All our professional mountaineering guides responsible for leading climbs are certified by the Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes (“UIAGM”), otherwise known as the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations. Assistant guides, who are in the process of training to be mountain guides under UIAGM, will accompany bigger climbing groups.
For climbs that are relatively easy and suitable for beginners with little to no prior climbing experience, the ratio will be four clients to one mountain guide. For more technical climbs that are greater in difficulty, the ratio will be two clients to one mountain guide. Additional clients will be accompanied by assistant guides.
The grades set out below are determined on the basis of the type of terrain and level of technical skills required for the climbs. As most (if not all) climbs involve summits that are well over 5,000m/16,400ft, it is of utmost importance that climbers are well and fully acclimatized before embarking on any climb.
It is also essential that climbers are healthy both physically and mentally. This should not be underestimated given that climbs generally bear a higher level of risk and as such, being of good physical condition will minimize any chances of accidents.
Easy: Terrain is mostly snow. Little or no prior climbing experience is required.
Moderate: Involves snow climbing and rappelling with ropes. Climbing experience is required.
Technical: Needs to be an experienced climber. Involves long snow and ice climbing and rappelling. Slopes can be steep with gradients up to 60 to 70 degrees.
Our guides will be able to conduct climbing lessons for beginners or refresher courses for those with prior climbing experience at valleys close to Huaraz or at base camps prior to embarking on any summits. Feel free to talk to us openly on your level of climbing experience so we can recommend the best course of action for you.
It is highly essential that climbers are fully acclimatized before embarking on any climb. Altitude sickness is likely to jeopardize your chances of scaling to the summit and more importantly, pose a risk of accidents occurring and affect your climbing experience.
We recommend that all climbers spend at least three to four days acclimatizing. Climbers have the option on doing acclimatization day hikes (for more information, see here) and/or moderate-level snow climbs such as 3D2N Mount Pisco (5,752m/16,400ft, see here), 3D2N Mount Urus (5,495m/16,400ft, see here) or 3D2N Mount Ishinca (5,550m/16,400ft, see here) for those proceeding on to more technical climbs and on higher peaks. We are happy to assist on the planning of your acclimatization schedule.
We will provide all the relevant equipment required for the sleeping, kitchen and dining tents, as well as all kitchen paraphernalia and ancillary items. Climbers are required to secure all other gear necessary for climbs and will be provided with an itemized list of such equipment for reference during the initial planning stages. The relevant gear necessary for climbs are easily available for rent in Huaraz and we would be happy to assist with any rental arrangements if required.
All mountain guides are trained in administering basic first-aid and carry along first-aid kits on all expeditions. They are also well-versed in evacuation procedures, including arranging necessary rescue teams to be despatched from Huaraz if required.
During the climb, you will be accompanied with a full support team of porters, muleteers and donkeys, as well as emergency horses. The porters and donkeys will assist in carrying most of the equipment (tents, kitchen materials, etc.) during the course of the expedition. However, in areas where donkeys are not able to continue on, porters will take over. You will also be responsible for carrying some of your own gear and belongings (as much as 15 kilograms).
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