Great Ranges Fellowship Trips

The AAC's climbing-trips program for our Great Ranges Fellowship members. Whether you are into extended backpacking trips, technical routes, or glacier travel, we have something for you.

As a Club, we understand how important it is to travel and climb with friends, new and old, that share the same outdoor values, passion, and ethics. AAC members embrace the same spirit and mission across every climbing discipline. We're a tribe!

Each trip includes a bit of AAC swag and some serious fun with your fellow members before, during, and after the trip. Each trip is coordinated with a trusted AAC guide service partner.

Not a Great Ranges Fellow yet? Not a problem. We can adjust the trip pricing to include you as a new Member to the Great Ranges Fellowship.

Cordillera Blanca, Peru

July 1-15, 2017

Limit: 8 Participants

The American Alpine Club is proud to partner with La Cima Logistics to provide our members an opportunity to climb as a team in the Cordillera Blanca.  This trip, exclusive to experienced AAC members, is scheduled for July 1 – July 15, 2017.  Land costs are $2,500 for AAC members, and only $2,000 for our Great Ranges Fellowship.

Our primary objective is the magnificent Tocllaraju (6,034m) in the Ishinca Valley.  We’ll spend 10 days in the valley acclimatizing in nearby peaks Urus (5420m) and Ishinca (5530m), resting in our basecamp with a team cook, and ultimately making an attempt on our final objective. 

All lodging, in-country transportation, guide fees, and meals in basecamp are included.  Team members are responsible their flights to Lima, all personal gear, and some group gear including tents, ropes, and pickets.  But, yes, we even have burros to help get your gear up to basecamp!

The maximum team size is 8 experienced climbers.  Team members should:

·      Have experience with roped travel on glaciers and steep snow up to at least 60 degrees;

·      Be competent with crevasse rescue techniques;

·      And be physically fit for the challenge as to not compromise the team. 

Team slots are filled on a first come, first served basis for those with the mandatory experience and skills.  A deposit of $500 will guarantee your slot and is 100% refundable until April 1, 2017. 


July 1: arrive Lima, transfer to hotel

July 2: Transfer to Huaraz over 8 hours via daytime bus with panoramic seats

July 3 and 4: Acclimatize while exploring Huaraz, hang at Café Andino, chill at our hostel - Hostal Familia Meza Lodging

July 5: Transfer to Ishinca Valley trailhead, trek 10k to Basecamp (4350m)

July 6: Acclimatization, rock climbing, rope systems and glacier travel review

July 7: Climb Urus (5420m)

July 8: Rest day

July 9: Climb Ishinca (5530m)

July 10: Rest day

July 11: Climb to Tocllaraju col camp

July 12: Climb Tocllaraju (6,034m) and descend to Basecamp

July 13: Weather day

July 14: Return to Huaraz

July 15: Huaraz to Lima Airport

Our operator is La Cima logistics, owned by American and Huaraz resident Chris Benway.  Chis will manage all logistics for the team including hiring the best guides, coordinating our cooks and meals, and ensure we receive the best pisco sours in town at his famous Café Andino.  In fact, we’re even staying at his in-laws’ hostel while in town.  

Reserve your space today by calling Vickie Hormuth (303) 951-4566

Banner photo: AAC staff member Jeff Deikis