Discover Bolivia's Cordillera Real

Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering

Combining the perfect blend of Bolivia—iconic tourist destinations, epic hiking trails, climbing instruction and high altitude mountaineeringthe Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering Expedition really has it all!

 

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 14 or 20 days
Elevation 6,124M / 20,092FT
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Add On an ascent of the Cordillera Real's highest peak, Illimani - Roberto Gomez Sainz

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Explore Lake Titicaca's Sun Island - Roberto Gomez Sainz

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Learn essential mountaineering skills - Roberto Gomez Sainz

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Climbing Pequaño Alpamayo - Roberto Gomez Sainz

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On the summit of Pequaño Alpamayo - Roberto Gomez Sainz

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Enjoy a variety of spectacular terrain - Roberto Gomez Sainz

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Camping on Illimani - Roberto Gomez Sainz

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Approaching the summit of Illimani - Roberto Gomez Sainz

From Jun 06 to Jun 19, 2021
Departs from La Paz, Bolivia
$3,500 USD $
From Jun 20 to Jun 25, 2021
Departs from La Paz, Bolivia
$1,500 USD $
1:1 Guide to Climber Ratio: $2,600 USD $
  • Overview

    • Climb multiple peaks in Bolivia's Cordillera Real
    • Tour La Paz and nearby Lake Titicaca's Sun Island
    • Learn mountaineering skills and gain experience at altitude
    • Option to add-on an Illimani ascent


    Bolivia's Cordillera Real contains a plethora of excellent high altitude climbing and trekking opportunities! Our Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering expedition takes the best of these and combines them into an itinerary that slowly acclimatises you while providing a stimulating experience exploring local iconic tourist spots, trekking and climbing in the famous 
    Condoriri Lake District and culminating in an ascent of the remote Chachacomani (6,124m/20,091ft). 

    With an optional add-on ascent to climb the Cordillera Real's highest peak, Illimani (6,462m/21,201ft), this expedition gives climbers a challenging yet achievable introduction into the world of high altitude mountaineering. An ideal expedition for those looking to take their first steps into expedition climbing, or anyone simply wanting to enjoy the variety of trekking and climbing that the Cordillera Real has to offer.

  • Illimani Ascent Add On

    Illimani Ascent

    Make the most of your acclimatisation with an additional ascent of Illimani, the highest peak in the Cordillera Real (6,462m/21,201ft). Overlooking the city of La Paz, illimani is a stand-out Bolivian peak, easily climbed in a short six-day itinerary following your Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering programme.

    Dates 2021

    June 20–25, 2021
    Duration: 6 days

    Prices 2021

    The cost of the Illimani Extension ex La Paz, Bolivia is US$1,500 for groups of 2 or more, or US$2,600 for 1:1 guide to climber ratio.

  • Dates & Prices

    Dates 2021

    Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering: June 6–19, 2021

    Illimani Extension: June 20–25, 2021

    Pricing Schedule 2021

    The cost of the Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering Expedition ex La Paz, Bolivia is US$3,500 per person.

    The cost of the Illimani Extension ex La Paz, Bolivia is US$1,500 per person for groups of 2 or more, or US$2,600 for 1:1 guide to climber ratio.

  • 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
    • Airport transfers
    • Ground transportation
    • Hotel accommodation in La Paz (4 nights) and Copacabana (2 nights) on a twin shared basis
    • Tours of La Paz and Sun Island
    • All trek and expedition food ex La Paz
    • Porter support for group and personal equipment in accordance with the equipment list
    • Group equipment: stoves, tents, ropes, etc. and all supplies necessary.


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Roundtrip airfare to La Paz, Bolivia
    • Meals (except breakfast) in La Paz
    • 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 and local staff
    • Government and airport taxes

    Account Information

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

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    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 remitter's account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% card transaction fee.

    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 their participation on the following basis:

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


    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We strongly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent if you wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons.

  • Trip Notes

    Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering Expedition Trip Notes 2021 CoverTrip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering.

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

    Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering Expedition Trip Notes 2021

    Team Membership

    The maximum guide to climber ratio is 1:2. The team will have a maximum size of 10 members.

    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.

    RobertoRoberto Gomez Sainz
    Expedition Leader


    Hailing from Bolivia, Roberto comes to Adventure Consultants with a wealth of experience, having gained his IFMGA qualification in 2008. He has climbed extensively throughout South America and guides regularly for AC in New Zealand. At home in the Cordillera Real, Roberto delights in sharing with you his backyard!

    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.

    Hayley Furze Profile April 17Hayley Furze, Client Liaison

    Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our European and international ascents, treks and expeditions.

     

    Staff Photo

    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. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    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
    Day 2 La Paz exploration and city tour
    Day 3 Depart La Paz for the town of Copacabana on the edge of Lake Titicaca
    Day 4 Explore Sun Island on Lake Titicaca
    Day 5 Transfer to Condoriri Base Camp (4,600m/15,000ft)
    Day 6 Ascend Pico Austria (5,320m/17,454ft), 3 hours 
    Day 7 Glacier training day
    Day 8 Pequeño Alpamayo summit (5,410m/17,749ft)
    Day 9 Return to La Paz
    Day 10 Transfer from La Paz to Chachacomani road end, trek to Base Camp (2–3 hours)
    Day 11 Climb to Chachacomani High Camp (4–5 hours)
    Day 12 Chachacomani Summit (6,124m/20,092ft), return to Base Camp
    Day 13 Back to La Paz
    Day 14 Rest day or depart for home
    Day 15 Drive La Paz to Pinaya town, trek to Puenta Roto Camp (4,572m/15,000ft)
    Day 16 Trek to Nido del Cóndor Camp (5,486m/18,000ft)
    Day 17 Illimani summit day, return to High Camp
    Day 18 Trek back to Pinaya, return to La Paz
    Day 19 Rest or contingency day
    Day 20 Trip ends, depart for home.

    The views across the Cordillera Real are spectacular as we fly into the city of La Paz. At a height of 3,640m/11,942, the city sits as high as many of the world’s mountains and boasts the title of the highest administrative capital in the world. We’re met at the airport and as we drive into the city we see the peak of Illimani standing tall on the skyline, its snow covered slopes in stark contrast to the busy streets of La Paz.

    We meet our guide at the hotel and he undertakes an expedition briefing and gear check. We’re able to answer last minute questions and get to meet the rest of the team. We’re all excited about the days ahead and enjoy dinner together at one of the nearby restaurants.

    After breakfast we meet in the hotel lobby for our tour of La Paz. The tour allows us to familarise ourselves with the city and some of the history of the area, and as our guide explains, also gives our bodies time to adjust to the altitude before we head into the mountains. We visit historical landmarks including Plaza Murillo and the San Francisco Church before heading to the Witches Market, where a few of us purchase colourful Bolivian souvenirs. We finish the tour with a stop at Mirador Killi Killi, with its spectacular city views across the plateau to the surrounding mountains. It leaves us eager to get moving closer!

    We leave the bustling city behind us the next morning and drive 3½ hours to the lakeside town of Copacabana (3,841m/12,601ft) nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We stretch our legs and wander the streets of the town, taking in its unique atmosphere and red-roofed buildings before making our way to our traditional lakeside accommodation on the edge of town.

    The following morning, we board a boat to take us across the lake to Isla de Sol or Sun Island. The rocky island is criss-crossed with hiking trails and is home to over 80 archaeological sites dating back to the ancient Inca civilisations and beyond. We spend the day hiking and exploring some of the island’s highlights, including the Escalera del Inca, a beautiful Incan staircase leading to a spring once believed to prolong youth.

    We arrive back at Copacabana tired after a long day in the sun, but the hiking was just a taster, and tomorrow the adventure starts in earnest as we begin the trek to Condoriri Base Camp (4,600m/15,000ft). We depart early in the morning and drive to the trailhead, it’s only a short 2-hour hike to the Base Camp, but the jump in altitude is significant, so we take our time, enjoying the scenery and spotting alpacas and llama as we hike. We are accompanied by some mules who help transport our group and personal equipment, we only carry small packs with those items we need throughout the day. Once at Base Camp we help set up camp and enjoy a delicious barbeque for dinner!

    We wake the next morning and prepare to climb our first peak, Pico Austria (5,320m/17,454ft). We walk through the alpine vegetation that finally gives way to the rocky slopes of the mountain, and we reach the summit in time to get views of the nearby Condoriri (‘Head of the Condor’, its neighbouring peaks the wings, 5,648m/18,530ft). We stay a few minutes on the summit, taking photos and allowing our bodies time to acclimatise to the height. We return to the base camp, feeling good that we all exceed the 5,000m mark with few complaints!

    The following day is dedicated to skills training. Most of the group is new to mountaineering, so we spend the morning starting with the basic skills. After lunch we head to the nearby Tarija Glacier and practice those techniques on the ice. By the end of the day everyone is feeling confident on their feet and ready to tackle our next objective Pequeño Alpamayo (5,410m/17,749ft).

    It’s the first alpine start for most of the group and it takes us a while to get organised, but by 3.00am we’re off and making our way by torchlight back towards the Tarija Glacier. Initially we climb across moderate-angled snow slopes to Tarija peak before climbing down a short rocky section onto Pequeño Alpamayo. We follow the snow-covered West-Southwest ridge all the way to its pyramid shaped summit. Elated, we snap photos on the summit before returning via the same route to curl up in our tents at Base Camp.

    We return the next day to La Paz, it’s a welcome respite. We spend the afternoon resting, sorting out our gear and doing laundry!

    Refreshed from the previous afternoon relaxing, the team piles into our van, ready for the 4-hour drive to our next objective, the remote peak Chachacomani (6,124m/20,092ft). Excitement brews as we drive closer and see Chachacomani and its neighbouring peak Chearoco (6,127m/20,102ft) standing head and shoulders above the Altiplano and their surrounding peaks.

    Again, at the trailhead we’re met by mulas to help transport our equipment to Base Camp, and we follow a trail alongside the Rio Keka Jahuira river along an immense valley carved out long ago by glaciers. Our Base Camp is located on the river flats near the head of the valley. The next morning we move to High Camp, the trail from here becomes too rough for the mules, so we utilise porters to assist carrying some of the heavier group equipment. Our packs are full with our personal gear and our anticipation is high, can we really push through and climb a 6,000m peak?

    The climb to High Camp takes us away from the main river, up across glacial moraine towards the slopes of Chachacomani and the edge of its glacier. At around 5,500m/18,044ft, High Camp is higher than our last climb! The weather looks favourable for a summit tomorrow, so we all have dinner and head straight to our sleeping bags, hoping to catch some sleep before our next alpine start.

    Our guide wakes us early, we dress, have a quick breakfast, and get moving. The team is more organised this time around and we head out into the torchlight by 2.00am, initially scrambling across moraine but soon reaching the edge of the glacier and donning our crampons. The night is still, but cold, and the sound of our crampons crunching on the glacial ice is all we hear as everyone concentrates on the task ahead.

    Dawn brings spectacular purple and pink colours across the sky. We start to see views behind us as we stop to refuel, and ahead, the summit looms large. There is still a way to go! We’ve weaved our way around crevasses and up through the glacier and around onto the north east side of the mountain. From here the route takes us up the NE face of the mountain and before long, we take our final steps onto the summit.

    The views from the summit stretch across the whole Cordillera Real, overlooking Lake Titicaca and the Altiplano. It’s a real reward after a long climb! We spend some time on the summit before descending via the same route to High Camp, where we stop for a late lunch. We continue onto Base Camp where dinner and a good night’s sleep await!

    It is hard to crawl out of the sleeping bag the next morning, but the thought of a long hot shower in La Paz soon sees everyone on the trail and making our way back. For some of the team, they’ll rest and head on to climb Illimani (6,462m/21,201ft), the highest peak in the Cordillera Real, while others depart for home.

  • South America Add Ons

    Amy Hall Machu Picchu 1From the teeming rivers of the Amazon to the spectacular Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, your South American expedition needn't finish at the bottom of the mountain.

    Check out our dedicated South America Add Ons page for a whole host of ways to maximize your experience on the continent.

     

     

     

     

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your mountaineering adventure can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance


    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our South American expeditions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed 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.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your climbers?
      We are renowned for the quality of service and strategy applied to our expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to the meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Once on the ground in South America, you can expect to be well looked after by our guides to that you can relax and enjoy trekking through this amazing region.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

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

      What food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as ample hot and cold drinks but if you have any special treats you like, we encourage you to bring some along. When staying in the cities, expect a wide variety of options. Once on the climbing programme, 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 as we are happy to accommodate those with specific diets.

      What are the hotels/lodges like?
      We use centrally located mid-range hotels for city nights and for lodge-based expeditions, we book tidy, clean, modern lodges through our local agents. Our standard trip inclusions are based on shared rooms, usually twin share. Once on your climbing programme, you will be staying in tents which will be part of a larger camp.

    • 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 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 you to change your return flight plans if need be.

      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 early then please ensure you can make changes to your tickets and we highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance. If the circumstance arises that we have to cancel the trip for any reason, 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!

      Will I be picked up from the airport?
      Where possible, an Adventure Consultants representative will be there to meet you 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, although 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 that 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 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. 

    • 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 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. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear extra clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

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

      How much weight do we carry on the 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, 5-10kg/10-20lb. On Alpamayo, your pack 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 8,000m 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. Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a climb?
      We cannot recommend enough 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 an appropriately weighted pack. Walking a few hours each day, then 6-8 hours on the weekends is generally a good realistic training programme.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • 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, generally at US$3 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 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 climb? What are the voltage requirements?
      We take solar panels and sometimes battery power packs on our 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 car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras as 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 expeditions we require you to have travel insurance covering medical evacuation and repatriation. This should cover you in the event that any mishap occurs and an expensive evacuation is initiated. We also highly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive policy to cover trip cancellation, delayed flights, lost luggage, etc..

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and developing 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.

      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. 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 both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international flights.

      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-to-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 the trip is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • 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 an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

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