Custom Trips for University (or other) Programs    

uni1DESIGN THE PERFECT TRIP FOR YOUR OUTDOOR PROGRAM

Welcome to the first step of the best trip you have ever planned for your group! Whether you are a university outdoor program, a climbing or hiking club, a high-school leadership class, an outdoor education center, a summer camp, a yoga center or anything else… if you would like to bring a group to Peru, we would like to help you make that dream come true.

We have many years of experience running trips with specific curriculums and desired outcomes (beyond having a great time, which is standard on all of our trips) for a wide variety of programs and populations from around the globe. The Cordillera Blanca is a remarkable classroom for all kinds of educational-directed trips, whether they are activity driven – alpine skills development for example - or geared more towards personal development, OR BOTH.

We can provide services ranging from expedition design & in-country logistical support to full-service professional instruction and facilitation for your group, and anything in between. We will happily work alongside of your guides or chaperones in the field and/or stay in close communication during the trip with your program’s home-base wherever it may be located. If you are a college or university group we can work with you to make your trip worth credits. Once we know who your students or clients are and what you would like to accomplish with them we can begin to build an itinerary. Depending upon the amount of time you have available and what time of year you would like to come, the options really are limitless.

uni2uni3Component Options Include:

Day Hikes & Acclimatization – 1+ days
Trekking / Backpacking – 2-15 days
Rock Climbing Skills Course – 1-5 days
Mountaineering Skills Course – 3-6 days
Alpine Climbs – 1-10 days
Cultural Immersion / Service Projects – 1-4 days
Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness First Aid (WFA) – 4-9 days
Spanish Language Classes – 1+ days
Home-stay Experiences – 1+ days
Solo Experiences – 1-3 days
Archeological Investigation – 1+ days

uni4TREK/SERVICE/MOUNTAINEERING COURSE - ITINERARY EXAMPLE:

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 town, where you’ll get great views of the entire Cordillera Blanca range from North the South.  Spend the night in your Huaraz hotel.

uni5Day 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: Prep Day (and rest!). Food-buy orientation and shopping-list creation. Head to the market to buy provisions for Santa Cruz Trek. Pack and prepare for the following morning’s departure. Rest and/or deal with personal needs. Dinner in town, night in hotel.

Day 6: 6am transport to Cashapampa.  Meet service host-families, set camp or move into housing.  Begin Service/Cultural Component (work with assigned families in typical daily routine, help with a building project, teach in a local school, etc), spen the night with families in Cashapampa.

Day 7: Service/Cultural Component, stay with families in Cashapampa.

Day 8: Begin Santa Cruz Trek (with donkeys to carry the load).

Day 9: SANTA CRUZ TREK

uni6Day 10: SANTA CRUZ TREK

Day 11: SANTA CRUZ TREK to Vaqueria.  Meet transport vehicle and transfer to Cebollapampa for a resupply of food and gear and rest.

Day 12: Hike to Yanapaqcha morraine camp.  Begin MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS COURSE.  

Day 13: MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

Day 14: MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

Day 15: MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

Day 16: MOUNTAINEERING COURSE - summit attempt on Yanapaqcha

Day 17: MOUNTAINEERING COURSE - hike out to trailhead, transfer back to Huaraz.  Check into hotel.  Celebration banquet dinner, night in hotel.  

Day 18: Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 11am, arrive to the airport or your hotel by 7:30pm.