Cordillera Blanca Private Alpine Climbing

Peru's Cordillera Blanca is one of the most magnificent mountain ranges in the world. It is renowned for beautiful, steep, glaciated peaks with excellent snow, rock and ice climbing. Couple that with stable weather in the summer months, and you've got a recipe for awesome alpine climbing!
Sunset on Cordillera Blanca in Peru
Skiers touring up a ridge on Cordillera Blanca in Peru during a Blackbird Guides ski trip
Sunset in Ishinca Valley, Peru
Climbers above a lake on Urus in Peru
Climbers top roping on Urus Summit in Peru
Climbers approaching the summit of Pisco in Peru
Climbers on Pisco in Peru
Cordillera Blanca Private Alpine Climbing

Build the perfect itinerary to suit your desires and abilities in the Cordillera Blanca.  We can tailor this private program specifically for you and your team.  Whether you're looking to push your limits and climb steep, technical lines with our expert IFMGA Guides or build skills to further your own climbing objectives, the Cordillera Blanca is a perfect range.

As the highest tropical mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca offers a wild contrast between the high mountain glaciers and the lush forests of the lowlands.  The terrain varies just as much as well, offering mellow glacier climbs such as Pisco Oestse and Nevado Ishinca as well as steep, technical climbs like Artesonraju, Alpamayo and more.

 

Peaks

We have experience on a variety of peaks and routes in the Cordillera Blanca and would be happy to set up climbing programs on most peaks in the range, including:

  • Yanapaccha
  • Urus Este
  • Ishinca
  • Tocllaraju
  • Artesonraju
  • Alpamayo
  • Chopicalqui
  • Pisco Oueste
  • Huascaran Sur and Norte
  • Nevado Copa
  • Many more

 

Requisite Experience 

Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca is an engaging high-altitude experience. Most routes are fairly demanding simply based on the high-altitude nature of the climbing and many are very taxing due to technical terrain and gear that must be carried.  Excellent fitness and solid technical skill with ice axe, crampons, steep snow, alpine ice and basic rock climbing/scrambling is required.

Some of the routes on the itinerary you choose for this program may be committing, meaning that once you start the technical climbing, it's not easy to simply turn around.  You guide will ultimately decide if certain climbs are appropriate for your skill and fitness levels.  If you are not doing well with the altitude, are feeling fatigued or are not climbing safely, your guide may turn you around.

If you're unsure if this trip is right for you, email us and we'll make sure you have the requisite physical fitness and technical skill level for this program.  If this is your first time climbing with us, we'll review your climbing resume to ensure you'll have a great climb in Peru.

Included in Price 

IFMGA Mountain Guides
Camp Cook
Mule transport of gear to basecamps
Porters from base camps to High Camps
In-Country Transport 
Hotels in Country for set dates (additional hotel stays are up to you)
On-Mountain Food
Group gear (tents, ropes, pickets, ice screws, etc.)

 

 

    Sunset on Cordillera Blanca in Peru
    Skiers touring up a ridge on Cordillera Blanca in Peru during a Blackbird Guides ski trip
    Sunset in Ishinca Valley, Peru
    Climbers above a lake on Urus in Peru
    Climbers top roping on Urus Summit in Peru
    Climbers approaching the summit of Pisco in Peru
    Climbers on Pisco in Peru
    Cordillera Blanca Private Alpine Climbing
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    Dates

    Available Dates

    June 21-July 10, 2023 Deposit Only

    Prices

    To Be Determined

    Itinerary

    Peru Yanapaccha and Ishinca Valleys 2022 Date Day Location Activity June 14 -1 USA Leave USA, PM June-15 0 USA Depart USA afternoon Jun-16 1 Lima US-Lima*, H Lima Jun-17 2 Cherup Acclimatization peak/hike Churup, H Huaraz Jun-18 3 Lago Zorro Acclimatization peak/hike, H Huaraz Jun-19 4 Yana Yanapaccha arrive (Yana Day 1) Jun-20 5 Yana Yanapaccha training/ice (Yana Day 2) Jun-21 6 Yana Yana summit climb (West Ridge or Right of Standard ) (Yana Day 3) Jun-22 7 Yana Yana to Huaraz, H Huaraz (Yana Day 4) Jun-23 8 Huaraz Rest day in Huaraz, H Huaraz Hotel Huaraz Jun-24 9 Ishinca Ishinca arrive (Ishinca Day 1) Jun-25 0 Ishinca Urus Este summit climb (Ishinca Day 2) Jun-26 11 Ishinca Ishinca high camp (Ishinca Day 3) Jun-27 12 Ishinca Ishinca summit climb, return to BC (Ishinca Day 4) Jun-28 13 Ishinca Toc high camp (Ishinca Day 5) Jun-29 14 Ishinca Toc summit climb (Ishinca Day 6) Jun-30 15 Ishinca Ishinca Valley Flex Day (Ishinca Day 7), H Huaraz Weather Day, may be in Huaraz Jul-1 16 Return to Huaraz Jul-2 17 Van back to Lima Huaraz to Lima, afternoon arrival in Lima, evening flights Lima to US Jul-3 18 Arrive home

    Equipment

    Technical Gear

    ❏ Climbing Helmet

    ❏ Headlamp - with fresh batteries

    ❏ Climbing harness (alpine or rock harness)

    ❏ Two Locking carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc

    ❏ Climbing boots - LaSportiva trango, Scarpa Charmoz or similar

    ❏ Gaiters - OR mini gaiters to keep snow out of boots

    ❏ Crampons (Steel crampons that are compatible with your boots)

    ❏ Ice Axe (55 to 65cm Axe)

    ❏ Trekking Poles - adjustable preferred

     

    Layers

    ❏ Sun Hat

    ❏ Sun Glasses

    ❏ Warm Hat

    ❏ 2x Buffs or face masks (These are for warmth and wind protection and are

    required for Covid-19 face coverings)

    ❏ Long sleeve base layer top

    ❏ 1 to 2 fleece weight upper layers (I'm using a Patgonia R1 and Nano Air)

    ❏ Puffy - Mid Weight Down/synthetic, Patagonia Fitzroy or similar

    ❏ Waterproof Shell Jacket with Hood - Gore-Tex (or similar) - basic, lightweight shell, NOT

    insulated

    ❏ Gloves-TWO pair

    ❏ one pair light/mid weight for warm temps

    ❏ one mid/heavy weight for cold

    ❏ Socks - TWO pair. Both mid-weight wool/synthetic

    ❏ Underwear - wool/synthetic

    ❏ Sports Bra - wool/synthetic

    ❏ Goggles (bring to gear check, we may choose to leave at the car depending on Weather

    Forecast)

    ❏ Long johns (bring to gear check, we may choose to leave at the car depending on Weather

    Forecast)

     

    Camping & Backpacking Gear

    ❏ Sleeping Bag (20F) - down preferred due to weight and pack-ability.

    ❏ Sleeping Pad - Inflatables are comfortable, but make sure it is insulated for sleeping on

    snow! Therm-a-rest NeoAir X-Therm or X-Lite are expensive, but excellent.

    ❏ Compression Stuff sack for sleeping bag

    ❏ Backpack - 50L (or the smallest bag that fits all of your gear and your share of the group

    gear). Black Diamond Speed 50 or similar work well for this.

    Other Essentials

    ❏ Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)

    ❏ Lip Balm (with SPF)

     

    Food and water

    ❏ Two freeze dried dinner meals (or meals that can be made with just hot water):

    I recommend Backpacker's Pantry Pad Thai, and Mountain House Pasta Primavera, but

    everyone has strong opinions on freeze dried meals. If you know you don’t like or do

    well with Freeze Dried, please let me know and I will forward some

    “just-add-water” options.

    ❏ Two Breakfasts:

    Grits with cheese, oatmeal, cold cereal with powdered milk, bagel and cream cheese,

    PB and J sandwich, mountain house freeze dried.

    Bring whatever sounds appealing for a midnight breakfast.

    ❏ Instant Coffee (if you’re a coffee drinker, now is a bad time to kick the habit!)

    ❏ Decaffeinated tea for evening hot drink

    ❏ Cup of 1⁄2 liter Nalgene Bottle (for hot drinks). I prefer the 1⁄2 liter Nalgene so that I can

    use it for water on the climb as well.

    ❏ Bowl

    To keep things light and compact, I use the freeze dried dinner bag for my breakfast

    bowl, but some people don’t like the remaining flavors. If that’s the case, bring a light

    bowl (lightweight tupperware works great)

    ❏ Spoon - choose a long handled spoon if you’re eating freeze dried food out of the bag.

    Normal spoons make it hard to reach the food and it gets messy.

    ❏ Snack Food - 3 days worth of snacks. I usually break this down as:

    ❏ Water - bring two liters capacity. I prefer using a 1⁄2 Liter Nalgene for hot drinks and a

    soft/collapsible 2L Hyrdrapack Bottle) Please bring at least one hard sided water

    bottle.

    ❏ Hand Sanitizer (Bring extra due to increased use for Covid-19)

    ❏ Toilet Paper

    Optional

    ❏ First Aid/blister Kit

    ❏ Chemical hand warmers

    ❏ Hydration System (Camelback, etc). Please bring an additional hard sided water bottle if

    you choose to bring a hydration system.

    Know Before You Go

    Location

    Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Elevation

    14,000-18,300'

    Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪

    Yanapacha and Tocllaraju are rated PD+ and D in the French Alpine Climbing grading system.  This means a range from moderate snow climbing to fairly serious climbs of rock, snow and/or ice with pitches up to severe standards.  What that boils down to is that these climbs are demanding technically! 

    Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪

    Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca is a huge challenge for your body in terms of both climbing and adjusting to the altitude. You should be in excellent physical condition no matter which routes you choose for your program attempts!

    Trip Length

    20 days, USA to USA

    Dates

    See Dropdown Menu for Available Dates

    Email us if you'd like to schedule custom dates for this program!

    Price

    $5,950 see main description for inclusions

     

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