Trekking Ishinca - 2 or 3 days
The trekking of the Ishinca’s valley, one of the most beautiful hikes of the white cordillera, is an excellent alternative to the Santa Cruz’s trekking. An alternative that offers more freedom and autonomy. Hiking this way, you will have some spectaculars views, first on the Huascaran, the highest summit of Peru (6768m), then on the impressive cliffs overlooking the hike’s entrance. And, finally on the Tocllaraju’s range (6030) that you will see since the base camp, in the morning like at sunset. A trekking where you will enjoy from the wildlife’s diversity, the flora and where you will flirt with the 5000 meters of altitude.
Day one : Huaraz – Pashpa – Ishinca’s shelter
A car will bring you to the Pashpa’s hamlet, at about one hour from Huaraz’s tracks. Since here, at 3900m, you will begin the walk of 12km (5h-6h) that will bring you to the Ishinca’s shelter located at 4400 meters. You will have first an spectacular view on the Huascaran, before to get in the valley crossing a beautiful quenuals’ forest, typical trees of those altitudes. Then the pastures will left the place to the waterfalls, before to show you the Tocllaraju, impressive pyramid very wanted from the alpinists with his 6030 meters. Night under tent or in shelter, depending of the option choice.
Day two : Ishinca’s shelter – Ishinca’s shelter
This day, there are several options, since the night will be at the same place.
First option : about 2h-3h of walk will allow you to do a round trip until the lake ? located above the rocky deposits left by glaciers through the time. Back to the base camp, you will be able to refresh and to enjoy the landscapes.
Second option : a bit more difficult, since you will get to the Lake Ishinca, at 5000 meters of altitude, at the foot of the summit of the same name, a classic of the white cordillera and also very wanted by alpinists. You will be back to the base camp after about 4-5 hours of walk, with some pictures full the head.
Day three : Ishinca’s shelter – Pashpa – Huaraz
A walk of about 4-5 hours will allow you to get down until Pashpa. Doing this reverse way, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover those landscapes under an another point of view, as beautiful as astonishing. A car will wait you to bring you back to Huaraz.
The trekking of the Ishinca’s valley is an alternative to the very popular Santa Cruz’s trekking, the difference is that you will not have to wait on the group’s starting, like that, you will have more freedom to interpose this trekking in your travel. Moreover, since the nights are in a shelter that offers half-pension, this trekking doesn’t need a big logistic ( muleteers, donkeys,tents etc…) ; this allows to spare.
This is so a trekking that you can do in private and at low costs.
Available purchases for this trekking
Between May beginning and end September, this term corresponds to the opening season of the shelter. Except those purchases, it is possible since three people.
We organize for you
- Optional : A trekking guide. If you have some experience of mountain hikes and the sense of direction, you can do without guide.
- Nights reservations with break-fasts and evening meals at Ishinca’s shelter.
- A trust transport the first day from Huaraz to Pashpa.
- The same one that will bring you back to Huaraz.
What you have to take with you
- Some good shoes and hot clothes for the evenings at 4400 meters
- A backpack about 35 liters
- A sleeping bag to complete covers given by the shelter
- Your picnics for midday
- Your water for the first day of walk. At the shelter, you will get some hot water to full your thermos the next days.
National parc of Huascaran : It costs 65 soles, this entrance ticket is valid from 2 to 21 days, for a lot of entrances. In Ishinca’s valley, there is not always some check, you should have the money with you in the case it is asked. The entrance ticket to the national parc is not include in ours prices.