- duration 7 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 3+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Climb Mount Pisco, preferred by beginners wanting to hone their mountaineering skills
- Try your newly acquired skills in Mount Chopicalqui
- See the majestic mountains of the Peruvian Andes
Mount Pisco, at 5,750 m, is one of the easiest mountains to scale in the Cordillera Blanca and is widely preferred as a break-in route for acclimatisation by climbers before moving onto one of the higher peaks. At the summit, you are rewarded with magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca as well as North and South Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru, at 6,768 m.
Mount Chopicalqui, part of the Huascaran Massif, is also located in the Cordillera Blanca. With an elevation of 6,345 m, it is the fifth highest mountain in the department (administrative region) of Ancash, and the fourth highest in the Cordillera Blanca. It is a demanding mountain that requires some technical climbing and previous climbing experience.
Starting from Huaraz, this trip will take you to the top of Mount Pisco on Day 2. You will hit the trail for Mount Chopicalqui next, trekking past its base camp and moraine camp to reach the top. Retrace your steps back to the base camp upon conquering Mount Chopicalqui arriving in Huaraz at around 5:00 pm on the last day of the tour.
For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
We have left Puerto Natales and still travelling. Thanks again for helping plan a memorable trip for us. We are grateful to have experienced the beauty of TdP.”
Please keep in touch and we hope to see you again another year! best regards, James”
This trip was just perfect. James did an amazing job listening to what we wanted to do, and making all of those wishes come true. Will definitely be using James again when we travel!!”
I travelled with my guide in a bed bus from Arequipa to Cotahausi and at 5:00 am the next morning we caught a collectivo to start the first trek. All travel to the distant little villages in the Canyon was by local collectivos and the guide used his knowledge of the timetables to catch the collectivos on their return journeys. Travelling with local people was an extremely interesting glimpse into everyday life.
One morning we caught a bus at 3:00 am to travel to Puyca to walk up to the Wari ruins high above the village at the Archaeological site of Maucallacta, 3925 metres: such a peaceful, pre Inca site high up against the heights of the Canyon overlooking ancient terraces that swept down to the bottom of the valley. There was even a stone bathing area that we recognised as an Inca addition.
Cotahausi Canyon is extremely beautiful, remote, diverse and unspoilt with many interesting attractions to walk to including the impressive tall Cactus Forest and Sepia Falls. One very cold morning we travelled to a village called Huaynacotas high up on the sides of the Canyon. It had snowed the night before and a volcanic crater and the ridges above the snow line were dusted with white. After walking along the ridge road to enjoy the view along the canyon, we took five hours to walk on a narrow track down to the river and then on to Luicho to splash in the local thermal pools.
Cotahuasi Canyon is an amazing place to trek and I am very grateful to James and my guide that I was given the opportunity to have such an authentic experience.”
Day 1: Huaraz – Cebollapampa – Pisco Base Camp
Day 2: Pisco Base Camp – Pisco Summit – Pisco Base Camp
Day 3: Pisco Base Camp ‒ Cebollapampa ‒ Chopicalqui Base Camp
Day 4: Chopicalqui Base Camp – Chopicalqui Moraine Camp
Day 5: Chopicalqui Moraine Camp – Camp 1
Day 6: Camp 1 – Chopicalqui Peak – Chopicalqui Moraine Camp
Day 7: Chopicalqui Moraine Camp – Chopicalqui Base Camp – Huaraz
- Pickup from and drop-off to your hotel in Huaraz
- Full board during the trek (vegetarian options available)
- A bilingual climbing guide (an assistant climbing guide for groups of over 6 climbers)
- 1 chef (an assistant chef for larger groups)
- Drinking water during the trek
- 1 quadruple tents to be used by two people. This allows more comfort and more space to store backpacks
- Kitchen, dining and toilet tents. Camp tables and chairs
- A first aid kit and an oxygen bottle
- Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers
- A saddled horse in case of emergencies (this horse is with the group at all times)
- A duffel bag to carry up to 7 Kg /15 lbs per person
- Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7
- Entrance to hot springs
- Inflatable mattresses, pillow & sleeping bag. If you don’t want to bring your own, you can rent these from us
- Tips to guides and other staff
- Earn US$ 54+ in travel credits.
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