June 08, 2014 - Germany
 Lidia Tseitlin - lidia.tseitlin@yahoo.de
“We did the 8 day Huayhash trek with the mountainexplorers-Team in June 2014 and had a great time! Everything was perfectly organized, we had a wonderful acclimatization trek to the Lake Churup and an amazing Huayhuash trek with our guide Emerson, who, in spite of his young age, is experienced and knows a great deal about the area. The whole crew was great and we enjoyed the tasty food made by our cook Valentin a lot. The back-office made sure, that all our questions were answered upfront and our wishes concerning the timing, location of the start and final arrival as well as special food wishes (vegetarian) were perfectly fulfilled. So we would like to thank Edith, Emerson, Victor and the whole team for making this trek so enjoyable for us!”

Nadine, Magdalena & Lidia

 

 

August 15, 2013 – USA
 Marla Ofstad marlaofstad@yahoo.com
 Our 12-day trek with Peru Mountain Explorers in the Cordillera Huayhuash was spectacular!   The scenery is simply the best, the trekking was so fun going over so many passes only to see more beauty on the “other side”.  Every detail of our trip was executed flawlessly starting off with our transfer from the Lima airport to our hotel by Mrs. Haydee.  The next morning Mrs. Haydee met us again to take us back to the airport to fly to Huaraz which is the way to get to Huaraz vs. taking the seven-hour bus ride.  We did that getting back to Lima from Huaraz and I would say spend the extra money to fly the 1.5 hours. Our guide, Marco Reyes, took very good care of us, speaks English, was very attentive and took care of any problems we encountered with grace and expertise.  We always felt safe, comfortable, well-fed and educated on our surroundings.  He was excellent on our climb up Diablo Mudo, very competent and  professional while guiding on a glaciated mountain, always checking in with us to see how we were doing.  We knew we would get to the top of this 17,600 foot mountain with Marco!   We couldn’t have done any of this without our cook, Valentin, and our donkey driver, Rolan.  Valentin catered to our many diet needs, vegetarians (we had fish and dairy but no meat), our no-salt diet as well.  The food was plentiful and very healthy, the soups were amazing for each dinner, and every dinner was unique!  Breakfasts were hearty with eggs, or pancakes or hot cereal, etc.  We were constantly amazed at the spectacular settings Valentin would find for our lunch spot along each days’ trek, complete with a table cloth and actual silverware and of course plenty of mate de coca for altitude.  Rolan would beat us to camp every day driving his donkeys, our duffels awaiting outside our set-up tent always pointed in the best direction for sunset and gorgeous mountain viewing.  Washing water would be ready for us as well as our afternoon snack of popcorn, or piping hot squash chips, etc.After that we could wander around and take a short nap prior to our dinner.If trekking or climbing anywhere in Peru, we would highly recommend Peru Mountain Explorers for their attention to detail and their marvelous staff, both in the office and out on the trails/mountains.  They arranged for nice hotel accommodations for us in both Lima and Huaraz.  You will be well taken care of in Peru.

 

 

 

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February 05, 2012 – Espain
Emilio Argiz – eargiz@mundo-r.com
To put it in short, Victor and his team are very good professionals. They are pretty well organized, and highly knowledgeable of the mountaineering technique and security measures. I did with them a six days trip including an aclimatization day trekking to lake 69, and then a five days trek with the goals of reaching the summit of Urus and Tocllaraju. The quality of the meals was excellent, as well as the tents, and the expertise and skillfulness while climbing. For sure I‘d rely on Victor and his team again, and I hope I’ll have the chance of climbing with him the Huascaran or the Alpamayo.
 

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September 25, 2011 – United States
Richard Carr - rcarr1018@gmail.com
” In Huaraz you will find many mountain guide services. Of those I encountered, Mountain Explorers offered the best possible combination of professionalism, logistics, and flexibility. The prices are better than most. The guides are all from the area and bring the highest level of experience and courtesy to their clients. “

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September 06, 2011 – United States
Alejandro Figuerola – guanobear@hotmail.com
My girlfriend and I were searching for a comfortable adventure in Peru. Our research showed that there are plenty of companies to choose from but after our trek and speaking to other trekkers Peru Mountain Explorers proved to be the best. The service was excellent. Other trekkers on the Santa Cruz Trek would constantly ask for the name of our company because they felt we were getting a superior service. Our mornings started with coffee or mate de coca tea, followed by warm water to wash our faces and teeth. After about 30 minutes of packing our personal gear, we would head to the dinning tent, for breakfast. The dining tent was comfortable and breakfast was delicious. From fried eggs, to pancakes, to cereal and yogurt. You pick! After breakfast we would pick up our snack for the day and start our trek. Somewhere, around our trek usually around 12 or 1 PM we would turn a corner and see our cook with the table set and lunch ready. Having lunch on a table with proper silverware “al fresco” in that scenery was amazing. You cant find this beauty in any restaurant anywhere. Trust me, “I’ve been around!” After lunch we would continue trekking toward our objective, usually another 2 or 3 hrs. When we arrived at our next camp we would find the tents set up and the dinning tent brewing some mate de coca; and set on the table some tea crackers or popcorn. After our “lonche” which is Peru’s version tea time, We would go relax, walk around, or go meet other trekkers from different companies. At around 7 PM we would meet back at the dining tent, for a spectacular meal. All were three course meals. Some of the things we had where lomo saltado, fried trout (awesome), pachamanca and probably the best cream of squash soup I’ve ever had. Over-all the food was amazing, our plates where clean every night. All the employees, from the guide to the cook to the donkey herders where really nice, very knowledgeable, and really helpful. On the highest part of our trek I was not feeling well, and the cook followed right behind me with the the emergency horse to make sure I was okay all the way to the top. We did the Santa Cruz trek, with a two day extension to finish at the “Laguna de Llanganuco” I think this should be the norm. To finish in those lagoons was a great reward after a 6 day trek. I recommend to get those extra days. I highly recommend Peru Mountain Explorers and I cant wait to use them again on my Cordillera Huayhuash trek within the next two years.

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September 02, 2011 – Seattle, Washington, USA
Jeremy Jensen – jeremykjensen@gmail.com
Simply put, my climbing experience with Victor and his team was life-changing. The Cordillera Blanca mountain range is stunningly beautiful. I was fortunate to have been able to share this experience with my brother and his two teenaged sons from Colorado. Based on our research Cordillera Blanca Climbing represented mountaineering expertise, local knowledge, and a good value. Victor and his team exceeded my expectations on all levels. They handled the logistical details, provided great food, and motivated us to reach our goal to summit Tocllaraju. I will never forget Victor’s motivational speech at 3am in 15F degree weather at the base of a gnarly bergschrund. “Why did you come to Peru? You came TO GET THE SUMMIT!!!” We laugh about it now with Victor, yet at the time it was exactly what we needed to summon our courage to ascend to our goal. I enthusiastically recommend Victor and his team at Cordillera Blanca Climbing. I hope return to Huaraz in the coming years with my wife and daughters to meet Victor and join him for a trek and possibly another big summit.

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July 16, 2010 – Switzerland
Christof Messner – messner@bluewin.ch
In june 2010 i had the opportunity to use the services of Peru Mountain Explorers to climb Alpamayo during a 5-day trip from Huaraz. The quality of service during that time was outstanding – the team really works hard on providing the best support conceivable. They’re highly organized, flexible and keep an eye on every detail. State-of-the-art tents and varied, rich food made life in the camps easy. Victor Sanchez is an outstanding mountain guide with excellent technical and tactical skills, a reliable man, always attentive to the clients mental and physical state. For me -apart from having reached the summit – his personal leading and great enthusiasm for his profession made this trip a unforgettable experience. Beyond doubt, Peru Mountain Explorers would also be the agency of choice for my next trip to Peru.

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May, 2007 – Germany
Lilian Dilling – liliandilling@web.de
Santa Cruz Trekking (15 – 18 / 05 / 2007) Dear Victor Muchas gracias for an unforgettable trip! Everything was well organized. 1.- My Guide Mesias Villanueva was very helpful 2.- My cook Marcelino Salazar cooked delicious well 3.- My Donkey Driver was nice and averydays ready to help. Tent was well and great! Thanks a lot! Definitely am going to tell my vacation friends!

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June, 2006 – Italy
Giorgio Giudici – Italian Mountain Guide UIAGM – giudicigiorgio@libero.it
Ringrazio vivamente la guida Victor Sanchez Caldua per la preziosa collaborazione e grande professionalità dimostrata nell’organizzazione e nello svolgimento del trekking di Santa Cruz/Llanganuco e nelle salite alpinistiche ai Nevados Pisco e Tocllaraju. Buon manager, ha dimostrato anche, in campo alpinistico, ottime qualità tecniche durante la salita al Tocllaraju, montagna di 6000m impegnativa tecnicamente e fisicamente. Da lodare anche le sue qualità umane e la sua simpatia e spontaneità. Un grazie anche a tutto lo staff di “Cordillera Blanca Climbing – Peru Mountain Explores”: cuochi, portatori, aiutanti, arrieros e a Yessica, che si sono dimostrati sempre pronti ed efficenti permettendo la buona riuscita e il successo della spedizione. Arrivederci a presto.

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June, 2006 – Newtown, CT, USA
Stan Kostrzewski – skostrzewski@charter.net
To whom it may concern This summer I spent two weeks trekking and climbing Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Victor Sanchez Caldua organized my entire trip. He sent me in advance very detailed itinerary of my trip and what I found later was, that every step of this itinerary was very well executed. I’ve got good class of accommodation in Lima and in Huaraz. Whatever meant to be included, it was really included. Victor met me at the airport in Lima and travel with me to the mountains. He was my private guide for entire two weeks. While trekking and climbing bigger crew joined us: Martin (cook), Toni (donkey driver), a porter and four donkeys. Food was excellent and varied, perfectly served on china, on the tablecloth with silverware and napkins. Lunch was usually served on the trail and on the tablecloth too. I even got a hot water for washing every morning and evening. I hiked and camped in many places, but never with that level of luxury. Victor is a great guide, experienced leader, very honest and courteous person who made this expedition run seamlessly. I would recommend Victor and his company Peru Mountain Explorers to anyone planning trekking or climbing Cordillera Blanca. Thanks Victor for great mountaineering adventure in Peru.

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August, 2006 – New York – USA
Craig Cassover – craigkass@yahoo.com
Greetings…I just finished an amazing 18 days in Peru highlighted by a 10 day trek in the spectacular Huayuash Range and a 2 day climb of Vallunaraju in the awesome Cordillera Blanca. I just wanted to pass along a huge Thank You for what was an awesome experience. Victor Sanchez Caldua of Cordillera Blanca Climbing flawlessly planned and guided the entire trip from the promt pick up at the airport in Lima to the acclimatization hikes to the great route in the Huayuash. For 10 days we shared awesome mountains great food and good company! The climb of Vallunaraju was a great way to cap off the trip. Although not a technical peak, Victor’s speed and competence in the mountains was obvious. I can honestly say that this was a great experience made even more special by the company of Victor and his truly caring staff ! I look forward to the day when I return to Peru to trek and climb once again with Victor and his crew…. Thank You ….

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September, 2006 – Germany
Rosi Bogner – bognerfamily@web.de
I am going to thank you so much for organizing this Santa Cruz Trek. I have had same really interesting and enjoyably days with liliana , the guide and cook and hektor, the donkeyman. From beginning the tour to the end I allways felt safe and comfortably with this two peruan persons beside. Everything was organized well. Starting the tour I god a lunchpaket and instructions, how everything was going to work next time. Liliana really was a lovely person, allways having open ears for what I did like and a wonderful kind of humor. I hope, she enjoyed the tour as well, even though she had to do a hard job by cooking in this kitchentent. All food I god to eat was welltasting and thoroughly prepared, I enjoyed every meal. Hektor also was doing a good job: every time, we arrived at our destational place ,tents were proberly placed and water boiling for having some tea or coffee. I loved having a fishing action with him, he really was trying hard to get some `truchas`, with were prepared freshly. While walking Liliana was explaning about nature and surounding. While I was trying to practise speaking castellano, she allways tried to support and correct. The last day, before retouring to Huaraz I was brought to a hot spring pool. I thought, it was´nt worse going there, because it either had shower nor an enjoyable atmosphere . She didn`t mind the effort of going there by taxi and we retourned. I have to thank the team for doing a really good job, so I could have a great time!! Rosi Bogner – Germany

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