One of the world’s most beautiful mountains

Alpamayo & Artesonraju

Alpamayo is often referred to as the most beautiful mountain in the world with its classic fluted snow slopes descending like fingers from the summit.

The ascent of Artesonraju, made famous in the Paramount Pictures logo, is a beautiful pyramidal peak situated between the Santa Cruz and Paron Valleys and is a much recommended six day add-on that commences while you are still well acclimatised from climbing Alpamayo.

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Difficulty Level Very High ?
Fitness Level High ?
Duration 19 days
Elevation 5,917M / 19,412FT
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Hiking into Alpamayo - Victor Saunders

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Moraine Camp - Victor Saunders

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Weather clears at High Camp - Victor Saunders

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Stunning campsite scenery - Dean Staples

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Contemplating Alpamayo - Dean Staples

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Views of Alpamayo from High Camp - Dean Staples

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Summit day on Alpamayo - Dean Staples

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Steep lines on Alpamayo - Andrew Wexler

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Descent from Vallunaraju acclimatisation climb - Dean Staples

From Jul 02 to Jul 20, 2018
Departs from Lima, Peru
$6,350 USD $
From Jul 21 to Jul 26, 2018
Departs from Alpamayo Base Camp, finishes Lima, Peru
$4,450 USD $
See below for further pricing variants. 1:1 Ratio:: $7,550 USD $
From Jul 01 to Jul 19, 2019
Departs from Lima, Peru
$6,350 USD $
From Jul 20 to Jul 25, 2019
Departs from Alpamayo Base Camp, finishes Lima, Peru
$4,450 USD $
See below for further pricing variants. 1:1 Ratio:: $7,550 USD $
  • Overview

    • Climb one of the world’s most beautiful mountain faces
    • Immerse yourself in the local culture and people
    • Moderate-altitude mountaineering on technical ground


    We either ascend Alpamayo’s Ferarri Route or Italian Route, depending on conditions. The ascent involves moderately steep snow and ice climbing to 70 degrees so expedition members will require a background on this type of terrain prior to joining the trip.

    We acclimatise on an ascent of 5,686m Vallunaraju before moving to Alpamayo for the ultimate ascent. A technical climbing day takes us to a high camp from where we embark on the steep ice-face to the summit. Apart from high mountain camp moves, the load-carrying is provided by porters and donkeys. This is a great high-altitude technical adventure!

    The ascent of Artesonraju is a much recommended six day add-on that commences while you are still well acclimatised from climbing Alpamayo. Artesonraju is possibly the perfect depiction of a mountain, with fine aesthetic lines that make the mountain look startlingly similar to the Paramount Pictures logo. The climbing route is similar in technical difficulty to Alpamayo and enables you to continue to enjoy the splendour of the Peruvian Andes with the additional climbing highlight that this climb delivers.

  • Artesonraju Add On

    Dates: July 21 - 26, 2018 and July 20 - 25, 2019

    Duration: 6 days
    Ratio: 1:2

    Prices (per person), add:

    1 person US$7,550
    2 people US$4,450
    3 people US$3,450
    4 people US$2,750

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing.

    Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination.

    We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience.  Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Qualified and experienced Adventure Consultants and local guide/s
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Airport transfers
    • All land transport within Peru
    • Hotel (Bed & Breakfast) in Huaraz on a twin-share basis
    • All trek and expedition food ex Huaraz
    • Group Equipment: ropes, tents, stoves etc. and all supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit
    • Porter support to carry 5kg of personal equipment on Alpamayo
    • Climbing permits
    • Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to watch your progress

     

    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal Travel Insurance / Trip Cancellation Insurance / Medical Evacuation Insurance
    • Meals and hotels in Lima
    • Lunch and dinners whilst in Huaraz (lunch included on the day trips)
    • Bottled beverages
    • Personal expenses such as alcohol, gifts, laundry etc.
    • Return flights and visas to Lima, Peru
    • Excess equipment over the 20kg per person allowance
    • Any rescue costs
    • Government and airport taxes
    • Medical vaccinations
    • Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuities

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street, Wellington
    New Zealand

    For the account of: Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitters account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payments via credit card - Visa, Mastercard, Amex plus a 3% credit card transaction fee.

    Deposit

    A non-refundable deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the Alpamayo expedition. A further US$500 deposit is payable for the Artesonraju extension.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 90 days prior to the expedition start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89 - 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

     

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation Insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    AlpamayoThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Alpamayo Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Alpamayo and Artesonraju Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a maximum size of 8 members and 4 guides. The operation of the expedition is subject to minimum team numbers being met.

    There is a guide to client ratio of 1:2 for this expedition.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders have extensive experience at altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya. 


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    To climb Alpamayo and Artesonraju you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days duration. Expedition members can expect to be exerting themselves for about six hours per day and be capable of carrying a 20 kg pack.

    Climbing at altitude affects people differently; most climbers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Our climbing days are mostly short to accommodate this and vital rest days are usually welcomed! Our graduated acclimatisation program allows you to progressively consolidate your fitness. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    This expedition is advanced in nature. From the altitude to the technical nature of the climbing, prospective members should have experience with multi-pitch climbing (rock or ice), and be comfortable following Grade 4 ice climbs, and have climbed at altitude.

    What You Carry 

    Your packs will be carried by mules to Base Camp. Once at Base Camp team members will be required to carry their own gear and their share of group gear on the mountain, although we have some porter assistance arranged for the group. A typical summit daypack should be no more than 15 to 20 pounds, or 6 to 10kgs.

    History

    Nevado Alpamayo, as it’s more correctly known, is situated in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. With its twenty-nine summits at over 6000m, the Cordillera Blanca forms but a small part of the Andes chain, which lies down the whole of the western side of South America. Alpamayo doesn’t quite reach that rounded figure of 6000m, but makes up for its relative lack of height in aesthetic beauty.

    The first attempt on Alpamayo’s summit was in 1948 by a Swiss expedition. Climbing by way of the heavily corniced North ridge, the three climbers came within sight of the virgin summit when a large cornice broke under them, and they were carried down the precipitous North-West face. By some amazing piece of good fortune, the three were neither buried nor injured by the 650ft fall and they were able to make an ‘orderly retreat’ from the mountain.

    In 1957 a German expedition led by Günter Hauser, comprising some of Germany’s strongest climbers succeeded in climbing Alpamayo via its South Ridge. Although no less steep, nor less dangerous than the North ridge, this ridge had the tremendous advantage of leading directly to the higher South summit.

    Summit day consists of 500m of perfect two-tooled ice and neve (Styrofoam-like snow) climbing on a flawless fluted face. A climber knows they are close to reaching the top when they begin to see light through the face from the other side.

    Food

    During the expedition you will enjoy high quality ‘western’ food as well as popular local dishes. One of the highlights of this expedition is the high quality meals that are prepared by our local staff. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form. For special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work in the group cooking situation. If you’re dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary individual clothing and personal equipment required.

  • Itinerary

    Day

     

    1

    Arrive Lima, transfers to hotel

    2

    Tourist bus first class seat Lima to Huaraz

    3

    Acclimatisation day in Huaraz. Rock climbing at Los Olivos crags

    4

    Day hike to Macashca Hills

    5

    Day hike Pitec to Laguna Churup

    6

    Vallunaraju to Morena Camp

    7

    Vallunaraju - Climbing instruction. Camp at Morena Camp

    8

    Vallunaraju Summit Climb. Return to Huaraz

    9

    Rest Day

    10

    Drive Huaraz to Cashapampa, trek to Llama Corral, camp

    11

    Trek to Alpamayo Base Camp

    12

    Climb to Moraine Camp

    13

    Climb to High Camp

    14

    Summit Day. Return to High Camp

    15

    EXTRA DAY - Bad weather day, rest day or climb Quitarajau

    16

    Return to Base Camp

    17

    Base Camp to Cashapampa, drive to Huaraz (or move to Artesonraju Base Camp if continuing on the Artesonraju Extension)

    18

    Transfer back to Lima

    19

    Transfer to airport/flights home for those that didn't depart on prior evening

     

    Artesonraju Extension

    17

    Move to Artesonraju Base Camp

    18

    Rest day in Base Camp

    19

    Climb to Moraine Camp

    20

    Climb to High Camp

    21

    Climb Artesonraju. Return to Base Camp

    22

    Rest or Bad Weather Day

    23

    Return to Huaraz

    24

    Transfer to Lima

    25

    Departure and flights home

    Alpamayo

    After a meeting in Lima we drive north to Huaraz and repack the expedition gear. This town and its higher elevation allow us to further acclimate and prepare for the challenges ahead. We then drive north to the Santa Cruz Valley where we begin our trek into base camp. With the bulk of our gear on pack animals, we gradually acclimatise as we ascend the valley beneath some of the famous peaks of the Cordillera Blanca - the enormous Santa Cruz, Artesonraju, and the very imposing pyramid of Quitaraju.

    We establish a base camp in a small valley right beneath Quitaraju (6036m) and Alpamayo (5917m), and then spend several days establishing an advanced base camp on the col between the two peaks. Depending on conditions on the mountain, we can choose from a variety of routes, such as the Ferrari Route or the Italian route. On our climb of the Ferrari Route we traverse a gentle glacier to the base of the route, soon reaching 45 degree slopes before crossing a bergschrund, and then ascending the sharply fluted snow and ice face directly to the summit. We enjoy 400m of challenging ground, much of it at a sustained 60 degrees of mixed ice and snow. The final pitches are even steeper and provide an exciting finish to one of the world's finest ice face routes.

    Artesonraju 

    An ascent of Artesonraju 6,025m (19,767ft) can turn our 19 day Alpamayo programme into a fantastic 25 day expedition to include one of the world's most recognisable summits. Artesonraju, made famous in the Paramount Pictures logo, is a beautiful pyramidal peak situated between the Santa Cruz and Paron Valleys. The climbing is more technical than Alpamayo with some pitches up to 60-80 degrees. Climbers must be totally confident using two technical ice tools and to have climbed, and be confident climbing, long (200m+) steep technical ice walls.

    The cost depends on how many people join the Artesonraju extension and is guided at a 1:2 ratio. Your guide/s from the Alpamayo programme will accompany you and the cost is inclusive of the Adventure Consultants western guide from the trip guiding you on Artesonraju.

    In previous years we have offered an extension itinerary to climb Huascarán, the highest peak in Peru. However, conditions have been deteriorating making the climb more dangerous and with a lesser chance of success. Hence from 2015 we are now offering Artesonraju as an add-on to Alpamayo.

  • Add Ons

    An ascent of Artesonraju 6,025m (19,767ft) can turn our 19 day Alpamayo programme into a fantastic 25 day expedition to include one of the world's most recognisable summits. Artesonraju, made famous in the Paramount Pictures logo, is a beautiful pyramidal peak situated between the Santa Cruz and Paron Valleys. The climbing is more technical than Alpamayo with some pitches up to 60-80 degrees. Climbers must be totally confident using two technical ice tools and to have climbed, and be confident climbing, long (200m+) steep technical ice walls.

    The cost depends on how many people join the Artesonraju extension and is guided at a 1:2 ratio. Your guide/s from the Alpamayo programme will accompany you and the cost is inclusive of the Adventure Consultants western guide from the trip guiding you on Artesonraju.

    In previous years we have offered an extension itinerary to climb Huascarán, the highest peak in Peru. However, conditions have been deteriorating making the climb more dangerous and with a lesser chance of success. Hence from 2015 we are now offering Artesonraju as an add-on to Alpamayo.

    Arriving or departing from Lima and have extra days up your sleeve? We can help with extra accommodation and city tours with our fantastic local guides. Enquire with our office if interested in exploring this option.

    You can take the 'back road' into the most phenomenal ancient ruins in the world. Walk in without the crowds and take in this must see sight while you are in Peru.

    Cuzco is an amazing city that was once a hub for the Incan culture. Don't miss this phenomenal place and let us take the hassle out of a tour for you. The region is littered with amazing sites and we can arrange tours for you for as long as you like!

    While in Peru why not have your own Indiana Jones adventure. There are many ruins in the jungle and we can arrange a trek for you to the little visited and remote ruins that are scattered all over the country. Just ask your liaison and they will be happy to make the arrangements for you.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our South American expeditions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your climbers?
      We are renowned for the quality of service and strategy applied to our expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to the meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Once on the ground in South America, you can expect to be well looked after by our guides to that you can relax and enjoy trekking through this amazing region.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and washing (clothes) will be available on the expedition?
      Showers will be available in the city hotels that are utilised prior to and after your climb. After your departure from town, please do not expect a shower each day but these will be offered where possible. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for the impromptu wash in between available showers.

      What food will be available?
      If you have any special treats you like, we encourage you to bring some along. You’ll get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarians as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip. All of our expeditions provide excellent local and western food!

      What is the food like?
      When staying in the cities, expect a wide variety of options. Once on the climbing programme, our well-trained cooks prepare high quality ‘Western’ food as well as popular local dishes. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form. We are happy to accommodate those with specific diets.

      What are the hotels/lodges like? Can I have my own room?
      Through our local agents, we book centrally located mid-range hotels and tidy, clean, modern lodges. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin share. Once on your climbing programme, you will be staying in tents which will be part of a larger camp.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome, and encouraged, to arrive a bit earlier to explore your arrival city if you have the time.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows you to change your return flight plans if need be.

      When should I book my ticket?
      Generally we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights early then please ensure you can make changes to your tickets and purchase trip cancellation insurance. If the circumstance arises that we have to cancel the trip for any reason, we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure, either with us or another operator.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Our South American departures tend to fly into Santiago International airports and from there onwards to Lima in Peru, and Mendoza in Argentina. Where possible, an Adventure Consultants representative will be there to pick you up off your flight on the scheduled arrival date. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pick-up, though taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans as we love to pass on sightseeing tips.

      Do I need to get a visa to travel to Peru, Chile or Argentina?
      Most visitors to Argentina who stay for less than three months do not require a visitor’s visa, but you must check this with your local embassy or travel agent for updates. Australian, Canadian and US travellers should be aware that both Chile and Argentina charge a reciprocity fee, so please do check this prior to travelling.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will get be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration and deposit.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared so that you have clothing/equipment for all eventualities. Please bring everything on the list!

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear extra clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before or during the climb?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits. You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus extras. Also bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

      How much weight do we carry on the climb?
      When on the trekking portion of your itinerary, you will carry your daypack with warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally it will be light, 5-10kgs/10-20lbs. When climbing the likes of Alpamayo, your pack will be much heavier so do make sure that you are 'pack fit' prior to arriving onto the expedition.

    • Guides & Team Members

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels. From those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains or purely adventure, we provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8,000m peaks such as Manaslu and Kanchenjunga, all Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective. Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a climb?
      We cannot recommend enough being fit prior to the expedition as this will make all the difference to your acclimatisation, and ultimately, your enjoyment. For our South American expeditions, you should be comfortable walking for 6-8 hours with a light pack. Walking a few hours each day, then 6-8 hours on the weekends is generally a good realistic training programme.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3-$4 per minute depending on the region. Most often, your guide will post daily dispatches on the AC website in which your friends and family can follow your progress.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Many of our climbs send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the climb? What are the voltage requirements?
      We take solar panels and sometimes battery power packs on our expeditions. Our first priority is to charge our computers, satellite phones and expedition electrical equipment. There is usually enough power to then charge your personal electrical equipment. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras as they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost - please enquire with our office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do I need to get?
      On all of our international expeditions we require you to have travel insurance covering medical evacuation and repatriation. This should cover you in the event that any mishap occurs and an expensive evacuation is initiated. We also highly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive policy to cover trip cancellation, delayed flights, lost luggage, etc..

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and developing medical services. In the unlikely event you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international flights.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are internationally qualified Western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on the trek is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Photography

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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Prior to the expedition, all questions however small were answered promptly and communication was always easy, I think this is a strength of AC.
Alpamayo Expedition

Dominic Warland
Australia
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The food was consistently outstanding! The only problem was maybe that we had too much! I had a fantastic trip.
Alpamayo Expedition

Dominic Warland
Australia
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Good guides understand that part of the payoff is the opportunity to help create one of life’s most powerful experiences for someone they’ve just met. I salute the Guides of Adventure Consultants, who do just that every time they lead an expedition.
Vinson Massif Expedition

Dave Mauro
USA