Peru top Adrenaline is an adventure travel agency specialized in treks and expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash.
Our extensive local knowledge and experience combined with the understanding of foreign traveler’s needs guarantees the trip of a lifetime. We organize affordable group tours with fixed departures as well as tailor made private tours that suit exactly your timeline.
We are internationally certified and qualified to the highest standard of mountain guides UIAGM. Our Peruvian trekking guides are English, German and Spanish speaking. We respect and value all the staff who work with us and who contribute to ensuring that our clients have a wonderful trekking or climbing experience in the Peruvian Andes. We choose to work with people who are not just “in it for the job” but who have genuine interest and enjoyment in providing quality service with a helpful and friendly attitude.
The Peruvian Andes have so much to offer and we would love to give you a little taste of what makes them so magical!
The Peruvian city of Huaraz boasts a stunning location high in the majestic Andes. Surrounded by the impressive glacier peaks and mountains of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra, the city itself is situated in a valley at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level. Some of the peaks overlooking Huaraz rise above 6000 meters, including Huascaran which is the highest mountain in Peru at 6768 meters. Breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains may be seen from Huaraz, creating an inspiring backdrop for the array of outdoor activities the area is renowned for. Huaraz is the hub for trekking opportunities, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain bike riding, and a host of other adventure sports in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash. The city itself is home to around 100,000 people, including a large indigenous population. Many locals still wear traditional clothing unique to the region, particularly the women who are adorned in beautiful skirts, tops and hats and often seen carrying infants or produce in brightly colored slings tied to their backs. Huaraz is fairly compact and well laid out as it has been entirely rebuilt following a disastrous earthquake in 1970 which flattened the city. It is easy to explore by foot or by taxi, or by doing it the local way and hailing one of the many collectivos (small minibuses) which operate throughout the city and travel to all surrounding towns and villages.
Sometimes people get sick at high altitudes, such as in the mountains. This is called mountain sickness or high-altitude sickness. Contrary to common belief there are no specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility to altitude sickness. Some people get it and some people don't, and some people are more susceptible than others. Lack of oxygen causes high-altitude sickness. As altitude increases, the air becomes "thinner," which means less oxygen is in the atmosphere. You get less oxygen in your lungs with each breath, so the amount of oxygen in your blood declines. All people can experience mountain sickness, but it may be more severe in people who have heart or lung problems. Symptoms usually begin within 48 hours of arriving at high altitude. The higher the altitude, the greater the effects. People can notice effects when they go to an altitude of 2.500 to 3.000 meter. If you have heart disease (such as heart failure) or lung disease (such as emphysema), you may have symptoms at lower altitudes.
Symptoms include: Headaches, breathlessness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, inability to sleep, swelling of the face, hands and feet.
Both heart rate and breathing rate increase as the body tries to send more oxygen to its tissues. At very high altitudes, body fluid can leak into the brain (called brain or cerebral edema) or into the lungs (pulmonary edema). Both these conditions can be serious or even life-threatening.
Huaraz weather conditions are heavily influenced by its location at 3080 meters above sea level. Located in a valley surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the Huaraz weather conditions are the perfect example of the weather you can find in many of the highland towns in Peru.
April to October: Cordillera’s dry season offers the best trekking and climbing conditions
The dry season is marked by clear sunny days and cold nights due to the lack of clouds. This also makes it the best season for trekking and climbing as the views become even more spectacular and the night skies filled with stars. Rain can occur but is very limited and mainly concentrated at night in this season. By the end of the dry season the vegetation can become somewhat browner as the drought has had its toll. During the day you can expect blue skies pretty much of the time. Since we are close to the equator and very high up, the sun can be very strong so always bring sun protection block, a hat and sunglasses. It is comfortable to trek in shorts and t-shirt. However when the sun goes in it can get cold very quickly so always have a warm jacket, fleece and long pants close at hand. You also need a good 4-season sleeping bag at night and a warm jacket, woolly hat and scarf.
December: A relaxed postseason atmosphere.
Some years the rain can start as early as October. However usually we just get a couple of heavy showers each week and the rest of the time it is sunny or overcast. The rain just lasts for a couple of hours and dries up pretty quick. Good gear for rain is
January to March: Wet and rainy, but appropriately geared trekkers enjoy the silence.
In the wet season, Huaraz weather is as you would expect is quite wet. In the beginning of the wet season this will be mainly during the day, but by January and February these showers can last for almost all day. In the beginning and end of the rainy season, the sun does shine often and views can be equally spectacular due to the clouds playing through the highest peaks. In this season the nights are less cold but due to the rain the temperatures can drop rapidly now and then. The wet season can last until the end of March. January, February and March are at the height of the wet season. During these months you can expect rain at any time. Bring good waterproof clothing, pack your sleeping bag within several plastic bags, and bring sun protection block and a good hat. In fact prepare for just about all four seasons in one day. Huaraz is generally very quiet during these months.
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