Mount Pisco gets its name after the typical Peruvian drink, Pisco. This mountain offers a great introduction to climbing the high mountains in the Cordillera Blanca. The Pisco West peak, situated in the heart of the range, is an excellent choice as a preparatory climb before confronting higher, more demanding peaks of the Cordillera Blanca.
We also offer this climb in a more relaxed 4 days/3 night’s option. Please contact us for additional information.
Day 1: Huaraz – Cebollapampa - Base Camp
In the morning, our shared transport takes us to Cebollapampa (3850 m) high plateau. From here, we trek towards the base camp of Mounts Pisco and Huandoy. The trail leads us along beautiful landscapes on a well-marked route with glacial streams, gracious Andean flowers and queñua (polylepis) forests. We can enjoy great views of Mounts Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanacocha and Mount Pisco itself. The 4 to 5 hours hike will take us to the camp at 4600 m. From here we have exceptional views of Mounts Huandoy and Chopicalqui. Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 2: Base Camp – Pisco Summit – Base Camp
Early in the morning we start our attempt to reach the summit of Mount Pisco. At about 2 a.m. we head first through a camp of loose rock of the moraine. Around sunrise we will reach the base of the glacier, from where we put on crampons and start the climb in easy glacial and snowy terrain. At a certain point of the route, and weather permitting we will have the opportunity to enjoy marvelous views of the Artesonraju snowy peak, Mount Caraz, Piramide de Garcilaso and other impressive and beautiful mountains of the east side of the Cordillera Blanca. Finally, after 7-8 hours of continuous climbing we will get to the summit (5750 m) of the Pisco Mountain. Our effort will be rewarded with an incredible 360 degrees view of the Cordillera Blanca main peaks: Huascaran, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Alpamayo, Artesonraju, and many more. We then return to our base camp, where we expect to arrive at about 2 – 3 p.m. for a well-deserved rest and dinner. Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 3: Base Camp – Cebollapampa - Huaraz
After a relaxed morning, we will start our trek down to the meadow of Cebollapampa where we meet our transport, which will take us back to the city of Huaraz. Breakfast included.
All transfers; professional English/Spanish speaking guide, noted meals (B=breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner), complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, and kitchen tent), complete food services while on the mountain, cook, helpers, donkeys, donkey keepers, first aid kit, entrance fee.
Extras; tips; personal travel insurance; personal climbing equipment.
Departures are guaranteed with minimum 4 participants.