Trips 2014

Pisco and Chopicalqui Climbing Adventure – Itinerary

Trip Dates:
July 2-18, 2014 (Guided by Brad Johnson & Cezar Rocca) Trip full

Land Cost:
7-9 Climbers: $2995/Person (does not include airfare)
4-6 Climbers: $3295/Person (does not include airfare)

Single Supplement:
• $125 for private room or tent

17-Day trip beginning and ending in USA
5 Nights lodging for full trip, 10 Nights full service camping
All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners.

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Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Lima Peru: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel in Lima.

Day 2
Drive to Huaraz: Up by 7 A.M. After breakfast we drive to the bus station for the 7-hour bus ride from Lima to Huaraz. Arrive Huaraz around 5:30p.m. we check into our hotel, then head for dinner. This is a long day of sitting but the views get more rewarding as the day goes by. Continental breakfast at the hotel and lunch on the bus is included.
Click for larger viewHuaraz beneath the Cordillera Blanca
Huaraz beneath the Cordillera Blanca
© Brad Johnson

Day 3
Day Hike to Acclimatize: This day is for acclimatizing (10,000 ft.), and seeing the sights around Huaraz. We will make a half day hike in the foothills above Huaraz to visit some pre-Inca ruins and learn about their history and the local culture of the Andean people. The afternoon will be spent reorganizing our bags. Breakfast provided, lunch on your own, Welcome Dinner is provided.

Click for larger viewLaguna Churup
Laguna Churup
© Brad Johnson
Day 4
Day Hike to Acclimatize: Today we get an early start and hike up to Laguna Churup at 15,000ft. This beautiful turquoise lake sits beneath the peaks with the same name. It will be a long day of walking and one that will help get our legs stronger. Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight spent in Huaraz.

Day 5
Drive to the Llanganuco Valley and hike to Pisco Base Camp: We will want to leave Huaraz by 8:00am to allow enough time to drive two and a half hours to the head of the Llanganuco valley where we meet our burrows and start walking. Once on the trail, and walking with only a day-pack as all of our equipment and supplies will be carried by burros, we will have another 3 hours of steep and but slow walking to reach Pisco base camp at 15,000ft. This will be our home for the next 5 nights. All meals provided.
Click for larger viewPisco 18,873 ft.
Pisco 18,873 ft.
© Brad Johnson

Click for larger viewViewing the Huandoy Peaks on the hike to Laguna 69
Viewing the Huandoy Peaks on the hike to Laguna 69
© Brad Johnson
Day 6
Day hike to Laguna 69: Today will be a great day for views and for fun hiking. There is a new trail that traverses the valley from Pisco base camp to Laguna 69, which is a magical blue lake beneath the towering south face of Chacraraju Oeste (20,160ft). We will spend the day hiking to the lake and back to get better acclimatized and get our legs strong. All meals provided.

Day 7
Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Practice: Getting an early start, today we will hike up to the Pisco glacier, put on all our climbing equipment and then climb up the glacier to the Pisco Col at 17,000ft. Here we will spend the day practicing crevasse rescue, setting up snow anchors, proper use of crampons and ice axes and self arrest techniques in case we should fall down. This day will let us see how everyone is feeling with the altitude. All meals provided.

Day 8
Rest Day:
Having been on the go for the past 3 days now, it is time to rest, eat and hydrate well in preparation for the next days climb of Pisco.

Click for larger viewClimbing Pisco
Climbing Pisco
© Brad Johnson

Click for larger viewSummit of Pisco 18,878 ft.
Summit of Pisco 18,878 ft.
© Brad Johnson
Day 9
Climb Pisco: Bed tea at 1:00a.m. gets us started, followed by a light breakfast and we should be walking by 2:30a.m. retracing our steps back to the glaciers edge where we stashed our equipment two days earlier. The plan is to be roped up and on the glacier by 5:30a.m. Once we start climbing it should take us between 4-5 hours to reach the summit of Pisco. With a cloudless day we will have stunning views of all the highest peaks in the range and a fun climb. Porters will be waiting for us at the glaciers edge to help lighten our loads and carry all the ropes, crampons and axes back to camp for us. This should be a 12-13 hour day. All meals provided.

Day 10
Walk to Chopicalqui Base Camp: Today will be a leisure hiking day as we return to the valley floor, then cross the valley and hike up to Chopicalqui base camp located in a quiet tree-lined valley with a beautiful stream running through camp. Burros will carry all of our equipment and new food supplies will be brought in by vehicle. All meals provided.

Day 11
Rest Day: The plan is for everyone to have a rest day with only some easy hiking to keep the legs loose. While we are doing this, our porters will be carrying all of our climbing equipment to High Moraine Camp for use the following day. All meals provided.

Click for larger viewChopicalqui high camp 18,400 ft.
Chopicalqui high camp 18,400 ft.
© Brad Johnson
Day 12
Hike to Chopicalqui Moraine Camp: Today we will move to our first camp on the mountain called High Moraine Camp. We will be following a steep trail out of camp then across the rocky glacier to the other side and then follow the trail as it climbs a steep morainal ridge to low moraine camp. After a rest here we will continue up a steep boulder strewn slope, gaining another 500 ft to reach a nice camp site at High Moraine Camp at around 16,000ft.  All meals provided.

Day 13
Climb to Chopicalqui High Camp: Today will involve gaining almost 4,000ft of elevation from base camp all the way to high camp at 18,375ft. We will have the help of our porters who will climb ahead of us to dig out good tent platforms and get the tents set up, while we climb carrying our personal gear. Arriving at high camp by mid-afternoon we will spend the remaining hours hydrating well and eating dinner before turning in for an early nights sleep. All meals provided.

Click for larger viewChopicalqui summit ridge
Chopicalqui summit ridge
© Brad Johnson

Day 14
Climb Chopicalqui: Another midnight start, an early light breakfast and getting all of our equipment and crampons on in the cold crisp night air. We should be on our way by 2:30a.m. following the beam of our headlamps. By sunrise we hope to be at almost 20,000ft and just a few hours below the summit. What a spectacular climb this will be with Huascaran rising behind us and all the highest summits catching the sun’s first rays in all directions. After summit photos we carefully descend to high camp, have a little bite to eat and drink and then begin the long descent back to base camp for another great meal. All meals provided.

Click for larger viewChopicalqui Summit 20,850 ft.
Chopicalqui Summit 20,850 ft.
© Brad Johnson

Day 15
Return to Huaraz: A semi-leisure start, we take down camp and pack things up for the short 30- minute walk down to the road where our private vehicle will be waiting for us. Then back to Huaraz for a hot shower and farewell dinner. All meals provided.

Day 16
Back to trip pageHome: Leaving Huaraz you will have a 7-hour bus ride back to Lima and then to the airport to check in for your flights home the same night. Breakfast and lunch provided, dinner on your own. Bus to Lima and Flight.

Day 17
Arrive Home.

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