Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the World

Repertory Trip: Next Offered June 10-26, 2020 & July 28-August 13, 2020

Overview

The enormous ice-fluted peaks, surreal turquoise tarns, and flowering alpine meadows of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca make it a phenomenal arena for trekking. In this stunning glacial wilderness, more than 70 summits top 18,000 feet, including mighty Huascarán (22,204'), Peru’s highest peak, and Alpamayo (19,506'), a classic pyramid that has been called the most beautiful mountain in the world. Our 11-day trek is a challenging one, but well rewarded with exhilarating days on the trail, spectacular campsites beside impossibly blue lakes, and views of ice-draped summits and glaciers at every turn. An optional climb of Nevado Pisco (18,871'), set right in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca, grants us dazzling 360-degree views of countless snow-capped peaks.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Lima / Huaraz

From Lima, we head along the Pan American Highway to the mountain town of Huaraz (10,000'), the trekking hub for the Cordillera Blanca. We acclimatize with day hikes, including a fascinating one to the archaeological site of Wilkahuain, with its pre-Inca burial and ritual chambers.

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Days 5-15
Cordillera Blanca Trek

With our trekking crew and pack animals, we hike to Laguna Cullicocha (15,100'), a gleaming glacial lake with eye-popping views of the peaks of the Santa Cruz massif. Crossing two more passes, we reach our camp near Laguna Jancarurish, where an optional hike brings us to the base of Alpamayo for stunning views of this mesmerizing ice pyramid. Crossing the Caracara Pass (15,846'), we descend into a lush valley and venture up to a high pass with views of the multiple summits of Pucahirca (19,836'). Reaching Quebrada (canyon) Jancapampa, we pass through traditional rural villages and enjoy spellbinding panoramas in every direction, including knife-edged Taulliraju (19,127') and Chacraraju (20,052'). At the end of the trek, those taking the optional three-day extension to climb Nevado Pisco will head to a base camp in the Demanda Valley.

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Days 16-17
Huaraz / Lima

We’ll have views of the towering twin summits of Huascarán on our drive back to Lima and depart on Day 17.

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Highlights

Highlights

Experience our perfectly designed trek in the world’s highest tropical mountain range
Optional hike to the Alpamayo Base Camp
Spectacular campsites by turquoise lakes, incredible views of glacier-clad peaks
Optional climb of Nevado Pisco

Details

Length: 17 days
Cost From: TBA  
Arrive: Lima, Peru
Depart: Lima, Peru
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 11 nights full-service camping
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

11-day trek on steep trails, 6-8 hours a day, altitudes between 11,000-16,000 feet, optional climb of 18,871-foot peak