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Cordillera Blanca, Perú

Full Alpine Course

When: MAY-OCT

Where: Perú

Length: 6-12 days

Level: Easy

From: $999

Overview

Discover the world of high mountain climbing

The perfect introduction to safe and successful mountaineering

The Full Alpine Course allows time for a more comprehensive study of the skills and techniques necessary for independent climbing expeditions. The course offers a broad coverage of alpine climbing and mountaineering skills, be it simply traveling safely on a glacier or leading technical pitches on snow and ice.

Learn the basics – from hazard evaluation, equipment use and climbing knots, through to making anchors, haul systems and undertaking crevasse rescue. From safely crossing snow fields through to vertical ice climbing, this course prepares you for all that the mountains can throw at you. The course climaxes with an ascent of the magnificent Yanapaqcha.

The course is 12 days from Lima to Lima, with all services included, or 6 days from Huaraz to Huaraz with expedition services only. For the 6 day version, you must already be well acclimatised. Many clients follow the course with an ascent of Pisco and/or Chopicalqui, or even as preparation for the Alpamayo Expedition and other bigger climbs in the Cordillera Blanca.

“The trekking and mountaineering guides were experienced, knowledgeable and I felt that quality and safety was always the top priority in anything that we did."
- Marie Cheng, London UK

After testing your mountaineering skills, treat yourself to some well-deserved comfort food in Huaraz.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Private airport pick-up, and a night in Lima.

Day 2 -

Private transfer to the coach station and a comfortable first class ride to Huaraz, approximately an 8 hour journey.

Day 3 -

Meet the guide leader to review your itinerary, answer questions and finalise the expedition details. Spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby pre Inca ruins of Wilkawain.

Day 4 -

Acclimatisation hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup (4,500m), a 6 hour round trip. Spend the night at a cozy mountain lodge.

Day 5 -

Transport to the trailhead and take a day hike to Laguna 69 (4,950m), then return to the trailhead and camp in a scenic meadow (4,000m).

Day 6 -

Hike to the base camp of Yanapaqcha (4,750m). Preliminary skills may commence this day as time allows, including introduction to mountaineering and hazard management, equipment use and care, climbing knots and altitude physiology.

Day 7 -

Master practical skills including walking with crampons, kicking steps/following tracks, using an ice axe to walk and self belay, self-arrest, team-arrest, rope team travel techniques, and snow/ice anchors.

Day 8 -

Start learning all components of the crevasse rescue system. Then return to the glacier where you will put your new skills to the test. The afternoon is dedicated to practicing crevasse rescue, a common hazard on all glaciated climbs.

Day 9 -

Head up to the ice to practice various techniques and scenarios of glacier travel. At an ice wall you will learn a top-rope anchor system and spend a few hours climbing.

Day 10 -

Begin the summit attempt. Depending upon snow conditions, weather, and team health/fitness, the summit can be reached in 4-6 hours. The descent will take 3-4 hours and you should be back in camp by mid afternoon.

Day 11 -

Pack up camp, and hike out to the road where transport will be waiting for the return to Huaraz. Meet again for a celebratory feast that evening.

Day 12 -

Last minute gift shopping before departing for Lima at 10am, arriving at the airport or your hotel by 7pm.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • First class bus tickets
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • All acclimatisation activities and for the duration of the expedition
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All technical equipment
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Donkeys or llamas and porters where applicable
  • Sleeping tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and bathroom tent
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions
  • Celebration banquet at the end of trip

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • All food during in-town days except the Celebration Banquet
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

9th May 2019 - 20th May 2019

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30th May 2019 - 11th Jun 2019

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11th Jun 2019 - 22nd Jun 2019

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6th Jul 2019 - 17th Jul 2019

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15th Jul 2019 - 26th Jul 2019

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4th Aug 2019 - 15th Aug 2019

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25th Aug 2019 - 5th Sep 2019

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27th Sep 2019 - 8th Oct 2019

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