Walking up to the first camp Llamacorral Day 01: Drive from Huaraz to Pashpa or Collón. Hike to Ishinca Base Camp
1.5 hours (by car) 4 - 5 hours (hiking)
We drive 1½ hours from Huaraz to the village of either Pashpa or Collón (3400m). Then we walk up the Quebrada Ishinca valley on a gently rising path to our camp at the head of the valley. This is a lovely walk, starting on a plateau with views of Huascarán, then passing through beautiful Quenual (polylepis sp.) forest. As we walk up the valley, it opens out, and we see Tocllaraju ahead. Ishinca Base Camp is at 4390m
There is a refugio there where you can buy some beer or wine.
If you are a novice climber, we can organize some basic instruction in the afternoon.
Mount Alpamayo viewed from the Mirador Alpamayo
Day 02: Ishinca Base Camp to Ishinca Summit and Rack
9 to 12 hours, depending on fitness.
Today we climb Ishinca. We leave camp at 3am and undertake a steady climb, initially on a good path to Lake Ishinca (2½ to 3 hours). Then we continue hiking over more demanding, steep moraine rock until we reach the glacier. We
put on crampons and rope up then climb the north face of Ishinca, a steady slope, not too steep overall, although with a few short steeper sections. The final 40 metres to the summit, however, is on a gradient of some 50 deg.
which the guide(s) will help you with. Some years, depending on the condition of the glacier, there can be some hard ice, especially at the glacial face to climb up onto the start of the glacier which involves a short section of steep ice climbing, but we will help you with this. It’s about 3 to 3½ hours on the ice to the summit. Depending on conditions on the mountain, we may instead climb the East face of Ishinca, approaching from the Ranrapalca glacier. This side is also a medium climb and suitable for novice climbers. Return the same way to Base Camp.
3st day, walking up to the highest pass Punta Union (4750 masl)
Day 03: Descend Hiking to Collón or Pashpa and Drive to Huaraz
4 hours (hiking), 1.5 hours (transport)
A relaxing 4-5 hours walk down the Quebrada Ishinca valley to Pashpa or Collón and return to Huaraz in our vehicle