Trek & Climb: Nevados Urus & Ishinka 

Trek & Climb: Nevados Urus & Ishinka – Flying in from your country you’ll arrive in Lima in the afternoon. Then transfer to the bus station in Lima (Plaza Norte Terminal) – Huaraz (Travel by bus, the journey lasts around 7-8 hrs)

Urus & Ishinka nevados in the Cordillera Blanca.

To climb Ishinka, beginning with a journey through the Ishinca Valley; is a popular destination for climbers who want to get to 5 or 6,000 meter peak. Then purely for the scenic vistas, this is a great climb even if you don’t summit. Views of the massif that includes Ishinca, Urus, Tocllaraju, Ranrapalco, the Palcarajus and more.

Urus is an acclimatization mountain to prepare for the higher peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. It’s normally considered a trekking peak more than a climbing one; but weather conditions can make this ‘easy’ summit far from a sure bet. If your time in Peru is short or you don’t have much high-altitude experience the climbs in this valley should be considered as a great starting point. Generally after the first treks the most popular peaks of Cordillera Blanca to achieve over 5,000+ meters are: Urus Este, Ishinca and Pisco Oeste.

Following then, it is also possible to summit just one peak in this zone; this is a 2-day trip to summit either Urus or Ishinca.

This is an ideal trek and climb route for those starting out in glacial climbing.


Day 1
Huaraz - Pashpa (3,400 m) - Ishinca Base Camp (4,250 m)
Today you'll leave the city of Huaraz, heading towards the north and down to the Callejón de Huaylas (also known as the Santa Valley) to the village of Paltay. We continue on an unpaved route to Pashpa (3,400 m), and on to the small Lake Cochapampa. Here is where our local team of mule drivers waits for us. It is a 90 minute trip from Huaraz to Paltay. You then have a tranquil climb through the Ishinca Valley to camp, near Refugio Don Bosco. 4-5 hours.
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2
Ishinca Base Camp - Climb Ishinca Peak (5,530 m) - Base Camp
A continuous climb on a good trail and then over the moraine to the glacier. The climb on the glacier is not steep, except for the last 50 meters to the summit. However, in some years, depending on the conditions at the glacier, there can be some steep sections or hard ice. Returning via the same trail to Base Camp. 10-12 hours.
  • Overnight: Base Camp, Ishinca
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 3
Ishinca Base Camp - Climb Urus Peak (5,495 m) - Ishinca Base Camp (4,250 m)
Ascent of the west face of Urus. A sloped route takes us to a ridge, crossing large rocks on the moraine until you reach the glacier. Climbing over the snow and ice for about an hour; then the last 50 minutes to the summit is easier over the moraine. A steep descent to camp. 7 hours.
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Ishinca Base Camp (4,250 m) - Huaraz
Today you'll pack-up camp and from here head back to Pashpa where our private transport will be waiting to take us to Huaraz, our final destination. Overnight here to reflect on an epic journey and two incredible ascents!
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Info

Breakfast x 1
Lunch x 2
Dinner x 1
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.

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  • Breakfast x 1
  • Lunch x 2
  • Dinner x 1
  • Private Transport - collection & drop-off
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Cook
  • All camping & climbing equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Not Included
  • Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Extension trips to Machu Picchu
  • Tips for crew
  • Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Any additional extras
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