Philippe Gatta
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Chopicalqui (6354 m), Ishinca (5530 m), Nevado Urus (5420 m)
Cordillera Blanca and Negra - Peru

Philippe on the summit of Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)
Philippe on the summit of Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)

Chopicalqui (6354 m / 20,846 ft). Southwest Ridge

We took a 4 wheel drive from Huaraz to the Laguna Llanganuco and then further to Portachuelo Pass at 4000 m (13,120 ft). We started the walk from there and we reached the Chopicalqui camp 1 at 5550 m (18,050 ft).
We climbed the Chopicalqui on the second day.
We took the tent down and went back to Huaraz the third day.

On the way to Camp 1, Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)        Camp 1 of Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)
               On the way to Camp 1 (© P. Gatta)                                                           Anna and Philippe Gatta at Chopicalqui Camp 1 (© P. Gatta)

Camp 1 of Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)        High on the ridge (© P. Gatta)
Camp 1 of Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)                                                    High on the Ridge (© P. Gatta)

Chopicalqui seen from the camp 1 (© P. Gatta)        Sunrise on Huascaran (© P. Gatta)
Chopicalqui seen from the camp 1 (© P. Gatta)                                                                                 Sunrise on Huascaran (© P. Gatta)

View from the top of Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)        Top of Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)
View from the top of the Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)                                                                               Top of the Chopicalqui (© P. Gatta)

Ishinca Traverse (5530 m / 18,143 ft)

The first day we left Huaraz to the village of Huillac. We started the walk here toward the Ishinca base camp.
On the second day, we climbed the Ishinca and went back to the base camp.

Anna Gatta above Pashpa (© P. Gatta)       Ishinca summit (© P. Gatta)
Anna Gatta above Pashpa (© P. Gatta)                                               Ishinca summit (© P. Gatta)

 Ishinca ascent (© P. Gatta)       Ishinca ascent (© P. Gatta)
 Ishinca ascent (© P. Gatta)

Pucaranra seen from the top of ishinca (© P. Gatta)
Pucaranra seen from the top of ishinca (© P. Gatta)

Nevado Urus (5420 m / 17,800 ft)

Ascent from the base camp of Ishinca at 4350 m (14,270 ft) to the top of Urus in 2h30 up and 1 hour down.

Nevado Urus (© P. Gatta)        Summit of Nevado Urus, Huascaran behind (© P. Gatta)
                                                    Nevado Urus (© P. Gatta)                                                                  Summit of Nevado Urus, Huascaran behind (© P. Gatta)                            

Laguna Churup (4485 m / 14,700 ft)

Laguna Churup (© P. Gatta)
Laguna Churup (© P. Gatta)

Cordillera Negra in Mountain bike

Views over the Cordillera Blanca seen from the Cordillera Negra (© P. Gatta)        Views over the Cordillera Blanca seen from the Cordillera Negra (© P. Gatta)
Views over the Cordillera Blanca seen from the Cordillera Negra (© P. Gatta)

Cordillera Blanca (© P. Gatta)        Santa Cruz Grande (© P. Gatta)
                 Cordillera Blanca (© P. Gatta)                                                            Santa Cruz Grande (© P. Gatta)             

Huandoy (© P. Gatta)
Huandoy (© P. Gatta)

Books and references:

Classic climb of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru by Brad Johnson. Very good guide book, detailed with lots of photos.

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