Urus & Ishinca Expedition

$ 1'570

The Ishinca Valley, is a popular destination for climbers who want to get to 5000 meter peak. From the valley we have fascinating views of Ishinca, Urus, Tocllaraju, Ranrapalco, the Palcarajus and many more. In this program we climb first Urus (5495m) and then Ishinca (5530m).

Tour Duration   6 Days

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided Tours, Peak Climbing
  • Activity Level Strenous
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Urus & Ishinca Expedition.


  • The most beautiful mountains in the Cordillera Blanca
  • Climb two peaks in the beautiful Ishinca valley


Urus is considered an easy mountain and a good choice to start your climbing season or for people with none or little climbing experience. Ishinca is also a beautiful peak that is climbed from the same valley. To reach this mountain we will go through the ravine on the way to Llaca, where we see amazing views of mountains such as Huascaran (6768m), Hualcan (6112m), Ranrapalca (6162m) and Chopicalqui (6354m).

Good physical condition, team spirit and willingness to leave your comfort zone. The climbing on the glacier is sustained with steep climbing made very demanding by the altitude. You should only consider these climbs if you are strong, with high fitness levels and able to carry a medium weight backpack on steep terrain over rocky, loose and uneven ground. In preparation for this trip, we recommend extensive walks and conditioning.

Best Season
The best trekking and climbing season in the Andes is from April to October, with rainy season in between. It is usually sunny and warm during this time. Due to the altitude, the nights can be quite cold (to minus 5 ° C).

Extra Time
Individual connection programs with Tocllaraju, Alpamayo and Huascaran climbs and much more are possible. Contact us.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transports according to itinerary
  • Entrance fees to Huascaran National Park
  • Qualified and experienced guide (Spanish/Englisch)
  • Cook
  • Donkeys and donkey driver
  • All meals during the climb
  • Good quality high mountain tent (2 or 3 person)
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Cooking utensils
  • First aid kit and oxygen
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals in Lima and Huaraz
  • Bus tickets Lima – Huaraz – Lima
  • Accommodation in Lima and Huaraz
  • Acclimatization hikes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Medical care or insurance
  • Emergency rescue or evacuation
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the expedition early
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Tips (optional)
  1. Day 1 Huaraz - Ishinca Valley - Base Camp

    We drive from Huaraz to the village of Pashpa. We then walk up the Ishinca Valley on a gently rising path to our camp at the head of the valley. This is a lovely walk, starting on a plateau with views of Huascaran, then passing through beautiful quenual forest. As we walk up the valley, it opens up, and we see Tocllaraju ahead. Base Camp is at 4’390m.

    Driving time: 2 hours
    Hiking time: 5 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  2. Day 2 Acclimatization hike to Laguna Akilpo

    Today we get acclimatized to the altitude and hike up to beautiful Laguna Akilpo (4’200m). Then we get back to Base Camp.

    Hiking time: 4-5 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  3. Day 3 Base Camp - Urus Summit - Base Camp

    Today we climb the East face of Urus. Leaving camp at 4am, we make a steep climb directly up a ridge and across large moraine rocks until we reach the ice after 3.5 hours. There is a steadier gradient on the ice for one hour, then the last half hour to the summit is an easier rock climb. However, in some months there can be deep snow all the way to the summit. We arrive at the summit to see the sun rise on Tocllaraju, Akilpo, Palcaraju and Ishinca. A steep and long descent back to Base Camp by the same route.

    Climbing time: 7 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  4. Day 4 Rest Day at Base Camp

    Today we rest at Base Camp.

  5. Day 5 Base Camp - Ishinca Summit - Base Camp

    Today we climb Ishinca. We leave camp at 3am and undertake a steady climb, initially on a good path to Lake Ishinca. Then we continue hiking over more demanding, steep moraine rock until we reach the glacier. We put on crampons and rope up for the climb. Which route we climb will be decided by the guide according to the weather, experience and fitness of the clients. Some years, depending on the conditions of the glacier, there can be some hard ice, especially at the glacial face to climb up onto the start of the glacier. It is about 3-4 hours on the ice to the summit. Then we return back to Base Camp.

    Climbing time: 9-12 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  6. Day 6 Base Camp - Ishinca Valley - Huaraz

    We walk down the Ishinca Valley to Pashpa and return to Huaraz in our private vehicle.

    Hiking time: 4 hours
    Driving time: 2 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch

Everything you need to know about this trip

During the climb, you spend the nights in two or three person tents.

During the expedition we pay attention to a healthy and high-calorie diet. Breakfast and dinner are cooked warm. For lunch, a box lunch is served. We can prepare vegetarian dishes on request.

Donkeys carry equipment to Base Camp in the Ishinca Valley.

Packing listOur recommendation
  • Backpack
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Sandals
  • Well-worn in hiking boots
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Fleece or warm pullover
  • Comfortable clothes (quick dry, merino)
  • Trekking trousers
  • Long thermal underwear (merino)
  • Warm socks
  • Cap, gloves
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (min factor 40)
  • Hiking poles
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (Gore-Tex)
  • Very warm and waterproof gloves (Gore-Tex)
  • Mountain goggles
  • Mountain boots
  • Crampons
  • 2 ice axes
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Carabiners
  • Sleeping bag -10° comfort
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal medication travel kit
  • Water bottle and water purification pills
  • Extra Snacks (your favorite chocolate)
  • Extra money

All our programs are also bookable as a tailor made trip. Please contact us for more information.

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