International Trip

Peru Trekking

June 18 – June 30, 2019


Join the Outdoor Program on an awe-inspiring trek through Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. This majestic mountain range is home to some of highest mountains in South America and the majority of glaciers in Peru. The adventure begins with a few days in the town of Huaraz, which will be our base for several acclimatization hikes. The six day trek through the Santa Cruz and Ulta Valleys will take us past towering peaks, fertile valleys, and over high mountain passes. With donkeys carrying much of the load, we’ll be able to focus on the stunning landscape, rather than the weight of our packs! We’ll also have the opportunity to do a service project with a local family and get a sense of life high in the Andes Mountains. 

This trip is considered moderate to difficult; much of the difficulty lies in the altitude. We’ll be at elevations ranging from 11,000 to 16,000 feet and each of the trekking days will be 4 to 7 hours of hiking while carrying a light pack. We recommend that you are in good physical condition prior to the trip; you will enjoy this experience more! 

Basic itinerary 

June 18: Arrive in Lima, Peru; night in Lima hotel. 
June 19: Travel by bus to Huaraz; night in hotel.
June 20-22: Acclimatization hikes during the day and opportunities to explore the area; nights in hotel. 
June 23: Service project with local family. Dinner with the family and camp nearby.
June 24-28: Santa Cruz trek. Hiking 4-7 hours per day with guide; camping each night.
June 29: Complete trek; night in Huaraz hotel and celebration dinner.
June 30: Bus back to Lima; flight home that night or extend your stay.

Cost: $1,950
What's included: 

  • Transportation between destinations and to/from included activities (listed above). 
  • Guides for acclimatization hikes and for the Santa Cruz trek.
  • Accommodations: Hotels (1 night in Lima, 5 nights in Huaraz), camping (6 nights).
  • Tents and other camping equipment.
  • Meals on the trek (7 days)
  • PSU staff member + local guides
  • International emergency medical & evacuation insurance

Additional Expenses: 

  • Airfare – estimating $1,000 (PDX to Lima, Peru)
  • Meals not included – budget $75-100 
  • Personal clothing & equipment (hiking boots, etc.)
  • Any other incidental expenses, including evacuations, unscheduled itinerary changes, and/or personal extensions of time in Peru.

How to sign up: 

  • $500 deposit due March 15, 2019 to hold your spot. Balance due on May 15, 2019. (Sign up in the Outdoor Program office.)
  • Come to an informational meeting (optional) to learn more:
    • Thursday, 1/17/19 at 4:00 pm
    • Friday, 2/8/19 at 12:00 pm
    • Wednesday, 2/27/19 at 4:00 pm

    Contact Ann Marie Hingley ( with questions.

    Peru Trekking 2018