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      Mountaineering Skills Courses      

course3 Every year, cold and severe weather, avalanches, crevasse fall, exposed terrain, rock and icefall, cause fatalities and injuries within the climbing world. All too often, eager and under prepared adventurers strike off to the mountains believing that a "non-technical" difficulty rating implies that the mountain is free from the above-mentioned dangers. When storms blow in, problems arise or accidents happen, these climbers tend to be surprised and without means to effectively manage the situation. Truly understanding mountain hazards and learning to manage one’s own safety is the first step to becoming a responsible mountaineer.


In our six-day classic mountaineering course, we deliver not only alpine skills, but also a clear and simple formula for making decisions in the mountains. Armed with the proper aptitude for mountain risk assessment, the technical savvy to protect yourself and your team as needed and proficiency in dealing with a crevasse fall or other mountain rescue situations, the doors to a fantastic world of safe alpine climbing will be open wide. Many students continue to climb in the Cordillera Blanca after their courses, with and without guides.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Skyline Adventure School's mountaineering courses prepare participants with little to no mountaineering experience to be contributing members of a climbing team. Our courses aim to provide a thorough understanding of both objective & subjective alpine hazards, then systematically teach techniques to combat these dangers. A peak climb objective is included in all 6-day courses to offer participants a supervised summit experience, where they can take the lead (as appropriate) of the climb with instructor supervision and support.

 

COURSE CURRICULUM:

  • Hazard Evaluation
  • Haul Systems
  • Equipment Use & Care
  • Crevasse Rescue
  • Walking in Crampons
  • Glaciology
  • Climbing Knots
  • Top Rope Management
  • Self & Team Arrest
  • Vertical Ice Climbing
  • Rope Team TravelAltitude Physiology
  • Snow/Ice Anchors
  • Route Finding
  • Belay Systems
  • Expedition Planning
  • Summit Experience on Yanapaqcha (5460 meters)

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  • Itinerary
  • SERVICES
  • ADD-ON CLIMBS
  • DATES & PRICES
  • ENROLLMENT INFO

MOUNTAINEERING COURSE ~ DETAILED DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY

We offer this program as a ‘course-only’ itinerary or a ‘full-service’ Lima to Lima set-up. The full-service itinerary is 12 days long and includes all services from airport to airport, created for those who would like us to handle all of their in-country logistics and acclimatization in addition to the actual course. In the 6-day version, participants must get themselves to/from Huaraz as well as handle their own hotel arrangements and acclimatization activities. Proper adjustment to the altitude is imperative for both safety and comfort during the course, as such those handling their own acclimatization must factor in at least 4 days prior to the program start date for day hikes to altitude and at least one night sleeping above 4000 meters.

After the course we offer two add-on climbs, Pisco or Chopicalqui which are great ways to get another summit opportunity and continue to build upon the skills you have learned in a new alpine environment. You can see the itineraries for these add-ons in the "add-on climbs" tab above.

The day-to-day program is as follows (6-day course students will only participate in days 6-11):

Day 1: Private pick-up at the Lima Airport. Transfer to hotel in Lima for a nice meal & a good nights sleep.

Day 2: Private transfer in the morning to the bus station. Take a comfortable first class ride to Huaraz (approximately 8 hour journey). Move into your hotel and relax.

Day 3: Orientation meeting in your hotel in the morning to review your itinerary, answer questions, and finalize logistical details of the trip. Head out on a 4-hour acclimatization hike to the Puka Ventana (“red window”) outside of tow, where you’ll get great views of the entire Cordillera Blanca range from North the South. Spend the night in your Huaraz hotel.

Day 4: Day hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup (4500 meters), approximately 5 hours of hiking round trip. Return to Huaraz, night in hotel.

Day 5: Pack your bags and go! Transport to Cebollapampa, the trailhead of a popular day hike destination called Lake 69 with all of your equipment for the course. You’ll take one final acclimatization hike to the lake located at approximately 4750m, then return to where you started to camp in a nice meadow at 4000m.

Day 6: Mountaineering Course Start – Day 1. For those on the full-service itinerary, you will wake up in Cebollapampa, eat some breakfast and pack-up camp while you wait for the vehicle to arrive with the participants whom did not partcipate in the acclimatization program. The others will depart Huaraz early in the morning and drive to the Yanapaqcha trailhead, picking up the others en-route. Load up the porters and hike into basecamp (approx 3 hourse) to begin your course curriculum! Preliminary skills begin this day including introduction to mountaineering & hazard management, equipment use and care, climbing knots, and altitude physiology.

Day 7: Wake up about 6:30am, have breakfast, and get prepared for a day on the glacier. Hike about 30 minutes up to the ice and begin with practical skills including walking with crampons, kicking steps/following tracks, using an ice axe to walk and self belay, self-arrest, team arrest, rope team travel techniques, and snow/ice anchors. Around 4:30 pm, wrap up for the day and descend back to camp for a delicious dinner and some sleep.

Day 8: Breakfast is at 7:00 am and class begins at 8:00 am. Spend the morning in the campsite learning belay systems, equalized anchors, and haul systems - all components of the crevasse rescue system. After thoroughly understanding the system on dry land (and some lunch), head out to the to put your new skills to the test on the snow. The entire afternoon is dedicated to the practice of this important skill, "crevasse rescue", which is a common hazard of all glaciated climbs. Return to camp at about 5:30, have dinner and get to sleep.

Day 9: Leave the campsite at 7:30 a.m. and head up to the ice to practice various techniques and scenarios of glacier travel. Participants take charge of their rope teams using the skills learned in the previous 2 days and are presented with problems to solve pertaining to terrain, hazards, group management, etc... You will wander through crevasse fields and up/down steep slopes where both running and fixed belays will be used as well as another crevasse rescue will be performed. Afterwards, head to an ice wall to learn a top-rope anchor system for ice climbing. Basic climbing technique will be discussed as well as lead climbing as there is interest. That afternoon a pre-summit discussion will take place and plans will begin for the following days climbing objective. Participants will determine what needs to be done in preparation for the climb (route recon, equipment prep, rope team divisions, food & water prep) and divide up the responsibilities amongst themselves. Dinner will be served around 5pm and everyone will get to sleep early in anticipation of the next days climb.

Day 10: Rise and shine about 3:00 am for breakfast and gearing up for the climb. Head up to the glacier and begin the summit attempt in your rope team(s). Depending upon snow conditions, weather, and team health/fitness, the summit can be reached in 4-6 hours. The descent will take 3-4 hours and you should be back in camp by mid afternoon for a warm lunch and some rest. Those who wish to continue with skills will head back up to the glacier or to a location where the instructor(s) can work on anything participants are still wanting to learn/practice.

Day 11: Breakfast at 7:30am, pack up camp, and begin the hike out to the road where a transport will be waiting for the return to Huaraz. Upon arrival at the Skyline Adventures base, gear will be unloaded from the vehicle and all equipment accounted for. Participants will be returned to their hotels and those on the full-service itinerary will head out for a celebration dinner banquet.

Day 12: Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 11am, arriving at the airport or your hotel by 7:30pm.

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MOUNTAINEERING COURSE ~ SERVICES INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE

Services Included (‘course only’ participants will only have the asterisked items included):

  • All in-country transport during program, including airport shuttles & private transport to all itinerary destinations
  • First class bus tickets between Lima and Huaraz
  • Hotel accommodations (three star) for specified time in Lima and Huaraz
  • Professional, English speaking trekking guide for acclimatization activities
  • Professional, English speaking mountain instructor/guide for the mountaineering course **
  • Professional expedition cook **
  • Three healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip **
  • National park entry & all community/camping fees
  • Sleeping tents, sleeping mats (foam) **
  • Eating tent, table, chairs + cook tent **
  • All cooking and eating materials **
  • Porters to help carry the group equipment to/from the course camp **
  • All group climbing equipment including ropes, snow/ice protection, and miscellaneous hard/soft ware **
  • All needed personal climbing equipment including plastic boots, harness, helmet, crampons and ice axes **
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions **
  • Satellite telephone for emergency use **
  • Celebration banquet at the end of trip

Services Not Included:

  • International flights to/from Lima and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment (see gear list)
  • All food during in-town days or extra food/beverages ordered from hotels with the exception of the celebration banquet at the trip end for full-service participants
  • Porters to carry personal equipment into/out of course camp. Additional porters can be contracted by participants as requested at an additional cost
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures, extra nights in hotels, extra transports not indicated in program itinerary
  • Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance

PISCO & CHOPICALQUI ADD-ON CLIMBS

Our add-on programs are a great way to continue your learning & skills development with an additional peak climb after the course.  Pisco is the smaller (5752m) and less-technical of the two options and takes 3 days to climb.  Chopicalqui is one of the higher peaks in the range (6354m) with a phenomenal glacier high camp situated in the col between Chopi and Huascaran, is slightly more technical than the other two peaks and requires 4 days to climb.  Both mountains are located in the valley where the course takes place, making for an incredibly efficient second summit experience.    

PISCO ADD-ON ~ DETAILED DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY

piscoDay 6: Instead of returning to Huaraz, hike down to the Pisco trailhead and set up camp. Relax & Rest for your next climb.

Day 7: Hike with donkey support from Pisco trailhead to the Pisco basecamp (4700 meters), 4 hours. Set camp. Prep for summit attempt.
Day 8: Summit attempt on Pisco. Climb from basecamp through the moraine, onto the glacier, and ascend to the spectacular col and then summit, enjoying spectacular views of Huandoy, Artisonraju, Huascaran, Chararaju, Chopicalqui, and more along the way! Return to basecamp that night and sleep well.
Day 9: Hike down to the trailhead and transport back to Huaraz for that shower and bed you've been waiting for! (Course-Only participants, End of Services)
Day 10 (Full-Service Participants Only): Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 11am, arriving at the airport or your hotel by 7:30pm.

CHOPICALQUI ADD-ON ~ DETAILED DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY

chopiDay 6: Instead of returning to Huaraz, hike down to Cebolla Pampa and set up camp. Relax & Rest for your next climb.
Day 7: Short transport to the Chopicalqui trailhead. Hike with porter support to the Moraine Camp (4900 meters), 5-7 hours. Set camp.
Day 8: Ascend onto the glacier and up into the col between Chopicalqui and Huascaran. Set high camp on the ice (5300 meters). Prep for the following day's summit.
Day 9: Summit attempt on Chopicalqui. Climb from the col up the prominent Southwest ridge to a picture-perfect finale, a steep and dramatic finish to a spectacular climb. Descend to your highcamp, have some lunch, pack up everything and descend further for one final night in moraine camp.
Day 10: Enjoy a nice breakfast at the picturesque camp before packing up and heading back down the trail to the road. Transfer to Huaraz for the shower and evening on the town (or in your hotel bed) that you have been waiting for!
Day 11 (Full-Service Participants Only): Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 11am, arriving at the airport or your hotel by 7:30pm.

 

MOUNTAINEERING COURSE ~ DATES & PRICES

Mountaineering Course Dates (6-day program):

May 14-19 
June 5-10, 16-21
July 8-14, 20-25
August 9-14, 30-Sept 4
Sept 10-15
Custom dates available upon request 

6-day Course, Price Per Person:

$825 USD ~ 3-person minimum group size 

12-day Full Service Program Dates:

Course dates are the same, subtract 5 days to find the start
dates and add 1 day to the end date for your return to Lima

12-day Program, Price Per person:

$1685 USD

Pisco Add-On Climb Price Per Person:
$550 USD ~ 3-person minimum group size

Chopicalqui Add-On Climb Price Per Person:
$850 USD ~ 2-person minimum group size

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CONTACT, ENROLLMENT AND PAYMENT INFORMATION ~ click tabs below for more information

 

SKYLINE ADVENTURE SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION:

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PERU TELEPHONE (51)(43) 943-238090 or 943-919850 (cellular)

(51)(43) 42-70-97 (office land line)

when calling from the U.S., dial 011, before the country code (51), city code (43), and desired number

when calling from Countries other than the U.S.A., contact an operator for appropriate calling codes
PERU ADDRESS Jirón Industrial #137, Cascapampa, Huaraz PERU

USA TELEPHONE (406) 322-3065

USA ADDRESS PO Box 8321 Missoula, MT 59807

Please feel free to contact us in any manner using the above information. If you would like to start an application process for a trip or any type of course, please read the directions below. For an online inquiry form, click here.

INQUIRY / APPLICATION PROCESS:

Are you ready to sign up? Congratulations!!!

The process is simple:

First, decide what trip/course you would like to do and when you would like to do it. If your dates do not match those we have already programmed, let us know and we can most likely schedule you in for the time slot of your choosing.

Second, get in touch. You may fill out the online inquire form here, send an email to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give us a call to any one of the numbers above. A Skyline admissions staff person will get in touch with you soon after.

Third, fill out the appropriate application forms and send them back to us (faxed or scanned is preferred, or you may post them to our address in Montana). To guarantee your spot on a trip, a $500 deposit per person is required (see payment information below). Once we have received all of your documents and deposit, we will promptly confirm your placement.

Note: The application process is not binding until you indicate with a deposit that you are going to participate in a particular trip. Getting in touch only helps us to work with your holiday goals & interests! Visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page for answers to many of the most common inquiries.

Please read all of the information below regarding:

payment, cancellation, insurance, and assumption of risk.

PAYMENT DETAILS:

We require a $500 non-refundable deposit / application fee per person to confirm and guarantee your trip. This can be paid by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Paypal, check drafted in US Dollars, or bank transfer, and must accompany application forms at least 4 weeks prior to your trip. Payment in full must be made in at least 2 weeks before trip departure date by Visa or Mastercard, in US Dollars, or the Peruvian Nuevo Sole equivalent. All credit card payments will have a 3% service charge added to the trip price, all bank transfers must be separate from the sending bank’s fees.

OPTION 1:

For Online Payments: You can make a trip deposit or payment in full by clicking the "Pay Now" button below. Payment methods accepted include Visa, MC, Amex, Discover, or Paypal. After clicking the button, you will be redirected to the Paypal site to enter all payment details. You will have the option to pay through your paypal account if you have one or directly with a credit card by choosing the "Continue" button located near the credit card logos on the page. ** Note: A 3% credit card processing fee will be added to all credit card payments and will show up as sales tax on the Paypal site. To avoid this charge, you may make your payment by check or bank transfer.

OPTION 2:

Phone / Email Payments: You can make a trip deposit or payment in full via email or over the phone using a Visa or MC credit card. For email payments, please print out the Credit Card Form below and scan/email it back to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For phone payments, give us a call at one of the numbers listed above. ** Note: All credit card transactions will have a 3% processing fee added to the total.

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OPTION 3:

Check or Bank Transfer Payments: A check drafted in US Dollars can be made out to Skyline Adventure School and sent to: Skyline Adventure School, PO Box 8321, Missoula, MT 59807. For bank transfers, please send us an email requesting details.

CANCELLATION:

If Skyline Adventures cancels a trip or course, you will be reimbursed 100% of your payment, including your entire deposit, excluding situations outlined in the Force Majeure section of the application. You will be alerted in no less then 14 days from the departure date in the event that the trip or course is not going to run. Trips that have been custom priced for less than 3 participants and confirmed by Skyline Adventures will not be cancelled for low enrollment reasons and the deposit is non-refundable should YOU remove yourself from the trip/course.

If YOU cancel a trip or course for any reason, your entire deposit will be withheld by Skyline Adventures. Any cancellations made greater than 8 weeks from a trip start date will receive full reimbursement of any payment made over the deposit. For cancellations within 8 weeks, we reserve the right to process payments in full with no reimbursement.

INSURANCE and EARLY DEPARTURE COSTS:

All participants on our courses and guided trips must carry an insurance policy that covers the activities included in their course or trip. You will be asked to submit a copy of your policy with your application. If your current policy does not cover these specific activities, you should purchase travel and/or climbers insurance from a reputable agency.

In the event of an evacuation or an unscheduled departure from a course or trip, you will be responsible for all costs incurred in your leaving the field. This includes but is not limited to, medical, behavioral, and motivational events.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK:

In your application you will be asked to sign an assumption of risk form. Be sure to read it over carefully before signing. Contact us with any questions regarding the risks that you will be assuming.