Peru Trekking & Climbing Combos Info
Why not combine a trek with some climbing?
Start your adventure with a relaxing trek through varied & spectacular mountain scenery, and follow up with the challenge of climbing one or more Peruvian Andes peaks.
The trekking will provide good acclimatization and strength for climbing.
We offer a variety of trekking & climbing packages. Some peaks are suitable for first time climbers and others have technical climbing for more experienced mountaineers.
Below are just some of the combo options. There are many other combinations that you can make – we will work with you to design a “Tailor Made” program to include any trek circuit or peaks that you would like to climb and to suit your level of experience.
Dates & Groups: We do not have fixed departure dates for our trekking & climbing trips, but instead organise them on demand to suit clients travel plans. If you would like to join up with other people to have some company and to share costs, we can advertise your trip dates on our Join A Group Page.
Trekking: During treks we use donkeys to carry camping & cooking equipment, tents, food and your personal gear bag. You only carry a light day pack with camera, snacks, water bottle, warm jacket etc. Our guides and crew are very experienced and know how to manage trekking at altitude. We always walk slowly, take plenty of rest breaks and make sure that you have plenty of boiled water to drink.
Climbing: All our Peru climbing trips are lead guided by qualified and licensed UIAGM International mountain guides, supported by licensed assistant guides and experienced climbing porters. For most of the climbing trips donkeys carry luggage and equipment to base camps. You only have a light day pack. Where there are high camps on the mountain porters carry tents, climbing rope, equipment and food, but you need to carry your own sleeping bag, mattress, clothes and climbing gear. You can request to hire a private porter if you do not wish to carry your own equipment.
Safety: Groups are organised so that in the event of an accident, illness or tiredness there are always sufficient qualified climbing staff on the trek route or on the mountain to effect a rescue and / or evacuate clients safely back out to Huaraz with a porter or assistant guide while other members of the group will be able to continue with their trek or climb in safety if they wish to do so.
Climbing Equipment: Our climbing guides provide group rope, snow stakes and ice screws. You need to provide your own personal climbing equipment. It is available for hire in Huaraz and we can help organise gear hire for you.
See our SERVICES page for a full description of services that we offer.
Glacier Conditions, Weather & Time to Go:
The months when there is generally more settled weather and snow conditions are safer for climbing are from May to September – depending on the peak.
5000m peaks and non technical peaks can be climbed from May through to September.
Low season climbing (October to April) is also possible, but summit success can be subject to good weather.
6000m peaks and technical peaks can be climbed from June through to early September, with some peaks being considered safe to climb only in July & August.
Global warming is causing weather conditions to be less predictable than in the past and in recent years there have been periods of bad weather and high winds during the so-called “dry” months of June, July & August. It cannot be guaranteed that there will be good climbing weather during the months of the recognised climbing season. High mountain weather is always volatile and you need to be prepared for sudden weather changes.
Glaciers in the Andes are retreating rapidly, with some glaciers that were climbed 30 years ago having now completely disappeared. This is causing conditions on the ice to change rapidly. This means that the routes used and the conditions on all the peaks are changing each year and even each month. The descriptions we have given are general only, and the routes used, conditions on the mountain or description of the routes may change considerably on the day you are climbing. Descriptions of routes in some guide books may also be out dated.
Grading of climbs: The grading of the climbs is an indication only of the level of difficulty. Even climbs suitable for beginner climbers are graded medium to hard to reflect that the altitude makes climbing on any peak physically demanding. Although many guidebooks describe some peaks as being “trekkers peaks” the approaches to all the mountains involve a sometimes steep & challenging hike up through moraine rock to reach the glacier and often there are short sections of steep climbing on ice even on the so-called “easier” peaks. We do NOT consider that any climb in the Cordillera Blanca can be classified as a “trekking peak”.
Altitude and terrain make all climbs physically demanding. A climb should only be considered if you are well acclimatised and generally already in good physical condition.
Grades are based on the French alpine grading system.
These are a general indication only of difficulty. Routes and conditions on all mountains are changing rapidly and level of difficulty may have changed at the time you are on any mountain.
PD (moderate) – Moderate snow climbs – a rope is necessary
AD (reasonably hard) – Routes with a fair amount of difficult climbing – snow & ice experience required
D (hard) – A reasonable amount of serious climbs of snow & ice with pitches up to severe standards
TD (very hard) – Very difficult, long serious climbs
Insurance: We recommend clients obtain mountaineering & travel insurance. The policy should cover activities of mountaineering and include medical, rescue from the mountains, evacuation and repatriation expenses, loss of personal items or money, costs associated with cancellation of flights or other disruption to travel. Peru Police will NOT initiate any mountain rescue in the case of any serious incident until they have received either payment by cash in advance or guarantee of payment to cover the costs of rescue. It is clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover the cost of rescue. If no insurance is carried, Police will request clients family to forward funds before any search & rescue is initiated.
The trek & climb combos noted below are just some of the many possible combinations and are completely flexible.
Contact us for suggestions, information or programs for treks & peaks not listed here.
Clic On the name of the trek & climb combo for information.
Peaks described as suitable for beginners are also rewarding climbing for experience climbers.Peaks described as suitable for intermediate climbers can also be good options for strong novice climbers who have received some instruction & have good basic climbing techniques.
Altitudes are quoted in metres – to convert to feet multiply by 3.28084
PERU TREKKING & CLIMBING COMBOS
CLIMB SUITABLE FOR
8 or 9
10 or 11
12 or 13
15 or 14
13 or 12
Tailor Made Trek & Climb Combos