Trekking in Peru
April 14 - 25, 2019
(2021 dates will be similar)
Explore the breathtaking peaks of the Peruvian Andes while trekking through the spectacular Cordillera Blanca mountain range on this unique College Outdoors trip.
This 12-day excursion is designed to coordinate with the Spring Term Ecuador study abroad program.
Join L&C alum, friends, family, and current students on a remote alpine adventure through the breathtaking high Andes! From the Lima airport you’ll head up to the town of Huaraz to spend several days immersed in the local culture and acclimatizing to the elevation. From there, you’ll depart for a week-long backcountry trek through the spectacular and rugged Cordillera Blanca. A donkey team will carry your gear, and you’ll spend nights camping in the mountains under a brilliant starry sky. Far from light pollution and in the thin alpine air, the view of the stars is as memorable as the mountain vistas.
If you are participating in the Ecuador study-abroad program, this trip will offer a phenomenal contrast to the Amazonian rainforest and illustrate the diverse beauty of the region. No technical mountaineering skills are required, but you will be hiking at high elevation for several miles each day on steep terrain, so the trip is physically demanding. Trekking days will include 4-7hrs of hiking at 12,000 - 14,000 ft elevation, as well as crossing over gorgeous mountain passes as high as 16,000 ft. As part of this “expedition style” adventure, you will assist the trip leader with meals and camp chores. If you love adventure, this trip will be as rewarding as it is challenging.
This trip is the perfect capstone to your semester in South America!
One credit for PE/A 101: Outdoor Adventures is available for participation in this trip, which fulfills a general education requirement. To receive the credit, you must register during the Nov 5-15, 2019 course registration period.
Day 1: Arrive in Lima and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2: Travel to Huaraz and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 3 & 4: Acclimatization hikes followed by dinner in town and nights in a hotel.
Day 5: Food planning and shopping at the local market, followed by an afternoon free. Night in a hotel.
Day 6-11: Santa Cruz Trek through the breathtaking Cordillera Blanca. Plan to hike 5-7 hours each day carrying a light day pack. Donkeys will carry all your gear, and you’ll camp in tents each night.
Day 11: Return to Huaraz and spend the night in a hotel
Day 12: Travel to Lima and fly out on an overnight flight to the US (or continue your travels on your own).
Cost for current LC students: $1,350
Deposit Deadline: $300 due Friday, Sep. 7
Final Payment in Full Deadline: $1,050 due Thursday, Nov. 15
*Payment plans are available. Contact Kori@lclark.edu for more info*
Price includes all meals during the trek, a celebratory banquet after the trek, all breakfasts, and lunches, excluding lunch on your day in-town in Huaraz. Meals on your own will give you the opportunity to explore the many wonderful tastes of Peru!
The most complete information can be found in the pdfs below. Please read all information carefully.
- Detailed itinerary
- Trip inclusions and exclusions
- Detailed packing list
- Conditions & Restrictions
- College Outdoors trip waiver (due at time of final payment)
- Skyline Trek wavier (due at time of final payment)
Please arrange a flight that arrives at the Lima airport (LIM) on April 14, 2019. Plan to arrive in Lima between 3pm - 9pm, and transportation will be provided from the Lima airport to our hotel. After the trek, you can schedule a flight that departs from Lima after 11pm on April 25, 2019. There are several options for overnight flights back to the US, or you can depart for independent travels at that time.
To register call 503-768-7116 or stop by College Outdoors in Templeton 244.
For more details email Kori Rosenstiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the College Outdoors office in Templeton 244. Additional information will be posted on this site as it becomes available.
I am a northwest native, nature junkie, and travel lover. I grew up in the Portland area but attended college in the midwest before returning to the great northwest for graduate school, where I studied amphibians and disease ecology. After working in biology for several years, in 2015 I took my love of nature in a new direction and started working with the L&C outdoor program. As the College Outdoors Operations Manager my role is primarily to manage behind-the-scenes trip logistics, but I also have the opportunity to lead trips and student leader trainings. I have traveled and trekked in the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, Appalachians, Rockies, Sierras, and Cascade Mountains. I love to backpack, hike, sea kayak, ski, and do anything where I get to spend extended periods of time in the wilderness! I also love coffee, frogs, new adventures, alpine lakes, bad puns, and mossy trees.