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Cordillera Blanca: Urus-Ishinca 6-day guided ascent

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Join Martin, an EPGAMT mountain leader, on this climbing adventure in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Let him guide you to the summit of Urus and Ishinca, on this 6-day trip.


6 Days





The Cordillera Blanca is one of the most stunning mountain ranges on Earth! Join me on this adventure. And let me take you to the summit of Urus (5,420m) and Ishinca (5,530m) in this 6-day trip through the Cordillera Blanca.

This magnificent range is located in Peru, and it forms part of the Andes mountain range. It extends for over 200 kilometers to the northwest. It lies at the heart of the Ancash region, parallel to the Santa river, in the Santa Valley or Callejon de Huaylas. This area is mainly covered by the Huascaran National Park.

There are many things that make the Cordillera Blanca unique. One of them is that the Cordillera Blanca is the most extensive and longest  tropical ice-covered mountain range on Earth! Also, it has the largest concentration of snow and ice in Peru. Moreover it has a very impressive collection of over 722 individual glaciers. For those reasons, and more, the UNESCO provides special protection, naming it part of the Huascarán Biosphere Reserve, and a Natural World Heritage Site.

Over our 6-day adventure, we will unveil some of the most mesmerizing parts of the Cordillera Blanca. And we will ascend two of its most iconic peaks, Urus and Ishinca.

Also, we will visit many dazzling spots. For example, I will take you to the Llanganuco and Cochapampa Lagoons, where we’ll enjoy breathtaking sceneries of pristine water surrounded by majestic peaks.

Moreover, we will discover many charming towns all throughout our journey. So we’ll get to learn about the local culture and the lifestyle of the people that inhabit this region.

So, if you want to join this adventure I will be waiting for your request. It will be my pleasure to guide you across this wonderful place in Peru.

I also guide other trips you may want to check out, like this Ascent to the San Francisco Volcano in Catamarca.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

Price details

This is the price to join one of our group tour. A minimum of 3 people is required for the tour to take place. Confirmation of trips is done 15 days in advance. The price includes: guide fee, transfer Huascaran National Park-Huaraz, Huaraz-Cochapampa, group equipment (heaters, pots, pans, tents), radio vhf-uhf, all the meals during the expedition, cooks during the expedition, donkeys to carry your bags, 3 days of accommodation in Huaraz. The service doesn’t include: clothing and personal equipment, personal expenses and those that may be involved in case of abandoning the expedition, rescue and evacuation, the meals outside the expedition itinerary, all the other services not detailed.


Day 1: Huaraz

On our first day we’ll meet at Huaraz at the Campo Base Hostel.

Day 2: Huascaran National Park

We’ll venture into the Huascaran National Park. And we’ll arrive to the Llaganuco lagoon. Finally, we’ll trek back to Huaraz, where we’ll spend our first night at the Campo Base Hostel.

Day 3: Huaraz- Cochapampa

Our day will begin with a transfer from Huaraz to the Cochapampa lagoon. There, donkeys will wait for us to transport our bags to the Urus, Ishinca and Tocllaraju base camp. And, once we reach it, we will camp there for the night.

Day 4: Resting day

Due to the height and difficulty of the trek we will spend the day at base camp resting. Then, we’ll camp there and spend the night under a mesmerizing blanket of stars.

Day 5: Ishinca

Our day will begin really early. We’ll ascend through a zigzag type path that we’ll lead us to the Ishinca ice-capped peak. Then, we’ll keep trekking until we reach Ishinca’s summit. Finally we’ll return to our camp for a delicious dinner and to spend there the night.

Day 6: Huaraz

This last day we’ll head from base camp to the Urus mountain. Then, we’ll trek back to Cochapampa, where a vehicle will be waiting for us to take us back to Huaraz. Finally, we’ll stay at the Campo Base Hostel for our last night.



More info

I recommend having previous experience climbing mountains of 5,000 or more meters. We also recommend you bring the following items: trekking pants, thermal clothing, rainproof pants, a pair of mountaineering socks, a pair of regular socks, two pairs of trekking socks, mountaineering shoes, two short sleeve t-shirts, two long sleeve t-shirts, windstopper, warm jacket, raincoat, 2 pairs of gloves, rainproof gloves, cap, polar hat, buff, sunglasses, spare sunglasses. trekking poles, 75+15 liters backpack, headlamp, sleeping bag (-15o / -20o C), sleeping pad, unbreakable 1 liter thermos, multi-use pocket knife, unbreakable cup and plate, two bottles of at least 1 liter each, personal first aid kit, sunscreen spf 60, chapstick, cream, lighter, nylon bags, crampons, toiletries, camera, cell phone, gps. In case you need to rent any equipment, please let me know in advance. Confirmation of trips is done 15 days before.

Meeting point

Huaraz – Hostel Campo Base (Parque Ginebra 120 Huaraz). There’s a bus that leaves from Lima’s international airport to Huaraz.

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

EPGAMT Mountain guide from Argentina.

The mountain is my workplace and space to enjoy what I like to do ... mountaineering.

I climbedd and promoted various mountains and volcanoes such as: Aconcagua , Ojos del Salado, Pissis , Walter Penck , Incahuasi, Plata, Rincon, Vallecitos , etc.

The mountain can find oneself, to rediscover the essence and every moment. It is a natural place that transmits balance, harmony, tranquility and at the same time, tests us and motivates us to self-improvement. The mountain is accessible to all, just enough to take the first step ... we offer a different experience to share.



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What people are saying about Martín



Many thanks to You again for excellent organization our trip to Ojos with Martin Torres! Martin very good man and I`m very glad to have this new real friend!

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