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Peru Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: David Appelhans on Jan 12, 2008
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The hump up to El Misti, a volcano near Arequipa.


Peru is a world of undiscovered climbing.

Getting There 

From Lima there are flights and buses to final destinations in Peru.

Climbing Season

Weather station 32.7 miles from here

108 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Peru

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Peru:
Yanapaccha West Face   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 1650'   Cordillera Blanca : Quebrada Llanganuco
Ishinca, 5530m Northwest Slopes   Easy Snow     Snow, Alpine, 3800'   Cordillera Blanca : Ishinca Valley
Southeast Slopes to East Ridge, Urus Este 5420mts.   Easy Snow     Snow, Alpine, 3100'   Cordillera Blanca : Ishinca Valley
Pisco Normal Route   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 3300'   Cordillera Blanca : Quebrada Llanganuco
Touch the boles   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Hatun Machay : La Placa Verde
Melissa   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   Hatun Machay : La Placa Verde
Pincitas   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Hatun Machay : La Cueva
Putas Chicas   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Hatun Machay : La Cueva
Fancy a Good Route   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Hatun Machay : La Tapia
The Original Route   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 2000'   Quebrada Paron : La Esfinge
Welcome to Huaraz   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Hatun Machay : La Fisura
Karma de los Cóndores   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   Cordillera Blanca : Ishinca Valley
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Featured Route For Peru
Rock Climbing Photo: The Original (1985) Route

The Original Route 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b South America : Peru : ... : La Esfinge
By far the most popular route on the formation, this route offers generally good rock in a spectacular setting. There are some dirty sections and climbers should think of this as more of an alpine route than a Yosemite style free route. It also has several pitches where protection is sparse and poor but this is generally on easier terrain. Traditionally the route receives a rating of 5.11c however many climbers including this poster believe the grade to be much lower.Pitch 1: 30m 5.8 Climb up...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Peru Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A view shared by millions  August 2010
A view shared by millions August 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Cam Burns and friend tromping in the Cordillera Bl...
Cam Burns and friend tromping in the Cordillera Bl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hugo approaching Olchshapalca (19K)
Hugo approaching Olchshapalca (19K)
Rock Climbing Photo: Charlie French at Alpamayo basecamp with a friend.
Charlie French at Alpamayo basecamp with a friend.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alpamayo high camp by Cam Burns
Alpamayo high camp by Cam Burns
Rock Climbing Photo: The amazing Cayesh (amazing for beauty, crappy wea...
The amazing Cayesh (amazing for beauty, crappy wea...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler Anderson visiting a womens clinic.... these ...
Tyler Anderson visiting a womens clinic.... these ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The city of Cusco (11,100 ft.) and Ausangate (20,9...
The city of Cusco (11,100 ft.) and Ausangate (20,9...

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By Kurt Johnson
From: Estes Park, CO
Apr 7, 2008
Lots of people have discovered Peru's climbing... and how about something a little more informative, like an overview of the types of climbing found there and a brief list of some of the classic destinations, at least. This is the home page of an entire country - it's worth more than a single sentence.
By David Appelhans
From: Medford, MA
Jul 18, 2008
I would welcome someone emailing me a better description of peru so I can put it up. At the time I was more concerned with getting peru in the directory structure so people could easily post specific locations under the country.
By Matias Rubio
Dec 19, 2008
In this blog you can fint almost every rock climbing area of Peru>
By Matias Rubio B.
Jun 12, 2009
Toposperu is now self hosted at:
By kiff
Apr 22, 2013
lima has to be one of the gloomiest cities on the least the food is tasty
By Mike Stanley
Sep 6, 2013
Piura Outdoors

This link is to contact Marlon Neyra, who started Piura Outdoors a year ago, They do a lot of climbing in and around Piura, northern Peru. Anyone working with Mountain Project who fluently speaks Spanish should contact him and invite him to update areas in Northern Peru. I have spent a lot of time there and would love to see that part of the country rise in visits from the climbing community. Thanks
By Jr Peterson
From: Birdsboro
Dec 2, 2013
Is there any climbing in Peru to be done in June?
By Alex Young
Jan 13, 2015
i'll be in peru in the near future and want to climb. anyone need a partner or want to climb? i only have shoes and harness but have a lot of experience
By Mike Nostod
From: Lake Forest, CA
Feb 15, 2015
I'm stationed in Arequipa for about 5 more month and want to explore climbing outdoors. I've met a couple of people who climb who said they are going to take me to a few places. I can update and take pictures when that happens and I also know of a great climbing gym here in Arequipa with a great bouldering section and a decent trad(?) wall. I've never climbed with ropes, so forgive my ignorance. Drop me a line if you're in my area!

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