Alpine Adventure in Peru with College Outdoors

April 14 - 25, 2019

Led by Kori Rosenstiel, L&C College Outdoors

Join L&C alumni, friends, family, and current students on a remote alpine adventure through the breathtaking high Andes! From the Lima airport you’ll head up to the town of Huaraz to spend several days immersed in the local culture and acclimatizing to the elevation. From there, you’ll depart for a week-long backcountry trek through the spectacular and rugged Cordillera Blanca. A donkey team will carry your gear, and you’ll spend nights camping in the mountains under a brilliant starry sky. Far from light pollution and in the thin alpine air, the view of the stars is as memorable as the mountain vistas.

No technical mountaineering skills are required, but you will be hiking at high elevation for several miles each day on steep terrain, so the trip is physically demanding. Trekking days will include 4-7 hrs of hiking at 12,000 - 14,000 ft elevation, as well as crossing over gorgeous mountain passes as high as 16,000 ft. As part of this “expedition style” adventure, you will assist the trip leader with meals and camp chores. If you love adventure, this trip will be as rewarding as it is challenging.


Day 1: Arrive in Lima and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 2: Travel to Huaraz and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 3 & 4: Acclimatization hikes followed by dinner in town and nights in a hotel.

Day 5: Food planning and shopping at the local market, followed by an afternoon free. Night in a hotel.

Day 6-11: Santa Cruz Trek through the breathtaking Cordillera Blanca. Plan to hike 5-7 hours each day carrying a light day pack. Donkeys will carry all your gear, and you’ll camp in tents each night.

Day 11: Return to Huaraz. Celebration Banquet dinner. Night in a hotel.

Day 12: Travel to Lima and depart on a late night flight.

Group Size:
About 8-11 participants

Hotel Senorial, Lima, Peru (two nights)
Churup Guest House, Huaraz, Peru (five nights)

Price includes all meals during the trek, a celebratory banquet after the trek, all breakfasts, and lunches, excluding lunch on your day in-town in Huaraz. Meals on your own will give you the opportunity to explore the many wonderful tastes of Peru!

Deposit Deadline (paid to Lewis & Clark College):
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Final Payment Deadline (paid to Lewis & Clark College):
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Flights, Arrival, and Departure:
Participants select and book their own flights arriving at the Lima airport (LIM) on April 14, 2019 between 3pm - 9pm. Transportation will be provided from the Lima airport to our hotel. After the trek, flights can be scheduled departing from Lima after 11pm on April 25, 2019. There are several options for overnight flights back to the U.S. Independent travel is also possible after the trek. Extending your hotel arrangements prior or after the trek is possible. Participants are responsible for securing these arrangements.

Please see registration link below. Make sure to have your passport and credit card information handy before you begin the registration process. You will have ten minutes to complete registration once you’ve begun.


Detailed Information:

The most complete information can be found in the pdfs below. Please read all information carefully.



Questions? Please contact Kori Rosenstiel, Operations Manager, L&C College Outdoors: or 503-768-7116 or Emily Decker, Interim Director of Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement at or 503-768-7838.

Meet Kori! 

I am a northwest native, nature junkie, and travel lover. I grew up in the Portland area but attended college in the midwest before returning to the great northwest for graduate school, where I studied amphibians and disease ecology. After working in biology for several years, in 2015 I took my love of nature in a new direction and started working with the L&C outdoor program. As the College Outdoors Operations Manager my role is primarily to manage behind-the-scenes trip logistics, but I also have the opportunity to lead trips and student leader trainings. I have traveled and trekked in the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, Appalachians, Rockies, Sierras, and Cascade Mountains. I love to backpack, hike, sea kayak, ski, and do anything where I get to spend extended periods of time in the wilderness! I also love coffee, frogs, new adventures, alpine lakes, bad puns, and mossy trees.