How do I get to Huaraz city from Lima?
By land: there are a lot of transport companies that leave every day to Huaraz from Lima, you can travel in the day or in the night, it´s more recommended to travel in the day because you can see the landscapes of the Peruvian coast and highland, you also have two access routes to Huaraz on paved road
- Lima - Pativilca - Huaraz about 400 km, (the most common) about 8 hours
- Lima - Casma - Huaraz about 519 km, about 10 hours.
By air: for those who want to travel in less time we recommend to travel by air, the air company LC PERÚ has daily flights from Lima to Anta (near to Huaraz) the flight takes about 1 hour.
When is the best time to visit Huaraz?
The best time to visit Huaraz is during the months from May to September, perfect to carry out any outdoor activities in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash with shiny and strong sun during the day with temperature of about 20° C and cold nights with temperature of about 2° C, at higher altitude it becomes colder.
Can I change Dollars and Euros in Huaraz?
Dollars are accepted in tourist sites while Euros are not often accepted, it´s always recommended to take always money in Nuevos Soles while you visit not tourist sites, you can change Dollars and Euros in Casa de Cambios or Change Houses which are located in the Huaraz main street (Toribio de Luzuriaga avenue), in Huaraz there are also several ATM machines which accept debit cards, VISA, and Mastercard.
What services can I find in Huaraz?
You can find both public and private services like confortable hotels (3 and 2 stars) and hostals according to your needs, aslo restaurants with excellent local, national and international food; shops, clinics, drugstores, malls, mountain shops with sale and rent of equipment, the regional museum of Ancash, the National Institute of Culture, the Huascaran National Park office, the Mountain Institute, I-Perú and the Víctor Ramos Guardia Hospital.
Are the treks and climbs only for young people?
No, we had clients over 60 years old and we finished our expeditions without any problems, we can organize special trekking and climbing circuits less challenging according to our clients needs.
What equipment do we need for trekking expeditions?
Our service includes almost everything such as: kitchen, dining, bathroom and sleeping tents, double mattresses, tables, chairs, kitchen kit and basic first aid kit; you need to bring your personal equipment like one small pack back, walking poles, sleeping bag, personal toilet, personal bottle and warm and water-proofed clothes. In Huaraz city there are mountain shops where you can find and rent all you need for your expedition.
What equipment do we need for climbing expeditions?
We provide kitchen, dining, bathroom and sleeping tents, double mattresses, tables, chairs, kitchen kit, basic first aid kit, ropes, ice screws and snow stakes; you need to bring your personal mountain equipment such as: one back pack, walking poles, sleeping bag, personal toilet, warm and water proofed clothes, harness, plastic boots, helmet, ice axe, crampons, headlamps, gaiters, ascenders, rappels and carbines. In Huaraz city there are mountain shops where you can find and rent all you need for your expedition.
What else do we need to bring during the trekking and climbing expeditions?
You need to bring, hats, sun cream, sun glasses and money in “Nuevos Soles S/” (the official currency of Perú) since you may find crafts, drinks (beer and soda) souvenirs and probably for tipping during the expedition, we recommend you to bring only the necessary.
Are the climbing and trekking guides qualified?
Our staff of trekking and climbing guides are qualified by the UIAGM, with many years of experience, able to provide you reliable information about the site that you visit, our guides are also English speaking people. Before the high season they are part of courses organized by the UIAGM and the Peruvian Mountain Guide School.
What about the staff during the expeditions?
For both climbing and trekking expeditions we always work with experienced cooks, cook assistances (from 3 people to more), guide assistance (from 3 people to more), porters (only for climbing) and donkey drivers, all them certified by Huascaran National Park.
What about the food during the trekking and climbing expeditions?
During our climbing and trekking expeditions we provide: wake up tea (hot tea and warm water to wash hands), breakfast (coffee, milk, tea, oat meal, omelettes, scrambled eggs, breads, honey, jam, marmalades, peanuts butter, and pancakes), snack box (sweet, chocolates, fruits, crackers, biscuits and boiled water), lunch (served food: A variety of dishes prepared with vegetables, trout, chicken, beef, accompanied with hot tea, etc.), tea time (hot tea, popcorn, biscuits, crackers and honey) and finally diner (all kind of soups, meals prepared with meats such as chicken and trout as well as potatoes, rice, vegetables and dessert), we always use fresh products to prepare the food for our clients.
What about the altitude and other risks in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash?
Huaraz is located at 3100 meters above sea level and some problems can arise because of the altitude such as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) for example: some shortness of breath, dizziness, insomnia, and a loss of appetite as their bodies adjust during the first few days in those people who come from sea level, that`s why we always do one day hikes to get acclimatized before our expeditions, it´s recommended to drink a lot of boiled water (at least 3 litters every day) and eat high carbohydrate diet while being in Huaraz, all this will help to have a good acclimatization. Also earthquaques, ice avalanches and rainstorms can happen; we are not responsible of the accidents that can happen because of these.
What would happen if I get sick during the expedition?
During the trekking expeditions our clients can have problems, that´s why we always consider emergency horse (from three people to more) since our clients sometimes get tired, have physical problems, headaches or cough, we always take first aid kit for these problems. In the event of sickness or accidents during the climbing expeditions our porters evacuate and take the hurt or sick ones to the lowest site, while the rest of the group continue climbing.
Do I need to book in advance?
It´s always recommended to book in advance to have everything organized for your expeditions, because it becomes limited specially during the months may to august.