A perfect day on the top of Yayamari

Climb Yayamari (6,050m/19,844ft)

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Level: Basic (PD)

Yayamari is a large, heavily glaciated mountain in the remote Cordillera Vilcanota range. Perfect for your first climb over 6,000 meters because it is the easiest big peak to climb in Cusco. The name Yayamari means “Father of the lakes” in Quechua because of the many lagoons around the mountain. We will walk along lake Sibinacocha, the largest lake at 4,900mts altitude anywhere in the world. You can see the largest tropical glacier in the world, the “Ritipampa de Quelcaya”, lying SE of Yayamari.

The big glacier of Nevado Chumpe (Jatunriti) in the Vilcanota range

Climb Chumpe (6,110m/20,040ft)

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Level: Basic/Intermediate (PD)

Nevado Chumpe is also known as Jatunriti which means “big ice mountain” in Quechua. Piero Ghiglione called it Yanaloma on the first ascent in 1955. It is a large, broad mountain on the northern side of the Cordillera Vilcanota range. The third highest peak in Cusco after Ausangate and Salkantay. You will gain good glacier travel experience on this mountain. Close to the summit we have a bit of steeper climbing over a crevasse. This mountain is easier than Ausangate making it the perfect option for you to get above 6,000 meters (20,000ft).

Traversing the summit crest of Nevado Caracol

Climb Caracol (5,625m/18,450ft)

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Level: Basic/Intermediate (AD)

The peak of Caracol is a more technical alternative just across the valley from Campa. There are a few steeper sections but most of the snow climbing is 50° – 60°.

A rope team arrives to the summit of Campa peak

Climb Campa (5,500m/18,040ft)

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Level: Basic (F)
Have you wanted to climb a mountain for the first time? Campa is the easiest mountain to climb in the Cusco region so it’s perfect for your first time to climb a peak. The summit offers a spectacular panoramic view of the giant peaks of Ausangate and the Vilcanota range. Climbing Campa is also a cultural experience to see the alpaca herding village of Pacchanta in the high Andes. This village boasts hot thermal baths and clear views of the starry night.

Sky High Andes climbs the summit of Ausangate

Climb Campa (5,500m/18,040ft) & Ausangate (6,384m/20,939ft)

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level: Basic / Intermediate (AD)

Nevado Ausangate is the 5th highest peak in Peru at 6,384m, and the highest mountain in the Cusco region. Ausangate is the most well-known peak for mountaineering in Cusco and can be seen from many places in the city. The first ascent to the summit in 1953 was led by the famous Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer. He was part of the first team to conquer the north face of the Eiger and protagonist of the book/movie “Seven Years in Tibet”. The normal route is moderately technical and you need good stamina to break trail on the summit plateau. We are experts in climbing this iconic mountain where I have made the summit twelve times to date. If you are thinking to climb Ausangate, we have a proven record to get you to the top!

Climbing Campa first will give us a steady acclimatization to go higher. And motivate us with fantastic summit views while being surrounded by the giants of the Vilcanota Range.

Morning at 20,939 foot summit of Ausangate

Climb Ausangate (6,384m/20,939ft)

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights (Can also be done in 4 days)
Level: Basic / Intermediate (AD)

Nevado Ausangate is the 5th highest peak in Peru at 6,384m, and the highest mountain in the Cusco region. Ausangate is the most well-known peak for mountaineering in Cusco and can be seen from many places in the city. The first ascent to the summit in 1953 was led by the famous Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer. He was part of the first team to conquer the north face of the Eiger and protagonist of the book/movie “Seven Years in Tibet”. The normal route is moderately technical and you need good stamina to break trail on the summit plateau. We are experts in climbing this iconic mountain where I have made the summit twelve times to date. If you are thinking to climb Ausangate, we have a proven record to get you to the top!