Destination: Back to Peru to the Cordillera Blanca aka the section of the Peruvian Andes that stretches north from Huaraz; contiguous home to the Huáscarán National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site No 333).
Why: To trek and climb in some more high, snowy mountains.
When: July 2014.
How: A two week trek with Val Pitkethly at the helm, and hopefully a chance to try my hand (and balance) at non-technical winter climbing involving crampons and ice-axe.
Itinerary: Details from Val today! I name this trip, Val Pitkethly’s Cordillera Blanca.
Day 1: To Huaraz 3050m; acclimatisation.
Day 2: Depart for Chingli – 6 hour drive via Llanganuco pass 4760m and then descend to Colocabamba and on to Chingli; views Huascarán, Chopicalqui etc.
Day 3: Trek to Quisaur via Yanghirca pass 4500m with great views of Contrahierbas, Chopicalqui and Chacraraju peaks; descend to village at 3700m
Day 4: Day trip to Yaino pre Inca city and fantastic views of the whole Cord. Blanca range
Day 5: Trek to Tupa Tupa pass and down to Jancopampa 4500m and village camp 3950m
Day 6: Trek to camp below Safuna pass
Day 7: Trek over pass 4700m and descend to camp near Safuna lakes 4200m
Day 8: Exploration around this area
Day 9: Trek over Gara Pass 4850m and descend to Alpamayo BC 4350m
Day 10: Exploration around area
Day 11: Trek to camp below Cullicocha pass and Cedors pass 4200m
Day 12: Ascend to pass and maybe climb small peak if conditions are good
Day 13: Trek to camp at Wiscash
Day 14: Return to Huaraz
Day 15: Spare day
Day 16-19: Climbing in southern Blanca. No folks and beautiful area with lots of wildlife and birds – truly magical spot.
Day 20: Return to Lima.
Day 21: Depart and return home
Map, courtesy of ramblin’ boy:
Getting there/back: I booked my flights back at the start of December, which made them a lot cheaper than last year! Hopefully KLM‘s London – Amsterdam – Lima (and back) will be a better long haul experience than last year‘s lack lustre London – Madrid – Lima courtesy of Iberia.