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Mount Pisco


Duration 3 days
Difficulty Moderate
Range of Altitude 3,700m to 5,752m / 12,139ft to 18,871ft
Distance Covered Approximately 12km

The 3D2N climb to Mount Pisco (5,752m/18,871ft) is ideal for beginners with little or no prior climbing experience. Most sections consist of pleasant, flat snow without any technical navigation required. It is a great acclimatization climb and will give you the chance become well acquainted with essential mountaineering skills, especially if you are eventually headed for more technical climbs or higher mountains later on.

It is essential that all climbers are in good physical shape and well acclimatized given the high altitudes and long trekking distances involved (on day 2 in particular, we will spend approximately 12 to 14 hours in total trekking and climbing).


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  • We begin by driving for approximately one hour north of Huaraz to Yungay, a town which was completely destroyed in a devastating earthquake in May 1970 that killed over 70,000 people

  • We then drive eastwards through Llanganuco valley and past the twin lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha to Cebollapampa, the starting point of the trek

  • We trek for approximately two to three hours to Pisco base camp, where we spend our first night
  • Today is a long and challenging but rewarding day as we scale up and down the summit. We leave camp at around 1am together with our personal equipment and hike for four hours over rocky terrain to get to the glacier of the mountain

  • With our climbing gear on, we proceed to climb over steeper terrain for another four hours to get to the summit of Mount Pisco. The path is interspersed with short sections of pronounced inclines, including a stretch with a gradient of about 50 to 60 degrees which would require some careful navigation with the guide’s assistance

  • At the summit, be mesmerized by stunning views of Cordillera Blanca’s mountain range, including panoramic views of surrounding mountains such as Mount Chopicalqui (6,354m/20,846ft), Mount Chacraraju (6,108m/20,039ft) and Mount Huascaran (6,768m/22,205ft), the highest mountain in Peru, as well as sparkling crystal-blue waters of Lake 69 shimmering in the distance

  • We then descend along the same route back to Pisco base camp

  • Total hiking and climbing time is approximately 11 to 12 hours
  • We descend for approximately two hours back to Cebollapampa, where our private transport awaits for our return back to Huaraz. We will pass by the beautiful twin lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha once more on the journey back


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