Ishinca Valley Mountain Climbs

  • 7 Day Climb
  • Fully Supported
  • Guide Ratio: 1 to 2 people
Tocllaraju Mountain

A Huaraz Treks and Climbs classic ascents of three peaks in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca.

Ishinca Valley Mountain Climbs is an exciting, well-balanced itinerary combining ascents of three popular peaks: Urus 5495m, Ishinca 5530m and Tocllaraju 6030m.

The expedition is particularly suitable for those who have done alpine routes before. We highly recommend to allow yourself enough time to acclimate to the altitude. We warm up on Urus and Ishinca and our main climbing objective is Tocllaraju which provides an excellent snow climb with the most challenging summit day. The most difficult section involves at least three to four rope length of 50° to 65° snow/ice climbing at an altitude of over 5800m. Conditions on the mountains in 2019 were excellent, with most teams summiting on all the peaks included in this itinerary.

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic Mountain Views
  • Unique Climbing Experience
  • High Altitude Mountaineering
  • World Class Climb

Trip Dates

  • June 
  • July 
  • August 

Climbing Details

Urus 5495m E Ridge
Ishinca 5530m NW Slope
Tocllaraju 6030m NW Ridge
Price: Contact us for prices.
Season: June – August
Pickup and Drop-off: We will collect and return you to any hotel located within Huaraz City.
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What to Bring: We will provide a full gear list info upon booking the climb.


Lets Go! Vamos!

You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley and then up to the Village of Collon 1 hour drive. Here our gear is loaded onto the donkeys and we walk up the valley Quebrada Ishinca on a gently rising path to our camp at the head of the valley. This is a lovely walk, passing through Quenual forest. As we walk up the valley it opens out, and we see Tocllaraju ahead. Base Camp is at 4390m. 4 to 5 hours hike

Ishinca Base Camp

Day 2: Urus 5495m Summit Attempt 

We leave camp 2am. A steep climb directly up the moraine ridge to the glacier (4 hours). Then we traverse across boulder slopes below a rock buttress to gain the glacier. We climb the glacier (up to 45°) then we finish on the rocky E ridge (2 hours). Arrive to the summit to see the sunrise on Tocllaraju, Akilpo, Palcaraju, Ishinca and Ranrapalca. A steep descent back down to camp.

nevado urus mountain climb

Day 3: Rest Day 

Day 4: Ishinca 5530m Summit Attempt

We start our climb at 2am. A steady climb initially on a good path to Lake Ishinca (3 hours). Some sections are over loose rock and boulders until we reach the glacier (1 hour). We climb the North West slopes towards the summit tower (2 hours). We return the same way to Base Camp.  10 to 12 hours activity.

We leave Base Camp around 10am. Today we need to carry all our equipment and hike up to High Camp of Tocllaraju. A steep climb on a moraine ridge and across large moraine rocks for 3 hours to where we set up our camp on the moraine immediately below the glacier at Moraine Camp at 5000m.

Tocllaraju from Morraine Camp

We leave camp early around 1am and climb to the summit. From the Moraine Camp we climb up the glacier to a shoulder at 5300m. We cross the bowl through complex crevasses heading towards the summit. We then climb a not too steep slope a long a ridge, until we reach a large crevasse at the start of the North West ridge which we follow to the summit of Tocllaraju. In some years there is an impassable bergschrund high on the mountain. From the summit, we descend with several rappels, collect our things from the camp and return down to base camp. 10 to 12 hours activity. Slope angles between 50° to 70°.

Walk out the valley and return to Huaraz. 3 hours walk.

Health and Fitness
To get the most out of your climbing experience with us, you will need to be fit, healthy and well acclimatized to the altitude. You do not need to be an athlete, but a good level of overall fitness is important. As an indication, you should be able to walk for up to 12 hours with a heavy backpack.

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic Mountain Views
  • Unique Climbing Experience
  • High Altitude Mountaineering
  • World Class Climb

Departure Dates

  • June 
  • July
  • August


We really enjoyed climbing with Rodolfo. He was an excellent guide. We had an amazing trip and can’t wait to get back there!!. James, USA

Rodolfo’s guiding service was truly great with the first rule being that of safety which is what it should be. Christopher, USA

I had an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience, and memories I will cherish forever … the entire experience from booking to climbing was exceptional, I couldn’t expect higher standards. Adam, USA

I had a really great time in Peru! Thank you again for being a great guide. Illiana, USA


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