The Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes is one of my favourite places in the world for high altitude ski mountaineering.
One of my favourite things about skiing here is the approaches. You can load up the donkeys with all your gear, then casually stroll along to base camp with running shoes and a daypack. In our camps, we will have a cook to take care of all the meals, so you can relax and focus on acclimatizing/relaxing and skiing.
Skiing high altitude peaks requires time to acclimatize. At 3,050m elevation, the town of Huaraz provides the perfect base, with scenic acclimatization hikes, sport climbing in town, and a rich local culture including Ceviche and Pisco Sours 😉 Once acclimatized, it is possible to climb and ski peaks in quick succession, sometimes even from the same basecamp!!
- Previous ski mountaineering experience, including the use of ski crampons, boot crampons and an ice axe.
- Ability to safely descend steep and exposed slopes up to 40 degrees in less than ideal conditions.
- Good fitness to be able to manage long days at high altitude.
- Able to perform uphill and downhill kick-turns.
May 25th to June 9th 2021
Day 1-5: Acclimatization hikes based from Huaraz (optional if you are pre-acclimitised)
Day 6-10: Establish a base camp in Quebrada Ishinca (c. 4400m) and ski Nevado Ishinca.
Day 12-16: Ski Pisco Oeste (5752m) and return to Huaraz
Previous experience at high altitude is NOT required. We understand that everyone reacts differently to high altitude and needs time to acclimatize. Our strategy is to gain an average of less than 300m of sleeping elevation per day, planning to "climb high and sleep low", with rest days built in every few days to help the body adjust.
This trip will be led by myself, ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide Alex Geary and ACMG Ski Guide Madeleine Martin-Preney. Between us we have extensive experience ski touring and mountaineering around the world, and experience on high altitude peaks including skiing in Peru.
- Travel to and from Huaraz
- Travel/medical/rescue insurance
- Dinners in Huaraz
- Lunches in Huaraz