German, July 01, 2013

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team at Mountain Explorers for organizing my trip to the Cordillera Blanca this July. From my first email contact, through my days in the mountains and my departure in Lima everything was perfect. Every email leading up to my trip was answered right away and the door to door service from Lima Airport was fantastic. My acclimatization hikes with guide Emerson were a lot of fun and a great introduction to the mountains. My climbs on Pisco and Chopicalqui with guide Victor were just awesome experiences. The whole team did everything to make me feel comfortable and helped me when I was fighting with the altitude. Also my changes at the end of my trip were accommodated right away. I´m coming back and will definitely choose the same company. Thank you Edith, Emerson, Victor and all other staff members who made my trip such a good experience. See you all next time." Best, Stefan


Sweden, August 25, 2012

It makes us grow as individuals to challenge ourselves and get out of our own safety zone. In July 2012 I finally got the possibility to challenge myself to summit mount Huascaran 6768 meters, the highest mountain in Peru, with mount Pisco 5752 meters as acclimatization. The expedition turned out to be a private tour, organized by Peru Mountain Explorers with the owner Victor Sanchez and his great team. Victor, the Director of Peru Mountain Explorers, turned out to be a true first hand choice who enabled me to summit these mountains. He was 24/7 ensuring a safe expedition, managing all situations professionally as a Peruvian Mountain Guide Certified and in perfectly spoken English. Victor proved to have a deep knowledge about alpine safety, climbing techniques, mountain and glacier conditions, health issues, quality of equipment providing first class tents and gear. For Victor the mountains are not just a job but also a passion and he openly shared his knowledge and was honestly concerned to get the best experience for the client.

The team also included the cook Luis with the largest smile and best food in the Cordilleras, preparing desert at all altitudes even 6000 meters in minus 20 degrees. The porters Ever and Elmer were creating the most positive attitude, which is a must to summit. I never understood how they all could carry that heavy, be that fast and still talk and laugh at the same time. As Victor ensures quality for his staff by sending them all to alpine training every year, I felt safe with everyone in the team, which was proven during the climb. Now having returned to Sweden and slowly started to digest the fantastic adventures I would like to thank Peru Mountain Explorers for these unforgettable days together! Also for excellent organized summit climbs and friendly and yet professional way of guiding me to such achievements! I would recommend you to everyone and no doubt come back for another expedition in the future. Your sincerely friend Carina Ahlqvist

Sweden E-mail:

Chris Melby

I had the opportunity to attempt Alpamayo and Huascaran with Peru Mountain Explorers in July 2011. Yessica Macedo was very helpful in setting up the logistics of my trip and arranging for travel and accommodations. Victor served as the guide. He is a very friendly person with excellent technical climbing skills and one who has summited each of these mountains on a number of prior occasions. Our cook, Luis, was not only a cocinar grande, but an excellent mountaineer himself, as were our porters, Evert and Maricio. Because of unusually heavy snow, I was unable to summit either peak, but did get above high camp on Alpamayo and made it to 6300 meters on Huascaran. Despite not being able to summit these peaks, I had an incredible experience and highly recommend the services of Peru Mountain Explorers. I have written a trip report with photos, which can be viewed at the following link:

Sincerely, Chris Melby Colorado, USA E-mail:

David Kinnecom

"I had the pleasure of doing the Santa Cruz trek in the Cordillera Blanca with Peru Mountain Explorers in July of 2011. All of the arrangements for the trip worked out exactly as planned and we were picked up promptly at the appointed time at our hotel. Our group was led on the trek by our guide Edith, the cook Frael, and the burro driver Tony. They were a very pleasant, friendly, and hard-working crew. As we hiked, Edith made sure that the pace was comfortable for all in the group and that we took breaks and had snacks and water as necessary. She described the history and natural features of the SantaCruz valley, which added to our appreciation of the fantastic scenery. For lunch every day, Frael set up a table and chairs, and prepared an appetizing meal. As we hiked, Tony went ahead with the burros and set up the camp so that our tents were ready when we arrived.

Our tents and dining facilities were very clean and sanitary. Breakfast and dinners were eaten in the dining tent at the camps. We always looked forward to Frael’s dinners. I especially enjoyed the lomo saltado and the potato soup. All-in-all, it was a great experience and opportunity to see the wonderful scenery of the Cordillera Blanca. Victor’s company was very organized, professional, and friendly. I would recommend Peru Mountain Explorers to anyone considering the Santa Cruz trek."

David Kinnecom:

Stephen Parsons

With the help of Peru Mountain Explorers, I reached the summit of Pisco on a nice clear morning just two days ago. I found Victor Sanchez to be a very capable professional mountain guide, and I found his team of support people to be very friendly. This climb was an extraordinary experience for me. Very rewarding. The beauty was awesome. The process was very physically demanding, yet overall it was a wonderful experience. Thanks Victor and all.

Stephen Parsons: Portland USA

Allen Hegener

Climbing Expedition August 13th to August 30th 2010 Goals-Climbing Piscoe and Huascaran Victor and his staff did excellent work and planning for my expedition. I am 51 years old. The hotels Victor choose were well thought out. Transportation to and from airport was timely and needed. I would recommend flying from Lima to Huaraz vrs the long bus trip. I did get to see the country side and the ride into the mountains was breathtaking. On Huascaran, the guide to climber ratio was strong and we had two cooks and a few porters. I think Huascaran is a serious climb and a few more days at the lodge might have been a good idea. Victor has endless energy. Bring your own snacks as Huaraz is very limited in food selection. Jerkey and cheese snacks are hard to find. There was always hot tea and water for drinks. Lots of hot soup as well. This part of Peru Is worth seeing. I do recommend using Victor for serious climbs around Huaraz. Truly a climbing meca.

Allen Hegener:

Robin Black

Dear Mountain Explorers, thanks a million for organizing an amazing trek to Santa Cruz for me, the logistics were perfect, the staff friendly and the cooking on the mountain was excellent, it's remarkable what can be achieved on a small stove at 14,000 ft ! If anyone wants to trek in the Andes I'll be sure to recommend you guys, thanks again,

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Irene Morelli

Chao Victor è con grande piacere che ti scriviamo queste poche righe per ringraziare te ed i tuoi validissimi collaboratori per il trekking che ci hai permesso di fare nel Giugno del 2009 (Cordillera Huayhuash e Cordillera Blanca). Pur avendo visto diverse zone dell'hymalaya indiano e nepalese e delle Ande boliviane,cilene ed argentine, siamo rimasti profondamente colpiti dalla straordinaria bellezza delle Ande Peruviane. Raccomandiamo a chiunque volesse visitare queste splendide zone di montagna di appoggiarsi senza riserva alla Agenzia Peru Mountain Explorers E.I.R.L. di Victor Sanchez Caldua. Ricordando la tua assoluta professionalità come guida, le grandi doti di ochef del cuoco Marcellino e ultimo ma non da men la versatilità e disponibilità dell'aiuto cuoco Luis, ti mandiamo tutti un calorosissimo saluto con la speranza un giorno di poterci rivedere lassù dove volano i condor.......

Andrea Spaccatini (Perugia)-Elisabetta Bicchi (Perugia)-Paolo Frigatti (Padova)-(Padova). Irene Morelli:

Alexandre Besombes

"Victor et sa femme offrent un service de tres bonne qualité, avec parfois les moyens du bord. le rapport qualité/prix est tres bon, nous avons passe 10 jours merveilleux sur le trek de Huayhuash.Cuisinier et guide de qualité, 2 muletiers tres sympas, nous avons peché nos poissons sur les flancs des montagnes, et passé des vacances inoubliables."

Alexandre Besombes (French):

Simon Webster

During research for my trip to the Cordillera Blanca, I was fortunate to come across Peru Mountain Explorers. Therefore, I had the opportunity to climb Vallunaraju with Victor and his Peru Mountain Explorers team from the 15th to the 17th August 2009. From preparations via email for the trip to meeting Victor and his wife in Huaraz before climb departure I was given fantastic support and service as they ensured preparations for departure were right, Victor even lending me his ‘lucky’ jacket. Being my first climb, the experience was impeccable, from logistics to camp food and the high quality equipment. Victors knowledge,skill and passion for climbing and the mountains ensured my experience was quality and the trip a success. I highly recommend Peru Mountain Explorers and Iknow I look forward to tackling more of what the Cordillera Blanca has to offer with Victor and his team in the near future.

Please feel free to contact me for further recommendations on Peru Mountain Explorers. Regards,

Simon Webster (Sydney, Australia):

Christopher Melby

I had the opportunity to use the services of Peru Mountain Explorers from July 15-22, 2009 in my climbs of Ishinca and Tocllaraju in the Cordillera Blanca. My experience with Victor Sanchez Caldua was truly outstanding, from the time I first contacted him by e-mail, to the 2 AM wake up calls to prepare for our climbs to the summits, to our goodbyes when he and his family took me from his house to the bus station in Huaraz to begin my journey back to the U.S. Not only is Victor an outstanding guide with excellent technical climbing skills, but he truly cares about his clients’ enjoyment of the mountains and the entire experience. He is highly organized, flexible, enthusiastic, and has great support staff—and the equipment we used was top-notch. The meals prepared in the mess tent by our cook, Frael, were delicious and nutritious, and better than any I ate in the cities. I was privileged to be ‘adopted’ into Victor’s family for a few days in Huaraz, attending the birthday dinner of his 4-year old

daughter, Estefani. His entire family is incredibly gracious and hospitable. I have many fond memories of my time in Peru, owing to the remarkably personable and professional approach used by Victor and his staff of Peru Mountain Explorers.

Christopher Melby, Colorado, USA :

Tan Yilmaz

"I did the 6 day Huayhuash trek with Peru Mountain Explorers. Victor was very professional and helpful throughout the trek. Marcellino provided excellent meals every day, and each dinner was different and delicious. They offer excellent advice on how to trek in high altitudes, the tents provided are also excellent. Highly recommended for any trek or climb around Huaraz.

San Francisco, USA

Tan Yilmaz:

Craig Gordon Julien & Eric Brandon Westendorf

“I have been climbing internationally for the last 8 years and have always used guides for safety and to enhance the experience of the trip. I look for guides that have knowledge of the local area and the climb as well as organizational skills. Victor and his team guided me up Alpamayo and Huascaran in August of 2008. They are the best guide service I have used to date any where in the world. Very well planned, top notch equipment, great food, very friendly staff and they took the time to explain every part of the trip and the climbs. They were also flexible as we changed the program a few times once it was started. I definitely felt like I was part of Victor’s family during the trip. In fact, we got to meet his family and ate with them several times. This is one of those experiences that really defines trips and allows me to be part of a country’s culture. If you get to meet Victor’s wife ask her to make you guinea pig for dinner. Very good. I would highly recommend anyone looking to climb in Peru that

they use Peru Mountain Explorers.” United States Craig Gordon Julien & Eric Brandon Westendorf:

Elisa Davini & Paolo Zampieri

"Grazie a Victor, Yessica, Rodolfo e Alicia per l’ottima organizzazione e l’ottima professionalità che ci hanno dato nel realizzare il nostro viaggio. Siamo sempre stati seguiti con attenzione, abbiamo dormito in ottimi alberghi e mangiato enissimo (compresa una cena di compleanno indimenticabile)Tutto il team, compresi i portatori, i cuochi e l’arriero sono stati molto gentili e competenti.O Ottima e molto professionale laguida sia nel trekking che nella salita alle vette. Un grazie di cuore e bravi! Bravi! Bravi! Siete veramente una bella squadra Ottima e molto professionale laguida sia nel trekking che nella salita alle vette. Un grazie di cuore e bravi! Bravi! Bravi!

Siete veramente una bella squadra Italy

Elisa Davini & Paolo Zampieri:

Benjamin and Kelly Sovacool

“My wife and I spent our honeymoon with Peru Mountain Explorers, and we couldn’t have been happier. The food was excellent, the hiking beautiful, the guides spectacular, the equipment solid, the price very affordable. We would definitely choose them again and cannot wait to return to Peru!”

Benjamin and Kelly Sovacool (United States):

Antonio Torrebejano y Rosa Muñoz

Hola Víctor, Somos Antonio y Rosa, la “cordada de dos españoles” que estuvimos en Alpamayo este verano. Te escribimos porque gracias a vuestra colaboración hemos podido conseguir nuestro sueño de subir nuestro pico que teníamos pendiente desde hace años . Tenemos que felicitarte por el equipo humano que tienes y decirte que desde aquí vamos a informar a toda persona que, desde España, quiera ir a conocer los Andes peruanos ya que estamos muy contentos de vuestra labor y agradecidos a vuestro trato tan cordial y generoso. Sabéis que aquí en España tenéis dos amigos para lo que necesitéis igual que nosotros los hemos tenido durante nuestra estancia en Perú .

Antonio Torrebejano y Rosa Muñoz (España):

Monte Edwards

I would highly recommend Victor Sanchez and Peru Mountain Explorers as a guide and support service for both mountain climbing and trekking in and around the Cordillera Blanca in July 2007. My buddy and I hired him to organize our two week climbing trip to climb Pisco and Chopicalqui. He organized every detail of our trip including airport pickup, transfers, lodging, acclimation, and climbing support. His on-mountain services were excellent and the team gear he provides was of the highest quality. I can't say enough about the excellent food his team provided – three huge meals a day and several snacks in between. I don't think you will find a better deal for high quality support services at a reasonable price. We will hire Victor again the next time we climb in the Blanca. Feel free to send me an e-mail if you want a more detailed referral.

Monte Edwards at:

Sonoko Sudo

I enjoyed a fantastic trekking in Huayhuash in July 2006, with 4 of my friends. I contacted Victor, the president of Peru Mountain Explores, as a friend of mine climed a mountain with him last year and strongly recommended him. We had only 6 days for the trekking and we wondered if it is too short to enjoy Huayhuash, however, he arranged the fantastic tour for us in 6 days. His arrangements were perfect. The route was filled with dynamic scenery of mountains, lakes and local cultures. The guide could speak English very well and the cook studied special dishes for Japanese. As we wanted an economy & reasonable prices, firstly we asked Victor to estimate each itemized cost, such as; guide ---/per day, cook ---/per day, donkey driver ---/day, donkey ---/day and so on.

As the result, we used 1 less number of donkeys than the estimation, and he finally reduced the cost for it. We asked him a lot of things, and he surely responded all of our wishes. Victor is a really faithful and trustful man. If you ever dreamed about mountaineering in Peru, please contact Victor, and he will help to make your dream come true. Japan

Sonoko Sudo: