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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:


Join the Outdoor Program on an awe-inspiring trek through Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. This majestic mountain range is home to some of the 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.

IMPORTANT: You will need to go to the PSU Outdoor Program Office between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm (Mon-Fri) to sign up and pay the deposit. The deposit is due by MARCH 15, 2019.

This trip is considered moderate; much of the difficulty lies in the elevation. We’ll be at elevations ranging from 11,000 to 14,700 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! A local guide will accompany us, but as a group we will be responsible for cooking and camp tasks throughout the trek.

Wednesday, 2/27/19 at 4:00 pm

Session will be held at: 
505 SW Harrison St., Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC)
Education Abroad Advisor Skye Clifford
Faculty Leader Anne Marie Hingley, PSU Rec Center
Travel Dates June 18 - June 30, 2019
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, specific dates and times TBD
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Hotel / Hostel / Tent
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Open to non-PSU students
  • Open to members of the community
Language Requirement No previous language study required
$1,950 $1,200 - $1,800 $3,150 - $3,750
Deposit Amount & Due Date MARCH 15, 2019
  • Transportation between destinations 
  • Transportation to/from included activities
  • 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
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • Roundtrip International Airfare
  • Additional Meals
  • Tips for guides
  • Personal clothing & equipment (hiking boots, etc.)
  • Any other incidental expenses, including evacuations, unscheduled itinerary changes, and/or personal extensions of time in Peru

CONSIDERATIONS:  Participants will be hiking at high altitude. Participants may experience significant sun exposure and cold temperatures. 

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.