July 2017

Urus, Ishinca, and Pisco easy 5000m peaks in Cordillera Blanca. (Peru)

Climb Urus, Ishinca, and Pisco – a phenomenal hiking and easy climbing tour on beautiful glaciated peaks in the Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru.

Our first climb is Urus Este, ascending the east ridge to its 5,420m summit, a fantastic peak for acclimatization as well as for refreshing and/or learning the skills you need for glacier travel. Ishinca follows, offering a higher summit (5,530m) and a slightly steeper climb. These two are great predecessors to Pisco 5,752m, the grand finale. The Normal Route on South-West ridge is frequently climbed in reason of its moderate difficulty and its beauty and it is also very popular amongst climbers to acclimatize for a 6000m or more technical ascents.

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Additional information

– Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Is a technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 15 days.
Dates 2017: 15 july – 30 july.
Minimum level required:
level 2 in mountaineering ability levels - fitness level 3.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 2600 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Peruvian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in town, local mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Lima Airport.
Local Airport: Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima Peru.

 

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

 

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Lima Airport. The group will be met at the airport, to arrive in time for the Evening, taken to the bus station, at 10.30pm first class bus to Huaraz (8hours). Night in the bus.

Day 1

Arrive in Huaraz – acclimatisation day in the town. Arrive in Huaraz at 6.00 am, from bus station transfer to hotel. Huaraz, a bustling town of 80 thousand inhabitants, is our Andean base. The valley it sits in is known as the ‘Callejon de Huaylas’. This is flanked to the east by the Cordillera Blanca, the mountain range with the highest concentration of peaks over 6,000m outside the Himalayas. Night in Hotel

Day 2

Hatun Machay peak 4760m – acclimatisation day. It is a mystic rock forest formed by the erosion of time and one of the most impressive geological attractions of the region. Hatun Machay – which in Quechua language means Big Cave – is a mere 1 ½ hours from Huaraz, situated in the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) at an altitude of 4290m. From there walk up to the Peak in 2.00 hours. In afternoon return to Huaraz. Night in hotel

Day 3

Laguna Churup 4500m – acclimatisation day. Day hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup (4,500m). Approximately 6 hours round trip. A short colectivo ride to Llupa, and then hike to Pitec (1 hour) and you are at the start of one of the best day hikes from Huaraz – Laguna Churup. This sparkling Andean Lake, nestling at the foot of the an imposing glacier, is the perfect acclimatisation hike with great views, a lovely path and even a bit of fun chain scrambling at the end. Return to Huaraz. Night in Hotel

Day 4

Quebrada Llaca, Vallunaraju glacier 5000m – acclimatisation day. We Huaraz early and drive to the end of Quebrada Llaca. From here walk up to Vallunaraju glacier in 4 – 5 hours. Return to Huaraz. Night in hotel

Day 5

Huaraz rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for ours summits. Night in hotel.

Day 6

Huaraz – Ishinca hut 4405m. Pack your bags! Drive up to the small mountain village of Pashpa where the donkeys get loaded and your group begins the 12km hike to the head of the Ishinca Valley. In the afternoon rest in the hut. Night in the hut

Day 7

Urus este 5420m – Ishinca hut. Urus Summit Day! Your first alpine start has you leaving camp by 1am. Work your way up the steep moraine to the toe of the glacier where you’ll put on crampons, harnesses, and rope up. Weave your way to the summit, usually arriving around 7am. Return down to Ishinca hut for the lunch. Rest. Night in the hut

Day 8

Ishinca 5530m – Ishinca hut. Ishinca Summit Day! Another Alpine start – 12 midnight waking and leaving by 1am. Ishinca’s summit push is about 4 hours longer then Urus’. You’ll pick your way through the delicate Andean tundra and gain the glacier around sunrise. Once on the glacier, wind your way through some impressive crevasses and up to the high saddle, then follow a summit ridge to the very top. Estimated summit time is 8am and return to hut by 12 midday. Rest. Night in hut

Day 9

Ishinca hut – Huaraz. Sleep in at last and wake to a delicious breakfast before packing up equipment and loading the donkeys for the return to Huaraz. Once there, you’ll check into your hotel for quite possibly the best shower of your life. Dinner that night is a celebration banquet. Night in hotel.

Day 10

Huaraz rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for ours summits. Night in hotel.

Day 11

Huaraz – Peru/Pisco hut 4696m. We’ll depart Huaraz and head north. From the village of Yungay, we’ll turn off towards the Llanganuco gulley. Driving through this narrow canyon, we can see the striking north face of Huascaran Norte and the south face of Huandoy Sur, as well as the pretty turquoise lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha. Our vehicle will drop us off at a spot known as Cebollapampa (12,900 ft./3,931m), where we’ll set out on foot towards the Pisco Oeste Base Camp, again with the assistance of donkeys and pack animals to carry our heavy equipment and provisions. The walk to the Peru-Pisco Hut (15,407 ft./4,696m) takes an average of three hours. Night in the hut.

Day 12

Pisco 5752m – Huaraz. We’ll start the ascent of Pisco Oeste at 00 a.m. We’ll cross a moraine and then descend a rocky glacier to reach the moraine situated on the other side. From here, the path climbs steeply to a small, sandy plain where We’ll cross rock slabs up to the toe of the glacier (16,811 ft./ 5,124m). From the point where the glacier starts, we’ll be climbing moderately sloped snow fields until we reach the saddle separating Huandoy Este from Pisco Oeste (17,500 ft./ 5,334m). We’ll follow the left side of the southwestern ridge until we meet a steep slope (165 feet at 50°). Once past this obstacle, the glacier widens and flattens out. After crossing several crevasses, we’ll reach the summit arête, by which we’ll access the domed summit (18,872 ft./ 5,752m), with an incredible 360° view over such famous mountains. This fantastic view is considered by many climbers to be the best in the range. We’ll descend to Peru/Pisco Hut and from here via Cebollapampa to Huaraz. Night in hotel.

Day 13

Huaraz – Bus to Lima in the night. Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 10pm. Night in the bus.

Departure

Lima Tour ends. arriving at the Lima by 6am. After the breakfast tour ends Lima. In the afternoon transfer to Airport for the flight home

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Lenin Peak 7134mt. (Kyrgyzstan)

A Respectful, but Relatively “easy 7000er” – Stunning Beauty and an Incredible Cultural Experience.

Lenin Peak in Kyrgyzstan at 7134 is considered to be one of the easiest 7000 meter summits of the planet. Not only that, but it’s also among the most accessible big mountains in the world with arguably the most pleasant Base Camp.

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Additional information

– Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Is a technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 19 days.
Dates 2017: 15 july – 03 august.
Minimum level required:
level 3 in mountaineering ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 6 persons
Cost: Euro 4400 per person.
the cost include: services of an Europea Mountain Guide and an Russian Guide who has summited Lenin a dozen times, local transport as per program, lodging and tent fees except in Moscow, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in Moscow/Bishekek/Osh, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches and evening meals in the town, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation), insurance, ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, medicines and medical service in Osh hospital, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation), telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Osh Airport.
Local Airport: Osh Airport, Kyrgyzstan.

 

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

 

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into Russia and Kyrgyzstan. This should be obtained in the your state prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: obtaining a Russian and Kyrgyzstan visa is a long tedious process and needs to be done well in advance – we suggest at least 6 weeks and attention to detail when completing the on line form is essential to avoid any unnecessary delays. Invitations and vouchers will be supplied by Mont Blanc Mountain Guide. If your budget allows, using a specialist visa company can make the process more tolerable.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Osh (Kyrgyzstan) via Moscow. Transfer in hotel.

Day 1

Drive from Osh to the «Edelweiss Glade» Base Camp (3600 m). This is a long and dusty drive taking around 8-10 hours.

Day 2

Get acquainted with the area. Prepare yourself for ascent. You may want to wander up to the ridge above the camp to 4000 meters. It’s a nice walk, giving you a really good view of all the basecamps in the huge, wide valley. It’s a real pleasure to be able to camp on grass!

Day 3

Ascend to Camp 1 (4400 m).The ascend to the Puteshestvennikov Pass (4200 m) on a well-trodden track usually takes 1,5 to 2,5 hours – depending on physical conditions of participants. Camp 1 is generally set up on the side of the glacier. Here, snowstorms are common and it’s not as pleasant as the camp at 3600 m. But you still get big dining tents and good food.

Day 4

Ascend to Camp 2 (5300 m).

Day 5

Ascend to Camp 3 (6100 m).

Day 6

Descend to Camp 1 (4400 m).

Day 7

Descend to the Base camp (3600 m).

Day 8

Rest-day. Hang out at BC.

Day 9

Rest-day. Hang out at BC.

Day 10

Ascend to Camp 1 (4400 m). Along the well-known path get to the Camp and meet with locals, visit their yurt.

Day 11

Ascend to Camp 2 (5300 m). This part is steep, up to 40 deg. but has fixed ropes installed to help you.

Day 12

Ascend to Camp 3 (6100 m). Here you get a chance to scale Razdelnaya, a 6210 meter summit just above the camp. Hey, why not collect a 6000er for just a half
an hour of extra effort!

Day 13

Ascend to the top of the Lenin Peak (7134 m) and descend to Camp 3 (6100 m): Early start at 5-6 AM. From “peremychka” keep on the steep 300m-long stretch that then flattens out into so called “Nosh” (“knife”- a steep narrow firn ridge) – a tricky and dangerous section.

Day 14

Descend to Camp 1 (4400 m).

Day 15

Descend to the Base camp (3600 m).

Day 16

Reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 17

Drive from Base Camp “Lenin Peak” to Osh.

Departure

Fly from Osh to home via Moscow.

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Muztag Ata 7546m. (China)

A popular 7,000m peak in the Chinese Pamir and excellent preparation for an 8,000er. The huge dome of Muztag Ata offers experienced climbers a chance to climb an exceptionally high mountain by a very straightforward route.

Overlooking China’s vast Takla Makan Desert, it is a popular objective with teams from continental Europe and is an ideal stepping stone on the way to attempting an 8,000m peak. With the right weather conditions, is relatively straightforward with crampons and ice-axes required on the icy upper slopes.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Is a technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 29 days.
Dates 2017: 15 july – 13 august.
Minimum level required:
level 3 in mountaineering ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 8 persons
Cost: Euro 6770 per person.
the cost include: services of an Europea Mountain Guide and sherpa mountaineer, local transport as per program, lodging and tent fees except in Moscow, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in Moscow/Bishekek/Kashgar, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches and evening meals in the town, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation), insurance, ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation), telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Bishkek Airport.
Local Airport: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

 

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into Kyrgyzstan and China. This should be obtained in the your state prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: obtaining a Kyrgyzstan and China visa is a long tedious process and needs to be done well in advance – we suggest at least 6 weeks and attention to detail when completing the on line form is essential to avoid any unnecessary delays. Invitations and vouchers will be supplied by Mont Blanc Mountain Guide. If your budget allows, using a specialist visa company can make the process more tolerable.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive Bishkek, drive to Tash Rabat. We are met at the airport by a private bus which leaves immediately for the long drive East towards the Chinese border. After passing the city of Naryn the road starts climbing into the foothills of the At Bashy Range. Leaving the main road in the late afternoon we make a short detour to reach the historic caravanserai at Tash Rabat (c3,000m). Here we spend the night in a comfortable yurt encampment.

Day 1

Drive to Kashgar. The bus sets off early in the morning for the 100km climb to Chinese frontier. The road crosses two mountain passes, giving views over the Fergana Range before reaching the top of the 3,752m Torugart Pass. This journey has been called ‘the most exiting route into Central Asia’. At the top of the pass we say goodbye to our Kyrgyz guide and transfer to a Chinese bus for the descent into the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The landscape changes from dry dusty hillsides to irrigated, tree lined farmland on the 160km drive to Kashgar.

Day 2

Rest day in Kashgar. After two days on the road we have a full day to rest and look around this fascinating oasis city located on the historic silk route. Modern Kashgar is actually two cities which coexist in a sometimes surreal juxtaposition of the ancient and modern. The population is split into two very different communities: Uyghur Muslims and Han Chinese. During a full day of sightseeing we will visit the Id kah Mosque, the Akbar Hoja tomb, the old town and bazaar, the famous ‘Sunday’ market, and the sights of modern Chinese Kashgar including the huge statue of Mao towering above People’s park.

Day 3

Drive to Lake Karakol. Leaving Kashgar the road continues over a large fertile plane before climbing a steep and narrow river gorge into more mountainous terrain. The road passes Mt Kongur and we get our first sight of the great bulk of Muztag Ata. Ahead lie the massive ice-capped ridges of the peak, suspended above deep glacier-filled gorges that are typical of this side of the mountain. We should also be able to pick out our route to the summit. We spend the night in either “yurts” or tents on the shore of the turquoise waters of Lake Karakol (3,600m). This is a magic spot – Muztag Ata to the right, the great wall of Kongur ahead, across the lake, and passing horsemen and wandering camels close at hand.

Day 4

Trek to base camp. A short drive takes us to Subashi (3,850m) where we meet our camels and start the walk to base camp. With the camels carrying the team’s equipment, we trek over a level plane and then climb steadily through barren hills to base camp, a 3-4 hour walk. Drifts of alpine flowers clothe the slopes as base camp is approached and screeching marmots call a welcome!

Day 5

Preparations at base camp. Base Camp is at an altitude of 4,450m so time is needed for adaptation to the altitude. This grassy site is tucked in between a moraine and the foot of the steeper slopes of the mountain – a great place to relax now, and recover later! This is the time to enjoy some excellent fresh food from the flaming woks of the base camp staff! All equipment and food receives final checks and the group prepares loads for carrying up the mountain.

Day 6 – 23

Ascent of Muztag Ata. We have up to 18 days to climb Muztag Ata. During this time team members will be expected to make 3-4 trips to Camp 1, 2-3 trips to Camp 2 plus 1-2 trips to Camp 3 and a summit bid. Clients will need to be sufficiently fit and determined to put in this amount of work if they want to have a good chance of summit success.

Day 24

Base camp to Kashgar. After a short walk down to the road we say goodbye to our camels and load all our equipment onto a bus for the journey back to Kashgar. After pausing for a final look at the mountain, and a few last photographs, we set off on the drive back to Kashgar and a welcome hot shower in our hotel.

Day 25

Drive to Tash Rabat. Return journey over the Torugart Pass.

Day 26

Drive Tash Rabat to Bishkek.

Day 27

At leisure in Bishkek.

Departure

Fly from Bishkek to home.

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September 2017

Pequeno Alpamayo 5370 mt, Huayna Potosi 6088 mt, Illimani 6439 mt. (Bolivia)

This expedition in the Cordillera Real, the Royal Range, offers some of the finest mountaineering objectives for all climbers looking at the Andes of South America

Guided ascents of Pequeno Alpamayo, Huayna Potosi, and Illimani offer particpants to experience three different areas in the range, with some creature comforts in La Paz thrown into the mix between climbs.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Are technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 20 days.
Dates 2017: september: 02/21.
Minimum level required:
level 4 in mountaineering levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 3000 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Bolivian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in town, local porters and mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: La Paz Airport.
Local Airport: El Alto Airport, La Paz Bolivia.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in La Paz Airport. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

Acclimatisation day in the city. The highest capital city in the world 4000m. We have the one day free to explore the Mercado de Hechiceria (witches market) or explore the city.

Day 2

Tiwanaku Ruins. For further acclimatization we will visit mysterious Tiwanaka Ruins, an ancient city which offers an excellent example of this pre-Inca culture. This is one of Bolivia’s most significant archeological sites. We’re then off to visit Lake Titicaca where we overnight in the lakeside town of Copacabana. Night in hotel

Day 3

Coapacabana – Isla del Sol. We take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca to the Island of the Sun. We exploring the villages on the island and Inca ruins. night in a lodge. While exploring the islands there is a marvelous feeling of timelessness about the Inca sites and the local people’s traditional way of life that indeed resembles that of their Inca ancestors.

Day 4

Isla del Sol – Laguna Sistana 4620m. We leave Isla del Sol early and after the hiking and the boat for Copacabana drive to the trailhead for the 3 hour to camp in Laguna Khotia. A splendid alpine lake sitting in a huge amphitheater. Night in the tents

Day 5

Laguna Sistana – Laguna Juri Khota 4600m. Head up from the camp and cross one pass a 4900m. From here have great views of Huayna Potosi. Drop down to ideal camping just near Laguna Juri Khota. Night in the tents

Day 6

Laguna Juri Khota – Pico Austria 5310m – Laguna Chiar Khota (Condoriri lake). At the northern end of the lake head up the moraine, the little rock slab and follow the stone traks to the summit of Pico Austria 5310m. Impressive views of the peak Condoridi, Huayna Potosi. Drop down to Condoriri Lake. Night in the tents

Day 7

Condoridi Lake rest day. We brush up on our glacier skills in the morning and spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for our first climb. Night in the tents

Day 8

Pequeno Alpamayo Summit 5440m – La Paz. After an early morning departure, we rope up and ascend the glaciated peaks of Tarija (5300m) and Pequeno Alpamayo (5440). Return to the camp and from here to La Paz. Night in Hotel

Day 9

La Paz rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for our second summit. Night in hotel.

Day 10

La Paz – Glacier Hut 5210m. From La Paz drive to Plataforma de Zongo and from here ascent the moraine to the hut . Night in the hut.

Day 11

Huayna Potosi 6088m – La Paz.We depart early in order to reach the summit of Huayna Potosi. The final section of the climb takes us along a narrow spine of snow to the airy summit. We are rewarded with beautiful views of Lake Titicaca, the Amazon Basin, and the Cordillera Real before we descend to the hut at La Paz. Night in hotel.

Day 12

La Paz rest day . relaxing day and preparing for our second summit. Night in hotel.

Day 13

La Paz – Illimani base camp 4800m. A scenic drive through the countryside of Bolivia ends at the small village of Hacienda Una. Here we load our burros for the trek to base camp. The 1 hour – 1.30 hour walk to base camp leads through small farming villages and alpine meadows. Night in the tents.

Day 14

Illimani base camp – high camp 5600m. Today we accomplish a strenuous climb up a rocky ridge to high camp, known as the Condor’s Nest. We establish camp and get some well-deserved rest to prepare us for the summit. Night in the tents.

Day 15

Illimani 6438m – Illimani base camp. Summit day entails an early departure in order to climb Pico Sur, the highest of Illimani’s three summits. Interesting glacier travel along varied terrain leads us to the summit of this impressive peak. This is a long day of 12-15 hours roundtrip. After enjoying the views from the summit we descend to high camp, or if time permits to base camp. Night in the tents.

Day 16

Illimani base camp – La Paz. We sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we break camp and hike out to Hacienda Una. From here drive to La Paz for our celebration dinner. Night in hotel.

Day 17

La Paz. Last day in the city, packing the bags. Night in hotel.

Departure

Transfer to Airport for the flight home.

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October 2017

Chulu West 6419m (Nepal)

Climb the Chulu West Peak (6419m/21,055ft) and make the dream of peak climbing in one of world’s most beautiful regions (the Annapurnas) come true. There are two Chulu Peaks, East and West. This package is for the Chulu West Peak Climbing. Standing at a height of 6419m, the Chulu West Peak offers an interesting peak climbing opportunity for those looking for an adventure in the Annapurna Region.

Some consider the Chulu West Peak to be one of the best peaks in the Annapurna region. While climbing the peak, we will also be able to enjoy magnifiscent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and other Himalaya peaks.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Is a technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 23 days
Dates: october 2017: 01/21.
Minimum level required:
level 3 in mountaineering ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 – 8 persons
Cost: Euro 3900 per person.
the cost include: services of an Europea Mountain Guide and sherpa mountaineer, local transport as per program, lodging and tent fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in Kathmandu, group equipment, local porters, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches and evening meals in the town, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation), insurance, ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation), telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Kathmandu Airport.
Local Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

 

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into NEPAL. This should be obtained directly in Nepal when arrive in Kathmandu airport.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu. We are met at the airport by a private bus for transfer in hotel. night in hotel.

Day 1

Kathmandu . All equipment and food receives final checks and the group prepares loads for carrying up the mountain. Night in hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation. Briefing pre-trip where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. The briefs regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Night in hotel.

Day 3

Drive to besi Sahar –Bulbule-Shynge We have to begin very early today as we need to go a long drive to reach at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours’ drive we reach Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. Overnight lodge.

Day 4

Trek Syange/Jagat to Dharapani 1960m. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests. After passing the village of Kodo we will be at Dharapani. Overnight lodge.

Day 5

Trek Dharapani-Chame 2710m. Today, we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. On the way to Chame, we encounter with the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight lodge.

Day 6

Trek Chame- Pisang 3300m. A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. After walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight lodge.

Day 7

Upper Pisang-Manang 3500m. There are two routes that we can follow today. If taken upper route (Himalayan Glacier recommends), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the sceneries will be outstanding. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today onwards. Overnight lodge.

Day 8

Manang: Rest Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude will be better to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. We make an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery. Overnight lodge.

Day 9

Manang to Leder 4200m. From Manang, we continue through alpine landscapes with high altitude vegetation and forests. A gradual ascent takes us to Yak Kharka and then to our today’s camp. Overnight in the tents.

Day 10

Leder to Chulu West Base Camp 4900m. Today, we continue our trekking from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we can enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayas. Overnight in the tents.

Day 11

Chulu West base Camp to Camp I 5100m. From the Chulu Base Camp, we continue hiking towards Camp I. The route is not that technical. But it would be better to remember that we are climbing on high altitudes. At this juncture we relish the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in the tents.

Day 12

Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I. Today will be the rest and acclimatization day at Camp I. While we rest at camp I, the climbing leaders and other staffs make way to Camp II and supply the equipments for the camp. Later, they return back to Camp I. Overnight in the tents.

Day 13

Camp I to Camp II 5530m. Today, we leave camp I and continue climbing the rock band to Camp II. The route is not that technical but we may have to use ropes, crampon, and ice-axe. We set up Camp II at 5,530m /18,143ft. Some visitors also attempt the summit directly from Camp I. However, since the climb is relatively straightforward from the Camp II until the summit, we make an overnight stay at Camp II for proper rest and acclimatization. Overnight in the tents.

Day 14

Summit Chulu West 6419m and back to Camp I. It is our summit day, and it is going to be long day. Therefore, we would wake up much earlier today. After summiting, we return back to Camp I. Overnight in the tents.

Day 15

Camp I to Leder. From Camp I, our return path descends all the way to Leder. Overnight in the tents.

Day 16

Contingency Day. There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. So this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable to summit the Chulu West Peak on the scheduled date due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. Overnight in the tents.

Day 17

Leder to Thorong Phedi 4450m. Today, we clean up the base camp and head for Thorong Phedi. It is going to be mostly an easy way walk downhill. However, we do not forget that we are still in high altitude area. Overnight lodge.

Day 18

Thorong Phedi – Thorong Pass 5416m – Muktinath 3800m – Jomsom 2715m. At the beginning, we cross the famous high pass of Thorong La today. An early start is important to complete the mission. We reach Muktinath. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom on a local bus. Overnight lodge.

Day 19

Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. Upon the completion of morning breakfast, we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will escort us to the lakeside lodge. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 20

Drive back to Kathmandu.Today upon our breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.

Departure

Fly home.

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Putha Hiunchuli 7246m (Nepal)

Putha Hiunchuli is the western most peak of the Dhaulagiri Range and was first climbed in 1954 by the legendary Jimmy Roberts. At 7,246m it is a serious undertaking.

But with no significant technical climbing, it represents an attractive opportunity for those who want to climb very high, but on moderate terrain. This is a remote and seldom-visited area, just getting to base camp is an expedition in itself.

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- Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Is a technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 32 days
Dates 2017: 01 october – 01 november.
Minimum level required:
level 3 in mountaineering ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 6 persons
Cost: Euro 6800 per person.
the cost include: services of an Europea Mountain Guide and sherpa mountaineer, local transport as per program, lodging and tent fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in Kathmandu, local porters, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches and evening meals in the town, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation), insurance, ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation), telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Kathmandu Airport.
Local Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

 

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into NEPAL. This should be obtained directly in Nepal when arrive in Kathmandu airport.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu. We are met at the airport by a private bus for transfer in hotel. night in hotel.

Day 1

Kathmandu . All equipment and food receives final checks and the group prepares loads for carrying up the mountain. Night in hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu – Nepalgunj. As early morning flight to Nepalgung. Overnight Batika.

Day 3

Flight to Juphal- trek to Dunai 2140m. During the flight you can enjoy superb views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiris and of Manaslu before landing on the unsurfaced runway at Juphal (2,250m). It’s a 3 hour trek to Dunai. Overnight camp.

Day 4

Trek to Tarakot 2537m. he trail follows the Thulo Bheri river towards Tarakot 5 hours. Overnight camp.

Day 5

Trek to Musi Khola 2875m..

Day 6

Trek to Kakkot 3210m..

Day 7 – 10

Acclimatisation. It’s over 1600m height gain from Kakkot to base camp, with only one place to camp in-between, so you need to spend a few days acclimatising. From Kakkot you’ll aim to walk up to Seri 4000m and beyond, before returning to Kakkot.

Day 11

Trek to Pangi Camp 4480m.

Day 12

Move to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp 4866m.

Day 13 – 24

Climb Putha Hiunchuli 7246m. You will use three camps above base camp; at 5400m, 6000m and 6600m. You should have enough time to get acclimatised and make a summit bid in a decent weather window. Fixed ropes will be placed on some of the steeper sections of the route between Camp 1 and Camp 2, but much of the climbing will be done moving together as roped teams. Nowhere is the ground particularly steep, but after fresh snow this could make the going extremely tough. Temperatures on summit day could be as low as -40 degrees celcius.

Day 25 – 28

Return trek to Julphal.

Day 29

Return flight to Kathmandu Overnight in hotel.

Day 30

At leisure in Kathmandu. A chance to explore the bustling capital, with its beautiful temples and bustling markets. Overnight in hotel.

Departure

Fly home.

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November 2017

Mexican Volcanoes (Mexico)

Climb three volcanoes in Mexico, including Orizaba – the highest volcano in North America.

This expedition is a fine introduction to mountaineering at higher altitudes for those with limited time. In just over two weeks, you climb three major summits and explore some of the interesting culture of Mexico.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Is a technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 14 days
Dates: November 2017: 11/25.
Minimum level required:
level 2 in mountaineering ability levels - fitness level 3.
Groups: 4 – 8 persons
Cost: Euro 2750 per person.
the cost include: services of an Europea Mountain Guide and Mexican mountain guide, local transport as per program, hut, motel and tent fees, Half board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in the town, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches and evening meals in the town and lunches in the mountain, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation), insurance, ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation), telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Mexico City Airport.
Local Airport: Mexico City, Mexico.

 

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

 

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Mexico City . We are met at the airport by a private bus for transfer in hotel. night in hotel.

Day 1

Visit Teotihuacán. Drive 50km to Teotihuacán, the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids. Before you return to Mexico City. Night in hotel.

Day 2

Nevado de Toluca hut 3500m. Drive in 4-wheel drive vehicles 110km to Nevado de Toluca. The volcano has a crater with two lagoons. Night in the hut.

Day 3

Ascent Nevado de Toluca 4691m Mexico’s fourth highest mountain is an excellent peak to acclimatise on. Drive to Toluca. Overnight hotel.

Day 4

Travel to Iztaccihuatl. From Toluca you travel to a hacienda at the base of Izta. Overnight hacienda.

Day 5

High camp on Izta 4400m. Drive to La Joya and walk to high camp (4 hours). Overnight in tents.

Day 6

Ascent of Izta 5260m. The route follows scree, then crosses an ice field, which is normally fixed with a rope. Beyond the icefield crampons are removed for the walk to the summit. Descend and drive to Amecameca. Overnight in motel.

Day 7

Rest day in Puebla. Drive 2 hours to Puebla. Puebla is en route to Orizaba and has a beautiful city centre which is perfect for relaxing in cafes, looking around museums and churches . Overnight in hotel.

Day 8

Drive to Piedra Grande hut on Orizaba 4230m Drive for 2 hours by road then in 4-wheel drive vehicles to the hut. Overnight in the hut.

Day 9

High camp on Orizaba 4600m. There are two choices of high camp, at either 4600m or 4900m. Overnight in the tents.

Day 10

Ascent of Orizaba 5746m A pre-dawn start is needed to reach the summit. The route follows the Glacier de Jamapa. The angle of the snow gradually steepens from very gentle, up to about 40° before reaching the summit and conditions can be quite icy. Overnight motel.

Day 11

Return drive to Mexico City. Overnight in the tents.

Departure

Fly home.

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January 2018

Ecuador Volcanoes

Ascents of the equatorial summits of Iliniza Norte 5216m, Cayambe 5790m and Cotopaxi 5897m.
One of the world’s highest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi (5,897m), is a much sought after prize for mountaineers. This introductory level expedition is designed for those who wish to combine a holiday in a fascinating country with the opportunity to climb some significant mountains.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Are technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 16 days
Dates: january 2018: 07/21.
Minimum level required:
level 3 in mountaineering levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 3500 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Ecuadorian Mountain Guide, International flights of the European Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and huts fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in towns (Quito), group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Quito Airport.
Local Airport: Quito Airport, Quito Ecuador.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Quito Airport. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

Acclimatisation day and city tour. Night in hotel.

Day 2

Ascent of Pasochoa 4200m. You’ll set off at 7.30am and begin the 1hr30 drive to the foot of the peak. The grassy trails winding to its summit are reminiscent of the Peak District, apart from the common swirling mists, which can bring the sulphurous smell of simmering lava from below! From the summit you may see condors – Pasochoa is one of the few volcanoes where these huge birds glide. Return to Quito for the night. Night in hotel

Day 3

Walk to Guagua Pichincha 4787m . The “Pichinchas” hang over the western side of Quito. Again, you’ll set off at 7.30am and drive 1hr20 to the end of the trail at 3,750 metres. Being 600 metres higher than Pasochoa, you’ll be pushing above the line of vegetation today, so expect the trail to be rocky and dusty, if it is dry. After 2 hours of steady walking, we reach a hut at 4,550m and have a break. About an hour beyond the hut, you’ll reach a small rocky outcrop that is the top of the mountain. You can expect to be on top at about 12:30. There are grand views over the other Pichinchas and Quito. Return to Quito for the night. Night in hotel.

Day 4

Iliniza – hike to Illiniza hut 4650m. Long ago, Illiniza exploded and split in half. The North and South peaks now stand 2km apart, separated by a saddle – you’ll climb the north peak. Hut at 4,650m aids acclimatisation. You’ll arrive at lunchtime and can fit harnesses and maybe practice with prussic loops and karabiners. Over dinner the setting sun lights the tips of the peaks to a flame red, before burning through purple as darkness moves over the hut. Night in the hut

Day 5

Iliniza Norte Summit Day 5126m. After a 6am breakfast you’ll trek is fantastic – scrambling up crenulated slabs and along castellated ridges. Where it’s narrow the rock is sound and the holds big. The scrambling is never too difficult but you’ll rope up in places. After the first hour on the ridge, you’ll traverse the head of some steep amphitheatres. Then you’ll climb open corners and up short steep steps, over rocks of red, yellow and orange sandstones and volcanic pumices. You’ll summit around 10am and should be back at the hut by 1pm. Night in the hut

Day 6

Drive to Hacienda Guachala/Otavalo Market. Today it’s time to move into position ready for the next mountain, Cayambe. In the afternoon you can visit a stunning market. It sells woollens that make Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours look monochrome! You’ll overnight in a local hacienda, and can enjoy an evening of local folk music and dance. Night in Hacienda

Day 7

Drive to Cayambe hut 4600m. You’ll set off at 9am for a two hr drive up the mountain. After soup, tea and a picnic you’ll walk around of the hut to aid acclimatisation. Night in the hut

Day 8

acclimatisation on Cayambe Glacier. walk up to the start of the glacier (4,930m) to aid acclimatisation and perhaps practice crampon skills. Night in the hut

Day 9

Climb Cayambe 5790m. You’ll leave around midnight and crampon and rope up at the edge of the glacier. The slope steadily steepens and, as dawn approaches, the summit dome becomes silhouetted against the brightening sky. Before the sun breaches the skyline, you’ll be tantalisingly close to your goal. Below the summit is a mini-ice garden, with crevasses and ice sculptures to wander through. Then there’s a final 30m of 40-degree ice – the guide will belay you up and you’ll soon be atop the third highest point in Ecuador. You’ll see Illiniza, Cotopaxi, and the perpetually smoking Tungurahua. Then you’ll descend and sleep between fresh sheets in a local hacienda tonight. Night in hacienda.

Day 10

Drive to Cotopaxi National Park. Today there’s no rush to get up, but breakfast and a keen appetite is sure to have you at the table before anyone else. Then, you’ll be off to Cotopaxi National Park. We can stop on at a shopping centre on the outskirts of Quito if anyone needs supplies. You’ll stay in a delightful lodge from which you can watch the blazing orange sunset over your next mountain, which dominates the skyline. You can also do some washing. Night in the fabulous lodge.

Day 11

Ascend to Cotopaxi Hut.You’ll travel into the National Park today, and drop kitbags off at Tambopaxi en route to the foot of the mountain. When you step out onto the volcanic dust of a moonscape you’ll find the thin air has a cold freshness, which gives a sense of vigour and vitality as you complete the 800m ascent to the hut. Night in the hut.

Day 12 – 13

Cotopaxi summit push 5897m. You’ll leave around 1am, unless the weather is poor in which case you may wait postpone the summit push till tomorrow. You’ll rope up to protect the team from hidden crevasses and steeper sections. The crater rim is ice encrusted – Cotopaxi’s crater is a spectacular feature and the mix of ice and steam vents make an unusual combination. After soaking in the awesome panoramic views from the second highest point in Ecuador you’ll descend to the hut and return to Quito to celebrate the climb. Night in hotel.

Day 14

Quito. Last day in the city, packing the bags. Night in hotel.

Departure

Transfer to Airport for the flight home.

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Colombian Mountaineer (Colombia)

A unique expedition to a remote area culminating in the ascent of Ritacuba Blanco (5,411m) – the highest peak in the range

The mountain and the acclimatisation peaks that we plan to climb are comparable to Cotopaxi in Ecuador. The expedition is therefore suitable for fit mountain walkers, with crampon experience.
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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Are technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 16 days.
Dates 2018: january: 13/28.
Minimum level required:
level 2 in mountaineering levels - fitness level 3.
Groups: 4 – 8 persons
Cost: Euro 3150 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Colombian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in town, local porters and mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), El Cocuy National Park fee, holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Bogotà Airport.
Local Airport: El Dorado Airport, Bogotà Colombia.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Bogotá Airport. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

Acclimatisation day in the city. We have the one day free to explore the city.

Day 2

Drive to El Cocuy. You leave Bogotá in the morning for the long drive by private bus to El Cocuy 2850m. Night in hostel

Day 3

Acclimatisation walk to 3850m. The aim today is to trek up one of the hills outside of El Cocuy, before travelling to Güican tomorrow. Night in hostel.

Day 4

Transfer to Güican and trek to Hacienda La Esperanza 3593m. You drive for 1 hour to Güican, where you begin the trek to Hacienda La Esperanza, a working sheep farm and mountain hut. Night in hacienda

Day 5

Acclimatisation walk to Pico del Aguila 4020m.Trek up rocky ridges of the nearby peaks for an extra acclimatisation summit caledl “Pico del Aguila” (Eagle’s peak). Night in hacienda

Day 6

Trek to Laguna Grande de la Sierra 4514m. Trek into a high mountain valley, where you’ll set up base camp for the next few days. Night in the tents

Day 7

Climb peaks. Climb Pico Concavo 5170m or another peak in the same cirque such as Pico Toti 5017m. Night in the tents

Day 8

Climb peaks. Climb Pico Concavo 5170m or another peak in the same cirque such as Pico Toti 5017m. Night in the tents

Day 9

Trek to Hacienda La Esperanza and transfer to Kanwara Huts 3976m. Descend from our base camp in the mountains, stop for lunch at the hacienda and drive to Kanwara. Night in the huts.

Day 10

Trek to Ritacuba Blanco High Camp. The walk to Las Lajas should take between 3 and 4 hours to reach a campsite on glaciated slabs at 4500m. Night in the tents.

Day 11

Ascent of Ritacuba Blanco 5400m.You can expect an 8-10 hour day. The mountain is considered a ‘trekking peak’, with no technical sections, but it involves walking on rough, rocky moraine and ascending moderate snow slopes, with the final 50 metres to the summit being quite steep and return to Cocuy. Night in hotel.

Day 12

Spare summit day/Transfer to Villa de Leyva. This day is effectively a spare summit day, in case the weather is not good enough to attempt Ritacuba Blanco on Day 13. Night in hotel.

Day 13

Explore Villa De Leyva, transfer to Zipaquirá. Zipaquirá is located just outside of Bogotá. Night in hotel.

Departure

Transfer to Airport for the flight home.

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May 2018

Parinacota 6334m, Sajama 6542m (Bolivia)

A 17 day trekking and climbing guided expedition to climb Sajama and Parinacota in southwest Bolivia.

Sajama and Parinacota are two stunning high mountain wilderness areas situated near the border of Bolivia and Chile. Both are huge peaks over 6,000m, with Sajama being the highest peak in Bolivia.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Are technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 19 days
Dates 2018: may: 12/29.
Minimum level required:
level 3 in mountaineering levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 3500 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Bolivian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in towns (La Paz, Huyuni), local porters and mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: La Paz Airport.
Local Airport: El Alto Airport, La Paz Bolivia.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in La Paz Airport. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

Acclimatisation day in the city. The highest capital city in the world 4000m. We have the one day free to explore the Mercado de Hechiceria (witches market) or explore the city.

Day 2

Tiwanaku Ruins. For further acclimatization we will visit mysterious Tiwanaka Ruins, an ancient city which offers an excellent example of this pre-Inca culture. This is one of Bolivia’s most significant archeological sites. Return to La Paz. Night in hotel

Day 3

La Paz – Uyuni 3670m . Departure from La Paz toward Uyuni crossing the high plateau until the southern regions to arrive to Uyuni going by the mining city of Oruro. Arrival to Uyuni at night. Night in a simple hotel.

Day 4

Uyuni – Isla Incahuasi – San Juan 3900m. We leave by 4WD to cross the Uyuni Salt Flat – visit to the small “salt factory”. We take a walk in the Incahuasi island full of giant cactus, located at the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flat. Arrival to San Juan del Rosario where we can visit the Kausay Wasi chullpas, pre-hispanic tombs that still contain their mummies. Night in the lodging

Day 5

San Juan – Laguna Colorada 4272m. During the whole day we pass near numerous lagoons inhabited by pink flamingos and other birds. The Silala desert is famous not only for its lagoons but also for the Stone Tree and the 7 Colors Mountain – Arrival to the Red Lagoon lodging just on time to admire the sunset. Night in the lodging

Day 6

Laguna Colorada – Quetena 4200m. Setting out from the Red Lagoon, we go toward the place called Geysers of the Morning’s Sun, to immediately flank the famous Dali’s stones Valley and the Green Lagoon to the foot of the volcano Licancabur. We continue our travel by 4WD until Quetena, village located at two hours from the volcano Uturuncu. Night in the lodging

Day 7

Uturuncu summit 6008m – Quetena – Uyuni. We leave by 4WD following a mining route until a pass at 5700 meters. from there we ascend toward the summit of the Uturuncu in approximately 2 hours. We return to Quetena. Departure toward Uyuni. Night in Uyuni in the simple hotel

Day 8

Uyuni – La Paz. Return to La Paz from Uyuni. We arrive to La Paz in the afternoon. Night in Hotel

Day 9

La Paz rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for our big summits. Night in hotel.

Day 10

La Paz – Parinacota Base camp 5100m. Today we drive on generally good roads. We head south from La Paz towards Oruro on the way visit the Calamarca church, then veer southwest at Patacamaya, then drive to Curaguara de Carangas town to visit the Church of the sixtheen century and continue heading west on the international Oruro-Arica road till we reach the base of Parinacota – Pomerape. Trekking approach for 3-hour on sandy terrain to our base camp. Night in the tents.

Day 11

Parinacota base camp – Parinacota 6330m – Sajama village 4270m.We leave the base camp to complete the ascension of the Parinacota directly. The round trip from the base camp to the summit and back requires 7/8 hours. We descend to the village and spend the night in lodging close to the village of Sajama where there is not running water neither electricity. Night in lodging.

Day 12

Sajama village rest day . relaxing day and preparing for our second summit. Night in lodging.

Day 13

Sajama village – Sajama base camp 4700m. Drive from Sajama village to end route. Trekking approach for 2-hour on sandy terrain to our base camp. Night in the tents.

Day 14

Sajama base camp – high camp 5680m. Today’s ascent is slow and gradual as we negotiate a gully of loose boulders. After some 6 hours we reach our high camp. Night in the tents.

Day 15

Sajama 6542m – Sajama base camp. Early start for summit of Sajama. A long and tiring day should see us summiting (weather permitting) after about 8 hours. We return to High Camp and from here to base camp. For all trip it’s necessary to spend 14 hours. Night in the tents.

Day 16

Sajama base camp – La Paz. We sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we break camp and we return to Sajama village. From here drive to La Paz for our celebration dinner. Night in hotel.

Day 17

La Paz. Last day in the city, packing the bags. Night in hotel.

Departure

Transfer to Airport for the flight home.

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June 2018

Urus 5495 mt, Nevado Ishinca 5530 mt, Nevado Tocllaraju 6032 mt. (Peru)

A phenomenal trekking and climbing tour on beautiful glaciated peaks in the Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru.

Our first climb is Urus Este, ascending the east ridge to its 5,420m summit, a fantastic peak for acclimatizsation. Ishinca follows, offering a higher summit (5,530m) and a slightly steeper climb. These two are great predecessors to Tocllaraju (6,034m), the grand finale. The northwest ridge of Tocllaraju offers a pleasant combination of rolling, non-technical terrain and sections of steep climbing where the skills you have practiced will be called upon. It is a beautiful and dramatic peak.

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- Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Are technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 15 days.
Dates 2018: 26 may – 10 june.
Minimum level required:
level 4 in mountaineering levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 2500 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Peruvian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in town, local mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Lima Airport.
Local Airport: Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima Peru.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Lima Airport. The group will be met at the airport, to arrive in time for the Evening, taken to the bus station, at 10.30pm first class bus to Huaraz (8hours). Night in the bus.

Day 1

Arrive in Huaraz – acclimatisation day in the town. Arrive in Huaraz at 6.00 am, from bus station transfer to hotel. Huaraz, a bustling town of 80 thousand inhabitants, is our Andean base. The valley it sits in is known as the ‘Callejon de Huaylas’. This is flanked to the east by the Cordillera Blanca, the mountain range with the highest concentration of peaks over 6,000m outside the Himalayas. Night in Hotel

Day 2

Hatun Machay peak 4760m – acclimatisation day. It is a mystic rock forest formed by the erosion of time and one of the most impressive geological attractions of the region. Hatun Machay – which in Quechua language means Big Cave – is a mere 1 ½ hours from Huaraz, situated in the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) at an altitude of 4290m. From there walk up to the Peak in 2.00 hours. In afternoon return to Huaraz. Night in hotel

Day 3

Laguna Churup 4500m – acclimatisation day. Day hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup (4,500m). Approximately 6 hours round trip. A short colectivo ride to Llupa, and then hike to Pitec (1 hour) and you are at the start of one of the best day hikes from Huaraz – Laguna Churup. This sparkling Andean Lake, nestling at the foot of the an imposing glacier, is the perfect acclimatisation hike with great views, a lovely path and even a bit of fun chain scrambling at the end. Return to Huaraz. Night in Hotel

Day 4

Quebrada Llaca, Vallunaraju glacier 5000m – acclimatisation day. We Huaraz early and drive to the end of Quebrada Llaca. From here walk up to Vallunaraju glacier in 4 – 5 hours. Return to Huaraz. Night in hotel

Day 5

Huaraz rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for ours summits. Night in hotel.

Day 6

Huaraz – Ishinca hut 4405m. Pack your bags! Drive up to the small mountain village of Pashpa where the donkeys get loaded and your group begins the 12km hike to the head of the Ishinca Valley. In the afternoon rest in the hut. Night in the hut

Day 7

Urus este 5420m – Ishinca hut. Urus Summit Day! Your first alpine start has you leaving camp by 1am. Work your way up the steep moraine to the toe of the glacier where you’ll put on crampons, harnesses, and rope up. Weave your way to the summit, usually arriving around 7am. Return down to Ishinca hut for the lunch. Rest. Night in the hut

Day 8

Ishinca 5530m – Ishinca hut. Ishinca Summit Day! Another Alpine start – 12 midnight waking and leaving by 1am. Ishinca’s summit push is about 4 hours longer then Urus’. You’ll pick your way through the delicate Andean tundra and gain the glacier around sunrise. Once on the glacier, wind your way through some impressive crevasses and up to the high saddle, then follow a summit ridge to the very top. Estimated summit time is 8am and return to hut by 12 midday. Rest. Night in hut

Day 9

Ishinca hut rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for our big summit. Night in the hut.

Day 10

Ishinca hut – Tocllaraju High camp 5100m. Taking your essentials, you’ll leave for the high glacier camp of your final mountain, Tocllaraju. It usually takes six hours to reach the camp at 5100m. Enjoy an unforgettable dinner while mesmerized by Tocllaraju’s impressive west face. Get to sleep early for the next days climb. Overnight in the tent.

Day 11

Tocllaraju 6034m – Ishinca hut. An early start today… wake at 12:00 midnight and after a light breakfast depart for the summit by around 1:00am. You’ll work your way across the saddle and begin the classic assent up Toclla’s north ridge. Things get steeper as you climb, with two sections of 60-80 degree snow and/or ice. Return to high camp typically around 14:00pm and after a rest and some warm food, continue back down to Ishinca hut for dinner and sleep. Night in the hut.

Day 12

Ishinca hut – Huaraz. Sleep in at last and wake to a delicious breakfast before packing up equipment and loading the donkeys for the return to Huaraz. Once there, you’ll check into your hotel for quite possibly the best shower of your life. Dinner that night is a celebration banquet. Night in hotel.

Day 13

Huaraz – Bus to Lima in the night. Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 10pm. Night in the bus.

Departure

Lima Tour ends. arriving at the Lima by 6am. After the breakfast tour ends Lima. In the afternoon transfer to Airport for the flight home

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Pequeno Alpamayo 5370 mt, Huayna Potosi 6088 mt, Illimani 6439 mt. (Bolivia)

This expedition in the Cordillera Real, the Royal Range, offers some of the finest mountaineering objectives for all climbers looking at the Andes of South America

Guided ascents of Pequeno Alpamayo, Huayna Potosi, and Illimani offer particpants to experience three different areas in the range, with some creature comforts in La Paz thrown into the mix between climbs.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Are technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 20 days.
Dates 2018: 28 may – 16 june.
Minimum level required:
level 4 in mountaineering levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 3000 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Bolivian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in town, local porters and mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: La Paz Airport.
Local Airport: El Alto Airport, La Paz Bolivia.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in La Paz Airport. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

Acclimatisation day in the city. The highest capital city in the world 4000m. We have the one day free to explore the Mercado de Hechiceria (witches market) or explore the city.

Day 2

Tiwanaku Ruins. For further acclimatization we will visit mysterious Tiwanaka Ruins, an ancient city which offers an excellent example of this pre-Inca culture. This is one of Bolivia’s most significant archeological sites. We’re then off to visit Lake Titicaca where we overnight in the lakeside town of Copacabana. Night in hotel

Day 3

Coapacabana – Isla del Sol. We take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca to the Island of the Sun. We exploring the villages on the island and Inca ruins. night in a lodge. While exploring the islands there is a marvelous feeling of timelessness about the Inca sites and the local people’s traditional way of life that indeed resembles that of their Inca ancestors.

Day 4

Isla del Sol – Laguna Sistana 4620m. We leave Isla del Sol early and after the hiking and the boat for Copacabana drive to the trailhead for the 3 hour to camp in Laguna Khotia. A splendid alpine lake sitting in a huge amphitheater. Night in the tents

Day 5

Laguna Sistana – Laguna Juri Khota 4600m. Head up from the camp and cross one pass a 4900m. From here have great views of Huayna Potosi. Drop down to ideal camping just near Laguna Juri Khota. Night in the tents

Day 6

Laguna Juri Khota – Pico Austria 5310m – Laguna Chiar Khota (Condoriri lake). At the northern end of the lake head up the moraine, the little rock slab and follow the stone traks to the summit of Pico Austria 5310m. Impressive views of the peak Condoridi, Huayna Potosi. Drop down to Condoriri Lake. Night in the tents

Day 7

Condoridi Lake rest day. We brush up on our glacier skills in the morning and spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for our first climb. Night in the tents

Day 8

Pequeno Alpamayo Summit 5440m – La Paz. After an early morning departure, we rope up and ascend the glaciated peaks of Tarija (5300m) and Pequeno Alpamayo (5440). Return to the camp and from here to La Paz. Night in Hotel

Day 9

La Paz rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for our second summit. Night in hotel.

Day 10

La Paz – Glacier Hut 5210m. From La Paz drive to Plataforma de Zongo and from here ascent the moraine to the hut . Night in the hut.

Day 11

Huayna Potosi 6088m – La Paz.We depart early in order to reach the summit of Huayna Potosi. The final section of the climb takes us along a narrow spine of snow to the airy summit. We are rewarded with beautiful views of Lake Titicaca, the Amazon Basin, and the Cordillera Real before we descend to the hut at La Paz. Night in hotel.

Day 12

La Paz rest day . relaxing day and preparing for our second summit. Night in hotel.

Day 13

La Paz – Illimani base camp 4800m. A scenic drive through the countryside of Bolivia ends at the small village of Hacienda Una. Here we load our burros for the trek to base camp. The 1 hour – 1.30 hour walk to base camp leads through small farming villages and alpine meadows. Night in the tents.

Day 14

Illimani base camp – high camp 5600m. Today we accomplish a strenuous climb up a rocky ridge to high camp, known as the Condor’s Nest. We establish camp and get some well-deserved rest to prepare us for the summit. Night in the tents.

Day 15

Illimani 6438m – Illimani base camp. Summit day entails an early departure in order to climb Pico Sur, the highest of Illimani’s three summits. Interesting glacier travel along varied terrain leads us to the summit of this impressive peak. This is a long day of 12-15 hours roundtrip. After enjoying the views from the summit we descend to high camp, or if time permits to base camp. Night in the tents.

Day 16

Illimani base camp – La Paz. We sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we break camp and hike out to Hacienda Una. From here drive to La Paz for our celebration dinner. Night in hotel.

Day 17

La Paz. Last day in the city, packing the bags. Night in hotel.

Departure

Transfer to Airport for the flight home.

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Vallunaraju 5686 mt, Nevado Pisco 5752 mt, Nevado Chopicalqui 6350 mt. (Peru)

Climbing Vallunaraju, Pisco & Chopicalqui: Andean climbs for experienced climbers.

Vallunaraju at 5,686 meters, 18,654, is one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from the town of Huaraz in two days. At 5,752m above sea level, The Pisco it is also a great acclimatisation peak. Non-technical by nature, the normal route on Pisco Oeste climbs the southwest ridge, offering glorious sunrise views of the Huandoys and a 360 degree summit vista that is considered by many to be the best in the range. This two peak is good for ours acclimatisation programs. Last is Chopicalqui, which sits across the Llanganuco valley from Pisco and towers above the rest of the peaks in the area, save the colossal Huascaran. At 6,354m high, Chopicalqui’s southwest ridge offers a moderate climb with just enough exposure to keep climber’s adrenaline levels up, without crossing the line of “technical” and thereby within the reach of novice mountaineers. Chopi’s high camp (5,400m) in the col between Huascaran and itself is an unforgettable place to spend the night, with one of the most photogenic summit cones in the range, it’s a favourite of many climbers in the area.

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Additional information

– Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Are technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 19 days.
Dates 2018: 16 june – 05 july.
Minimum level required:
level 4 in mountaineering levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 3000 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Peruvian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in town, local porters and mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, international flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Lima Airport.
Local Airport: Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima Peru.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Lima Airport. The group will be met at the airport, to arrive in time for the Evening, taken to the bus station, at 10.30pm first class bus to Huaraz (8hours). Night in the bus.

Day 1

Arrive in Huaraz – acclimatisation day in the town. Arrive in Huaraz at 6.00 am, from bus station transfer to hotel. Huaraz, a bustling town of 80 thousand inhabitants, is our Andean base. The valley it sits in is known as the ‘Callejon de Huaylas’. This is flanked to the east by the Cordillera Blanca, the mountain range with the highest concentration of peaks over 6,000m outside the Himalayas. Night in Hotel

Day 2

Hatun Machay peak 4760m – acclimatisation day. It is a mystic rock forest formed by the erosion of time and one of the most impressive geological attractions of the region. Hatun Machay – which in Quechua language means Big Cave – is a mere 1 ½ hours from Huaraz, situated in the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) at an altitude of 4290m. From there walk up to the Peak in 2.00 hours. In afternoon return to Huaraz. Night in hotel

Day 3

Laguna Churup 4500m – acclimatisation day. Day hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup (4,500m). Approximately 6 hours round trip. A short colectivo ride to Llupa, and then hike to Pitec (1 hour) and you are at the start of one of the best day hikes from Huaraz – Laguna Churup. This sparkling Andean Lake, nestling at the foot of the an imposing glacier, is the perfect acclimatisation hike with great views, a lovely path and even a bit of fun chain scrambling at the end. Return to Huaraz. Night in Hotel

Day 4

Ishinca hut 4405m – acclimatisation day. Drive up to the small mountain village of Pashpa and our group begins the 12km hike to the head of the Ishinca Valley to the hut. Return to Huaraz in the afternoon. Night in hotel

Day 5

Huaraz – rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for ours summits. Night in hotel.

Day 6

Quebrada Llaca – Vallunaraju base camp 4900m. We Huaraz early and drive to the end of Quebrada Llaca. From here walk up to Vallunaraju glacier in 4 – 5 hours. Night in the tents

Day 7

Vallunaraju 5686m – Huaraz . With an early start, we climb Vallunaraju. The route climbs easily up the initially gentle glacier, before gaining the upper ridge with one steeper step. We’ll descend back down to the Quebrada Llaca, meet our van and continue down to Huaraz for the night. Night in hotel.

Day 8

Huaraz – rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for other two summit. Night in hotel.

Day 9

Huaraz – Pisco hut 4765m. We head out past the beautiful Llanganuco lakes and on to the trailhead where we load our donkeys and ascend to the Pisco hut. We take it slowly, enjoying the views en route. Night in the hut

Day 10

Pisco 5752m – Pisco hut. We wake early, around 1am, and set off towards the summit of Pisco. We enjoy the changing light as the sun rises during our summit attempts, and we aim to make the summit around 7.00. Breathtaking views abound. We descend to the hut. Rest. Night in hut

Day 11

Pisco hut – rest day. Relaxing day and preparing for our big summit. Night in the hut.

Day 12

Pisco hut – Chopicalqui Base camp 4400m. Sleep in at last and wake to a delicious breakfast before packing up equipment and loading the donkeys for the descent to Chopicalqui base camp. Night in the tent.

Day 13

Base Camp – Moraine Camp 4900m. . Trek towards our first camp at 4,900m. Night in the hut.

Day 14

Moraine camp – High camp 5300m. We continue to ascend slowly today, reaching the high camp, from where we will make our summit attempt. Night in the tent.

Day 15

Chopicalqui 6354m – Moraine Camp . Summit Day!! Wake up at 1am and depart for the summit at 1.30am. Work your way up the massive southern ridge and on to the summit. We return to Moraine camp for the night. Night in the tents

Day 16

Moraine Camp – Huaraz . Pack up camp and descend down to the winding road which leads back to Huaraz. Stop for lunch and the Llanganuco Lakes. Check back into your hotel for a well deserved shower and then a Celebration dinner. Night in hotel

Day 17

Huaraz – bus to Lima in the night. Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 10pm. Night in the Bus.

Departure

Lima Tour ends. arriving at the Lima by 6am. After the breakfast tour ends Lima. In the afternoon transfer to Airport for the flight home

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July 2018

Elbrus 5642mt. (Russia)

An exhilarating expedition to Europe’s highest peak.

At 5642m, Elbrus rises majestically from a beautiful alpine-like valley dominated by dramatic glaciated peaks. On this expedition you will gradually gain height and increase your fitness by acclimatising carefully on the peaks of Mestia and Gumatchi Peak.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain hut allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
– Is a technically straightforward mountain, but one which requires stamina and determination to cope with long arduous days.
– Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 10 days in the Mountain
Dates: june – july 2018: 29 june – 08 july.
Minimum level required:
level 3 in mountaineering ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 6 persons
Cost: Euro 3400 per person.
the cost include: services of two Mountain Guide (one local guide), local transport as per program, lodging and hut fees except in Moscow, half board except lunches and evening meals in Moscow/Min Vody, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Mineralnye Vody Airport.
Local Airport: Mineralnye Vody Airport, Russia.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into Russia. This should be obtained in the your state prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: obtaining a Russian visa is a long tedious process and needs to be done well in advance – we suggest at least 6 weeks and attention to detail when completing the on line form is essential to avoid any unnecessary delays. Invitations and vouchers will be supplied by Mont Blanc Mountain Guide. If your budget allows, using a specialist visa company can make the process more tolerable.

Travel in the Caucasus (IMPORTANT INFO)
For several years the most governments has recommended against all but essential travel to the North Caucasus area of the Russian Federation (valid as at August 2013). This is due primarily to its proximity to areas such as Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya that have seen terrorist activity in the past. If you are planning a trip to this region we strongly recommend you seek advice before travelling.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Mineralnye Vody via Moscow, just to the north of the Caucasus range. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

From Mineralnye Vody it is a 3-4 hour journey (180kms) by road to the Ullu Tau Lodge in the Adyr-Su Valley. This will be your base for the next 5 days. We start the trip with a first tour in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 – 4

Early starts for day tours around this spectacular area returning each night to the refuge. The main Baksan valley has many smaller valleys leading off it and there is good access to some beautiful peaks. The twin peaks of Elbrus dominates the range and is visible for much of the time. Most days are 6-7 hours with ascents of Tchotchat Peak (3870m), Koiavgan Pass (3500m), Mestia (4100m) and Gumatchi Peak (3810m) planned. These tours provide excellent acclimatisation for the Elbrus ascent later in the programme. Average daily height gain is between 750 and 1800m. Overnight in hotel.

Day 5

Rest day. Travel by road into the Baksan valley and to the Nakra Hotel. If you are feeling energetic, you may wish to ascend Cheget Karabashi 3400m or ski using the Cheget chairlift system. Overnight in hotel.

Day 6

Ascend to the Garabashi Huts (3800m). Overnight in the ‘barrels’, (large Nissan huts).

Day 7

Acclimatisation ascent up (950m) to the Pastukhov rocks (4750m) where there are spectacular views including Ushba, the ‘Matterhorn of the Caucasus’. Return to the “Barrels” overnight. Overnight in the “barrels”.

Day 8

Summit day: an early 4am start for the 8-10 hour ascent of Elbrus (5642m). This is a long ascent up vast, windswept ice fields. Return to Cheget to celebrate the ascent. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9

Travel to Mineralnye Vody. Fly to Moscow. Evening flight to home.

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