Mount Ishinca is a mountain located in the Cordillera Blanca range of the Peruvian Andes. It has an elevation of 5,530 meters (18,143 feet) and is a popular destination for mountaineers due to its relatively easy accessibility and the stunning views from its summit.

There are several routes to reach the summit of Mount Ishinca, but the most popular routes are the standard and the southwest routes. Both routes start from the village of Pashpa and follow a similar path to the base camp at the Ishinca Valley.

The standard route is the easiest route to the summit and is suitable for beginner and intermediate climbers. From the base camp, the route follows a well-defined path that leads to a ridge overlooking the Ishinca glacier. The path then continues along the glacier to the summit. The ascent typically takes 2-3 days.

The southwest route is a more challenging route that requires more technical skills and experience. From the base camp, the route follows a steep trail that leads to the southwest ridge of the mountain. The climb involves steep snow and ice sections, and some sections require the use of ropes and other technical equipment. The ascent typically takes 3-4 days.

Both routes offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers, making Mount Ishinca a popular destination for mountaineers and hikers alike. However, it’s important to note that climbing at high altitudes can be dangerous and requires careful preparation and planning. It’s recommended to climb with an experienced guide and to acclimatize properly before attempting the climb.

Technical Data

Max. Altitude:

5.550 msnm – Cumbre Ishinca


3 days / 2 nights

Physical Difficulty:


Technical Difficulty:



Cordillera Blanca

Average temperature:

Between 13 °C – 23 °C during the day / night -05 °C to -30 °C.


Day 1

Huaraz – Pueblo de Collón – Campo Base Ishinca

Our expedition starts in the city of Huaraz.

The team for your expedition will go to your respective hotel to pick you up with private transportation. After the pick up we head north through the Callejon de Huaylas to the town of Paltay, from this point we turn off to the east side by an affirmed road towards the town of Collon. Our muleteer and donkeys will be waiting for us to transfer the logistic equipment to the camp. The entrance to the base camp of Ishinca runs through a plain along the entire Quebrada, the vegetation and the glacial river will be part of our approach. After 3 hours of walking the Palcaraju massif will welcome us, we continue our way and we will be able to appreciate the imposing Tocllaraju.

Finally, after 4 hours we will arrive to our camp.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents (4-season tent)
  • Meals: Box Lunch, lunch and dinner
  • Transfer time by vehicle: 2 hours
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours approximately
  • Difference in altitude: from 3100 masl to 4350 masl (+1250)
Day 2

Campo Base Ishinca – Cumbre Ishinca – Campo Base

The long awaited day has arrived, our ascent to the summit. We begin our journey along a well-marked zigzagging path until we reach the Longoni bivouac located at 5000m. We will rest for a brief period at this point and then continue through a rocky area and then by an affirmed path. After 3 hours of walking we will arrive at the glacier, at this point we will equip and shelter if necessary, our guide will make an inspection to all the indispensable for its ascent and finally we will rope us to continue with the journey. We continue making traverses to overcome crevasses, we reach the pass Ranrapalca – Ishinca and take a short break, at this point you can already see some mountains. We continue with the ascent and after approximately 4 hours we will arrive at the summit to enjoy a splendid view of the colossal mountains that surround it: Ranrapalca, Palcaraju, Tocllaraju, Pucaranra, Chinchey and other 5 thousand as the Urus, Akillpo and more.

We remain on the summit for a prudent time to rest, hydrate and take pictures. Finally we make the descent by the same route of ascent, we arrive to our camp, we eat and rest.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents (4-season tent)
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and lunch.
  • Duration of the day: 8 to 10 hours approximately.
  • Elevation gain: from 4200 masl to 5550 masl (+1350)
Day 3

Campo Base Ishinca – Pueblo de Collón – Huaraz

The end of our expedition has arrived. After breakfast we dismantle the camp for the descent, the muleteers and donkeys are ready to carry all the logistic equipment. We head downhill through the Quebrada until we reach the village of Collón. The transport will be waiting for us at this point to take us to the city of Huaraz.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents (4-season tent)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hiking time: 4 hours approximately
  • Transfer by car: 2 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 4350 masl to 3100 masl (-1250)

Our Service Includes

  • Certified mountain guide UIAGM / AGMP.
  • Private transportation.
  • 4 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch and dinner).
  • 4-season double occupancy tent.
  • Personal climbing equipment (harness, helmet, crampons and ice axes).
  • Horseman and donkeys for the transfer of logistic equipment. 15 kilos per passenger are allowed.
  • Cooking utensils and complete dining room.
  • First aid kit.
  • Boiled water to fill your bottle every day.
  • Warm water for your personal hygiene every morning.
  • Tips to get to Huaraz.

Our Service Does Not Include

  • Air ticket to Lima and to the country of origin.
  • Entrance ticket to Huascaran National Park (50 USD).
  • Mountain boots.
  • Accident and rescue insurance.
  • Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Hotel.
  • Costs generated by the abandonment of the expedition.
  • Sleeping and insulating mattress.
  • Extra days in hotels in case of early arrivals out of schedule.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers out of schedule to Huaraz, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition.

We Recommend to Bring

  • Trekking Pants.
  • Trekking Shoes.
  • Trekking Socks (synthetic fibers).
  • Hat for the sun, cap for the cold, gaiters.
  • Down jacket (-30º).
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended).
  • Sleeping bag (-25°)
  • Microfiber and thermal T-shirts.
  • Sunglasses and a spare.
  • Backpack 75 – 80 liters to carry your belongings.
  • Waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, waterproof clothing.
  • Water bottle (1 Lt.).
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries).
  • Personal first aid kit.
  • Personal hygiene accessories.
  • Photographic material.
  • Towel.
  • Sandals / Crocs.





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