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  • A Local English-speaking Mountaineer Leader and local guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Lima, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Good standard hotel in Monterrey with all meals
  • Mountain hut accommodation where available
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles, apart from bus to Huaraz
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Cordillera Blanca & Pisco Peak 5,752m / 18,871ft Trekking Peaks

Trekking Peak

Peru | Trekking Peak

Cordillera Blanca & Pisco Peak 5,752m / 18,871ft
Expedition Grade

Suitable for those with strenuous trekking experience in high mountain environments.

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Grade: Expedition Grade ? Expedition Grade
Duration:  17 days from the UK  
On trek: 12 days

Flight inclusive from £3,945,
Land only from £3,095

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A spectacular yet straightforward trekking peak preceded by a magnificent trek in the remote, eastern Cordillera Blanca.

Highlights

  • A beautiful 10-day acclimatisation trek exploring the Cordillera Blanca’s hidden gem – the little-visited, east side
  • Enjoy the feeling of achievement and satisfaction of climbing a stunning 5,752m mountain with jaw-dropping views of 6,000m summits
  • Good standard hotels in the towns and quality camping facilities on trek and excellent
  • Highly experienced UIAGM trained guide(s) for Mount Pisco

Reviews          

Standing on the summit of Mount Pisco, surveying its jagged snow-capped neighbours, will provide ample rewards for your labour, and will leave you with a lasting feeling of satisfaction and achievement.
Niki Morgan, Operations Manager

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We begin our adventure with a 10-day acclimatisation trek in the remote, eastern part of the Cordillera Blanca — one of the most scenically splendid treks in all Peru. We explore isolated valleys and camp near brilliant blue lakes.

Following the trek, and by now fit and welladapted to the altitude, we arrive at the Refugio where we’ll make our attempt on Mount Pisco. It is a challenging but technically straightforward climb to the summit at 5,752m/18,871ft and the views from the top are simply sublime. Even at this height we will be dwarfed by the surrounding snow-capped peaks of Chacraraju, Huandoy’s four peaks, Chopicalqui and Peru’s highest mountain, Huascaran — all of which soar above 6,000m. This truly is an unforgettable adventure in a breathtakingly beautiful area as well as an immensely rewarding achievement.

To help you prepare for your Pisco Peak summit, why not try Mont Blanc Summit first?


At a glance

Grade: Expedition Grade
Expedition Grade

Duration:  17 days from the UK  
On trek: 12 days

Max. Altitude: 5,752m / 18,871ft, Day 13, Pisco Peak

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Lima

Accommodation types: Hotels, Mountain Hut, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Lima; all meals on trek.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Lima. Travel to Huaraz and on to Monterrey.
3-4
Trek to Wilcahuain and continue to Churup Lake.
5
Drive to Matacoto. Trek to the sunset viewing point at Huascaran.
6
Drive and trek to Wichganga Valley via Punta Olimpica Pass.
7-8
Trek to Libron Lake. Drive to Chacas and trek to Alpabamba.
9-11
Trek to Yanama via Incaroca and Nevado Contrahierbas Refuge.
12
Drive to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass. Trek to the Refuge Peru.
13
Ascent of Pisco Peak, 5,750m/18,871ft - 11-12 hours.
14
Trek to Lake 69. Drive to Monterrey.
15
Fly to Lima. Afternoon city tour.
16-17
Transfer to airport. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Pisco Peak
Local leader, Pisco Peak

You will be accompanied throughout your trek by a local English-speaking guide. These leaders are very knowledgeable, extremely charming and friendly and in their company you will enjoy an insider’s view of Peru. For your summit of Pisco Peak, you will also be accompanied by a UIAGM guide.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Lima

    Fly to Lima arriving the same day. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Antigua Miraflores, or Similar Lima
  2. Day 2 - Travel to Huaraz and Monterrey, 2,800m/9,186ft.

    Your journey today will take you through some amazing landscapes. Setting off early in the morning, you'll travel by double-deck bus towards the city of Huaraz, set in the Callejon de Huaylash which is an incredible inter-Andean valley between the Cordillera Negra and the Cordillera Blanca. You'll follow the North Pan-American Highway for about 200km before reaching a valley leading to the heart of the Andean Range. Then, in less than 100km, you'll reach the Lake Conococha Pass at 4,000m/13,123ft. Here you have an amazing view of the southern part of the Cordillera Blanca; the lake here is the origin of Santa River. After the pass you follow the river for about two hours entering into the Callejon de Huaylash Valley until you reach the city of Huaraz at 3,000m/9,842ft and then on to the village of Monterrey and your overnight accommodation in the cosy hotel El Patio de Monterrey.

    Transfer by bus: 400 km/8 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,000 meters
    Overnight altitude: 2,800 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: El Patio, Monterrey
  3. Day 3 - Morning trek to Wilcahuain, 3,200m/10,498ft - 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure.

    Today you begin your acclimatisation with a walk to reach an altitude of around 3,200m /10,498ft. It will take around three hours to walk the area around Monterrey, following a trail through camps and small agricultural villages until you reach the pre-Inca ruins of Wilcahuain, a small fortress built by the Huari civilization. After the walk you can visit the thermal bath and the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the city of Huaraz.

    Hiking: 4-5 km/3 hours
    Maximum altitude: 3,200 meters
    Overnight altitude: 2,800 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: El Patio, Monterrey
  4. Day 4 - Trek to Churup Lake, 2,800m/9,240ft - 4 hours.

    In the morning you depart by minibus to the tiny village of Pitec heading towards Churup Mountain, 5,400m which is set between the Quilcayhuanca and Cojup Quebradas (quebrada means steep valleys). After about one hour you reach the altitude of 3,800m crossing eucalyptus woods and fields cultivated with cereals and potatoes. You start an easy to moderate 2 to 3 hour hike to the beautiful Churup Lake. This is quite an easy hike along the ridge of the moraine until you reach a flat area with lots of endemic trees called “quenuales” before a final steep section, which will lead you to this bright blue lake. You will have lunch on the shore of the lake and after a while walk down to the departure point where your minibus will bring you back. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    Hiking: 7-8 km/4 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,200 meters
    Overnight altitude: 2,800 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: El Patio, Monterrey
  5. Day 5 - Drive to Matacoto, 2,650m/8694ft. Trek to Huascaran sunset viewpoint, 3,400m/11,154ft - 4 hours.

    Today you have an outstanding introduction to the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca. In the morning you depart towards the village of Matacoto at an altitude of 2,650m/8,694ft following the impressive Callejon de Huaylash Valley. From here you trek for about four hours on the east-side of the Cordillera Negra, a mountain range parallel to the Cordillera Blanca, until you reach the top of a hill where you camp (3,400m/11,154ft) in front of one of the most impressive mountain ranges of South America. You will enjoy the most spectacular sunset over the highest Peruvian mountain, Nevado Huascaran.

    Transfer by car/minibus: 50 km/1 hour
    Hiking: 5-6 km/4 hours
    Maximum altitude: 3,600 meters
    Overnight altitude: 3,600 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Drive and trek to Wichganga Valley via Punta Olimpica Pass - 3 hours.
    cordillera blanca and pisco peak l newman.

    Today you begin walking downhill until you reach the village of Matacoto and continue by car across the impressive Ulta Valley, into the fabulous world of the Cordillera Blanca. You are going into a rarely visited area, towards the remote Conchukos Valley, crossing the mountain range from west to east. After a while you drive to reach a vast flat area with a river and lots of flowers. The road climbs on the slope of the mountain until you reach the highest point. Here you have an amazing view over the South face of Nevado Huascaran, Nevados Chopicalqui, Contrahierbas and Ulta, also known as the Matterhorn of the Andes. After the pass a bright blue lake appears on your right. You drive down for about one hour until the small village of Huallin from where you walk for about two hours until you reach your beautiful campsite in the valley of Wichganga surrounded by valleys and mountains.

    Transfer by car/minibus: 100 km/3 hours
    Hiking: 4-5 km/3 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,710 meters
    Overnight altitude: 4,120 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Libron Lake, 4,612m/15,131ft - 8 hours.

    Today will be an unforgettable day. The destination is Libron Lake a place that we call 'Paradise', one of our favourite spots in the entire Cordillera Blanca, which is reached in around five hours of walking uphill. The lake is surrounded by the impressive Nevado Hualcan along with other peaks, and in front you can see the incredible north Ridge of the Nevado Copa. Without any doubt it is one of the most beautiful lakes of the east side of the Cordillera Blanca.

    Hiking: 11-12 km/7 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,612 meters
    Overnight altitude: 3,900 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Drive to Chacas, 3,320m/10892ft. Trek to Alpabamba, 2,980M/9,776ft - 4 hours.

    Today you drive for less than one hour to reach the village of Chacas 3,320M/10,892ft, one of the most notable villages of the area for its architecture, the big Plaza de Armas and its friendly inhabitants. The village of Chacas is the headquarters of the Mato Grosso Operation, an important Catholic NGO that operates in the area. You will make a short visit to the laboratories and the church. You then continue by car the a start point and take a three-hour hike along a path which will lead you through several small villages with Quechua speaking people who enjoy simple daily life farming, taking care of the animals and looking after the children. You arrive in the afternoon at your base camp called Alpabamba.

    Transfer by car/minibus: 60 km/2 hours.
    Hiking: 5-6 km/3 hours
    Maximum altitude: 3,630 meters
    Overnight altitude: 2,980 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to panoramic viewpoint at Incaroca, 4,206M/13,799ft - 5 hours.

    Today you follow ancient trails for about four hours of easy walking until you reach the trekkers' favourite place, with its spectacular view all around the campsite. The camp at 4,200m/13,779ft is set on the very top of a hill from where you can see 137 snow-capped peaks, lots of mountains towards the borderless tropical jungle region behind you, and several valleys and villages.

    Hiking: 6-7 km/5 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,206 meters
    Overnight altitude: 4,206 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Nevado Contrahierbas Refuge, 4,250m/10,025ft - 5 hours.

    A very early wake up to enjoy the best sunrise of the journey seeing the “Painting of the Apus”, the show of the sun shining over the snow capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. After breakfast you say goodbye to this fantastic viewpoint to walk for about 5 hours along the upper part of agricultural lands and villages, following a long ridge towards the base of the huge Nevado Contrahierbas. The refuge with its peculiar architecture is inspired by the pre-Inca Huari Culture. There will be time to relax and a chance to walk towards the ridge of the Contrahierbas to aid the acclimatisation process.

    Hiking: 8-9 km/5 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,250 meters
    Overnight altitude: 4,250 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Refuge
  11. Day 11 - Walk to Yanama, 3,535m/11,665ft - 4 hours.

    This morning you walk all the way down to reach the village of Yanama. Yanama is considered one of the villages with the best view over the mountains. Your staff will prepare a typical lunch called “Pachamanca”, a traditional way to cook several types of meat and potatoes in a natural under earth oven. After lunch you walk down to the village of Yanama for sightseeing. The afternoon will be free to rest before climbing Nevado Pisco.

    Hiking: 7-8 km/4 hours
    Altitude gained (up & down): 700 meters
    Maximum altitude: 4,250 meters
    Overnight altitude: 3,536 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Drive to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass. Trek to the Refuge Peru, 4,765m/15,633ft - 4 hours.

    You should now be very well acclimatised and it is time to depart towards the last portion of the trip: the climbing of Nevado Pisco (Pisco Peak). You drive along a rough road, which allows you to cross the mountain range again, now from east to west to reach the Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass. From here, you'll be treated to a view of the superb landscape over the Llanganuco valley, its two blue lakes and the highest peaks of the area such as Huascaran, Chopicalqui and the impressive Chacraraju. It will take a further three hours hiking to reach the Peru Refuge at 4,765m/15,633ft, the first built in the Andes, which will be your base camp for climbing Nevado Pisco. There will be an early night tonight as your ascent of Pisco will begin at midnight!

    Transfer by car/minibus: 90km/3 hours
    Hiking: 506km/4 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,765 meters
    Overnight altitude: 4,765 meters

    Overnight iconOvernight: Refuge
  13. Day 13 - Ascent of Pisco Peak, 5,750m/18,871ft - 11-12 hours.

    After rising early to do some last minute gear sorting you'll have a light breakfast, before setting off around 1am and ascending the trail above the refuge for about an hour. There follows a steep, rocky descent, and great care is needed here to ensure you don't dislodge stones onto those below you. A large boulder field requires careful navigation and you continue ascending on an indistinct path through moraine for another two hours. Eventually you reach the foot of the glacier, and here you don your harness and crampons.

    A steep initial section gives way to an easier angled slope and you will now be walking on snow until you reach the summit and descend the same way. Some sections are crevassed and some are steep. You will be roped to the guide the whole time you are on the glacier and he will make an ice axe anchor and belay you across any difficult sections, including a couple where you need to jump over crevasses. The final 10m stretch to the summit is steep so your guide will lead you to the top and belay you up this section. Even though you are being top roped you still need to use your ice axe and crampons to bite into the snow to make the final push.

    You will arrive on the summit around 8-9am, and will be treated to the most stunning views imaginable. The sight of all those spectacular 6,000m peaks soaring in front of you is your rich reward for all that effort. Summits you will see include Chacraraju 6,142m, Huandoy North 6,395m, Huandoy East 6,070m, Huandoy South 6,395m, Huandoy West 6,356m, Chopicalqui 6,354m, Huascaran North 6,662m, and Huascaran South 6,768m - the highest mountain in Peru. Your descent follows the same path and the rest of the day is yours in which to do very little! You are permitted, however, to bask in the glory of a superb achievement.

    Hiking: 7-8 km/5 hours
    Maximum altitude: 5,750m
    Overnight altitude: 4,765m

    Overnight iconOvernight: Refuge
  14. Day 14 - Trek to Lake 69, 4,870m/15,977ft - 5 hours. Drive to Monterrey.
    cordillera blanca and pisco peak descending from pisco summit nm.

    It's time to walk back to civilization but not before you have discovered one last secret of this amazing mountain range: Lake 69. In the morning you hike alongside the moraine towards the bottom of the Chacraraju Nevado until you reach Lake 69 - considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes of the Cordillera Blanca and dominated by the huge Chacraraju Nevado. It takes around three hours to reach the lake. You then continue to Cebolla Pampa from where you will be transferred to the Callejon de Huaylash by minibus. Once reaching Monterrey, the rest of the afternoon is at your disposal.

    Transfer by car/minibus: 90km/3 hours
    Hiking: 8-9 km/5 hours
    Maximum altitude: 4,870m
    Overnight altitude: 2,800m

    Overnight iconOvernight: El Patio, Monterrey
  15. Day 15 - Transfer to Lima. Fly to London.
    cordillera blanca and pisco peak trek to lake 69 nm.

    It's time to say goodbye to the Cordillera Blanca. In the morning you transfer to the small airport of Anta Huaraz for the 50-minute flight to Lima. Once in Lima, you'll meet our representative and driven downtown for a guided city tour of Lima.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Antigua Miraflores or Similar, Lima
  16. Day 16 - Transfer to airport for flight to London.

    After breakfast you will be taken to the airport in good time for your overnight flight to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  17. Day 17 - Fly Lima to London.

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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What’s included

  • A Local English-speaking Mountaineer Leader and local guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Lima, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Good standard hotel in Monterrey with all meals
  • Mountain hut accommodation where available
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles, apart from bus to Huaraz
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and evening meals in Lima
  • Tips


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Highly rewarding          

Standing on the summit of Mount Pisco, surveying its jagged snow-capped neighbours, will provide ample rewards for your labour, and will leave you with a lasting feeling of satisfaction and achievement.


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