4 Day
Tour Type
Group Size
Max People : 15

Trek & Climb: Nevados Urus & Ishinka (5,530m)

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 IshincaUrusTocllarajuRanrapalco, 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 EsteIshinca 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.

Breakfast x 3
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual high-mountain guide
High-Mountain Cook
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)

Not Included
International Airfare
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Travel & Adventure Insurance (we highly recommend some form of medical evacuation insurance)
Entrance fee to the Huascarán National Park (S./150.00 per person)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Emergency mule (can be hired for the expedition)

Suggested Packing
Hikking Boots
Trekking socks (synthetic fibers)
Sun hat
Hat for cold weather (fleece)
microfiber shirts and thermal
Trekking pants
Day Backpack or advance 40 liters
Waterproof Jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
Waterproof Pant (Gore-Tex or other)
Waterproof Layer
Water Bottle
Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
Sunscreen (lips and skin)
Personal First Aid Kit
Photographic Material
Washbag and towel
Trekking poles.

Joining Arrangements 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.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets 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.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). 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. Altitude Preparation
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. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.



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
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, Dinner
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
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

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