ISHINCA VALLEY CLIMB

Experience 360-degree views of the Cordillera Blanca on our 9-day Ishinca Valley Climb. Witness some of the most stunning peaks in the Andes upon arriving in the Ishinca Valley. Develop and refine your high altitude mountaineering skills with access to the vast range of mountains that has inspired hearts for decades. Encounter pristine alpine lakes while hiking between Huascaran Peak and the highest peak in Peru, Huandoy Peak (20,866′).

Let us help you test your abilities while building your conference today and be rewarded with unmatched panoramic views and an incredible once in a lifetime experience.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Climb

ACTIVITY LEVEL: WWTrek Supreme Challenge

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE:

TRIP COST: From $3,700/person

DATES

Aug. 10 – 19, 2017

Aug. 14 – 23, 2018

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness the stunning peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range
  • Hike to pristine alpine lakes including Llanganuco Lake and 69 Lake
  • Cultivate high altitude mountaineering skills among incredibly alluring peaks

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel day to Huaraz for Ishinca Climb

  • Fly to Huaraz (10,197’)
  • Check in at Hotel Andino and enjoy afternoon tours
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Orientation & Day Hike to Churup Lake (14,685’)

  • Drive to Pitec (11,811’) to begin our climb to Churup Lake
  • Return to Huaraz Hotel by 4pm
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Acclimatization Day Tour to Llanganuco Lake and 69 Lake (14,928’)

  • Enjoy a day of hiking in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range to two spectacular lakes nestled between Huascaran Peak and the highest peak in Peru, Huandoy Peak
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Huaraz (10,197’) to Pashpa to Ishinca Base Camp (14,190’)

  • After breakfast in Huaraz at 7:30am we will drive 1 hour to Pashpa (cochapampa) (11,220’)
  • Donkeys and donkey driver will be waiting for us, we will load our gear and trek to Ishinca base camp in Huascaran National Park | 4-5 hours
  • Settle into camp at the Ishinca base camp
  • Overnight: Base camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Acclimation Hike to High Alpine Lakes

  • Today we will do a day hike to beautiful high alpine lakes and return to base camp to rest and acclimatize
  • We will check out gear and practice using it
  • Overnight: Base Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Ishinca Base Camp to Moraine Camp (15,584’)

  • Today we will move camp
  • Climb to Ishinca Moraine Camp
  • Overnight: Ishinca Moraine Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Summit Ishinca (18,241’) - Base Camp (Summit Day)

  • Early morning start for summit day!
  • After summiting, we will enjoy the view, and then make our way back to base camp for the night
  • Overnight: Base Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Base Camp - Rest Day (Also an extra day to allow for weather)

  • Spend day relaxing and preparing for departure or next summit if doing an add-on adventure
  • Overnight: Base Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Base Camp Departure Day (or begin add-on adventure)

  • Return to Huaraz and then to Lima for international departure, or begin add-on adventure
  • Meals included: B/L/D

6-day additional summits add-on  |  From $2,800/person

Summit 2 more peaks: Urus and Tocllaraju 

Day 9: Summit Urus Mountain (17,782′)

  • Leave Base Camp to summit Urus Mountain (17,782′)
  • Return to Base Camp
  • Overnight: Base Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Base Camp - Rest Day

  • Spend day relaxing and preparing for departure or next summit if doing an add-on adventure
  • Overnight: Base Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Trek to Tocllaraju High Camp

  • Trek to Tocllaraju High Camp
  • Overnight: Tocllaraju High Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Summit Tocllaraju (19,790′)

  • Leave Tocllaraju High Camp to summit Tocllaraju (19,790′)
  • Return to Base Camp
  • Overnight: Base Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: Return from Base Camp to Huaraz

  • After breakfast we will hike back down to Pashpa (cochapampa), where our private transfer will be waiting
  • Return to Hotel Andino
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 14: Day in Huaraz

  • Day in Huaraz or extra day for bad weather
  • Celebration Dinner
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 15: Depart Huaraz to Lima

  • Head to the airport after breakfast to fly back to Lima
  • Explore Lima in the afternoon before heading to the airport for international departure
  • Meals included: B

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

The Peruvian winter (May through September) provides the best traveling experience. This dry season still offers largely varying weather conditions and temperatures. Please prepare for a variety of conditions and temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. You will fly into and out of Cusco International Airport (CUZ).

* Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to help you with all of your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Cusco. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them, due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Peru. You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek, 90-days prior to your departure date. Always carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Upon arrival in Peru, you can expect the finest accommodations while staying in lavish lodgings such as the Andino Club Hotel in Huaraz. Enjoy full service camping while hiking through alpine lakes to the Ishinca Base Camp. Finish out your trip by summiting two more peaks with one of our add-ons.

OUR TEAM:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from eight to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have a question about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, separate toilet attendants, and anything else you can think of.

HEALTH & SAFETY:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access yo our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a few prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness, Cipro for stomach ailments, and Z-Pack for respiratory ailments. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

Helpful over the counter medications include Imodium Ad, throat lozenges, ibuprofen, eye drops, and any other personal medications you may need.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264.

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant, and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity.

You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option, and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails-end, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool presented as we say our goodbyes.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after your WWTrek guide escorts you from the airport. You can easily exchange money at gift shops in both Cusco and the smaller villages we visit. Exchange money as you go using your credit card or cash for your personal expenses at the lodge. Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses, souvenirs and incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Peru is a nation of discovery. Between the ever-evolving cultural landscapes of indigenous peoples and Spanish influences, the country provides a multitude of natural wonders and economic growth. With a resurgence in cultural pride and open arms to tourists, Peru offers an old world destination with an increasingly modern and progressive attitude.

POPULATION:

30.38 million

TIME ZONE:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is in use during standard time in South America.

CAPITAL CITY:

Lima, Peru

PEOPLE:

Essentially, two populations reside in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians believe that being white is better. This belief contributes to inequality issues that permeate Peru’s government and economic sectors. A significant divide exists between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly the criollos. Many Peruvians subscribe to the tradition that men go to work and women stay at home, although this trend is changing. In addition, the government and the Catholic Church work closely together. The official religion of the military is Roman Catholic while priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.

LANGUAGE:

The official languages of Peru include Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Quechua and Aymara are languages of the Incas whereas Spanish is a colonial language. Spanish is by far the most widely used, from the coast to the highlands. Read our blog to learn a few Spanish and Quechua words and phrases you can use during your trip to Peru.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

From the cobblestone streets of the Spanish era to the vine entangled Incan temples hidden among the mountains, Peru boasts a rich and deep-rooted multicultural heritage. In terms of national psyche, Peru carries its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues. Even so, the people continue to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians subscribe to their own blend of Catholicism and traditional beliefs. Reportedly, 80% of the country is Roman Catholic, with about 15% regularly attending church. Religion is perhaps one of the best examples of how indigenous beliefs have melded with Spanish traditions. Many indigenous people symbolize Viracocha (the creator) as the Christian God and Pachamama (the earth mother) as the Virgin Mary.

MONEY:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate before your adventure.