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Peru Rock Climbing 

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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

137 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',45],['2 Stars',42],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Peru

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Peru:
Alpamayo French Direct   WI2     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1200'   Cordillera Blanca : Santa Cruz Valley
West Face Indirect        Alpine, 3000'   Cordillera Blanca : Ishinca Valley
Yanapaccha West Face        Alpine, 1650'   Cordillera Blanca : Quebrada Llanganuco
Ishinca, 5530m Northwest Slopes        Alpine, 3800'   Cordillera Blanca : Ishinca Valley
Quitaraju North Face Direct        Alpine, 8 pitches, 2700'   Cordillera Blanca : Santa Cruz Valley
Tocllaraju Northwest Ridge   AI2-3     Ice, Alpine   Cordillera Blanca : Ishinca Valley
Southwestern Route        Alpine   Quebrada Llaca : Vallunaraju
Pisco Normal Route        Alpine, 3300'   Cordillera Blanca : Quebrada Llanganuco
Southeast Slopes to East Ridge, Urus Este 5420mts.        Alpine, 3100'   Cordillera Blanca : Ishinca Valley
Chopicalqui Southwest Ridge   AI2-3     Ice, Alpine   Cordillera Blanca : Quebrada Llanganuco
Artesonraju North Ridge   AI2-3     Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 3200'   Cordillera Blanca : Santa Cruz Valley
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
Chueco Corrupto   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   Hatun Machay : La Placa Verde
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: Huamashraju seen from moraine camp.

Huamashraju West Face Normal AI2-3 M2-3  South America : Peru : ... : Quebrada Rajucolta
Alpine routes on this mountain are not very well defined and there are many variations. Most start at the bottom right side of the glacier. After crossing two areas of penitentes you move through a low angle area crossing a few crevasses until you reach a steep face. Actual climbing starts here with a first ice pitch that ends near a serac area. Second pitch traverses to the left on ice and snow and then some mixed climb. After protecting on slabs, make a 3rd degree exposed traverse on rock to g...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Peru Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The hump up to El Misti, a volcano near Arequipa.
The hump up to El Misti, a volcano near Arequipa.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cam Burns and friend tromping in the Cordillera Bl...
Cam Burns and friend tromping in the Cordillera Bl...
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...
Rock Climbing Photo: The amazing Cayesh (amazing for beauty, crappy wea...
The amazing Cayesh (amazing for beauty, crappy wea...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hugo approaching Olchshapalca (19K)
Hugo approaching Olchshapalca (19K)
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler Anderson visiting a womens clinic.... these ...
Tyler Anderson visiting a womens clinic.... these ...
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

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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
From: Denver, CO
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!
By Ty Tolkinen
Apr 13, 2016
So I'm in Cusco for the rest of the month and I needed some rock under my fingers. I googled climbing in the area and some sites/blogs but unfortunately they aren't very informative on where these spots are. I tried emailing these people but of course no answers. So to all of you where is the bouldering in Cusco, Peru. Also if anyone knows where to score a crash pad here that would be great as well. Thanks.
By stevecurtis
From: Petaluma California
Apr 2, 2017
I recently visited Cusco and did some climbing. Since the Pachar crag at Ollantaytambo sounded cool I went there. Driving up the valley past Ollantaytambo, one can see a "cleaned line" about 200 meters long, and precisely in the spot the Mtn Pro guide says there are routes. Well, I hiked up a horribly loose talus slope with a full trad rack and found out that the line is cleaned from rock fall. Furthermore, I spent about 3 hours hiking the area trying to find routes. I didn't.

Later that PM, about 1 mile toward Urubamba from Ollantaytambo,I stopped on the left below the weird capsule type things. There are about 8 one or two pitch bolted sport routes. Furthermore, I immediately ran into Peruvian climbers who wanted to share. I've added the info under Cusco-Sacred Valley.
By AlexandraMaree
Apr 19, 2017
I REALLY want to climb in Peru! Will be in Lima and Cusco April 29-May 12... anyone interested in hosting a Colorado girl? I follow and lead 5.9-10 sport and trad! I would be soooooo glad, ill buy lunch or something--- please?! Gracias!

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