Accommodation

Camping during the trek, hotel in Huaraz not included.

Meeting point

Huaraz

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Itinerary

Day 1: Departure

We will depart Huaraz early in the morning and drive to the Yanapaqcha trailhead. Load up the porters and hike into basecamp (approx. 3 hours) to begin your course curriculum! Preliminary skills begin this day including an introduction to mountaineering & hazard management, equipment use and care, climbing knots and glacier travel.

Day 2: Glacier training

Have breakfast, and get prepared for a day on the glacier. Hike about 30 minutes up to the ice and begin with practical skills including ice climbing, walking with crampons, kicking steps/following tracks, using an ice ax to walk and self-belay, self-arrest, team arrest, rope team travel techniques, and snow/ice anchors. Around 4.00 pm, wrap up for the day and descend back to camp for a delicious dinner and some sleep.

Day 3: Crevasse Rescue System

Breakfast is at 8:00 am and the class begins at 9:00 am. Spend the morning in the campsite learning belay systems, equalized anchors, and haul systems – all components of the crevasse rescue system. After thoroughly understanding the system on dry land (and some lunch), head out to the to put your new skills to the test on the snow. The entire afternoon is dedicated to the practice of this important skill, “crevasse rescue”, which is a common hazard of all glaciated climbs. Return to camp at about 5:30, have dinner and get to sleep.

Day 4: Glacier travel techniques

Leave the campsite at 8.30 a.m. and head up to the ice to practice various techniques and scenarios of glacier travel. Participants take charge of their rope teams using the skills learned in the previous 2 days and are presented with problems to solve pertaining to terrain, hazards, group management, etc. You will wander through crevasse fields and up/down steep slopes where we will use both running and fixed belays. We will also perform another crevasse rescue. Afterward, head to an ice wall to learn a top-rope anchor system for ice climbing. The basic climbing technique will be discussed as well as lead climbing as there is interest. That afternoon a pre-summit discussion will take place and plans will begin for the following days climbing objective. Participants will determine what needs to be done in preparation for the climb (route recon, equipment prep, rope team divisions, food & water prep) and divide up the responsibilities amongst themselves. Dinner will be served around 5 pm and everyone will get to sleep early in anticipation of the next days climb.

Day 5: Summit attempt

Rise and shine about 3:00 am for breakfast and gearing up for the climb. Head up to the glacier and begin the summit attempt in your rope team(s). Depending upon snow conditions, weather, and team health/fitness, the summit can be reached in 4 to 5 hours. The descent will take 3-4 hours and you should be back in camp by midafternoon for a warm lunch and some rest. Those who wish to continue with skills will head back up to the glacier or to a location where the instructor(s) can work on anything participants still want to learn/practice.

Day 6: Return to Huaraz

Have Breakfast, pack up camp, and begin the hike out to the road where transport will be waiting for the return to Huaraz.


Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: A daypack for your walking and climbing to bring personal gear (45 litters); Rain gear (water and windproof jacket and pants); Hiking boots; Climbing boots recommendable for 5 thousand meters; Warm clothes (jacket, fleeces, gloves, thermal clothing underneath, and down jacket); Sleeping bag resistant up to -15 degrees; Sleeping bag pad; Torch / flashlight (2 extra batteries); Definitely camera; Cap or hat to protect yourself from sun heat, cold or rain; Sunscreen; Chapstick; Water battle or thermo (1 liter or more); Small Personal first aid kit with medicines that often use; Per of walking poles necessary for the hike; Two technical ice axes; Harness; 4 locking carabiners; Crampons; Helmet; Gaiters; Mountaineering Sunglasses; Snow picket; Two ice screws; Pear beener; Cordilletes; Prusiks.


About the guide

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I am a professional mountain guide certified by IFMGA (international federation of mountain guide association) - AGMP (Peruvian mountain guide association). My passion for climbing and trekking in the Cordillera Blanca and around South America have given me all the expertise needed to guarantee an unforgettable and safe journey. I founded Peruvian Climbs in 2010, and have been guiding in the Peruvian Andes since 2005.

The Andes are in my blood – I grew up in the Cordillera Blanca and have loved the mountains since I was a small child. Hiking and climbing in the Peruvian Andes is challenging but extremely rewarding. I aim to deliver the best experience for my clients – one that is bespoke and catered to their needs, rather than something which is generic. I always aim to understand what my clients are looking for, and then based on length of time and fitness; will develop a trip to suit their requirements.

I have climbed and guided extensively in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash regions. I am wilderness first aid trained. I have an experienced team that can offer tailor-made logistics making each trip completely seamless.


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