Introducing a new PSA adventure: ski mountaineering in Peru‘s Cordillera Blanca promises an exhilarating mix of alpine climbing and skiing, designed for those seeking an intense and unforgettable experience.
Led by IFMGA mountain guides, you’ll learn about crevasse rescue and alpine mountaineering, all while navigating the acclimatisation processes necessary for such altitudes.
The team will capture your adventures on DSLR cameras, so you can leave your phone in your pocket and still take your memories home.
Itineraries include climbing and skiing the peaks of Nevado Pisco and Copa, both offering challenging ascents but rewarding downward trails, set to the backdrop of the Cordillera Blanca’s snow-capped mountains. Such views can only be experienced through guided mountaineering as you climb to elevations of between 4,347m and 5,201m.
The adventure starts with a flight into Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, followed by a scenic drive to Huaraz. Here, get acclimatised and explore the local area as you prepare for the days ahead.
Your journey continues with a trek to the Pisco base camp, where donkeys assist in carrying gear. Further acclimatisation is necessary at the rugged Moraine Camp as you get ready for summit day on Nevado Pisco. After conquering Pisco, return to Huaraz for some well-deserved rest before embarking on the next leg to Copa.
Start with an optional hike to Lago Lejiacocha and set camp at the base of Copa’s glacier. You’ll have the chance to refine your alpine climbing skills under the guidance of your expert guides. Summit day on Copa promises another thrilling descent before you return to Huaraz for a celebratory dinner with the team.
Each itinerary can be personalised to your group and meticulously crafted around the season. The best snow conditions usually fall just after the wet season, from late April to June. The drier weather is also more reliable for trekking. Pisco and Copa can be climbed between October and April, but bad weather and deep soft snow can make for more dangerous conditions.
Strong downhill skill technique, experience in backcountry skiing, and cardiovascular endurance are necessary. Prior experience in glaciated skiing or mountaineering is a plus but not a necessity.