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“Great Vallunaraju Climb Experience”
Review of Eco Ice Peru

Eco Ice Peru
Ranked #1 of 13 Nature & Parks in Huaraz
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Owner description: Eco Ice Peru tour operator focus to organize luxury and business class service for: trekking, mountaineering, experiential tourism, rock climbing, mountain bike, rafting and traditional tours. in the cordillera blanca and huayhuash. “Visit us and get the best experience of your life”
Reviewed 28 June 2018

My girlfriend and I were very happy with our guide experience with Eco Ice tours. We included a quick summary of our trip to help anyone who is interested in a mountaineering trip in general or who is considering climbing Vallunaraju. Hopefully it helps someone! Bottom-line is that we had a great experience with Orlando and Eco Ice and we cannot recommend them enough.

Upon arriving to Huaraz, the owner, Orlando, met with us to ensure that his guide service was tailored to our needs. He informed us that we would be the only people in the group doing the climb and we were excited to have a personalized tour. We had originally planned on spending two nights at Moraine camp before climbing Vallunaraju (5686 m), but he recommended that we do a day trip to climb Nevado Mateo (5150 m) as a warmup/acclimization climb in lieu of the extra day at base camp. Nevado Mateo was a fairly easy and very short climb, but the views were incredible. It ended up being the perfect refresher for snow climbing with the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes.

The next day, we left our hotel and climbed to moraine camp at Vallunaraju. The hike to base camp was steep and slow going with our gear. Luckily, our amazing porter, Miguel carried a majority of the load including tents and food. The view from base camp was almost as breathtaking as sleeping at nearly 5000 m. Miguel prepared a delicious dinner and we bundled up for the cold, short night in the tent. We should mention that Orlando and our guides went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable and warm at camp, which we definitely appreciated . We woke up at 1 am to push for the summit and found that it was foggy and snowy. The fog and snow actually seemed to make for a warmer morning than if skies were clear, and the snow was very tolerable. After a quick 3rd class scramble, we reached the glacier and geared up. We reached the summit right at first light, which was a very cool experience. Apart from a steep section near the summit, the climb was non-technical, but still very tiring. The effort was well worth it as the morning light revealed the spectacular views of the Cordillera Blanca and the mass of the mountain that we had just ascended in darkness. It was a truly amazing experience that we cannot recommend enough!

Our guide, Freddie, and porter, Miguel were excellent and we felt very safe the entire time. We loved hearing of all of the mountaineering experiences that Freddie had, and his general enthusiasm for all climbing activities.

After we returned to town and rested for a few hours, Orlando invited us to dinner where we ate a delicious plate of local chicken, vegetables and of course, pisco sours!

We would recommend Eco Ice to anyone headed to Huaraz for an adventure and we would recommend the Valuunaraju climb to anyone that is in reasonably good shape and ready to push on towards a higher, non-technical summit. Thank you Orlando, Freddie, and Miguel!

Thank carooney5
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

We did the Santa Cruz Trek with Eco Ice and had a phenomenal experience. Our guide, Javier, was outstanding—very professional and catered to our every need! Eco Ice went above and beyond to make this a very memorable 4 days. I would highly recommend this company and Javier to anyone looking to have a fantastic trekking experience!!

Thank Caitlin T
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

We absolutely loved the Santa Cruz trek, so disconnected from the world and beautiful scenery. It was like walking through different worlds at every turn.

I did no training and was therefore quite slow (but am young so it worked out). I think if you do exercise a few times a week already this would be the perfect trek for you.

Personally the altitude didn't affect me, but it really hit some of the men in our group - I would say just be prepared with medication. You are up at 6 to leave at 7, and each day's trek finishes at about 3pm. As the sun sets at 6pm there are a few hours to relax and chill at the campsite, with tea time at 4pm and dinner at 6.30. After that there is plenty of time to sleep and recharge for the next day.

Thanks to Orlando, Cesar, and their team.

Thank SunnyTravellers
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

I've been on many treks, and this is right up there (tied with Otter Trail in South Africa), not just because of the views, but because of Eco Ice.

Our guide, Cesar, was 10/10. (He doesn't just do Santa Cruz, you could get him for Huayhuash etc).

The food was unbelievable. Turns out the chef, Cesar's brother, was a professional chef in Lima before. It was one of our birthdays on the last day, and they MADE A BIRTHDAY CAKE at 6 in the morning for her. Other food they somehow whipped out from the middle of nowhere included pizza, finger snacks and very well-made local delicacies.

Everything went perfectly. Cesar was perfectly up-front about plans for each day, which helped us either decide to hurry up or to enjoy the view. The rest of the staff were happy, clearly enjoying their jobs, and very friendly.

The tents were comfy and set up for us each day, the sleeping bags (rented) were warm.

Don't be fooled, this is not so much camping as it is glamping. You get to experience the hike and the amazing views, and leave the rest up to the guides. Whilst being spoilt like that isn't always my thing, Eco-Ice pull it off perfectly.

Thank Ryan A
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

This santa cruz trek was amazing ! Eco Ice is a very good and so well organized company ! All material is highly performance and the personal is awesome !!
Thanks to Javier, the guide ! He was very awesome; explaining to us every step of the trek, each mountain etc ! He was always there for us ! Amazing ! The cook she is VERY GOOD ! The food is much more than we expected!!!

The view, the trek was the best experience and we are more than happy to have done it with Eco Ice Peru company !

We recommend this trek go everyone!
Thanks again Orlando and the team !

Thank vincentmel7
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