ISHINCA VALLEY CLIMB

The Cordillera Blanca is home to some of the most stunning peaks in all of the Andes. Arriving in the Ishinca Valley, climbers are met with a sense of amazement and the 360-degree view of the vast range inspires the heart. We will trek into our base camp and have access to a variety of nearby peaks. The goal of the trip is to develop high altitude mountaineering skills or refine the skills you already possess. This trip will test your abilities, but you will be rewarded with unmatched panoramas and the confidence you gain will serve you well on future big mountain adventures.

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

MEDIA

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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:

In general, Peru is divided into three temperate zones. The coast is temperate, warmer to the north, while the Andean area is cold and fairly dry, whereas the Amazon area is tropical, hot and humid. There is a wet and a dry season as well. The rainy season spans between October and April with the dry season falling between May and September.

Weather and temperatures during our trek can be extremely variable. 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).

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

There are many flight options.  WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached 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, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

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. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

(U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Peru.)

EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:

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.

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, tipping is 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 tip. You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is usually in order. Check to see that a tip is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, to calculate the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much.

Trekking Staff: At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.
WWTrek staff tip pool: budget: $200 -$250 / per person
WWTrek lead guide tip: budget: $200-$250 / per person

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend doing some research on the current rate before your adventure.

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after you are picked up by your WWTrek guide at the airport. It is easy to exchange money at gift shops both in Cusco and in the smaller villages we will visit. You can exchange money as you go on your trek, using your credit card for your personal expenses at the lodge (or cash if you so choose). Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses and souvenirs.

BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Between the ever-evolving cultural landscape of indigenous peoples and Spanish influences, its multitude of natural wonders, and its economic growth, Peru is a nation of discovery. With a resurgence in cultural pride and open arms to tourists, Peru is 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, there are two populations in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish decent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians maintain the belief that being white is better, contributing to issues of inequality that permeate the government and economical sectors of Peru. There is a significant divide between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly the criollos. Many Peruvians ascribe 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 are closely tied, the official religion of the military is Roman Catholic and priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.

LANGUAGE:

The official languages of Peru are 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. Here are 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 has a rich and ever present multicultural heritage. In terms of the national psyche, Peru has its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues, but continues to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru is predominantly a Roman Catholic country. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians ascribe 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:

MONEY TIPS

#1 NEW BILLS: Bring only new bills, less than ten years old, that are in good condition with no rips or damage to them. Old, worn-out bills often cannot be exchanged.

#2 SEPARATE: Do not put your money with your passport since you may have to show it when you do not want to show your money. Money belts come in handy for this reason.

#3 DAY WALLET: Take a small amount of money for your pocket and keep the rest in a safe place.

#4 COUNT YOUR CHANGE: Many people do not count their change and get shorted regularly when they travel.

#5 SMALL BILLS: When you exchange money be sure to ask for small bills. It is hard to buy anything with large bills because local people often times do not have enough change.

#6 CHEAT SHEET: Make an exchange rate cheat sheet. This way when you are buying things it makes sense to you how much you are spending and helps you bargain effectively. A small calculator can be handy as well.

#7 PHOTOCOPY: Photocopy or scan the front and back of your credit cards and passport and keep them in a separate place. If either of them get lost or stolen you will have all of the information necessary to quickly call and report it.

#8 LOCK BOXES: Use the lock boxes in your room and carry a small amount of money outside the hotel. The lock boxes are a safe place for anything valuable.

#9 CHECK FEES: If you use a credit card, check the fees associated with overseas charges. Some places charge as much as 10% to run a card from overseas.

#10 POCKET CHANGE :Keep a small amount of change in your pocket. A quick tip for some help is much easier if you have small bills in your pocket rather than a large bill.