Welcome to the FAQ page for our 2019 - Peru Climbing Adventures:
Tres Montanas : 3 -21 June, 2019
Huascaran : Inquire about dates
What will I need to complete before I join this trip?
What is included in the trip price?
Package price is per person and includes:
- Guide, cook & porter fees
- Burro & burro driver fees
- Road transfers (Airport-Hotel-Airport, Lima-Huaraz-Lima, Huaraz-Mountains-Huaraz);
- Accommodation (2 nights in Lima and 6 nights in Huaraz), 3*** category in DWB rooms - single supplement for private room available please enquire for price.
- All meals and energy snacks whilst on climbing expeditions away from Huaraz. Lunches on acclimatization day treks from Huaraz.
- All group camping and cooking equipment;
- Huascaran National Park Tickets
Not included :
- Personal mountaineering equipment
- Mountaineering insurance
- Meals whilst not on expedition or day treks (when in Lima and Huaraz)
- Any accommodation additional to that provided in the itinerary
When is payment due?
Tres Montanas - Total Trip Price = POA
Huascaran/ Alpamayo - Total Trip Price = US $ POA
50% is due to be paid to our NZ Foreign Exchange Account by 1 December 2018 with the final 50% due 1 March 2019
It is probably easiest to contact your bank to do the payment. The details you need to give your bank for the transaction to be complete are as follows:
Account Name: Aspiring Guides
Bank Branch: ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd
Address: 58-60 Ardmore St, Wanaka, 9305, New Zealand
Account Number: 06-0943-0028260-00
Swift Code: ANZBNZ22
Reference: Your full name
Please note that some Bank systems may not accept account numbers of this type, but through your bank should be able to make payment easily.
INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS CANCELLATION POLICY
Should you cancel your booking for any reason you will receive a full refund less a cancellation fee: more than 5 MONTHS before your trip/course starts NZ$200 per person, between 5 MONTHS and 3 MONTHS 25% of the course or trip fee, between 3 MONTHS and 30 DAYS 50% of the course or trip fee. If YOU cancel 29 days or less no refund will be given.
If the weather remains adverse and prevents the trip from operating, you have the opportunity to carry out sub alpine adventure and skill development activities. Please ensure you have obtained travel and/or injury insurance. Aspiring Guides accepts no responsibility for the actions of persons and/or companies supplying goods and/or services as part of our guiding company or any extra costs incurred due to delays or complications beyond our control.
Refunds are not given due to weather, injury, lack of fitness or ability. If your party is unable to egress from the mountains at the end of your trip for any reason, a fee and additional expenses including but not limited to food, guide wages per extra day is applicable to your party.
Departure date is deemed to be :
- Tres Montanas : 5 pm 3 June, 2019 - NZ time
- Huascaran : to be advised
Cancellation must be advised in writing and will be effective from the date of receipt by Aspiring Guides. Cancellation charges can often be covered by your travel insurance, provided the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of the policy.
Getting to Lima
Everyone to meet in Lima on first day of itinerary.
Phone:00 51 1 4288188
It is very close to the main Square (Plaza De Armas) in Lima and around 30 minutes by taxi from the airport.
We recommend arriving a few days earlier in Peru - just in case there are any delays in getting there, and also giving you time to recover from jet lag. If you want to spend some time in Huaraz acclimatising before the trip start, we can also help you with arrangements to get there independently.
If those on the trip are on the same flights as others, then we will put you in contact with each other, as there will be some advantages for meeting and arranging group transport to the hotel. But it's up to you what you want to do in this regard.
Accommodation on Twin Share basis
The cost of accommodation in Lima on the first and last nights of the trip is included in the trip price, but on a twin share basis. Single upgrades are available for these nights - the price is US$39 per night and must be paid for by 31 March, 2019 along with your final payment. Meals and snacks in either Lima or Huaraz are not included in the trip price (ie., no food is included when not on expedition)
If you are arriving earlier than the trip start, or staying on after the last day, and would like us to book the Hotel Maury for you for these extra nights, we can arrange this through Aritza. Payment would be your responsibility on check-in at the hotel.
If delayed en-route to Peru – and you won’t make your appointment with us, call us at +64 3 443 9422 and if the office is closed call +64 25 301 677.
Accommodation in Huaraz
Hotel San Sebastion - http://www.sansebastianhuaraz.com/english/ - see their website for full details. Unfortunately as this hotel is very busy single upgrades are not available and you will be accommodated on a twin share basis.
NZ Travel Agent
Gary Tate who owns Latin Link Tours http://www.latinlink.co.nz/ can organise flights for you to Lima. Latin Link Tours is a bonded NZ travel agent with all the usual financial security.
You are responsible for accommodation & meals and general expenses whilst in Lima and Huaraz. If you allow US$50 per day you should be well covered. In addition you will need money for general expenses, souvenirs etc. as well as a contingency fund.
We suggest you bring US$ on debit/travel/credit card and cash in small denominations. Credit cards are useful in emergencies but are not widely accepted. Peruvian soles cannot be purchased outside Peru, but money can be changed at the airport, in Lima and in Huaraz. Helps if you know how to count in Spanish/Castellano!
How many climbers / guides on the trip?
There is a maximum of :-
- 6 climbers and 3 guides on the Tres Montanas Expedition; and
- 4 climbers & 2 guides on Huascaran Expedition.
The trip is being organised and controlled by Aritza Monasterio UIAGM who works the summers season with Aspiring Guides here in NZ.
All participants must have insurance that will cover the cost of rescue and evacuation. Check to see if your existing health plans cover this and if not buy travel or rescue insurance that covers costs resulting from mountaineering accidents or illnesses.
New Zealand members of the New Zealand Alpine Club are eligible to purchase cover through the club http://alpineclub.org.nz/club/insurance/international-climbing-travel. We also recommend medi-vac insurance like Global Rescue.
Meals & Accommodation
On the mountain there will be a mixture of locally bought and imported foods. Please inform us of any special needs you may have, as we may be able to incorporate them into the menu. On the mountain you will be camping in mountain tents that we supply. In Huaraz you will be staying at a comfortable hostel.
Tipping guides is not required or expected but if you feel someone has gone above and beyond it is nice to show your appreciation. Tipping the rural Peruvians is an excellent thing to do, a couple Soles is only a dollar or so but it is a lot of money to them and they really appreciate it.
Health And Vaccinations
Due to the erratic sanitary conditions it is important to take lots of care. Avoid drinking untreated water, eating unpeeled fruit and vegetables. Don't eat food from street vendors or roadside stands. Purify water by adding Aquatabs or Polar Pure crystals.
Check with your local health unit to see what vaccinations you are going to need for the trip - Typhoid, Tetanus-Diptheria, Hepatitis A and B, Polio, Rabies? Malaria and Yellow Fever are not present in Lima or Huaraz but if you are travelling to other areas of Peru before or after the trip it is advisable to check this out.
Have a look at this advisory website on health and vaccinations for Peru. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx
Peru is a poor country and your possessions will be attractive to some. Minimize the risk of theft by always watching your baggage when on the move and by not wearing obviously expensive jewelry and watches. Keep passport and documents in a pouch worn under your clothing. Keep money and cards in different places. Don't keep too much money in your wallet and make sure what there is, is in small bills.
Proper conditioning will pay off in enjoyment and in the successful completion of the expedition. Stamina and cardiovascular fitness are most important, as they will help you adapt to altitude and help prevent exhaustion, which in turn will make you less prone to mountain sickness.
An aerobic workout of 30 to 60 minutes, 3-4 times a week will improve cardiovascular fitness. Running, cross-country skiing and cycling are all excellent for training. If not already training start slowly and gradually build up. Hiking with a heavier pack will help build strength and stamina.
Ask us for a personal training programme, developed by our local Wanaka Physiotherapy Clinic.
NZ Shakedown Trip - April 2019
It may be worth thinking about having a 4 day climbing trip with our NZ guide before going to Peru - a chance to refresh some skills & fitness, check equipment and get to know each other.
Peru is usually quite dry during this climbing period (June/July) and so clients are walking on hard dry glaciers...the crevasses are wide open..and in April in NZ, guess what? ...glaciers are dry and the crevasses are wide open = perfect training conditions!
So what we would consider is a 4 day non-helicopter trip based in the Mt Aspiring region. Suggested dates are in the week 18 - 21 April, 2019. We would need a minimum of 3 to run this trip but we can be flexible on these dates in April - your feedback would be helpful.
Trip Price = to be advised. Includes all food, trip transport, hut & park fees. To help you travel light, we will be offering free equipment rental to all of you for this trip.
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