Cordillera Blanca - 4 Peaks Challenge
Peru, Climbing, 18 days - from £2,795 (land only) - from €3,790 (land only) - from $4,500 (land only)
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs. Once on trek, your mountaineering equipment including your mountaineering boots will be carried separately in a group equipment bag and will not form part of this weight limit.
You must bring the following items:
Mountaineering boots - see below
Ice axe (a short walking axe is best)
Crampons (preferably with step-in bindings)
Mountaineering or climbing harness
Screwgate karabiners x 2
Snapgate karabiner x 1
Jumar or other similar ascendeur
Belay device to use for abseiling/rappelling
Prussik loops X 2 (5m of 6mm cord makes 2)
Trekking trousers / pants
Windproof and waterproof overtrousers
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
T-shirts or similar
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
Warm jacket (down)
Warm hat and balaclava
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Thermal gloves or mittens
Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens
Daypack minimum 40 litres
Headtorch with spare batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2
Sleeping bag with comfort rating down to minus 20 C
Washbag and toiletries
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Basic First Aid Kit including: painkillers, altitude (Diamox), plasters, blister treatment, diarrhoea treatment and rehydration salts.
The following items are optional:
Trainers or similar for camp use
Sleeping bag liner
Camera, film, batteries
It is possible to hire ice axe, harness and crampons locally. However we recommend bringing your own crampons to avoid problems of fitting to your boots.
Mountaineering boots required for this trip
Alpine mountaineering boots are not suitable for high altitude conditions. Plastic boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT) and also the new generation of synthetic double boots (eg. La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm at altitude where you can encounter temperatures below minus 25ºC. Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. This combination of double boots and step-in crampons is by far the most sensible option when considering a climb at altitude. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.
PHD Gear Advisor
PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the worlds lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. Its a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.
Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)
Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.