Cordillera Blanca - 4 Peaks Challenge

Peru, Climbing, 18 days - from $4,500 (land only)

ClimbingTrek & Walk

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:

Hiking boots

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

Climbing helmet

Sling (120cm)

Prussik loops X 2 (5m of 6mm cord makes 2)

Snow gaiters


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

Thermarest/Camping mat

Washbag and toiletries

Antibacterial handwash

Travel Towel

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

Spare laces

Fleece trousers


Sleeping bag liner

Trekking poles


Travel clothes


Pee bottle

Camera, film, batteries


Hiring equipment

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 world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s 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.

>> Click here to view the PHD Gear Advisor for Bolivia Climber

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.

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