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Routes in Ishinca Valley

Ishinca, 5530m Northwest Slopes Easy Snow
Karma de los Cóndores T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Ranrapalca, 6162m, North Face T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI3 M3
Southeast Slopes to East Ridge, Urus Este 5420mts. Easy Snow
Tocllaraju Northwest Ridge AI2-3 Steep Snow
Urus Central (South Face) AI2-3 M2+ Steep Snow R
Urus Este, West Face M5 Steep Snow
West Face Indirect Steep Snow
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Type: Snow, Alpine, 3800 ft, Grade III
FA: First ascent of the Northwest slopes to the Northeast Ridge is unknown. The Northeast Ridge was first climbed by S.Turner, W. Basset, J Hough, and C.S
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Shared By: Tony Yeary on Apr 17, 2009
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Ishinca 5530m
Northwest Slopes

Ishinca is one of the easier peaks and a good acclimatization climb. Great views of Ranrapalca, Tocllaraju and the Quebrada Cojup! If you are fit, Ishinca, like Urus Este, can be easily done in a day from base camp. A high camp near the small lake up the side valley makes this an enjoyable acclimatization outing.Easy snow and glacier climbing, except for the summit pitch, which is steep and a bit exposed.
From the footbridge, follow the trail on the right side of the stream. Just past the large boulders of the base camp area, the trail begins to gain altitude and eventually switchbacks up the slope to the right into a side valley with a small stream. Continue to follow the trail up this side valley past a meadow and more switchbacks. As the trail swings to the left across the mouth of the canyon, it passes through a rocky area which levels out at a small lake. Here the trail splits and the right branch takes you to the Southwest Ridge of Ishinca and Ranrapalca. Here you have a great view of Ranrapalca and the Ingament hut on the crest of the moraine just above. Continue to follow the smaller trail out across the basin and around the lake. Near the head of the lake you cross the inlet stream and look ahead and a bit to your left for cairns and a feint trail leading up hill to the toe of the glacier. 2-3 hours from base camp.
Begin climbing up glacier slightly trending to the right as you go. Easily passing some crevasses as you work your way toward the North Ridge. Here the glacier levels off and you can see the summit with the rock band on the north face. Make an end run around the rock face to the right side and climb the final 45-50 degree, 300 feet snow and ridge to the summit. Note; the right side of this final section is corniced. Take care not to climb to close to the edge on your right. Descend by the same route or, better, continue over the summit and down the Southwest Ridge for a great traverse of Ishinca.


Ice axe, rope crampons.
Wayne Crill
an Altered State
Wayne Crill   an Altered State
Tony you might change the route height here as its a little buggered up. I don't have heaps of Cordilera blanca experience but enough to consider this a three star route. For what it is especially, a non-technical snow hike with some good altitude and fantastic and spectacular views. Great intro or acclimitazation climb and just big fun. Highly recommend the loop N.W. slopes then descending the S.E. ridge line. Feb 23, 2011
Tony Yeary
Arcadia, Califoria
  Easy Snow
Tony Yeary   Arcadia, Califoria  
  Easy Snow
Thanks Wayne, for keeping me honest! Don't know what happened with the route lenght value! I thought when done as a traverse, it was a great outing. True, there generally are no technical difficulties, but it is beautiful with great views, and it provides the needed acclimatization . Aug 3, 2011

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