Cusco Mountain Climbing


Mountain Climbing in Cusco

The Cordilleras Vilcabamba and Vilcanota provide some exciting climbing in the province of Cusco. However, most of the climbs are technically difficult and there are very few opportunities for inexperienced climbers.
All serious expeditions should be planned well in advance with June to September being the best months to make an attempt on a summit.
There are very few tour agencies in Cusco with suitable experience of mountaineering. Of those that come recommended Andean Treks is one of the best, and a useful source of information. They are US based but have offices in Cusco. They also hire out equipment for climbing.

Cusco: Principal Snow-capped Peaks
Peaks Duration (days) Altitude (m) Months for Climbing
Salkantay 10-14 6271 June to Sept
Ausangate 9-10 6372 June to Sept

The tour operator Enigma also offer a variety of climbing possibilities that cater for different levels of experience. Their programs range from easier amateur climbs near Cusco to more technical ones such as Mount Veronica (5682m) or Ausangate (6372m). Their specialized guides have been trained in the International School of High Mountain in Huaraz

MC01: Mount Waqratanka 2d/1n or 3d/2n– 5100m – level: easy (no previous experience required)
MC02: Mount Halancoma 2d/1n or 3d/2n– 5367m – level: easy (no previous experience required)
MC03: Mount Chicón 4d/3n – 5530m – level: moderate
MC04: Mount San Juan 4d/3n – 5319m – level: moderate
MC05: Mount Verónica 7d/6n– 5682m – level: technical
MC06: Mount Ausangate 9d/8n– 6372m – level: technical
MC07: Mount Salkantay 12 to 14d– 6271m – level: technical with areas of difficult accessibility

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