Logistics

Paperwork

Please take the time to read the entire Logistics section in full. If you have questions, feel free to call the Alpine Ascents office or email us. 

Make sure you have submitted the following paperwork to Alpine Ascents.

⎕  Application
⎕  Flight itinerary
⎕ Passport Copy

Trip Insurance & Evacuation Coverage

We highly recommend trip insurance as there are many unforeseen circumstances that can occur leading up to a trip. Evacuation and medical coverage may be required for this trip, please see paperwork section above. Please click here for more information:

https://www.alpineascents.com/trip-cancellation-insurance-trip/

Getting to Cusco, Peru

Note that trip dates include travel time from your home country. A day-to-day itinerary can be found with your confirmation letter.

Flight reservations for your expedition should be made as soon as possible. Please forward a copy of your flight itinerary before final purchase so we can review departure and arrival dates.

If you would like the assistance of a travel agency, we can recommend our friends at Exito Travel.

Alpine Ascents can make pick-up, hotel, and transport arrangements to meet individual itineraries.

Flying to Cusco, Peru

Arrival: Fly to Cusco, Peru, arriving on Day 2 of your itinerary. Those arriving on the scheduled date will be met at the airport by an Alpine Ascents guide or representative and taken to the hotel. Please look for an Alpine Ascents sign upon leaving customs.

Departure: You may fly out any time on the last day of your itinerary.

Early Arrival/Late Departure: We are happy to arrange an airport pick up for you if arriving early. For those arriving early or departing after the scheduled itinerary, we can make hotel and transport arrangements at an additional cost. Please contact our office in advance if you would like us to make additional reservations.

Visas & Passports

To enter Peru you must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months past the end date of your journey. US citizens do not require a visa.

Climbers are responsible to determine and satisfy entry requirements for your passport/nationality. Alpine Ascents is happy to help in this process. US citizens can consult US State department website here: Peru International Travel Information

Hotels

For climbers who prefer single room accommodations, these arrangements can be made for an additional fee. Be aware that private rooms are available at hotels during our trip, but not on the mountain.

For climbers choosing double room accommodations every effort will be made to pair you with another climber. A Single Room Supplement Fee will apply if a match cannot be made or there is a last minute cancellation. This will help keep our overall program pricing down since unlike other companies we do not charge more for smaller groups.

In Cusco

Andenes Cusco
Calle Choquechaca 176, Cusco, Perú
www.andenescusco.com/

Gear List

Please refer to your Gear List:

You are required to bring every item on this list as described, so be as precise as possible when packing. We are happy to work closely with you on finding the proper gear.

If you plan to rent gear, your rental form must be submitted at least a month prior to expedition start date. Please call our office or e-mail [email protected] with any questions.

Gear Lexicon

If you’re confused by items and/or language on the Gear List, we encourage you to refer to our Gear Guide for explanations on layering systems, differences between boots, etc.

Other Resources

Below are articles written by veteran Alpine Ascents guides that you may find helpful in preparing and packing for your expedition.

Medications & Prescriptions for Mountain Climbing

Women’s-Specific Tips

Not on the Gear List, but in our Backpacks

Packing Tips

People generally take too much “stuff” rather than too little. Study each item before you pack it. Eliminate redundant items, extra changes of clothing, and excessive“nice to have” luxuries. You will benefit from traveling light because of the costs of excess baggage and because of the frequent loading and unloading of bags. Remember to review your airline’s weight limits and pack accordingly. Traveling light may be your key to summit success. Take everything on the required equipment list and little else.

Expenses

Please review the Costs Include/ Do Not Include portion of the website, particularly which meals are provided. During your trip, you will only need cash for souvenirs and minor personal expenses, and any (optional) gratuities you would like to offer your guides and drivers. For purchasing souvenirs and minor personal expenses en route, we recommend bringing Nuevos Soles. Please make sure to bring small bills and coins. U.S. dollars are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. There are several money exchange shops as well as banks to exchange currency. Cash machines (ATMs) are available in all major cities and major airports, and dispense your choice of either U.S. dollars or soles. Screen instructions are in English and Spanish.

Please note that even very slightly torn bills are generally not accepted in Peru. Do not accept bills are torn or taped as it will be difficult to pass them on. Additional expenses at the lodges (such as massages and alcoholic beverages), can be charged to your credit card, while tipping to guides can be offered in whatever currency is the most convenient. Although we prefer not to suggest tipping amounts, we feel obligated to pass on information that will help your trip run more smoothly. As tipping and expenses are a personal preference, the information below is merely a guideline.

Early Departure/Evacuation

If you need to leave the expedition early, you are responsible for all incurred expenses (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc). A comprehensive trip insurance plan is recommended, which can cover these costs in the event that they occur.

Tipping

Tipping is in no way mandatory although it is an established tradition in Peru. If you decide to tip, we recommend carrying US Dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles in small denominations. Local and Western guides, drivers and support staff are generally tipped as follows. For clarity, all suggested amounts are in USD:

• Airport / Hotel Transfers: When the guide and driver take you between the hotel and the airport, a tip of $2 per person is appropriate.
• Hotel Arrivals / Departures: It is customary to tip hotel porters $1 per bag. For a single-night stay, there is no need to tip the cleaning staff. But for multiple night stays, a tip of $1 per day is much appreciated.
• Sightseeing Tours: For a full day tour, such as the scenic walking tour of old Cusco and the Incan ruins of Sacsayhuamán on Day 3 of the trip, we recommend tipping the guide between $5-10 and the driver between $5-7. This is a per person gratuity.
• Lodge Staff / Route Chefs / Mule-Drivers: The cost of the trip includes tips for lodge staff, route chefs, and mule drivers. The cost of the trip does not include tips for local and western guides.
• Guide Staff: The suggested amounts for local guides are USD $10 per day, per guest for the Lead Guide and USD $5 per day, per guest for the Assistant Guide. Western guides can accept and will greatly appreciate tips with a rough tipping guideline of $100 – $250 per trekker per guide but certainly not obligatory and based on level of service and personal comfort level.
• Restaurants: It’s customary to add an extra 10% if the service has been satisfactory

Cross Cultural Tips
We discourage handouts of candy, chewing gum and other such items to children you meet in cities and towns in Peru. “Junk food” is dangerous because dental care is not always available and handouts encourage children to beg. It is far better to leave packets of notebooks, reading  materials, pencils or crayons that can be donated to local schools.

On the Mountain

Physiology Of Mountaineering

Dehydration, hypothermia, frostbite, and altitude illness are all important health conditions to be aware of while climbing. Please read our overview of these physical factors:

Food & Water

We are aware of the potential monotony of expedition food and Alpine Ascents makes every effort to make meals a positive part of the climb. We take great care in our meal preparation, understanding the importance staying healthy, fueling effectively, and enjoying your food. Whenever possible, we use fresh ingredients from local markets in our pre-planned meals.

Tap water in Peru is not safe to drink. While in the city, use bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. While climbing, Alpine Ascents guides will sterilize all water and climbers will fill water bottles at breakfast and dinner.

Health Tips

You may want to consult your physician for advice on treatments for gastrointestinal upsets that you may encounter on your trip. In the past, climbers have relied on antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin. Your doctor may recommend medications such as Lomotil or Imodium to stop diarrhea, and Compazine to prevent nausea.

Leave No Trace

Alpine Ascents International practices Leave No Trace principles on all expeditions. We believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. Before your climb, please become familiar with Leave No Trace:

7 Principles of Leave No Trace

As guides, we spend time teaching the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices. There is nothing more rewarding than working hard to get high into the mountains, reaching a pristine campsite, witnessing incredible views, and having the feeling that no one has been there before.

Conversely, there is nothing more disheartening than working hard to climb a mountain, reaching a site and encountering trash, food waste, and toilet paper. Please read the seven LNT principles, and call the office if you have any questions about what you can do to plan ahead.

It was fantastic. Will definitely recommend it to friends. Cannot imagine it being any better. One particularly unexpected but delightful experience was the 2 hour train ride from Aguas Calientes – the scenery was absolutely spectacular.

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