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iechegarTraverse up Southwest down Northwest slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2010


Superb views of several peaks including Huantsan, Ranrapalca, Palcaraju, Toclla and many more. Nothing technical but need to be acclimatized before attempting it. I went from sea level to its 5550m summitt in less than 3 days and ended summitting at noon. Snow conditions deteriorated rapidly and had to avoid several crevasses and rocks falling on the Northern slopes.
Posted Jul 9, 2010 7:34 pm

dwalters1Ishinca  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2007


Ishinca valley is a great place to acclimatize - and getting on Ishinca itself is a good primer to Tocllaraju. Very easy climb, no crevasse danger.
Posted Oct 20, 2009 1:27 pm

MRoyer4SW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2009


A good peak for acclimatization: easy walk up with nice views. Paired it with Ranrapalca. Laguna Ishinca provides nice camping away from the crowds in Quebrada Ishinca. It is possible to make it there in a single push from Pashpa if you are fit.
Posted Sep 30, 2009 5:39 pm

oliverkaltNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2001


Acclimatization climb from Quebreda Ishinca. Amazing views on icy giants all around
Posted Aug 7, 2009 2:28 am

Liba Kopeckovamy first real mountain  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

It was the first time I put crampons on... A beautiful mountain...
Posted Jul 23, 2009 1:02 pm

FlatheadJimNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


Standard route, nice trip with 3 Canadian friends
Posted Jul 3, 2009 4:51 pm

ArioAscent via Northwest Slopes & Northeast ridge; descent via Southwest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2009


Reached the summit with fellow Alpine Club of Canada (Montreal section) member Charlotte following our trekking guide Edgar Lalo in perfect weather: sunny and no wind. Ascent was via the Northwest Slopes and the Northeast ridge (PD-) and descent via the Southwest ridge (F). Left base camp (4400m) at 02:00, summited at 08:30. Privilege of our UIAA membership we had no obligation of hiring a mountain guide and opted for a trekking guide to secure the route finding in the night knowing Charlotte had this only one try to bag a mountaineering peak in the Cordillera Blanca.
Posted Jul 2, 2009 10:02 am

kevin trieuwith Ranrapalca  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2009

kevin trieu

good to acclimatize on. no need to rope up. climbed from the Ishinca Lake.
Posted Jun 22, 2009 1:06 pm

Timothy PearlYes, 2 days...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Timothy Pearl

Read Eric's below...ps... unassisted. Gorgeous place. 34 miles, 30 hours, 7,500 vertical. Longest rainy walk ever for 1 quickie. Well worth having the summit to ourselves in perfect conditions. Fun to sit on the summit and view where our ride was picking us up 17 miles away in 8 hours.
Posted Aug 15, 2008 11:13 am

Eric HolleIshinca in 2 days....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Eric Holle

Tim, Ben and I had a couple of days before leaving the Cordillera Blanca and wanted to go for another summit. We had acclimitized on Vallunaraju and made it to Camp 2 on Huascaran Sur, so we felt strong...

We were dropped off at the Pashpa trailhead and hiked all the way to Refugio Vivaque, near Laguna Ishinca. It took 8 hours to cover the approximatly 14 miles and 5,400 feet. It was a comfortable night in the small refugio as we had it to ourselves (the next day there were about 12 people staying there).

We awoke early the next morning and were hiking by 4:00am and on the summit by 7:15 am. We chose the direct route from the refugio heading directly accross the basin over the spillway to the base of the West face. From the base of the glacier we traversed to the northern saddle and from there onto the summit. It was fairly straight-forward with only a few cravasses and routefinding problems.

From the summit, we had about 17 miles to go to make it back to the trailhead to catch a taxi that was waiting for us until 5:00pm. We descended the 7,000+ vertical feet and all the milage by 4:00pm for a total of a 30 hr. roundtrip climb of Ishinca.

It was a big push requiring a lot of stamina, but the views the whole way up and down were absolutly worth every step!
Posted Aug 14, 2008 11:30 pm

Brad MastrosNorthwest Slopes  Sucess!

Brad Mastros

Another fabulous and easy climb out of the Ishinca Valley.
Posted Jul 23, 2008 1:35 pm

boisedocgreat day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008


Our entire group made a successfull traverse up the southwest ridge and down the northwest slopes. We approached the peak from Quebrada Cojup and Laguna Perolcocha which was beautiful and much quieter than Quebrada Ishinca. This is the highest mountain I have climbed although small by Cordillera Blanca standards. Great views of Tocllaraju and Ranrapalca. Overall the difficulty is similar to the easier routes on Cascade volcanoes.
Posted Jul 20, 2008 12:32 pm

IalewisTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2007


Yep, it is a snow slog, but it does offer some nice views of the surrounding area. We added some diversity to the climb by ascending from the North and descending to the South (left to right). The North side required a little minor route finding in negotiating one of the higher glaciers, but the whole traverse is easily manageable in a half day. The summit offers some nice views and is a mellow mountain for acclimatization.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 3:17 pm

ClimberMan420Nice and easy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2007


Went up north ridge and travesred over peak to Ranrapalca col. was easy in good condition but crevasses/bergschrunds could potentially be obstacles with less snow. Great lttle peak.
Posted Dec 12, 2007 1:23 am

gremlinnormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2007


easy walk up
Posted Oct 24, 2007 1:32 am

sistinasRoute Climbed: NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2007


Trekked in through the Cojup Valley and crossed a pass to get to high base camp. Climbed in a mix of overcast and whiteout conditions, so hardly any views. We had the mountain to ourselves. This is the highest I've ever been and I was very surprised at my ability to acclimatize.
Posted Sep 27, 2007 4:30 pm

Jessica LSoccer with the Quechuas!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2006
Easy climb probably because I was actually acclimatized (unlike the first mountain I summited). My favorite part of the trip, however, was at the base camp. I attempted to play soccer with the Quechuas, but I could only go a couple of minutes before I was gasping for air.
Posted Apr 14, 2007 11:27 pm

Nigel LewisNormal Route  Sucess!

Nigel Lewis

Six of our club, (South Wales Mountaineering Club) summitted that day. I was the first person up there that morning but lots more passed us as we came down.
We did this as a warm up for Tocllaraju, but none of us were successful there.
Q. Ishinca is a really great place.

Posted Feb 13, 2007 11:52 pm

highicenormal  Sucess!
nice warm up climb, but a better ski!!
Posted Jan 30, 2007 8:57 pm

skiibum21North Face -variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006


We spotted the route while we were taking some gear off to leave for the next morning, we had not heard anything about the route and just made it up as we went along. We were able to go underneth the rock band untill richt before the hanging seracs, then we were able to turn up and climb a really nice ice and snow chute up to 70 degrees. very fun climb, highly recomended for those of you who want a little more challange than the normal route.
Posted Jun 21, 2006 1:14 am

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