Pisco is the most challenging of the mountains in the Cordillera Blanca which can be attempted by a novice. It is the most frequently climbed mountain in the region because of the wonderful views offered in all directions from the summit.
Day 1 Huaraz – Yungay – Cebollapampa – Base Camp
We leave Huaraz (3100m) at 7.00am and travel in private transport past Yungay and up to Cebollapampa (3850m). The drive takes about 2 hours and we hope to be walking by 9.30am. The route to base camp is an unrelenting uphill trek and takes 2 – 3 hours. On arrival at our camp (4650m), a hot drink is served and the climbing equipment explained and packed ready for the summit attempt. In the evening a hot meal is served and clients are usually asleep by 7.00pm or even earlier.
Day 2 Base Camp – Cumbre Pisco –Base Camp
We wake up at 12.30am, drink a hot cup of tea and set off by 1.00am. This mountain has a sizable moraine which takes 2 – 3 hours to cross. At about 3.00am we pass the moraine camp (4900m) and around 4.00am we arrive at the glacier where everybody puts on crampons, gaiters, harnesses and helmets. The group ropes together and each person takes their ice axe to begin the climb. We head towards the col between Pisco and Huandoy, navigating our way around a number of crevasses. From here we climb to the right, following the ridge up to the summit of Pisco.
On top of the mountain we eat a small breakfast, enjoy a hot drink and take in the impressive views of Huandoy, Huascaran, Alpamayo, Artesonraju (Paramount Pictures) and the vast Cordillera Blanca behind them. The time spent on the summit depends primarily on the temperature and weather conditions. We return via the same route to the base camp where we should arrive between 11.00am and 12.00am. Here we rest until the following day, eating a good hot meal in the early evening.
Day 3 Base Camp – Cebollapampa – Yungay – Huaraz
After a final breakfast together we pack up and begin the return journey at around 9.00am. The donkeys take the main packs again and we return via the same route to find the transport, at around 11.00am. Expected arrival time in Huaraz is 2.00pm.
Does not include
- Lunch, dinner and snacks day 1
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks day 2
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks day 3
- Camping and climbing equipment
- First aid kit
- Private transport
- Entrance to the national park (65 soles)
- Accident insurance
Throughout the climb, clients must use a daypack containing the following items:
If you would like to modify this plan, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- Sun glasses
- Rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Packed lunch (provided)