The Cordillera Blanca is an incredible destination for trekking and climbing tours in Peru. It has abundant native flora and fauna, is culturally rich, has fascinating ruins of several pre-Inca cultures, and preserves some remnants of Inca infrastructure as well.
Climb Pisco Mountain and enjoy everything it has to offer…
The Cordillera Blanca range, located in the north of Peru, has a tremendous concentration of 6000m peaks. The mountains run roughly north to south and are easily accessible from the Callejon de Huaylas (Huaylas Valley), which lies to their west.
The Cordillera Blanca ( White Mountain Range ) is located at (408 km) north west of Lima, 180km long approximately, covered by large snow capped mountains.
Cordillera Blanca has more than 35 Mountain peaks over 6000m and is crowned by the Huascaran, whose peak reaches (6768m); Cordillera Blanca has 663 snow capped peaks in total, 269 Lakes, 42 Rivers and more than 33 archeological places.
Day 01: Arrival at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru, transfer by bus to the north of Lima, “Huaraz city” and stay overnight in a hotel 3*, Meal not included.
Day 02: Breakfast in the hotel, private transfer to the entrance of Shallap Valley then start hike along the valley surround by wild vegetation, wild birds until reach Shallap Lake (4250m./13943ft). Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch.
Day 03: Transfer from Huaraz (3100m./ 10170ft.) along callejon de Huaylas to Cashapampa village at (2900m./9514ft.), from there you’ll start to hike up along the santa cruz river until you get to the first campsite at Llamacorral (3760m./12335ft.) here you’ll have the first view of Taulliraju Mountain, stay overnight in tents. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 04: Start to hike up from Llamacorral (3760m./12335ft.) along Santa Cruz Valley, during the day you will enjoy the view of several different mountains and hike next to the Jatuncocha lake, where you’ll reach the viewpoint of Artesonraju “Paramount logo“, twin mountain Quitaraju and Alpamayo, this highpoint is surrounded by Mountains. Then you continue hiking until you reach base camp of Alpamayo or Arhuaycocha Lake at (4420m./14206ft.) after that we continue until your next campsite at Taullipampa and stay overnight at (4250m./13943ft). Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 05: This is one amazing day, you’ll hike up to Punta Union Pass at (4750m./15583ft). It has a really great views from the pass, after that you will start to hike down by Huaripampa Valley to the next Campsite at Paria at (3870m./12696ft.) it’s below Millishraju peak and stay overnight in tents. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 06: Start walking down along Huaripampa valley passing by some small villages such as; Huaripampa, Colcabamba, there you can watch local people going about their daily activities you’ll then go onto Vaqueria at (3800m) from there you will go by car, where you’ll pass by Portachuelo (4767m.) view point of Huascaran, Pisco, Huandoys and more mountains. Finally you will arrive at Cebollapampa and stay overnight at 3900m.
Day 07: We go to base camp of Pisco along the Demanda Valley, by Lake 69 route, it’s below Chacraraju where you will have amazing views during your hike. After Lake 69 you will continue on to base camp of Pisco Mountain and stay overnight at 4500m. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 08: After early breakfast in the base Camp at 01:00hours approximately you will start climbing up until to reach the glacier, here you’ll have to put on your climbing equipment to start the ascent up to the Pisco Summit (5750m/18860ft). From the summit you’ll enjoy the amazing views of different mountains such as: Artesonraju, Alpamayo, Caraz, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha, Chacraraju, Huandoys, etc. and a splendid turquoise lake of named (69 lake). After a brief rest you’ll start to go down to the Moraine Camp, where the porters will be waiting for you to continue the descent to base camp, arriving there at around 16:00hours (approx), overnight in the Base Camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 09: You will descend further to Cebollapampa for about an hour and a half, from there you’ll climb aboard your transport to go back to Huaraz, passing Orconcoha and Chinancpcha lakes. You’ll have lunch on the way, then you’ll arrive at Huascaran National Park control then back to Huaraz. Then you will continue to go down to Yungay district, then continue driving along the Callejon de Huaylas to the South side, arriving to Huaraz around 17:00hours approximately. Transfer and stay overnight in a Hotel.
Day 10: Flight to go back to Lima and return home.
Grade of Trek: Moderate/Hard
Best Period: May to October
Next Available Date: 16th – 26th July 2017 – Closing date is 25th April 2017
Total Cost Per Person £2,500.00 pp (including flight).
A non-refundable deposit of £650.00 will be required when booking, a further installment by 31st February and the balance paid two weeks prior to departure.
What’s included in the 10 day package trip?
- Return flight from UK to Lima Peru
- Domestic flight – Huaraz to Lima
- Hotel 3* in Huaraz (two nights) included breakfast
- Staff and Logistic camping
- Private day hike guided by a local guide: to Shallap lake
- Private trekking and climbing group to Santa Cruz and Pisco Mountain
- All entry fees (National Park, communities, etc.)
- All Transfers during your trip: (bus, taxi, plane, etc.)
- Pack animals: To carry camping equipment and food, donkeys to carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag) plus one emergency horse.
- Meals: Mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
- Support Staff: Trekking guide, Mountain Guide UIAGM certificated, cook and donkey drivers.
- First Aid Kit
- Camping equipment: (bi-personal tent, kitchen and dining tent, chairs, table and all kitchen utensils )
- Pre departure briefing, one day before trek departure
Whats not Included?:
- Travel Insurance
- Personal trekking gear
- Meals in the City
- Tip to staff
- Any extra day hikes, tours, etc.
- Personal expenses
A full and comprehensive kit list will be provided when you book your place.
We will also offer generous discounts on equipment and clothing in our shop whether buying or hiring for this trek
Please note that we only work with a ground handler that is registered and bonded. Licensed and insured in Peru for this particular trek.
Please note that we do not sell ‘off the peg’ generic tours, all of our trips are designed to be ‘something different’ but as our slogan say’s ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained’…