Cordillera Blanca Climber

Climb 4 Peaks in the Worlds Highest Tropical Mountain Range





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Holiday Overview


  • One of KE’s 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

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 an English-speaking guide, 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Miraflores. A single transfer from Lima Airport is provided. City tour.
  • Drive the Pan Ameriacan Highway via Gonococha Lake (4020m) to Huaraz (3060m).
  • Drive to lake Huilcacocha (3725m) and walk to Huraz (3060m).
  • Walk via the 'Puca Ventana' (3600m) to Rataquenua (3250m) and return by bus to Huaraz (3060m).
  • Acclimatisation hike to Laguna Churup (4450m). Drive and trek to Portada Quillcayhuanca (3800m).
  • Trek via Tambo Nuevo to Maparaju Base Camp (4280m).
  • Climb Maparaju (5424m) and return to the Base Camp (4280m).
  • Trek through the Cayesh Valley to Cuchillacocha lake (4625m).
  • Trek across the Huapi Pass (5020m) to Cojup Quebrada (4400m).
  • Trek to Laguna Perolcocha (4860m).
  • Climb Nevado Ishinca (5530m). Descend via Laguna Ishinca and trek to Uros Base Camp (4400m).
  • Climb Uros (5400m) and return to Base Camp (4400m).
  • Trek to Tocllaraju.High Camp (5200m).
  • Climb Tocllaraju (6034m) and return to Base Camp (4400m).
  • Trek to Pashpa and drive to Huaraz (3060m).
  • Contingency day for possible delays, or free time in Huaraz.
  • Fly to Lima, transfer to Miraflores.
  • Departure day. Lima Airport transfers provided.
Mon 08 Aug - Thu 25 Aug Code CBC /02/16/ Adult$4,500 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Cordillera Blanca Climber
  • The departure reference for this tour is CBC /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 08 Aug and departs on Thu 25 Aug
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - Includes single rooms in hotels and single tent.
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Lima, Peru. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Lima Chavez International airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Miraflores. A single transfer from Lima Airport is provided. City tour.

    We rendezvous with the rest of the group at our hotel in the Miraflores area of Lima. A single, timed airport transfer to the group hotel is provided. We meet our guide at the hotel and KE Land Only package services begin with a guided tour of the city in the afternoon. Founded by Pizarro in 1535, Lima was the pre-eminent political and religious centre of the Spanish colonial empire for almost 300 years. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO the city contains many period town houses, government buildings, palaces, churches and convents. In the historic central Plaza de Armas we can visit the Cathedral and several Baroque churches and Renaissance style palaces with ornate balconies. The tour will take 3 - 3.5 hours during which we will be walking for approximately 1.5 hours. Meals are not included on this day. It is possible to eat at the hotel or there are several restaurants, bars and cafes in the area of our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Drive the Pan Ameriacan Highway via Gonococha Lake (4020m) to Huaraz (3060m).

    We travel by bus along the Pan American Highway following the Pacific coast north until we climb through a desert landscape to the Andean plateau. At the highest point on the journey we will stop to stretch our legs, at Gonococha Lake (4020m) where we have a good view of the Cordillera Blanca. Our journey continues as we descend into the valley and drive to Huaraz - the 'Chamonix of the Andes' at 3060 metres, where we check into our hotel. The evening is free to explore the town and we can choose from a variety of local restaurants for an evening meal. Approximately 8 hours driving

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

    • Time 8 hrs driving

  • Drive to lake Huilcacocha (3725m) and walk to Huraz (3060m).

    We are now above 3000 metres and it is important to take things easy before setting off for our main objectives of the holiday. Today we begin with a drive (1.5 hours) up to lake Huilcacocha (3725m), where we have a view of the whole of the Cordillera Blanca. From the lake our acclimatisation hike takes us past small settlements as we cross over into the next valley. There are sensational views along the way of the surrounding peaks including Huandoy, Huascaran, Chopicallqui, Hualcán, Palcaraju, Jatunmonte, Tumarinaraju and of the Santa Valley. At the end of the hike we descend towrds Huaraz

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 110m

    • Meals bl

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Walk via the 'Puca Ventana' (3600m) to Rataquenua (3250m) and return by bus to Huaraz (3060m).

    We have a second acclimatisation hike, starting from Huaraz and climbing up to the 'Puca Ventana' (3600 m) an impressive weather-sculpted rock formation in which it is possible to see a face. From here we continue through a narrow gorge to the viewpoint of Rataquenua (3250m) for a stunning birds-eye view of Huaraz and of its surrounding peaks. There is a road up to the Mirrador and our bus will meet us here for the ride back down to town.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 500m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 350m

    • Time 5 - 7 hrs walking

  • Acclimatisation hike to Laguna Churup (4450m). Drive and trek to Portada Quillcayhuanca (3800m).

    Leaving Huaraz we drive for 45 minutes to 1 hour, through the traditional adobe villages of Unchus and Llupa to the farmhouses at Pitec where we make our third acclimatisation hike. After approximately 1 hour of trekking we reach a waterfall and here it is necessary to do some straightforward scrambling where the path climbs up the rocks to the left of the fall. In a further 45 minutes we are suddenly confronted by the source of the waterfall, the Laguna Churup, said to be the most beautiful lake in the Cordillera Blanca. Situated at 4450 metres, reflecting the snows of Churup Peak, it is hard to argue with this accolade. After taking in the view we climb back down beside the waterfall (our guide will carry a safety rope for this section if anybody need reassurance) and walk down to Pisec where our vehicles will be waiting. It is a 4.5 - 5 hour return hike to the lake. Now suitably acclimatised, we can turn our attention to the first of our climbing objectives for this holiday. First we drive for 30 minutes to the Quelcayhuanca Valley where we begin the trek to Maparaju base camp, walking for about an hour to our first camp at Portada Quillcayhuanca (3800m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking.

  • Trek via Tambo Nuevo to Maparaju Base Camp (4280m).

    After breakfast we continue through the wide Quelcayhuanca Valley passing the archaeological site of Tambo Nuevo where there are several ancient Aymara funerary towers or 'chullpas'. Entering the Cayesh Valley surrounded by snowy peaks, we have views of Chinchay, Jatunmonte and Andavite. The trek finally reaches our base camp for Maparaju after around 6 or 7 hours of trekking and approximately 500 metres of ascent.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 500m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Climb Maparaju (5424m) and return to the Base Camp (4280m).

    A pre-dawn start is essential to make the most of the snow conditions before the sun softens the slopes. Setting off around 3.00 am by the light of our head torches, we climb for approximately 3 hours to reach the glacier. Here in the dawn light we put on our crampons and rope up before continuing the ascent rising steadily on the glacier. The route steepens to around 45 degrees as we climb up to a subsidiary ridge. We now cross a short glacial plateau to reach the final summit ridge which gives straightforward climbing on snow at an angle of 30 - 35 degrees. We should top out on Maparaju (5424m) after 3 - 4 hours of climbing from putting on crampons. After taking in the views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains which include Huantsan, Cayesh, Tumarinaraju, San Juan, Andavite, and Ranrapalca, we return to our base camp by the same route.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1144m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 10 - 11 hrs trekking/climbing

  • Trek through the Cayesh Valley to Cuchillacocha lake (4625m).

    After yesterday's big day we can use today for recovery, staring with a leisurely breakfast. We then have a relatively easy walk through the Cayesh Valley for around 2 hours, before making a final climb for a further 2 hours to a camp at 4625 metres. This camp has great views over Cuchillacocha lake as well as of the surrounding peaks, which include Pucaranra, Chinchay, Jatunmonte, and Andavite Huapi.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek across the Huapi Pass (5020m) to Cojup Quebrada (4400m).

    We start the day with a 3-hour climb to the Huapi Pass (5020m) where we are treated to extensive views of serrated snow-capped peaks and their glaciers. The peaks on view include Tullparaju, Maparaju, Andavite, Chinchay, Cayesh, Pallcaraju, Jatunmonte, Ranrapallca, San Juan, and Ishinca, just to name a few! From the pass the route tackles some loose scree slopes as we descend for around 3 hours to the gorge of the Cojup Quebrada, where we make camp at 4400 metres

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 395m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 620m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Laguna Perolcocha (4860m).

    We have a relatively easy day of trekking today as we climb from our camp in the Cojup Quebrada to the Laguna Perolcocha. It will take just 3 hours to reach our campsite at 4860 metres, which has stunning mountain views including our next objective, Nevado Ishinca. We can enjoy a cooked lunch in camp and in the afternoon can relax and make sure everything is ready for tomorrow's ascent.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Climb Nevado Ishinca (5530m). Descend via Laguna Ishinca and trek to Uros Base Camp (4400m).

    We make another pre-dawn start to make the best of the snow conditions. From our camp the trail climbs above the lake to a moraine ridge which we then follow to reach the glacier. We put on crampons here and rope up before continuing the ascent to a pass between Ishinca and Ranrapalca. From here we ascend the south-west ridge on snow slopes of 40 - 45 degrees with occasional steeper sections, to reach the spectacular summit of Nevado Ishinca (5530m). We make our descent by the easier angled north-west ridge which brings us down to Laguna Ishinca. From here a good trail leads down to our next base camp at around 4400 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 720m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1180m

    • Time 8 - 10 hrs trekking/climbing

  • Climb Uros (5400m) and return to Base Camp (4400m).

    Today can be taken as a day for rest or recovery. There will be the option for those who wish, to make an ascent of the straightforward peak of Uros (5400m) for further acclimatisation and for the views of Ishinca and Ranrapallca and our next summit, Tocllaraju. This ascent does not require such an early start as there is just a small snow cap on the peak. However, 8 - 9 hours are required for the ascent and descent.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking/climbing

  • Trek to Tocllaraju.High Camp (5200m).

    After breakfast we make the steep climb up the moraine crest to reach the glacier to the west of Tocllaraju. We set up our high camp here at 5200 metres. We should now be well acclimatised to this altitude but at over 5000 metres we will certainly want to take things easy and rest to prepare for tomorrow's climb.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Climb Tocllaraju (6034m) and return to Base Camp (4400m).

    The undoubted highlight of the trip is the challenging ascent of Nevado Tocllaraju (6034m). Again, an early start is essential and we set off following the trail in the pooled light of headtorches. After crossing the glacier we climb steep snow slopes up a couloir using fixed lines for protection to reach the mountain's NW ridge. ridge. This is then followed to a final summit dome at around 5950 metres. This gives climbing on usually good snow but at a steep angle (45 - 55 degrees) up to the top. The 360 panorama of serrated snow peaks and green-blue lakes, is outstanding and makes all the effort worthwhile. The summit is just the halfway stage and we must take care as we descend the route first to high camp where we can take refreshment and then all the way back down to base camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 830m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1800m

    • Time 12 - 14 hrs trekking/climbing

  • Trek to Pashpa and drive to Huaraz (3060m).

    We have earned a lie-in this morning, and after breakfast we set off to walk out of the Ishinca valley, following the river and then descending through a forest of Quenual trees to reach Pashpa after around 4 hours. We meet our vehicle here and after saying goodbye to the crew we drive for around 2 hours to Huaraz. We check into the hotel and have time for a shower and change before going out on the town to celebrate.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Contingency day for possible delays, or free time in Huaraz.

    This is a contingency day in case of any delay to our climbing programme to be used at the leaders' discretion. If we have not had to use the day at this point, it will be taken as a free day to relax and to explore Huaraz.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Lima, transfer to Miraflores.

    The return journey to Lima is made by air. On arrival at Lima airport we are met by our scity representative who will arrange for the transfer back to our hotel in Miraflores.This evening we will go out as a group to enjoy the last dinner of the holiday.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Lima Airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A complimentary timed transfer to the airport is provided, or it is possible to arrange a taxi through the hotel.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking mountain leader
  • Single group airport transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All transport required by the itinerary
  • All camping equipment (except personal equipment)
  • A full trek crew including cook and baggage animals and their handlers
  • Group safety equipment including satellite phone; portable altitude chamber; oxygen; climbing ropes etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag - mountaineering clothing / ice axe / crampons etc.)
  • Tips
  • Miscelaneous personal spending

A wide range of restaurants is available in Lima and Huaraz. On trek, the food is a mixture of local and international dishes, cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate diet with foods which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. Breakfasts include fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam, and tea or coffee. Lunch is normally a picnic consisting of fresh fruit, salad plus bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado with juices, tea and coffee. Dinner will be a three-course meal of a variety of dishes using a mix of locally sourced fresh food and packaged or canned food brought with us. Meals are always freshly prepared by the trek cooks and the aim is to provide a filling and tasty dinner which provides variety.

All breakfasts; 16 lunches and 14 dinners are included in the holiday price. Where it makes sense for clients to have a choice of dining options, we have not included these meals in the holiday price. In practice this amounts to a total of 3 dinners, one in Lima on the day of arrival and 2 in Huaraz. Depending on flight times you may also need to buy a lunch in Lima either on arrival or departure day. We recommend you allow approximately $15 to $25 for each of these meals.
A single group transfer is provided on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. This transfer is timed to the arrival of the main group flight. Clients will be met outside the arrivals hall by a KE representative who will assist with the and transfer to the group hotel. Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights, and should let us know if they require independent Lima Airport transfers which can be arranged at an additional cost. Alternatively, taxis are available from inside the security area at the international arrivals terminal. These charge around $20 to Miraflores where the group hotel is located and the drive takes approximately 45 minutes. There is an ATM cash machine in the baggage reclaim area for any urgently needed Peruvian Soles. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights in Lima's Miraflores District and a total of 5 nights in Huaraz in comfortable tourist standard hotels. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 10 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek (please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending on availability, it may be possible to pre-book single rooms for the nights that you spend in hotels. Details of single supplements are given on the 'Dates & Prices' page on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical day starts with an early morning tea or coffee and a bowl of hot washing water brought to your tent. After a hot breakfast (typically fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam), during which camp will be struck and the pack-animals will be given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually a picnic - and a chance for more excellent food from our cook team - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Lunch takes about an hour or so and offers a chance for a little siesta! We aim to pitch camp for the night by 3 or 4 p.m., i.e. well before dusk. Dinner is served in the mess tent at around 7.00 p.m. and is a three course meal. The cooks never fail to impress! During dinner is a good time to socialise and to talk over the events of the day. We are usually in bed by 9 p.m. - plenty of time to re-charge the batteries before the next day's walk. On the climbing days, you will be woken well before dawn in order to make the most of the better snow conditions. We will move together on a rope of 3 or 4 people, each rope having a guide, and we may fix a rope on any steeper sections. After the climbs, we are usually back at basecamp around midday. Given clear weather, there should be plenty of time to enjoy the summit and record the moment with lots of photographs.

The holiday will be led by a qualified English speaking Mountain leader. During the trek the group will be supported by a local guide and a trek crew of cook, baggage animals and their handlers.

We estimate that $400 will be sufficient to cover your personal spending including the above-mentioned, non-included meals. This amount should also cover any incidental expenses such as tips for the llama or mule drivers and other local staff. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) outside the country. There are ATMs in Lima and in Huaraz. If you are bringing your travel money with you this should be in the form of cash US dollars, as you will be changing the majority of your money on the day of your arrival and travellers cheques can sometimes be difficult to change. Credit cards can also be used to purchase some goods and at some restaurants in Lima and Huaraz.

It is important to remember that tips do not form part of the wages of the local staff support staff and as such, tipping is entirely at your discretion. However, tipping is the accepted way of saying 'thank you' to your local crews and most people will want to give something. We recommend that tips are determined by the group as a whole and given from the group rather than from individuals. As a rough guide we suggest thast a contribution of around US$70 - $80 (in small denomination local currency) from each group member, should provide an adequate pool for these tips.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Huaraz and in Lima.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

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. 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

  • Climbing helmet

  • Sling (120cm)

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

  • Gaiters

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • T-shirts or similar

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket with hood

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves or mittens

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Daypack minimum 40 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre  x2

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -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

  • Shorts

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Trekking poles

  • Swimwear

  • Travel clothes

  • Pee bottle

  • Camera


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 - 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 -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.

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For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Peru

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. Keep the immigration paper given to you on arrival in a safe place, as you will need to show this on departure.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.


Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The symptoms are generally mild and self limiting usually lasting 2 - 7 days. 80% of people exposed to the virus for the first time experience no symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where the zika virus is active. For the latest information, please see our 'KE Safe' Updates

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t makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day. You should also have some previous mountaineering experience and must be comfortable with walking on snow slopes of 45 degrees or more and in exposed situations. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. We also recommend that you gain some experience of walking in winter conditions wearing crampons.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The Southern Hemisphere winter season of April through to October is the optimum period for trekking and climbing in the Peruvian Andes. We can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny, with temperatures between 12 and 20°C above c. 3500 metres. during this season, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps we might experience night-time temperatures as low as minus 5°C or even minus 10°C. Even though this is winter, Lima is only 12 degrees south of the equator, and the daytime temperatures in the capital will be 20 to 25°C, with quite cool nights.

  • Peru - Lonely Planet guide
  • Peru - Rough Guides
  • The Cordillera Blanca Guide. Jan Sevnik
  • Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca. Bradley Johnson.
Cordillera Blanca South

One of two sheets covering the entire Cordillera Blanca produced by the Austrian Alpine Club. An excellent map which gives a very clear picture of the topography with contours at 50m intervals and numerous spot heights. Relief shading, graphics to indicate rocks, scree and moraine and colouring for cultivated areas further enhance the picture. Hiking trails are shown and the road network includes dirt tracks. The maps have a UTM grid and latitude/longitude margin ticks at 5’ intervals and the legend includes English.

Extend Your Holiday


When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Peru Rainforest Extension

Visit Tambopata National Reserve, a haven of pristine Amazon wilderness where the river provides access to an uninhabited and vast 2.5 million acre area, home to the Amazon’s five top predators – Jaguar, Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle and Anaconda. It is a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, and then a ride in a motorised canoe to our jungle lodge. Highlights are the macaw clay-lick, otters, monkeys and an array of colourful birds.

Peru Rainforest Extension

From $700 per person

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Machu Picchu and Cusco Extension

The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911, after 500 years under dense vegetation, are one of the man-made wonders of the world. This itinerary also includes time for sightseeing in and around this former Inca capital of Cusco, which is renowned for the wealth of its Inca stonework and for its extravagant Spanish Colonial architecture. We then take the scenic train to Machu Picchu for a full day guided sightseeing tour of this incredible Inca city before returning to Cusco for a final evening.

Machu Picchu and Cusco Extension

From $950 per person

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Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

The city of Arequipa lies below the edge of the Altiplano in Southern Peru. This ‘White City’ is surrounded by impressive volcanoes and is a rich mixture of indigenous and Spanish influences. Nearby is the natural wonder of the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons and home to many Andean Condors. The area is also well known for its vibrant indigenous culture and locally produced handicrafts. A visit is a great way to experience Southern Peruvian culture.

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

From $760 per person

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Galapagos Islands Extension

The Galapagos Islands are said to be the crown jewels of the natural world. These paradise islands have a mythological status following Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals,turtles, dinosaur-like marine and land iguanas are just a few of the species you will encounter. Part of the magic of the Galapagos is getting up close to the wildlife that has lost all fear of man. Please call us for an accurate quote for your departure.

Galapagos Islands Extension

From $3190 per person

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