All Peru expedition dispatches

The team enjoying Alpamayo base camp under beautiful, clear-blue skies!

The 2023 Madison Mountaineering Alpamayo and Artesonraju expedition is off to a great start in Peru! The team has had beautiful weather thus far for their acclimatization hikes and trek into base camp. Next up, they will attempt Alpamayo – the first of two peaks they plan to climb on the expedition. Expedition leader, Estalin Suárez checks in with this dispatch from Peru:

Hello! This is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Alpamayo (5947m/19,511ft), Peru expedition – today is July 12th. We just got to high camp on Alpamayo which is 5,400 meters. We’ve had a great day, blue skies! Our plan is tonight to attack to the summit, but we are going to see how everybody feels and decide later, or probably stay one more night here.

We departed from Huaraz a couple of days ago. We had really beautiful days hiking to the base camp. Now we are pushing a little bit harder to our first main summit.

Keep in tune. Ciao!

The team at High Camp on Alpamayo!

The team at High Camp on Alpamayo!

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Our Peru climbing team has returned from a wonderful expedition in Peru, having climbed stunning glaciated peaks and then touring to the renowned Incan citadel Machu Picchu to take in the breathtaking views. Congratulations to a safe and successful expedition Anis Stabka and team!Peru summitMachu PicchuSunrise on PiscoAbove Machu Picchu


Our “High peaks of Peru” team has assembled in the mountain town of Huaraz, Peru, after flying from Lima. A few days of acclimatization are in order befor the climbing begins! Looks like perfect weather!! Enjoy guys!!

Photo 1: the team

Photo 2: the Huaraz airport

Photo 3: a glimpse of the Cordillera Blanca

Chopicalqui and Pisco!

Join us in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru for some fantastic climbing on peaks up to nearly 6400m/21,000 ft. high. We will climb Pisco first (5752m/18,871ft), and then attempt the nearby Chopicalqui (6354m/20,846ft) second. The setting is spectacular, with these and many other jagged high peaks covered in snow, with lush meadows and grasslands below, in addition to crystal clear blue lakes. These peaks are excellent training for higher altitude climbs and are great for building upon technical climbing skills such as cramponing, rope travel, and ice axe technique. We have ample time for acclimatization and utilize high camps to position us for the summit attempts. This is one of our favorite programs in the Andes. The local Peruvians / Quechuas we work with are very positive and engaging, and we are blessed to share time with them in the mountains at our base camp and the high camps.