I wanted a ski touring adventure where I could spend a full day skinning up over high passes, skiing down the glaciers and pull up at a stone-and-timber lodge at over 7,000 ft, sit my weary bones down at an outside table to admire the stunning view over the valley into the French Alps, and have an Italian come over and ask if I would like to try their home-brew wheat beer, ice cold, before dinner. I was not disappointed!
Doug : Italian Ski Touring
I really enjoyed the trip. First time to 6000m mountains and first time in Peru. The experience was all that I hoped. Aritza's logistics were superb, Everything happened on time and when expected. We were never left waiting for donkeys or transport or people. His tents were first class. Aritza is an extremely competent guide and climber, he offers help when needed but doesn't fuss. Tackling two mountains before the big one of Chopicalqui worked very well - it ensured our acclimatisation was correct, plus shook down our approach, gear, technques etc . Aritza has a great team in Peru. Porters were very friendly and extremely helpful and his cook (Achilles) was superb - some of the best food I have had in the mountains. These are big mountains and you need to be fit and conversant with mountaineering techniques. Hence the trip suited us perfectly.
I thought Aritza and his team were amazing. They all worked hard for us and each other to make the trip a success. I have been on a lot of trips to mountains where camp food is prepared for me. I found on this trip the food was exceptional. Really good food was served up in sometimes quite difficult circumstances and conditions.It was a credit to the cook Achilles. I thought the logistics of the trip were really good. Transport was there when we arrived at various locations from the mountains. Aritza had a very good support team of porters who worked well together and were happy in their work. This came across to me strongly.They were very helpful to both Simon and me and were keen for the trip to be a success. If I get the opportunity to go to Peru again in the future and climb with Aritza in the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca I will definitely go.
Thank you for everything, just loved the experience (warts and all) - hard not too in such a beautiful place!
Melissa, Australia 2017 Italian Ski Tour