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Climbing tour PISCO
3 days

Ishinca can be climbed without previous climbing experience. We will provide instruction and support. Some years, depending on amounts of snowfall. Ishinca is a rewarding climb for both experienced and beginner climbers, with long enjoyable slopes of good snow. Most of the way is not very steep and not technical. Some years there can be short, steep sections, or some hard ice which is difficult to negotiate for beginner climbers; we would help you with this. Previous experience on snow and ice is not necessary, and we will provide some basic instruction at Base Camp, as well as support during the climb itself. Nevertheless, you do need to be strong to undertake this climb.
Length: 3 days
Grade: Moderate. Up to 8 -10 hours physical activity in the summit day.
Pre-climb Briefing: The guide will meet you the day before departure in Huaraz to do a full gear check and finalize last minute details.
Start: 7:00am Huaraz
Finish: 15:00 aprox. in Huaraz
Departs: April to October

Join a scheduled departure or book a private or custom trip with dates to suit you.

Tour details:


Walking up to the first camp Llamacorral
Day 01: Drive from Huaraz to Pashpa or Collón. Hike to Ishinca Base Camp
Duration: 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.
Note: 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
Duration: 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
Duration: 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

Trip Includes:

  • Mountain guide & cook
  • Donkeys & donkey drivers (amount depends on the group size)
  • All food during the expedition (good, healthy and varied food. Vegetarian option.)
  • Private transport to/from Trailstart/end.
  • All cooking equipment, social tent, bathroom tent, foldable chairs, ...
  • Sleeping tents, the quality depending on the necesity of the tour.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattresses.
  • Entrance fee National Park Huascaran
Not included:
  • Additional beverages or meals in villages
  • Breakfast on the 1st and dinner on the last day
  • Personal mountain equipment such as climbing shoes, rain/wind jacket, hat, sunglasses, gloves, etc.
  • Sleeping bag (but we can recommend some mountain shops for rent)
  • at Ishinca basecamp you could also stay in the Refugee if desired. Extra pay to do so is approximately US $ 15 per night. We will still carry all tents and mattresses though - quite often they have a lot of people and it is too noisy to actually be able to sleep (and hence, clients return to their tents).

Prices: full private service
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