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One of the easiest mountains in the range, usually used for acclimatization before climbing one of the 6000 meter peaks in Cordillera Blanca. Normal route is easy, trip Huaraz-Top of the Pisco-Huaraz takes 3 days.Fairly spectacular pyramidal peak, set right in the heart of the cordillera Blanca. The climb is almost entirely of snow after the first half hour. Reaching the summit on slopes of varying degrees, culminating in a tricky final ascent of a snow mushroom.

Elevation (feet): 18,871
Elevation (meters): 5,752
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: Lima
Convenient Center: Huaraz

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Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 19 trip reports for Pisco.

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  • Log #22148 - by Silvia Mazzani on Mar 19, 2011
    Basic ice and snow climbing with a magnificent view from the top - Highly crevassed glacier
  • Log #18768 - by Frederic Lavoie on Feb 14, 2006
    Nous l'avons fait en 5 jours aller-retour en autonomie complète. Beaucoup de précipitations de neige et d'avalanches dans les environs. Malheureusement, un de nos équipiers a du rester au camp de...
  • Log #10211 - by Ludwig Brandner on Aug 11, 2004
    A great day!!! One of the best summits of Cordillera Blanca. Best way: Do not follow the ridge!! The best ist to go down left for about 30m and then up under a small icewall. You can see a trace....
  • Log #10212 - by Steve Hysko on May 08, 2004
    Great day with Mike Thrift and Chris Ruby. Clear, we were the only team on the mountain!
  • Log #10213 - by Nigel Yarwood on Feb 03, 2004
    awesome. Thanks to Cordillera Blanca Aventures for organising.
  • Log #10214 - by Guy JADOT on Jan 15, 2004
    Sommet atteint par plusieurs membres de la section Cab hainaut, crevase du sommet praticable et pont de neige OK, Superbes conditions mètèo.Traversèe intègrale superbe.
  • Log #10215 - by Lars Gottlieb Hansen on July 23, 2003
    I knocked off this nice summit on a beautiful day in July 2002 as part of an American expedition. The climb filled me with joy and fascination. And the reward for reaching the top was a great view...
  • Log #10217 - by Allen Webb on Sep 05, 2002
    Beautiful trip. We saw wild vicuna at campo baso. Summit party included: Alan Pennington (died on K2 in 86), Dave Holmberg, Steve Dixson, Jill Carey, Jane Cummerford.
  • Log #10218 - by Martin Lascano on July 02, 2002
    Intentamos la cara norte del Pisco Este. Salimos del Base de Laguna Parûn y luego de 4hs. llegamos por unas terrazas faciles y unas grandes lajas hasta el glaciar colgante que lleva hasta el col de...
  • Log #10219 - by Ben Bonnaerens on May 18, 2002
    Apotheose after a 12day trek through the Santa Cruz valley and around Alpamayo. Our company of 4 , guided by first Belgian Seven Summitter Rudy Van Snick, reached the summit in beautiful weather...
  • Log #10220 - by Thomas Landgraf on Jan 23, 2002
    We climed without guide - its easy to find the way of the S-W ridge (normal route). It was very nice climb with a wounderful view on the top (Alpamayo, Huascaran, Artesanraju, Huandoy and many more).
  • Log #10221 - by Roberto Blasi on May 28, 2001
    No llegue hasta la cima pero fue una gran experiencia, lo intentare de nuevo. RB
  • Log #10222 - by Paul Sanderson on Feb 08, 2001
    I will handglide from the top with a powered engine over to the Inca Trail, Macchu Picchu!
  • Log #10223 - by Roland Haas on Nov 05, 2000
    This peak was our first highlight after an 8-day trekking tour as the one described above, although we found the mountain not so dramatic. Anyway, a wonderfull place to be! We continued to Tocclaraju...
  • Log #10224 - by Andy & Michelle Kerry on Nov 04, 2000
    We spent the first 10 days trekking up the Santa Cruz valley crossing the Punta Union pass at 4750m, and the Punta Llanguanuco at 4767m before arriving at Pisco base camp at 4700m (great...
  • Log #10225 - by JORDI ROSET I LLOBET on Feb 17, 2000
    Nice to aclimataize.Easy to climb. Beatifull vew of Artesonraju.
  • Log #10226 - by philip fowler on Jan 28, 2000
    I great peak for acclimitization. Going down the rope in the dark was fun! Summitted with my friend michael. Unfortunately this was the only peak we summited the entire trip, we both became ill from...
  • Log #10227 - by Greg Yanagihara on July 23, 1999
    I was part of the group led by Kurt Wedberg (Sierra Mountaineering Intl.). There is a 20-foot, 45 degree snowslope just below the summit, that most people stop at and turn around. It's fairly easy...
  • Log #10228 - by Guillaume Couture on July 16, 1999
    We climb the S-W ridge (normal route) A very nice climb for acclimatize, or just for climb high in a short time. It's a easy peak but there is some crevasses, snow bridges and seracs so it's require...