Spectacular climbing in the Cordillera Real

Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering

The Cordillera Real of Bolivia is one of the world's major ranges and offers some of the finest and most varied alpine climbing.

For those who would like the experience of climbing in an uncrowded area, exploring a remote and exotic land leaving minimal impact, the Cordillera Real offers an unparalleled opportunity.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 18 days
Elevation 6,200M / 20,341FT
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Chad Cochrane AAI

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Chad Cochrane AAI

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Condoriri Base Camp - Andrew Wexler

From May 19 to Jun 05, 2018
Departs from La Paz, Bolivia
$4,470 USD $
With 5 day Illimani Climb: $5,800 USD $
From Jun 16 to Jul 03, 2018
Departs from La Paz, Bolivia
$4,470 USD $
With 5 day Illimani Climb: $5,800 USD $
From Jul 14 to Jul 31, 2018
Departs from La Paz, Bolivia
$4,470 USD $
With 5 day Illimani Climb: $5,800 USD $
From Aug 11 to Aug 28, 2018
Departs from La Paz, Bolivia
$4,470 USD $
With 5 day Illimani Climb: $5,800 USD $
  • Overview

    • Fantastic high altitude climbs at low-intermediate grade
    • Remote and exotic location


    Our Bolivia programme allows for significant instruction time while completing some fantastic climbs at low-intermediate grade at altitudes up to 6,200m / 20,340ft.

    A five-day ascent of the massive Nevado Illimani (6,462m / 21,201ft) is an ideal add-on to capitalise on your existing acclimatisation and make this expedition even more enjoyable. It is the highest peak in Bolivia's Cordillera Real and allows you to climb a serious high altitude peak without the hardships of climbing in very low temperatures.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialized Expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Mountain guides
    • All expedition organizational requirements
    • Land and lake transportation
    • Hotel in La Paz, and tents while trekking and climbing on a shared basis
    • Meals while trekking and climbing
    • Admissions to archaeological zones
    • Group equipment: stoves, tents, ropes, etc. and all supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit.


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Roundtrip airfare to La Paz, Bolivia
    • Meals except while trekking and climbing
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal insurance including medical evacuation and trip cancellation
    • Excess baggage
    • Any rescue costs
    • Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuities to guides
    • Government and airport taxes
    • Inoculations

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitters account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card – Visa, Mastercard, Amex.

    Deposit

    A non-refundable deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 90 days prior to the trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89 - 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

     

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation and can be obtained through your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    BoliviaTrip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering and Ascents.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The maximum climber to guide ratio is 4:1. The team will have a minimum size of 3 climbers and 1 guide maximum size of 8 members and 2 guides.

    Partnership with American Alpine Institute

    This trip is offered as part of our partnership with American Alpine Institute (AAI) in Bellingham, Washington. When you sign on we will alert the AAI office about our discussions and your choice of a trip and have them contact you. AAI will know about your background, how your last trip went, your skill level, and your current plan for a next program. AAI and AC will work together to assure that you are well taken care of and that all your planning and preparation goes smoothly, and that everything is in place to help you achieve your goals.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders have extensive experience at altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya. 


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    To climb in Bolivia you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days’ duration. Expedition members need to be capable of carrying a moderate pack.

    Climbing at altitude affects people differently; most climbers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Our climbing days are mostly short to accommodate this and vital rest days are usually welcomed! Our graduated acclimatisation program allows you to progressively consolidate your fitness.

    History

    The Cordillera Real of Bolivia is one of the world's major ranges and offers some of the finest and most varied alpine climbing, but it is probably the least known and least climbed range among comparable mountain groups. This is due to the country's remoteness and its lack of any traditional tourism. As a result, for those who are used to climbing and backpacking in wilderness areas, for whom the experience of a minimally impacted and uncrowded area is important, and who find great appeal in exploring a remote and exotic land, the Cordillera Real offers an unparalleled opportunity.

    Food

    During the expedition you will enjoy high quality and nourishing food. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary individual clothing and personal equipment to be provided.

  • Itinerary

     

    Day  
    1 Arrive La Paz and overnight at hotel.                                                                                                                  
     2 La Paz exploration and city tour.
     3 Depart La Paz for the Cordillera Real. Trek into first camp (4 hrs)
    4 Trek over pass at 4,572m and continue to next camp (6 hrs)
    5 Trek over mountain passes and onwards to camp.
    6 Trek to Plaza de Lama and transfer back to La Paz for the night.
    7 Preparation day in La Paz for remainder of expedition.
    8 Lake Titicaca exploration and boat ride. (3,825m)
    9 Hike to Base Camp in the Condoriri Valley. (4,267m)
     10-14 Work on climbing skills and ascending peaks in the Condoriri Cirque area.  
     15 Trek out and drive to Zongo Pass.
    16 Begin the ascent of Huayna Potosi (6,096m) and establish camp at 5486 metres.
     17 Climb Huayna Potosi (6,096m) and return to La Paz.
    18 Either depart for home or spend a day in La Paz preparing for the Ilimani ascent if continuing on.
       
       Illimani Extension
     19 Drive from La Paz, meet Arrieros and their horses and trek to Illimani Base Camp.
    20 Climb to High Camp (5,486m) with the assistance of the porters.
    21 Climb to the summit of Illimani (6,462m) and descend to Camp One, or Penaya at the base of the mountain.
    22 Return to La Paz for an evening of celebration and relaxation.
    23 Depart for home.

    After spending two days in the city of La Paz, we head north to the central region of the Cordillera Real. We begin our trek and travel over a series of valleys and passes over the period of three days, and enjoy camping out each night. This is an opportunity to take in the scenery and enjoy spotting the native wildlife. The final day of trekking ends in Plaza de Llama, where a vehicle is waiting to transport us back to La Paz. The team will have a day in La Paz to prepare for the next stage of the adventure.

    The next day is spent travelling by boat on Lake Titicaca and driving across the altiplano to a trailhead in the central part of the Cordillera Real. Covering a substantial part of Bolivia's altiplano, Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable waterway and from its waters, we enjoy memorable views of the scores of seventeen to twenty-thousand-foot peaks that make up the Cordillera Real. This range has great vertical relief and the steep faces of ice that characterize its peaks, rise up in dramatic contrast to the broad and undulating altiplano. We visit a small island where 15th century Incan terraces can be observed, and we see villagers who carry out farming, spinning, weaving, and reed boat construction much as their ancestors did during the rule of the Incas.

    In the afternoon we drive east from the lake to the foot of the central Cordillera Real and then to a trailhead, where we meet our llamas and support staff to camp for the night. With the animals carrying the bulk of our gear, we make an easy-paced ascent to our Base Camp at 4,572m/15,000ft.

    The trek takes us through some beautiful valley landscapes and our camp provides excellent views of the many surrounding mountains, and puts us in position to make a series of single-day ascents. During the first days of the program, we tailor our schedule of instruction and practice climbing to suit the needs of the participants acclimatizing at different rates. We give instruction in climbing technique on a glacial practice area near our camp, while team members gradually acclimatise more fully to the higher altitudes, and then cover additional skills in the process of making summit climbs. We make a beautiful short trek to the Condoriri Lake District and here we make two ascents on 5,180m/17,000ft and 5,486m/18,000ft peaks. This area includes two of the most beautiful mountains on the continent, Cerro Condoriri and Pequeño Alpamayo.

    Our approach is once again made easy by the help of llamas, and we set up camp near a lake below the magnificently sculptured white tower of Condoriri. We practice additional climbing and rescue techniques and then make our first major climb, most likely of the beautiful Pyramide Blanca. After a day of rest or more practice climbing, we tackle our primary goal in this group, Pequeño Alpamayo; a hidden peak with a very impressive pyramidal summit. We climb a broad glacier to a col, traverse along a ridge to the base of the summit pyramid and then ascend directly to the top. The entire route is photogenic, offers excellent climbing and makes use of all the skills taught earlier in the program.

    We then move south past a series of colourful altiplano lakes to the Zongo Pass, right at the very foot of Huayna Potosi (approximately 6,099m/ 20,011ft), from which we take a full day to establish a high camp at 5,486m/18,000ft. Setting off from that camp the following morning with sunrise over the Amazon Basin to our east, we climb a beautiful route which includes serious glacier travel and intermittent sections of moderately steep ground — challenging climbing but well within the skill level developed by the climbing team during the preceding days of the program. With Huayna Potosi's summit, a well-defined point at the end of a beautifully sculptured ridge and the last few steps to the top provide an exhilarating finish to a great climb.

    Topics intended to be covered during instruction include:

    • selection and use of personal equipment
    • anchors for fixed and running belays
    • selection and use of ropes, knots, and harnesses
    • an introduction to high altitude physiology
    • design and selection of technical equipment
    • response to high altitude illness
    • principles of glacier travel
    • nutrition during extended trips at altitude
    • belaying techniques on snow and ice
    • introduction to natural hazards evaluation
    • French and German cramponing techniques
    • crevasse rescue procedures
    • principal ice axe positions
    • rappelling
    • concept and application of the self-belay
    • route finding and evaluation.

    Following our ascents above, we return to La Paz and return home, or for those also completing the Ilimani Ascent, spend a day and a half to preparing for this next stage of the expedition. We leave the city travelling southeast over very rugged roads to a small settlement, where we meet our Arriero and his llamas. With our gear loaded on his animals, we climb gradually higher while enjoying brilliant views of Illimani and eventually pass through the isolated village, where our Arriero and his family live. Here Aymara life is very traditional with thatch-roofed homes constructed of mud brick and stone, and villagers busy attending to the soaking, drying, and freezing of their potatoes (in the world's original freeze-drying process).

    We climb above the village and establish Base Camp at a small lake at 4,572m /15,000ft, where in the evening we enjoy the dependable arrival of a flock of Andean geese that spend the night at the water, and from which we have a beautiful view of sunset over the altiplano.

    The next day our Arriero returns with members of his family, who help us as porters. With them we make a 915m/3,000ft ascent up trails and a rock ridge to reach a snowy bench at 5,486m/18,000ft, where we establish our high camp. From that camp we get great views into the enormous, steep-walled cirque of Illimani and across Lake Titicaca into Peru. The next morning we begin our ascent of the peak's steep Southwest Buttress. The route is broken by a series of large crevasses and we carefully zig zag our way up, using snow bridges and ice ramps where we can to shorten our route.

    Eventually we climb a 40 to 45-degree glacial face and gain the final ridge to the summit — a gently rising, exposed, and very photogenic finish that provides some of the finest views in the Andes. Always scenic and offering rewardingly varied alpine climbing, this is an exciting expedition on one of South America's greatest peaks.

  • Add Ons

    Illimani Ascent

    Many climbers participating in our Bolivia programme stay on for an additional five days to make an ascent of Illimani, the highest peak in the Cordillera Real. Though it stands at 21,201ft or 6462m, climbers enjoy an extremely high rate of success because of their thorough acclimatisation in the earlier part of the programme.

    2018 Dates
    Trip 1: June 5 - 9, 2018
    Trip 2: July 3 - 7, 2018
    Trip 3: July 31 - August 4, 2018
    Trip 4: August 28 - September 1, 2018

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance

    COVERMORE INSURANCE

    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.


    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.


    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be mailed a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip; from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our South American Expeditions. Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for your climbers?
      We are renowned for the quality of our service and strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to our meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Once on the ground in South America, our local agents and guides will ensure that the trip runs to the highest standard, so that you can relax and enjoy climbing through this amazing country.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and washing (clothes) will be available on the expedition?
      Showers will be available the city hotels that are utilised prior to and after your trek or climb. After your departure from town, please do not expect a shower each day but where possible, these will be offered. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for the impromptu wash in between available showers.

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      If you have any special treat you like, we encourage you to bring some along. You’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, and ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarians as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip. All of our expeditions provide excellent local and western food!

      What is the food like?
      When staying in the cities, expect a wide variety of options. Once on the trekking/climbing program, our well-trained cooks prepare high quality ‘western’ food as well as popular local dishes. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form. We are happy to accommodate for those with specific diets.

      What are the hotels/lodges like? Can I have my own room?
      Through our local agents, we book centrally located mid-range hotels and tidy, clean, modern lodges. Once on your trek/climb program, you will be staying in tents which will be part of a larger camp. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin share.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome, and encouraged, to arrive a bit earlier to explore your arrival and departure city if you have the time.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows our local agents to assist with changing your return flight plans if need be, while you are in the mountains.

      When should I book my ticket?
      Generally we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights then ensure you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket if we do have to cancel the trip. In such situations we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure, either with us or another operator.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward, and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings to our expedition and trek destinations.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Our South American departures tend to fly into Santiago International airports and from there onwards to Lima in Peru, and Mendoza in Argentina. Where possible, an Adventure Consultants representative will be there to pick you up off your flight on the scheduled arrival date. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pick-up, though taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans as we love to pass on sightseeing tips.

      Do I need to get a visa to travel to Peru, Chile or Argentina?
      Most visitors to Argentina who stay for less than three months do not require a visitor’s visa, but you must check this with your local embassy or travel agent for updates. Australian, Canadian and US travellers should be aware that both Chile and Argentina charge a reciprocity fee, so please do check this prior to travelling.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will get be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared so that you have clothing/equipment for all eventualities. Please bring everything on the list!

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. It will depend on where you are going, but in general you will need a sleeping bag warm enough for you in conditions that can be as cold as freezing. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

      Will an altitude tent be carried or available during the trek?
      On our Aconcagua departures, a PAC bag and oxygen are available at the Plaza Argentina Base Camp doctor's tent.

      What altitude medication will be available on the trek/climb? Do we need to take tablets before/ during the trek/climb?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits on the treks. You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them) plus extra. Also bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

      How much weight can we carry on the trek/climb?
      When on the trekking portion of your itinerary, you will carry your daypack with warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally it will be light, 5 to 10kgs (10 to 20 pounds). When climbing the likes of Aconcagua and Alpamayo, your packs will be much heavier so do make sure that you are 'pack fit' prior to arriving onto the expedition.

    • Guides & Team Members

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels. From those seeking skill development, to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains or purely adventure, we provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8000m peaks such as Manaslu and Kanchenjunga, all Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a trek/climb?
      We cannot recommend enough in regards to being fit prior to the expedition as this will make all the difference to your acclimatisation, and ultimately, your enjoyment. For our South American expeditions, you should be comfortable walking for 6-8 hours with a light pack. Walking a few hours each day, then 6-8 hours on the weekends is generally a good realistic training programme.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3-$4 per minute depending on the region. Most often, your guide will post daily dispatches on the AC website in which your friends and family can follow your progress.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Many of our treks and climbs send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the trek? What voltage requirements?
      We take solar panels and sometimes battery power packs on our treks and expeditions. Our first priority is to charge our computers, satellite phones and expedition electrical equipment. There is usually enough power to then charge your personal electrical equipment. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter type car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras; they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost - please enquire with our office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do I need to get?
      On all of our international treks there is a requirement for each trek member to have travel insurance covering medical evacuation and repatriation insurance for when trekking. This should cover you in the event that any mishap occurs whilst climbing, where an expensive evacuation is initiated. We do also highly recommend that you purchase a standard comprehensive policy that would likely include cover for trip cancellation cover (in the event of an injury or mishap prior to your trip start date), delayed flights, lost luggage and at times, medical evacuation and costs.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and third world medical services. In the unlikely event you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips, including our courses. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit payment on credit card, and we add a 3% fee to accept the balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are; internationally qualified western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client:guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to call our offices or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is on our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • Photography

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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“Good guides understand that part of the payoff is the opportunity to help create one of life’s most powerful experiences for someone they’ve just met. I salute the Guides of Adventure Consultants, who do just that every time they lead an expedition.”
Vinson Massif Expedition

Dave Mauro
USA
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"AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide."
Mont Blanc Ascent 2016

John Riley
Australia