Ice Climbing

World famous for dozens of snow-capped mountains, the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash offer ice year round for those willing to try. A big advantage is easy access to the base camps with some previous acclimatization. The routes have varying levels of difficulty to challenge all types of climbers. Among the most well-known peaks are Huascarán South (6,768 m) and North (6,654 m) peaks, Alpamayo, which has the famous Ferrari route, and Chacraraju, one of the most difficult. The Ishinca Valley provides several options for acclimatization climbing on Urus, Ishinca and Tocllaraju peaks. In the Llanganuco Valley, Pisco is popular for acclimatization as well.

The House of the Mountain Guides (Casa de Guías) is a good place to get recent reports about climbing and to find guides, porters, donkey drivers and cooks. They can also help with logistics. The price for guide service is around US $80-180 per day, depending on the level of difficulty; donkey driver US $15 per day; donkey rental US $5 per day; and porter charges US $35 per day.

For greater guarantee, ask to see the official association credentials of your tour guide, mountain guide, porter, cook or donkey driver.