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  • Antisana Mountain Route

    Main Climbing Route: Because of numerous large crevasses that opened up during the 1997 – 1998 season, the traditional Main Summit route has become impassable. Currently the best way to reach the main summit is to follow the route outlined above. The route starts from a base camp situated in a moraine at the base of the North West. Ascend the southern ridge leaving camp to obtain the glacier 1/2 hour away. There is an obvious trail which leads out of base camp.

    Antisana Mountain

    Once on the glacier skirt an ice fall on your left, and head for the saddle between the main summit and the south peak. Once the ice wall has been skirted turn back towards the main summit and follow the glacier to the left of the large rock wall. Continue towards the main summit cap avoiding the many crevasses. Careful route finding is needed through this area as the crevasses are numerous, large and deep. As the grade steepens head left for the triangular snow patch which leads onto the summit cap. This requires a steep 1/2 hour left traverse up and over a large open slot. Protection is a good idea.

    Antisana – 5758 Meters

    Additional Routes: East Peak, North Peak, South Peak, Northeast Peak

    Suggested Reading: Climbing and Hiking in Ecuador, 4th Edition

    Getting There:
    You must contact the Delgado Famliy in Quito to obtain an entry permit. The cost is usually $10 per vehicle. Contact Mario Palleres 5932 455 697 for permit of entry. A four wheel drive vehicle will take you within 30 minutes of base camp. Drive through Pintag heading east towards Hacienda El Hato.

    Just after a gravel mine at the foot of the 200 year old lava flow there is the first of two gates at which you must present your entry permit . You must keep your permit for the second gate further up the road. Take a left just after the entry gate and head east on a beautiful well paved road towards H. El Hato. Continue climbing on this road up into the paramo for at least an hour.

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    As the road levels and crosses a large paramo plain it will fork. Antisana will be directly in front of you, causing jaw dropping stares. Head left at the fork in the road and towards Antisanilla on your left and Antisana on your right. Shortly after this fork look for a 4 wheel drive track heading off into the paramo on your left. Take this poor road and be careful.

    You will cross a series of up and downs and a few streams before leveling out at the base of Antisanilla. Continue on this track until you see a track heading east towards the mountain just after you have reached the base of Antisanilla. Turn right and follow this road up towards the mountain as far as you can. Basecamp is a 30 minute haul east from the end of this track. Look for cairns and a path up and to the right.

  • Air Travel in Peru

    AEROCONTINENTE and LAN PERU are the only domestic airline flying to most major destinations in Peru:

    Strike: Train to Machu Picchu

    There are some much smaller airlines with only a few aircraft. TANS flies to Cusco, Tarapoto, Iquitos, Yurimaguas, Rioja, Juanjui and Pucallpa. AEROCONDOR flies to Cajamarca, Chimbote, Huanuco, Trujillo and Anta (Huaraz). LAN PERU flies to Arequipa and Cuzco (International flights to Miami and New York). T DOBLE A flies to Chachapoyas. TACA PERU is to start operations soon with flights to Cusco and Iquitos.

    ENAFER, the Peruvian train company, is on strike to protest the upcoming privatization of trains in Peru. The train tracks broken by protesters may be repaired by August 20, 1999.

    No trains are available from Cusco to Machu Picchu or Puno. It is unknown when train service will be up and running.

    If you’d like to hike the Inca Trail, take a tour bus to Km 82, then enter the trail at Km 88. Be aware that there may be no trains back, however, and that you may have to spend a few days at Aguas Calientes. If you don’t have time to hike the Inca Trail, you can get a bus to Km 82, and then hike along the train tracks to Machu Picchu, which takes about 10 hours.

    The South American Explorers Club is a not-for-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, scientific and educational organization that was founded in 1977 for the following purposes:

      • to advance and support all forms of scientific field exploration and research in South and Central America in such areas as biology, geography, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as to collect information on field sports such as whitewater running, mountaineering, caving, and others


      • to collect and distribute contributions donated for specific educational and scientific research projects that fall within the Club’s aims and purposes.


      • to further the exchange of information among scientists, explorers, and travelers of all nationalities with the purpose of advancing knowledge of South and Central America.


      • to collect and make available reliable information on all institutions, research centers, and organizations in South and Central America that benefit scientists, explorers, and travelers pursuing scientific and educational goals.


      • to promote greater interest in and appreciation for endangered peoples, wilderness conservation and wildlife protection.

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    HomeReturn to South American Explorers Club Home Page

    The contact information below is for offices in Lima:

    Av. Pardo 651, Miraflores
    Sales 242-4242 or 433-1667
    Main Office 242-4260
    Fax 241-8098

    Av. Arequipa 5200, Miraflores
    Sales 575-3842 & 575-3843
    Main Office 445-7327
    Fax 445-7107
    E-mail: tans@blockbuster.com.pe

    Juan de Arona 781, San Isidro
    Sales 442-5663
    Main Office 422-4214
    Fax 221-5783

    Paz Soldan 225, San Isidro
    Sales 446-6995
    Main Office 215-1800
    Fax 215-1818

    Main Office 241-7077 or 446-0033

    Av. Pardo 640, Miraflores, Lima 18
    Sales 242-1980
    Fax 446-2120

    Outside of Peru contact your own travel agent. As far as we are aware LANPERU is the only airline that can be booked through on-line reservation systems such as Amadeus and Sabre. Currently, their prices for a one-way ticket from Lima to Cuzco start at $49. The SAE Cusco Clubhouse recommends LanPeru for safety, comfort and reliability over AeroContinente and Tans.


  • Backpacking Guide for Beginners


    Past the bustling neighborhood trail and clamoring auto campground lies a more immersive ordeal. Hiking offers a wealthier, all the more compensating valuation for the regular world. Conveying life’s basics on your back will be both freeing and physically difficult.

    In case you’re prepared to try hiking out, take after these means:

    1. Locate an accomplished accomplice
    2. Pick a simple starting course
    3. Rigging up

    #1 Find an Experienced Partner

    On the off chance that you have a companion or two who are explorers, request that they take you on a maybe a couple night hiking trip. Odds are they’ll be glad to impart their exploring aptitude to you, can suggest or credit you adapt, and will probably convey their own particular apparatus to share.

    In the event that you don’t have the foggiest idea about an explorer, locate a ready companion to agree to accept a hiking class with you. It’s keen, and regularly more fun, to take no less than one other individual with you on your first hiking trip.


    #2 Choose a Backpacking Route

    Where you go exploring will rely upon a few components:

    • How much time you have. You may just have an end of the week, however stop for your first trip.
    • Your wellness level: Assess the shape you’re in and how much time you need to prepare before the excursion. See our article on How to Train.
    • Separation: Decide what number of miles and hours you’re happy with climbing in one day, particularly while wearing a heavier-than-normal pack. In case you’re an amateur, an agreeable trek separate is in the scope of three to eight miles round-trip (on the off chance that you have noteworthy height pick up, or you’re going with kids, you’ll likely need to stick to shorter courses).
    • Rise pick up: How much rise would you be able to deal with? In case you’re as of now a climber, you likely have a smart thought of the rise pick up you’ll be happy with handling. Simply remember that conveying more weight than you’re utilized to will back you off. On the off chance that you have little experience taking care of height picks up, you’ll most likely need to adhere to a generally level course in any case.
    • Season and climate: If sunset falls ahead of schedule, as in harvest time, design a course or leave sufficiently early to abstain from climbing oblivious. Continuously check the climate estimate and scratch off your excursion if a tempest is moving in.
    • Coordinations: Decide whether you’ll climb a circle trail, go out and back on a similar area of trail or do a point-to-point course. In case you’re climbing point-to-point, you’ll have to carry autos to your begin and end focuses. You’ll likewise need to consider driving time to the trailhead and ensure you give yourself enough time to make camp before dim.


    #3 Choose Your Backpacking Gear

    The Ten Essentials

    Realize what these are and be prepared. Ensure you and your kindred hikers are in agreement with regards to who is bringing what. Twofold check before you leave home. It can be a genuine killjoy to find that nobody brought a lighter for the stove or a water channel. To take in more, see our article and agenda for the Ten Essentials.


    Gathering Backpacking Gear

    A noteworthy favorable position of running hiking with an accomplished accomplice or accomplices is that they are probably going to have the public rigging you’ll require, for example, an a few man tent, stove and kitchen supplies. (In the event that you run with a bigger gathering, it’s shrewd to bring more than one stove, and obviously, more tents.)

    Also Read: Aconcagua Climbing Information Packet

    Moreover, your accomplished companions can prompt you on what not to bring, with a specific end goal to restrain the weight in your pack. Here are some more subtle elements on the gathering hiking gear you’ll require:

    • Tent

    Backpacking tents are substantially lighter in weight than auto outdoors tents. That is on the grounds that they’re more conservative and have a tendency to be made of superlight materials and shafts (which can add to the cost of the tent). Consider measure: a three-man tent for three individuals weighs less (and is more practical) than three one-individual tents. On the off chance that your gathering is setting up a base camp for two or three days, a bigger tent with more head tallness can be justified regardless of the additional weight.

    • Stove

    A minimal stove that bubbles water quick, for example, an incorporated canister framework, can be awesome for assemble eating. You should simply add the bubbling water to solidify dried dinners and let them sit for around 10 minutes. In the event that your gathering is bigger than three, consider bringing two stoves. That way nobody is left ravenous sitting tight for the pot to bubble.

    • Water treatment

    Some individuals convey all the water they think they’ll requirement for two or three days, which can be overwhelming. By sifting or treating water from backwoods streams and lakes, you’ll spare weight. Ensure you and you’re climbing accomplice have a water channel you both can utilize (bring more than one channel for a gathering). Contingent upon the style of channel you’re utilizing, you’ll likely likewise need to bring your own particular water bottles as well as a hydration supply with drinking tube.

    • Kitchen supplies

    If you’re utilizing an incorporated stove framework, you’re cooking pot is implicit. Else, you’ll require at the absolute minimum a hiking pot or pot in which to bubble water. Every individual will likewise require a mug and bowl and a spoon or spork. You can make a kitchen unit that contains a few nuts and bolts: a since quite a while ago dealt with mixing spoon; a little spatula on the off chance that you’ll be fricasseeing hotcakes; a paring blade; salt and pepper and different flavors in small sacks or jugs. Consider a collapsible camp sink, as well, and a little wipe and jug of biodegradable cleanser for washing dishes well far from camp and water sources.

    • Individual Backpacking Gear

    The following are the individual nuts and bolts you’ll requirement for exploring, regardless of whether it’s for one night or one week. (Tip: For your first excursion, you might need to acquire or lease outfit, for example, a rucksack, resting sack and dozing cushion, so you can begin to realize which highlights matter most to you before you contribute.)

    • Hiking Clothing: Choose apparel made of brisk drying, dampness wicking textures. Stay away from cotton, which sets aside a long opportunity to dry when wet and can prompt hypothermia. Consider attire isolate frameworks:
    • By skin base layers: Most critical in cool to icy temperatures.
    • Climbing layers: Nylon pants (might be rollup or hurdle off), T-shirts, sun shirt, sun cap.
    • Protection: Puffy vest or coat, lightweight wool pullover, warm cap and gloves.
    • Rainwear: Definitely bring a waterproof coat; pants rely upon climate conjecture (rainwear is likewise great at counteracting mosquito nibbles).
    • Rest garments: Keep a perfect tee, bottoms and socks only to sleep.

    Hiking footwear: Because your feet are urgent to an effective trek, footwear is likely the most essential thing you have to pick. It’s likewise an extremely individual decision. A few hikers lean toward strong over-the-lower leg boots, while others have made the jump to lightweight trail running shoes. It likewise may rely upon the trail—will it be earth and delicate duff, or for the most part rough?

    Any boots or shoes you wear ought to be well softened up and agreeable for long separations. Wear fleece or engineered socks and stop late morning to ventilate your feet and even change to new socks. A few hikers likewise bring a lightweight combine of shoes, shoes or water shoes for wearing around camp (and for fording rivers).

    Rucksack: If you do acquire a pack, ensure you attempt it on first and that it fits serenely. It ought to have a limit of 45– 60 liters. Load it up with water jugs and things to around 30 pounds, and take it out on a long test climb. In the event that it’s agreeable on the hips and in the shoulders, give it a turn on your exploring trip. On the off chance that you choose to purchase a rucksack, have a REI deals authority measure your middle and fit you for one appropriately.

    Resting sack: Make beyond any doubt you have a lightweight, compressible dozing pack (in the event that you obtain one, you might need to purchase or make a liner to use with it). In the event that you choose to purchase a sack, do your examination and take in the advantages and disadvantages of down fill versus manufactured fill, particularly regarding the climate and temperatures you’ll experience on your exploring trips.

    Dozing cushion: The padding and protection of a cushion is urgent to a decent night’s rest. On the off chance that you get one, there are three sorts of cushions to look over: shut cell froth, air and self-blowing up. Look at the weight, pressed size and protection factor (protection is imperative even in summer) to locate what’s ideal for you.

    Nourishment: To keep stacks light, numerous explorers bring solidify dried suppers that lone require including bubbling water. If its all the same to you additional weight for an overnight, you can bring elements for a more gourmet supper. Bring fatty, high-protein vitality bars and snacks, for example, trail blend to chomp on amid the day (and once in a while set up of a feast).


    Extra Considerations

    Individual Health and Safety

    It’s insufficient to simply bring along a medical aid unit. Some portion of remaining solid while hiking implies taking care of sustenance legitimately and keeping your hands as spotless as could reasonably be expected. At any rate, bring a little jug of hand sanitizer gel (or pre-saturated disinfecting wipes, which should be stuffed out) to use subsequent to heading off to the lavatory, and before setting up a dinner.

    Ladies hikers likewise have particular needs. In case you’re climbing with your period, you’ll need to bring along menstrual supplies and know how to oversee them proficiently. What’s more, in case you’re climbing alone, there are some great tips that other hiking ladies have shared to enable you to feel certain and arranged.

    Exploring With Kids and Dogs

    Children: Taking children of all ages exploring can be an educational affair. Children figure out how to love nature, and guardians figure out how little gear they really need to bring for babies or more established kids.


    1. Pick a short course to your campground (two miles in) and stop frequently to take a gander at plants, rocks, creatures, and so on.
    2. Have a youngster create confidence via conveying her or his own particular daypack (can be extremely insignificant).
    3. Bring a couple travel-measure recreations for more seasoned children for the sake of entertainment in camp.

    Pooches: If you have a canine you’re open to climbing with, consider bringing it hiking. A puppy makes an incredible sidekick, particularly in case you’re hiking alone. To start with see whether pooches are permitted where you’re going, and provided that this is true, regardless of whether they should be continued rope the entire time. Remember that mutts and tents are not generally a decent mix. On the off chance that a puppy is anxious to escape a tent, its paws can go directly through a work entryway right away.


    1. Have your puppy convey its own particular nourishment and water in a canine pack.
    2. Stop regularly for bites and water.
    3. Cover or pack out your puppy’s crap