ISHINCA – URUS & PISCO MOUNTAIN

Duración

9D / 8N

Tipo de tour

Mountaineering

Altitud del tour

5752 m

Tamaño de grupo

2 a 10 personas.

Highlights of the Cordillera Blanca. The highest tropical mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca is part of the spectacular Andes that form the spine of South America. A mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, the region boasts over 50 peaks that exceed 15,000 feet, 700 glaciers and 300 lakes.

Urus and Ishinca  Mountain are located in the Cordillera Blanca and belong to the Chinchey Massif. They are located in the Ishinca Valley, chosen by many tourists for an easy acclimatization before climbing any other mountain which is higher than 6000m above sea level.

Pisco at 5752 meters above sea level, it is also a great acclimatization peak. Non-technical by nature, the normal route on Pisco Oeste climbs the southwest ridge, offering glorious sunrise views of the Huandoys and a 360 degree summit vista that is considered by many to be the best in the range.

Trip Information of Ishinca
Grade: PD
Length: 3 Days
Route: NE ridge (up) SE (down)
Best Season: April – October

Trip Information of urus
Grade: PD
Length: 3 Days
Route: SW FACE
Best Season: April – October

Trip Information of pisco
Grade: PD – Moderate snow climbs – Physically hard
Length: 3 Days
Route:  W Ridge
Season: May – September

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Tour Program

Itinerary

Day 01
HUARAZ 3100m/ COCHAPAMPA 4600m/ ISHINCA BASE CAMP 4350m
Today we leave the city of Huaraz toward the north and down to the Callejón de Huaylas (also known as the Santa Valley) to the village of Paltay. We continue on an unpaved route to Pashpa, on to the small Lake Cochapampa 3600m. Here is where our local team of mule drivers waits for us. It is a 90 minute trip from Huaraz to Paltay. We then have a tranquil climb through the Ishinca Valley to our camp, near Refugio Ishinca. 4-5 hours.
Day 02
BASE CAMP 4350/ URUS SUMMIT 5495 / BASE CAMP 4350
Ascents of the west face of Urus. A sloped route takes us to a ridge, crossing large rocks on the moraine until we reach the glacier. We climb over the snow and ice for an hour; then the last 50 minutes to the summit is easier over the moraine. A steep descent to camp. 7 hours.
Day 03
DAY OFF
Today we have the entire day free.
Day 01
BASE CAMP 4350m/ ISHINCA SUMMIT 5530m/ BASE CAMP 4350m.
A continuous climb on a good trail and then over the moraine to the glacier. The climb on the glacier is not steep, except for the last 50 meters to the summit. However, in some years, depending on the conditions at the glacier, there can be some steep sections or hard ice, Return via the same trail to Base Camp. 10-12 hours.
Day 05
DAY 5. BASE CAMP 4350m / HUARAZ 3100m
After breakfast we leave at 8 am for an easy return walk to Pashpa. Today burros will be carrying our camping and personal equipment. We’ll return via a hillside covered with queñuales trees (Polylepis spp.), native to the high Andes. Here our private transport will be waiting.
Day 06
DAY OFF
Today we have the entire day free.
Day 07
HUARAZ 3100m / CEBOLLAPAMPA 3900m / BASE CAMP 4700m
With a private bus transfer to Cebollapampa (3900 masl.) 3 hours approx., where we will meet our donkeys and donkey drivers to transport our mountain equipment, well start going-up for about 3 hours to get the Base camp 4700m. Time 2 to 3 hrs.
Day 08
BASE CAMP 4700m / SUMMIT 5752m / BASE CAMP 4700m
Alpine start! Today is summit day. Wake up at 12:00 am and depart around 1 am for the summit. Cross the moraine and wind your way to the glacier first, then make your way to the saddle where you are sure to see the Huandoys a glow in the sunrise. A beautiful ridge climbs to the summit where spectacular views of some of the Cordillera's highest peaks abound. Afterwards you'll descend to the base camp for a big dinner. Time: 10 to 11 hours.
Day 09
BASE CAMP 4700m / CEBOLLAPAMPA 3900m / TRANSFER TO HUARAZ
We have to decent to Cebollapampa for about 2 hours to get our bus to be transferred to Huaraz

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