Cordillera Blanca - 4 Peaks Challenge
Peru, Climbing, 18 days - from £2,495 (land only) - from €3,120 (land only) - from $4,145 (land only)
A simply brilliant climbing holiday in Peru
Comparable to our Bolivian Climber, this climbing holiday from KE in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, has a mouth-watering collection of 5000-metre-plus peaks, culminating in the ascent of 6000-metre Tocllaraju.
- Climb 4 Peaks in the Worlds Highest Tropical Mountain Range
- One of KEs toughest High Altitude challenges
- Climb Tocllaraju, one of sixteen 6000-metre peaks in the Blanca
- Climb three 5000-metre plus peaks: Maparaju, Ishinca and Urus
- Excellent acclimatisation programme in beautiful remote valleys
The Cordillera Blanca in Peru is probably the best known range of mountains in the South American Andes, with sixteen peaks over 6000 metres. We start this fantastic Peru climbing holiday in Huaraz, the point of access for treks and climbs in Peru's northern cordilleras including the Cordillera Blanca. We spend three days at our hotel base in this Peruvian mountain town, making acclimatisation hikes to local lakes and viewpoints, before beginning the main climbing holiday, starting with a trek to our first base camp in the Cordillera Blanca. After the straightforward snow climb of Maparaju (5424m), we then trek through the beautiful Cayesh Valley and trek across the Huapi Pass to our next base camp beside Laguna Perolcocha. From here we will climb two excellent peaks, Ishinca (5548m) and Urus (5400m), before tackling our final and most challenging objective, Tocllaraju (6034m), one of the sixteen '6000-ers' of the Peru Cordillera Blanca. Comparable to our Bolivian Climber which is now an established KE classic, this climbing holiday in Peru is the one to do if you are looking for the next climbing challenge!
Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by English-speaking local guides, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!
Is this holiday for you?
On this climbing holiday in Peru you will encounter a great variety of trekking conditions from easy trails to zig zag paths over scree slopes, boulder fields, and glaciers and across high passes which may be snow covered. During the climbs, the group will move as a roped party over glaciated terrain and easy angled snow slopes using crampons. We will also encounter sections of steeper slopes which may be snow or ice where the guides will determine whether to 'pitch' sections or to use fixed lines. The ascent of each of the peaks will offer a real mountaineering challenge but the technical difficulty is not very high. In terms of conventional alpine grading, Maparaju is F, Ishinca and Urus are PD-/PD and Tocllaraju is PD+. Before considering a trip of this nature you should have previous mountaineering experience or have attended a winter climbing course and previous experience of trekking or climbing up to or above 4000 metres. It should be noted that trekking and climbing at high altitudes makes extra demands on the body. Overall, this is an extremely challenging trip and fully merits its high grade.