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Climb Urus Peak

3 Days
Availability : Apr 16’ - Sep 16’
Ishinca Mountain (5,420 masl)
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 6
Tour Details

Urus snowy mountain belongs to the Cordillera Blanca and is located in Ishinca canyon, this mountain is part of the Chinchey massif and has three summits (Urus East 5420 masl, Central 5495 masl and West 5450 masl). 

This mountain is often chosen by many climbers to acclimatize before climbing a peak over 6000masl like Tocllaraju. 

Urus, in Quechua language means «Brain or marrow», is the closest mountain to the valley of Ishinca, so there is no need for a long approach to the glacier, it’s enough to leave the tent to start the climb to the summit, for this reason many climbers, who go to climb snowy mountains such as Ishinca, Toclarraju or Ranrapalca, take advantage of the Urus peak as a previous climb for acclimatization.

One of the characteristics of this mountain is its constant change in the conditions of the normal route, due to the irregular shape of the snowy mountain that has a very disordered moraine, sometimes it can be quite complicated to climb it. This mountain offers an incredible view of the following snowy mountains: Palcaraju, Tocllaraju, Ranrapalca, Ocshapalca, Copa and Akilpo.

Departure & Return Location

Huaraz (Google Map)

Departure Time

7:00 am (Pick up at your hotel)

Price Includes

  • Certified Mountain Guide IFMGA / IVBV / UIAGM (english, spanish)
  • Certified chef during Urus expedition
  • Private transportation: Huaraz - Pashpa Village
  • Private transportation: Pashpa Village - Huaraz
  • Mountaineering equipment (helmet, harness, ice axe and crampons)
  • Donkey drivers and donkeys for the transfer of the logistic camping equipment (15 Kg per participant)
  • 5 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch, tea time and dinner)
  • 4 seasons tent with double occupancy
  • Tent kitchen, dining room and bathroom.
  • Kitchen sets and fully-equipped dining room
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Permanent radio communication between the Andean Raju Expeditions team.
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • Boiled water to fill up your bottle every day (1 Lt.)
  • Warm water for your personal higiene
  • Tips to get to Huaraz
  • Advice before the Expedition
  • Last day: lunch and farewell toast with regional food and typical Peruvian drinks.

Price Excludes

  • Airline ticket to Lima and back to the country of origin
  • Bus transportation Lima / Huaraz / Lima
  • Entrance ticket to Huascaran National Park: S/. 60.00 nuevos soles
  • Mountain boots and
  • Personal tent (if you want a personal tent, the rent is S/. 30 soles per day)
  • Extra costs for premature abandonment of the expedition
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Accident and rescue insurance (you can ask us about the agreement we have with Global Rescue for a preferential price)
  • Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Transfer to Huaraz out of schedule, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition
  • First breakfast at the beginning of the itinerary is not included
  • Sleeping bag -25° / -30º
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel during your stay in Huaraz
  • Tips for guide / staff
Physical Training

Participants must be in excellent physical condition to join this climb. Andean Raju Expeditions recommends previous and constant preparation as a crucial factor to take on this challenge, then, the physical stress caused by the days of climbing will be minimized.

We strongly advise all participants to have an adequate training plan in gyms, outdoor sports, climbing peaks, bearing weight and long day hikes.

If you would like our advice, we can provide you a training plan after evaluation of your experience in hiking and sporting activity.

Climbing Knowledge

You must have knowledge of glacier progression, you must have a knowledge of mountain rescue, safety and equipment management. These skills allow you to optimize your safety and generate a collaborative work with our guides during the climb.


Participants should have experience in altitude the last week prior to the start the climbing Urus, which ensures adequate acclimatization and conditioning of the body to the altitude. It is recommended to stay above 4,000 masl before starting the climb.

We suggest an acclimatization program before your expedition, it can be mountains of the Cordillera Blanca with a minimum of 3 days of anticipation. We recommend acclimatization at Churup lake or previous climbing in Mateo peak.


Day 1Huaraz (3,100 m) – Pashpa Village (3,600 m) – Base camp Ishinca (4,350 m)

Our expedition starts in Huaraz, we will pick you up at your hotel with private transportation. After pick up we will head north through the Huaylas valley to Paltay village, from this point we will turn off with the transport to the east side by a road towards Pashpa village. Our donkey driver and donkeys will be waiting for us to transfer the logistic equipment to the campsite. To get to Ishinca base camp we will hike through a plain all along the Ishinca canyon, we will be able to observe the vegetation and the glacier river on the trail. After 3 hours of walking we will be able to see the Palcaraju massif and its peaks, then we will continue along the trail until we reach the impressive Tocllaraju snowy mountain.

Finally, after a total of 4 hours of hiking, we will arrive at our campsite.

Lodging: Mountain tents.
Meals: Box lunch, lunch and dinner
Transfer by car: 2 hours
Estimated hiking time: 4 to 5 hours.
Elevation: +1250 (3100 masl to 4350 masl)

Day 2Base Camp Ishinca (4,350 m) – Urus Summit (5,420 m) – Base Camp Ishinca (4,350 m)

It’s the day of our climb to the summit. After breakfast, we will start our hike through a zigzag path and pass through a rocky area to the glacier, at this place we will equip ourselves, our guide will make an inspection of everything necessary for climbing and finally we will be roped to continue along the route. After approximately 3 hours we will reach the summit to enjoy a splendid view of the colossal snowy mountains of 6 thousand high that surrounds it: Ranrapalca, Palcaraju, Tocllaraju, Copa, and other 5 thousand as the Ishinca, Akillpo, Vicos and more.

We will stay at the summit for a while to rest, hydrate and take pictures. Finally we will make the return down by the same route of ascent, we will arrive to our camp, we will feed and rest.

Lodging: Mountain tents.
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch and dinner.
Estimated climbing time: 8 to 10 hours.
Elevation gain: +1070 (4350 masl to 5420 masl)

Day 3Base Camp Ishinca (4,350 m) – Pashpa Village (3,600 m) - Huaraz (3,100 m)

Our expedition has come to an end… After breakfast we dismantle the tent for the return down, the donkey driver and donkeys are ready to carry all the logistic equipment. We hike downhill through the Ishinca canyon until we reach Pashpa village. The transport will be waiting for us at this point to transfer us to Huaraz.

Lodging: Mountain tents.
Meals: Breakfast
Estimated hiking time: 4 hours
Transfer by car: 2 hours back to Huaraz.
Elevation: -1250 (4350 masl to 3100 masl)


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