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Cordillera Blanca, Perú

Pisco Expedition


Where: Perú

Length: 7-10 days

Level: Easy

From: $980


A great way to start your climbing experience in the Cordillera Blanca

Get ready for higher altitude expeditions in the Andes by climbing Pisco and Yanapaccha

The Pisco Expedition gives you the perfect opportunity to start your mountaineering experience in the Cordillera Blanca.

Furthermore, it can be a warm up for a high altitude mountaineering expedition like Alpamayo or Huascarán.

The Pisco Expedition is designed to give you a unique insight into everyday life in the Cordilleras of Perú.

You’ll meet real people and get the opportunity to explore the local mountains with those who know them best.

During this expedition, you’ll do acclimatization treks to Lake Shallap or Lake Rajucolta. Afterwards, you'll start the hike up to Refugio Perú, located at 4,680m.

This hiking route starts from the Cebollapampa campground and goes all the way up to the Refugio. Afterwards, you'll spend the night here, surrounded by snowy mountains.

Then, you'll journey across the Western route to the summit of Pisco. This simple hike culminates with spectacular views of the Cordillera Blanca.

On the way back you'll make a stop by Laguna 69 (4,600m) Nourished by the waterfall from Chacraraju (6,108m), this breathtaking turquoise lake is one of the 400 glacial lakes in the Cordillera Blanca.

If you’re looking to get up close to the people and places of the Cordillera Blanca, join the Pisco Expedition today!

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Private airport pick-up, and one night in Lima. We'll recommend a tasty restaurant in Latin America's most famous food destination!

Day 2 -

Transfer to Huaraz. Enjoy views of the giant sand dune and the changing mountain scenery before arriving at your hotel in the mountain town.

Day 3 -

We will drive from Huaraz to Huascarán National Park and do a 4 hour acclimatization hike from the town of Pitec to Lake Churup (4,450m).

Day 4 -

We will do an acclimatization hike to Lake Rajucolta located at 4,400m. This beautiful lake is nourished by Mount Huantzan (6,395m).

Day 5 -

From Huaraz, we will drive to Cebollapampa (approx. 2 to 3 hours). On the way, you will be able to appreciate amazing sights such as two beautiful lagoons: Chinancocha and Orconcocha. We will follow the Llanguna Valley to Cebollapampa. From there, we will begin the hike to Refugio Perú, where we will camp for the night. The hike will last approximately 2-3 hours.

Day 6 -

We will start hiking at 1 am, crossing through a few moraines on the way to the glacier. Then, we will climb a slope (35°-40° of inclination) until we reach the summit of Pisco, where we will be rewarded with spectacular views, such as the gigantic Chacraraju, Artesonraju, Huandoy, Caraz, Huascaran and Alpamayo amongst others. After that, we will descend to Refugio Perú. Approximately 6-7 hours walking.

Day 7 -

On the third day, we will go back down to Cebollapampa/Yuraccorral stoping at Laguna 69, a beautiful turquoise lake nourished by a waterfall from peak Chacraraju. At Cebollapampa, we will camp for the night.

Day 8 -

We will go by car until we reach Km 42. Once there, we will start our hike to Morraine camp. Approx. 3.5 hours of transport and approximately 4 hours walking.

Day 9 -

We will start the ascent at 3 am, crossing a moraine until we reach the wide glacier. We will then climb the 180m Wall (50-60°) until we reach the summit of Yanapaqcha. We will enjoy spectacular views of glaciers, such as Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huandoy and others. Later, we will start descending through a ridge, with views of the Chacraraju, to the moraine and will carry on until km 42 where our transport will be waiting for us. The ascent is approx. 5 to 6 hours. The descent to camp approximately 3 - 4 hours walking, and then we will go back to Huaraz.

Day 10 -

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

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • All acclimatisation activities during 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
  • Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and bathroom tent
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

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