The main tourist season is April to October when the weather tends to be dry, bright and sunny. However, trekking is possible all year round. During November to April, most afternoons experience some rain but the mornings are usually still bright. Indeed many tourists prefer this quieter season. The temperatures can vary enormously during a day, with highs of around 20°C during the dry season, dropping down to below 10°C at night. As with all mountainous areas the weather can be unpredictable and is of course subject to the effects of global warming.
Accommodation / Equipment
There are very few mountain huts in the mountains; therefore accommodation during the treks and climbs is in tents. Depending on group size, a cooking/dining tent or separate cooking and dining tents are provided. In addition there will always be a toilet tent.
There is the possibility to stay in a refuge at the base camp of Pisco and Ishinca.
The cost of public transport to and from the trailheads is reflected in each price. However, private transport can be arranged. Please note that the standard of local, short-distance transport is not the same as in Europe, Australia or North America. Transportation of equipment and your large rucksacks during the treks is by donkeys or porters. We strongly adhere to the maximum load policy of 40kg per donkey and 20kg per porter. You are only responsible for carrying your daypack on the treks.
Our trained cooks produce amazing food at high altitudes and are always pleased to accommodate specific dietary requirements. Food is always cooked to meet the highest standards of hygiene. Menus vary daily but always include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch may be in the form of a packed lunch, salad or a light hot meal. You will be provided with supplementary snacks between meals to keep your energy levels high. Your preferences and details of daily menus will be discussed before trek/climb departure to ensure you enjoy the culinary delights of our cooks.
For the first day of your trek/climb, you will be asked to bring along your own water. Thereafter, boiled water will be provided each morning to fill your water bottles or hydration pouches.
Washing facilities are limited therefore we suggest you bring along moist towelettes (wet wipes). A bowl of hot water will be provided at your tent after your trek or in the morning.
Renting of Equipment
We can recommend locations for renting sleeping bags, walking poles and inflatable mattresses for treks, and crampons, ice axes, gaiters, harness, boots and helmets for climbs.
We are able to arrange treks for individuals, couples, families or groups. If you wish to join a group, we will do our best to help you find trekking partners. The client to guide ratio for treks is 5:1 with 1 cook, and for climbs 3:1 with 1 cook and 1 or 2 porters.
Tipping guides, porters, cooks and donkey handlers
The guides, porters, cooks and donkey handlers work hard in difficult conditions to ensure your trek runs smoothly. They depend heavily on tourism during the high season and often only have the opportunity to farm on a small scale during the low season. Therefore tips are greatly appreciated, whether in the form of money, clothing or other useful items. However, tipping is obviously discretionary and in accordance with your opinion of their services.