/ 50th Birthday Exped
I have looked at the possibilities of trekking/climbing with Community Action Nepal, partcularly the Kanchenjunga walk in and the big hill (6400m?) climb at the end of the valley.
I am looking for alternative suggestions for long treks and biggish mountains with an altitude of 6 - 6500 metres and would be grateful if anyone can provide some feedback on CAN and the quality of their expeditions. Oh and I can take a maximum 1 month off work.
I look forward to your replies!!
Huayhuash trek, then take your pick of the 6000m peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. Peru.
Check out this KE trek -
in a month after a week trek you can gun for Pisco 5800 if thats a cruise there is much more to go at. alpamayo would be the obvious if a bit busy and quite technical.
peru is now an IFMGA country so excellent local guides will be available. A regular poster on here has also so spent circa 20 seasons over there and can surely advise.
there is a 50 classic climbs in the blanca book lots of great photos. Glacial recession has happened a bit so up to date info would be handy.Benefit against himalaya is its a very thin range so approaches are much shorter so you'll get much more climbing time
extensive pilgrim road network means you can get into the hills really fast.
great culturally and unlike popular bits of nepal it does not feel like your on a gap year trail. middle class indians speak english which is pretty amazing.
pretty sure for some of the best stuff you need a guide as it's close to the sometime sensitive border
get trekking in the garwal and Kumoan and maps from stanfords
some excellent indian tour operators exist.
also martin moran does some amazing indian trek/climbing trips also ISM do cool stuff in the ex soviet stans
CAN are great, I used them for EBC and going with them to Annapurna in March. Of course they are a charitable organisation and really look after the porters in terms of pay and weights carried...unlike some larger organisations. They can often tailor your itinerary too.
The "Khumbu Climber" is a demanding trip of 28 days through fantastic scenery with 3 challenging peaks thrown in (4 if count Gokyo Ri trek up to get views). Jagged Globe very good.
Yeah, it's the Peruvian Andes.
You'd need to fly to Lima, then get an overnight bus to Huaraz.
There are numerous variants of the trek itself, but expect to spend 12 days or so on the trail.
You'll spend most of the time above 4000m, and by the time you get back to Huaraz you'll be very acclimitised....it would make sense to go for a peak.
Of the 'easy' Peaks, Pisco (grade PD) is probably the best. You can be up-and-down in a couple of days and the views are unbelievable.
Alternatively you could do the shorter Santa Cruz trek, and spend more time peak bagging.
This should give you an idea of how it works out there:
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