CLIMBING IN PERU

 

With Peru Trekking & Climbing / Peruvian Andes Adventures

We offer numerous climbing instruction options and courses in the Cordillera Blanca and you can combine your Peru Treks with Climbing Instruction in the Peruvian Andes to finish off your adventure!

 

CORDILLERA BLANCA CLIMBING,  PERU CLIMBING and MOUNTAIN CLIMBING INSTRUCTION COURSES

 

 

Peruvian Mountain Guides AssnInternational Professional Mountain Guide

 

All of our Peru climbing instruction guides are UIAGM International Mountain Guides, and they are assisted by accredited and licensed members of the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association Guides to ensure your safety at all times. English speaking Peru climbing instruction guides are available.

 

UIAGM Guides & Owners of Peruvian Andes Adventures – Hisao & Eli Morales

UIAGM Guides & Owners of Peruvian Andes Adventures Hisao & Eli Morales

 

 

CLIMBING INSTRUCTION WITH PERU TREKKING & CLIMBING MEANS:

 

*Professional qualified UIAGM instructors

*Low guide to client ratio

*Safety

*Companionship

*Challenge

*ADVENTURE!

 

 

Professional Highly Trained Climbing Instructors

Each year our guides take part in a refresher training course organised by the House of Guides in Huaraz, and we also organise an annual Peruvian Andes Adventures "In House" training course for our own guides and porters to ensure all our staff are trained and practiced in the latest climbing and rescue techniques and safety standards.

 

 

PERU CLIMBING INSTRUCTION COURSES

 

We offer a selection of climbing courses for absolute beginner climbers through to advanced rescue and ice climbing courses for experienced mountaineers.

 

The climbing courses outlined here are a sample only. We are completely flexible and can design a course for you of longer duration or a mixture of rock and ice climbing, or a special course to cover techniques that you particularly want to practise. We will work with you to design the course that will help you achieve your ambitions and have a fantastic climbing experience in Peru!

 

Trevor from the UK who did a 5 day climbing course September 2008 said this: It was a real pleasure to be in the Cordillera in the company of such a group of professionals┬┤s especially my excellent instructor whose patience and drive to push me really did ensure I got the most out of my course!!

 

Beginner Basic Climbing Instruction: One Day

 

Want to try one of our climbing trips but have no experience with climbing on a rope, using ice axe and crampons?

 

For those clients who are first time beginner climbers who are considering one of our climbing trips, we recommend that you add one day extra to your program and we will give you one day of basic climbing instruction.

 

We will show you the basic techniques and explain the procedures and safety that we use on the mountain so that when you arrive at the glacier and we put on your crampons and rope you up, you will have some understanding and confidence in what is happening.

 

Climbers on Pisco - Peru

Happy First Time Climbers on Pisco

 

We take you to the Llaca Valley which is only one hour drive from Huaraz.

The Llaca Valley is extremely beautiful and is one of the favourite places where the Peruvian Mountain Guides go to train.

 

First we will demonstrate the basic techniques of:

*some knots

*how to put on your equipment (harness and crampons, helmet)

*how to hold and use your ice axe

*how we will rope you up and practise moving on the rope

 

Then we will have some practise climbing and belaying on some gentle rock, and later we will hike up to the face of the glacier that flows into the top of Llaca Valley and we will try some ice climbing.

A great day out!

 

Contact Anne direct for complete details, more photos and prices on climbing courses in Peru.

 

 

Beginners Climbing Course (3 to 5 days)

 

Instruction on basic techniques and safety for first time climbers or people with only a little climbing experience

 

The 3 day course includes instruction on using crampons & ice axe, self arrests, glacier travel, crevasse awareness, rappel, belay, snow stakes, ice screws.

With 4 or 5 days we practise your new skills more so they are more familiar and then extend you further with some crevasse rescue techniques and ice wall climbing.

 

Beginners ice climbing course in Peru

Beginners Ice Climbing Course

 

 

Intermediate Climbing & Rescue (3 to 5 days)

 

Designed to expand and reinforce essential skills for people with some basic climbing techniques:

Snow & ice climbing, placing anchors, belay and rope skills, glacier travel techniques, route selection & navigation, weather conditions, lead climbing, avalanche awareness, emergency shelter, crevasse & alpine rescue.

 

Climbing in Peru

Climbing in Peru

 

Technical Climbing & Advanced Rescue (3 to 5 days)

 

 

Aimed at improving skills for people who already have strong basic climbing skills and who will become lead climbers.

 

Climbing Program Includes:

Leading climbs & placing protection on steep ice and mixed terrain, self rescue techniques, efficient belay & rope management techniques, rappelled descents of steep ice, snow rock & ice anchor systems, route selection & navigation skills, crevice rescue and evacuation from the mountain, emergency shelters

 

Climbing on a steep ice face  Mountain Rescue

 

 

Rock Climbing (1 to 3 days)

 

The Llaca Valley is situated close to Huaraz and contains a multitude of climbing routes, from beginner level to technically difficult routes. We have specialist rock climbing instructors who will custom make a course and select routes to suit your level of ability and to further extend your skills and abilities

 

Kathleen from Canada 3 day rock & ice climbing course September 2008 said: I had an amazing trip and can't wait to get back there!!

 

Rock Climbing

 

 

Contact Anne direct for complete details. We can discuss your needs, send you more photos and prices on these climbing courses in Peru.

 

 

PERU CLIMBING COURSE & SUMMITS 11 To 13 Days

 

Climbing Course Options:
for Beginners to Experienced Climbers 11 to 13 days
Grade: Hard, good fitness required

 

For the mountaineering experience of a lifetime!

 

We combine an intensive mountaineering instruction course with climbing one or two summits in the Peruvian Andes, the final objective being the second highest mountain in Peru - the challenging 6454m Chopicalqui.

 

You will be instructed & extended to achieve your goals and surpass them by our local experienced & professional UIAGM International Mountain Guide / Instructor(s).

 

THE PEAKS:

The mountains that we base our course and follow up summits are:

 

Instruction Course: Vallunaraju 5686m

Vallunaraju is easily accessed from Huaraz and with a wide variety of rock, ice forms, slopes, ice walls and crevasses is an ideal site for a climbing course and it is where the Peruvian Mountain Guides come for training courses and to practice.

 

Climbing Instruction

Climbing instruction on Vallunaraju

 

Follow Up Summit: Yanapaccha 5460m

Yanapaccha is situated in the Llanganuco Valley adjacent to popular Pisco, but is much less well known than Pisco and less frequented by climbers.

It is a moderately difficult climb with some steep sections, with a slope of up to 65 deg. to reach the summit.

Yanapaccha is not suitable for first time climbers, but an ideal practise peak for novice climbers who have received instruction and for experienced climbers wanting to practise techniques & is a superb preparation peak for the more technical and challenging Chopicalqui, the ultimate objective of this course.

 

View from Yanapaccha Climbing Yanapaccha 5460m summit

Yanapaccha

 

Ultimate Summit: Chopicalqui 6354m

Chopicalqui with the lofty altitude of 6354m is sometimes referred to as the "third peak of Huascarán". It is a demanding peak, and previous climbing experience is required.

Our instruction course will give you the technical skills and confidence to master the challenging Chopicaqlui climb.

 

Most of the climb is on snow slopes 30 to 40 deg. but there is a section of about 400m with slope up to 60 degrees with belayed climbing on snow and ice necessary in some years.

 

                        

 

Chopicalqui from Base Camp

Chopicalqui from Base Camp

 

 

SUMMARY OF CLIMBING PROGRAM OPTIONS:

 

These are outlines only for an instruction course and summits.

If you do not have the time for 11 to 13 days, we will "tailor make" an instruction course and summits for you in a shorter time frame.

 

13 Days: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Instruction & Two Summits

 

Day 1: Vallunaraju Base Camp for climbing instruction & afternoon instruction

Day 2: Climbing Instrution

Day 3: Climbing Instruction

Day 4: Climbing instruction

Day 5: Climb to Summit of Vallunaraju OR an extra day instruction & return to Huaraz

Day 6: Huaraz. REST DAY

Day 7: Yanapaccha climb

Day 8: Yanapaccha climb

Day 9: To Chopicalqui Base Camp

Day 10: Chopicalqui Morena Camp

Day 11: Chopicalqui High Camp

Day 12: Chopicalqui Summit & return to High Camp or Morena Camp

Day 13: Base Camp & return to Huaraz

 

 

11 Days: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Instruction & Climb Chopicalqui

 

Day 1: Vallunaraju Base Camp for climbing instruction & afternoon instruction

Day 2: Climbing Instrution

Day 3: Climbing Instruction

Day 4: Climbing instruction

Day 5: Climb to Vallunaraju summit & return to Huaraz

Day 6: Huaraz. REST DAY

Day 7: Chopicalqui Base Camp

Day 8: Chopicalqui Morena Camp

Day 9: Chopicalqui High Camp

Day 10: Chopicalqui Summit & return to High Camp or Morena Camp

Day 11: Base Camp & return to Huaraz

 

 

11 Days Extension Instruction for Climbers with Experience

 

Day 1: Vallunaraju Morena camp

Day 2: Climbing Instruction / rescue techniques & lead climbing

Day 3: Climbing Instruction or Vallunaraju Summit & return to Huaraz

Day 4: Huaraz. REST DAY

Day 5: Yanapaccha climb

Day 6: Yanapaccha climb

Day 7: To Chopicalqui Base Camp

Day 8: Chopicalqui Morena Camp

Day 9: Chopicalqui High Camp

Day 10: Chopicalqui Summit & return to High Camp or Morena Camp

Day 11: Base Camp & return to Huaraz

 

 

CLIMBING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

The courses outlined below are general only. We will "tailor-make" a course for you depending on your level of experience and which skills you may particularly wish to practice, and also the mix between rock and ice climbing that you would like and the number of days that you have available.

 

Contact Anne direct for complete details. We can discuss your needs, send you more photos and prices on these climbing courses in Peru.

 

BEGINNERS INSTRUCTION COURSE 5 DAYS

 

This course is an ideal introduction to mountaineering.

 

At the end of you course you should have the sills & confidence to travel glaciated terrain, be able to attempt non technical "trekking peaks" and have confidence to be guided on more technical climbs.

 

Instruction will cover these topics and exact course content will vary depending on your previous experience & skills, fitness level, weather conditions & your "wish list" of particular topics you will like to cover in the course.

 

*equipment & preparation for a climbing trip

*knots

*roping up

*using crampons and ice axe

*step and stance cutting

*self arrest practise

*safe glacier travel

*rappel & abseil

*belay

*placing snow & ice anchors, ice screw

*awareness of terrain

*weather theory

*navigation, route finding & safety, travel in bad weather

*map reading

*avalanche awareness

*basic crevasse rescue techniques

*introduction to ice climbing

*emergency shelters

 

Contact Anne direct for complete details. We can discuss your needs, send you more photos and prices on these climbing courses in Peru.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE INSTRUCTION COURSE 5 DAYS

 

This is a comprehensive & intensive mountaineering course that extends the skills taught in the beginners course with intensive practise of the skills you already have & includes more advanced rescue techniques, ice climbing and introduction to lead climbing.

 

The objective is for you to finish the course with the skills & confidence to travel on almost all alpine terrain safely. For this course you need to already have basic climbing techniques including roping up for glacier travel, confidence using crampons & ice axe, operate a belay and build simple anchors.

 

Instruction will cover these topics and exact course content will vary depending on your previous experience & skills, fitness level, weather conditions & your "wish list" of particular topics you will like to cover in the course.

 

*equipment

*trip planning & preparation

*revision of knots

*glacier travel

*snow & ice wall climbing, including steep ice climbing techniques

*belay systems & techniques

*alternatives for snow, ice & rock anchors

*advanced rope techniques

*crevasse rescue, including several different systems for crevasse extraction

*self rescue, abseiling with an injured partner, hauling systems

*route finding

*leading climbs

*mountain navigation, including white out navigation

*weather

*avalanche hazard evaluation

*emergency shelters & mountain bivy

 

Contact Anne direct for complete details. We can discuss your needs, send you more photos and prices on these climbing courses in Peru.

 

 

ADVANCED CLIMBING COURSES:

CONDENSED 3 DAY COURSE to EXTENDED 5 DAY COURSE

 

 

This is a climbing course for experienced climbers.

 

Emphasis is placed on instruction taking place up on the mountain and in the participants making the decisions and controlling the climbing & rescues under the close supervision of our UIAGM instructor.

 

You will be working on routes and put into situations that will challenge you but also allow you to learn now skills & refine your techniques.

 

This climbing instruction course is suitable for:

*Climbers with solid alpine experience, but little or no formal instruction

*Previous climbing course participants needing to refresh & extend their technical knowledge.

 

After the course you should be competent in climbing on serious terrain, have sound knowledge on latest rope skills & climbing techniques and be confident to lead climb.

 

Climbing course content includes:

*steep ice climbing techniques

*alternatives for anchors

*advanced crevasse rescue

*practise with self rescue, abseiling with an injured partner, rescue & evacuation from the mountain, hauling systems etc

*advanced rope techniques, including ridge travel & running belays

*avalanche hazard evaluation

*whiteout navigation

*emergency shelters

*leading pitches

 

 

SUMMITS: Reinforce the techniques learnt with climbing one or two peaks, culminating in the ascent of the 6354m Chopicalqui.

 

Contact Anne direct for complete details. We can discuss your needs, send you more photos and prices on these climbing courses in Peru.

 

 

OUTLINE FOR 13 DAY PROGRAM: INSTRUCTION & TWO SUMMITS

 

Day 1. Drive 1.5 hours from Huaraz to the Llaca Valley. Then we climb steeply up a ridge for 2 to 3 hours to Morena Camp 5130m. In the afternoon we practise using ropes, knots and have some rock climbing instruction .

OR

We stay at in the Llaca Valley for Day 1 for practice techniques and knots on rock, and then climb up to Morena Camp the morning of day 2.

 

Days 2, 3, 4: Instruction days, based from Vallunaraju Morena Camp

  

Day 5: Either climb to the summit of Vallunaraju or have an extra day instruction. Return to Huaraz late in the afternoon.

 

Day 6: REST DAY in Huaraz & prepare your equipment for the summit climbs.

 

Yanapaccha Climb:

Day 7: Drive from Huaraz to Cebollapampa 3850m (2.5 hours), passing by the famous twin lakes of Llanganuco. We hike up towards Laguna 69 then we leave the trail, following a rocky trail through moraine rock and rock slabs to reach Morena Camp near a lake (5000m) 4 to 5 hours

 

Day 8: Cross over large moraine rock until we reach the glacier. The initial ascent onto the glacier is usually a steep ice climb then we reach more gentle terrain on the glacier. We pass by large crevasse fields to arrive at the west face of Yanapaccha which we climb sometimes steeply to the summit. Descend the same way to our camp at Cebollapmpa. 10 to 12 hours for the day

 

Chopicalqui Climb

 

Day 9: Our gear is loaded onto donkeys & we have a relaxing hike up to Chopicalqui Base Camp in the morning (4430m). 3 hours. Relax & rest in camp in the afternoon

 

Day 10: Climb on a moraine ridge to Morena Camp 4820m. 5 to 6 hours

 

Day 11: First climbing on rock and then on snow slopes of varying degrees steepness to a High Camp on the snow 5380m. 5 to 6 hours

 

Day 12: Climb to the summit. There are some seracs and crevasses to avoid and some sections of steep climbing. Descend back to High Camp or Morena Camp if you are feeling strong. 9 to 11 hours for the day

 

Day 13: Descend to Base Camp 5 to 6 hours, then return to Huaraz by private van.

 

Climbing Instruction on Chopicalqui - Peru Climbing Chopicalqui - a beautiful mountain to climb in the Peruvian Andes

 

 

Contact Anne direct for complete details, more photos and prices on these climbs and climbing instruction courses in Peru.