Overall the trip was outstanding. The climbs themselves combined with the culture made for for a very enjoyable vacation. The guides were very professional, fun and easy to get a long with. The logistics were seamless. I felt like I was in good hands at all times. Jose Luis was the best all-around guide I have ever climbed with. Shane B.
This expedition is led by Jose Luis Peralvo
Chopicalqui (20,847 ft.)
Pisco Oeste (18,872 ft.)
Ishinca (18,138 ft.)
Urus Este ( 17,782ft)
HIGHLIGHT: Four high altitude peaks in 21 days in one of the world's great climbing regions.
A climber's natural intoxicant, the Andes of Peru are the highest, most glaciated tropical mountains in the world. The famed Cordillera Blanca (white range) contains stunning climbs proudly cherished by the mountaineering community. Peru has long been a climber's magnet, as the challenges are vast, demanding and ever-changing. This program is highly recommended for those who want to improve their climbing level and look for a stepping stone to Himalayan expeditions by giving climbers the opportunity to climb over 20,000 feet. The climbs in Peru are currently led by one of our finest guides, Jose Luis Peralvo. Jose Luis has personally honed the itinerary for intermediate yet challenging ascents. While many companies have discontinued their Peru programs (As Huascaran, the highest peak in Peru, has not been climbable recently) we find the environment even more enticing giving the choice climbing in the region.
Our main objectives are Pisco Oeste (18,872 ft.) and Ishinca (18,138 ft.) as well as Urus Este (17,782 ft). Following these climbs, we will try the mammoth Chopicalqui (20,847 ft.) As one of Peru's tallest peaks, Chopicalqui offers a striking high-altitude ascent.
In addition to leading several successful expeditions, Jose made some itinerary and logistics improvements in our continued efforts to fine-tune our program. We look for similar success in 2014 with Jose Luis at the helm. As always, we highly encourage you to contact former climbers for their perspectives.
Climbing Skill Level
Climbers should have successfully completed our 6-Day Training course or have equivalent skills and experience. Climbers must have additional high altitude mountaineering experience and good knowledge of progression on snow and ice, self arrest, crevasse rescue and glacier travel. Climbers must be comfortable with progressing on snow and ice slopes of 45 degrees and exposed ridges. The routes may have short steep sections of up to 55 degrees on snow or ice. The requirements are also based on our desire to have similarly skilled team members. Please note the option to climb 3 of 4 peaks with early departure noting the 4th peak Chopicalqui the most demanding of the climbs.
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Prior experience carrying a heavy pack for multiple days serves as excellent preparation for this climb. Climbers must be able to carry an average of 40lbs or more and be physically and mentally prepared to deal with strenuous situations at high altitudes. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents.
Environmental stewardship remains one of our core values, and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs, we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship can be seen on our programs around the world. Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.
We regularly organize private climbs for individuals, corporate groups, families and friends. We encourage you to book these climbs early, to help us be better able to fit these climbs to group-specific desires. Contact us to further discuss the benefits of private courses.