Trips 2014

Ishinca Valley Climbs with Chopicalqui Climb Add-on
Cordillera Blanca Climbing Tour Trip Grading Scale Trip Grade 5

Trip Dates:
May 23 - June 07, 2014 Ishinca Valley Climbing Trip Trip full
June 06 - June 13, 2014 Choipiqualqui Add-on Trip full
• Both segments guided by Brad johnson

Land Cost:
Ishinca Valley Climbs, $2695/Person (based on 4 - 6 climbers)
Ishinca Valley Climbs, $2595/Person (based on 7 - 9 climbers)
Chopicalqui Add-on, $895/Person (based on a minimum of 4 climbers)`

Single Supplement:
• $185 for private room and tent

16 - Day  trip beginning and ending in USA for Ishinca Valley climbs Only.
22 - Day trip for both Ishinca Valley and Chopicalqui Add-On.
7 Nights lodging for full trip, 13 Nights full service camping
All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners

Detailed Itinerary
Trip Testimonials
General Trip Information

“This was my fourth commercial climbing trip to South America. It was by far the best trip I have had. Outstanding guides, unbelievably good food, great organization and beautiful climbing. All in all, a great trip!”
--Garry Porter, Ishinca Valley & Chopicalqui Climbs
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Trip Description

This 17-day trip (or 21-days if you do the Chopicalqui Climb Add-on) begins in the Ishinca Valley, a beautiful and unique valley providing the opportunity to climb three different glaciated peaks, Urus 17,783 feet, Ishinca 18,150 feet and Tocllaraju 19,800 feet, all from the same base camp.  Urus and Ishinca are our “warm-up” climbs to get us ready for the beautiful and challenging summit of Tocllaraju.

After 10 days in the Ishinca valley and a rest day in Huaraz we move to the heart of the Cordillera Blanca Mountains and the Llanganuco valley were there are 8 peaks towering above 20,000 feet.

Located on the south side of the Llanganuco valley is Chopicalqui, also know as the east peak of Huascaran. Chopicalqui (20,850ft) has one of the most spectacular summit ridges and summits in all of the Blanca. It is a moderately difficult peak to climb, requiring a high camp to be set up at approximately 18,375ft, before the final summit climb early the next morning.

For the novice or experienced climber alike, all of these mountains are not to be missed. Climbing in the Ishinca valley first allows people not only to get acclimatized and get your legs strong but allows time to practice all of your glacier travel, rope handling and crevasse rescue skills before moving on to the bigger Chopicalqui. The combination of climbing all of these mountains in the same trip makes for both an exciting and demanding challenge.

This guided adventure will spend some time practicing the following mountaineering skills.

  • Safe Snow Travel with and without Crampons,
  • Ice Axe and Crampon Technique,
  • Moving Efficiently as a Roped Team on a Glacier
  • Glacier Travel and Route Finding,
  • Snow and Ice Anchors, Crevasse Rescue,
  • Cold Weather Camping, and Developing a Safe Climbing Plan for each climb.

This is a great opportunity to learn how your body does climbing at high altitude.

Safety is our number one priority, especially when climbing at altitude. Drawing from more than 20 years of experience we realize how important it is for people to acclimatize properly. We have specifically designed the itinerary to allow normally adequate acclimatization days throughout the trip. Our number two goal is to provide individualized attention to each participant, therefore we try to keep the group sizes small, one guide to 2-3 clients, ensuring that each individuals needs are thoroughly addressed.

Located in grassy meadows, our base camps are run by an experienced cook who prepares three excellent meals a day, all served in a comfortable dinning tent, allowing you the climbers to have more rest and recovery time before and after each climb.

This is a perfect opportunity to broaden your alpine climbing experience.

Detailed ItineraryTrip Guides
Brad Johnson
Koky Casteñeda
Cesar Ramos

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Ph: 970-626-5251 Fax: 970-626-3286