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Logistics & Private Itineraries

At ANDES we can arrange logistics for your private expedition or holiday, or arrange a guide for a private, personalised climbing trip. We have worked reliably with many organisations and South American mountain guides for over twenty years. We can book and arrange any or all combinations of the following services :-

Transport and 4x4 Hire,

Hotels and other Accommodation,

Pack Animals and/or Porters,


Mountain Food, Mess Tents & Cooks, Other Staff,

Local Guides (from trekking guides to IFMGA mountain guides).

Not sure where to go or what to do? Have a look through our  Expeditions Page  which has examples of the expeditions we have organised and/or guided in the past. Find a trip that interests you, then get in touch.

Our terms and conditions for these trips are different to those we use for our scheduled expeditions. Please note that with logistics only arrangements and privately guided itineraries your contract will be with the South American organisation or guide and not with ANDES.

Full Terms and Conditions for Private Itineraries

 Risk Assessments for the expeditions we regularly run.

Areas of the Andes where we have good expertise and long term, reliable contacts include:-

Quito & Ecuador Volcanoes

Huaraz & the Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru

Cuzco, the Inca trail & the Cordillera Vilcanota in Southern Peru

La Paz & the Cordillera Real in Bolivia

Mendoza & Aconcagua

Bariloche area -  skiing, climbing and trekking

Being a small business with maximum  flexibility means we can quote competitive prices for groups of just two with a South American guide or leader. Whatever level of organisation and guiding you want we can organise it, from a fully inclusive trip for three weeks, to just a few pre-arranged mules on Aconcagua. We have experience of organising and leading mountain-bike, trekking, mountaineering, skiing and ski-mountaineering expeditions. In recent years we have run treks in Peru, climbs in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela, ski-mountaineering trips in Chile and ascents of Aconcagua for groups varying in size from two to twenty. We have run these for couples, groups of friends, families, ski clubs, military organisations and school groups.

Look through our  Expeditions Page  for a trip that interests you, then get in touch.


Resting just beneath the summit of Volcan Guallatiri.

Resting just beneath the summit of Volcan Guallatiri. In February 2015 we ran a trip here for an international school, and everyone, including all guides, teachers and pupils, made it to the 6000m+ summit.


Terms & Conditions for Private Itineraries

"Private Itineraries" are defined as those where "John Biggar" takes a commission for arranging a trekking or skiing itinerary or a guided climbing expedition with a South American organisation or leader.

1. Your contract is with the local operator in South America. You should be clear that you will receive a different standard of service to that provided on trips led by John Biggar himself. The South American operator is responsible for all ground arrangements in South America. In the event of any problems or disputes over fees or itineraries you will have to resolve these locally yourselves.

2. Acting as an agent John Biggar monitors the performance of all operators and use only operators who have been reliable in the past, but we cannot be held responsible for specific problems that you encounter on your holiday.

3. A commission (normally 10%, with a minimum of 200) will be taken by John Biggar for setting up the itinerary to cover office administration and communication costs. This fee will also act as a non-refundable deposit. On receipt of the fee we will pass on contact details for your South American leader or agency.

4. In the event of any problem contacting your South American leader on arrival please contact the office in Scotland by phone or e-mail and we will offer every assistance we can.

5. It is the responsibility of the party leader to make sure all relevant documentation is passed on to all members of the group who are booking.

6. On return from your holiday or expedition we will send you a brief questionnaire concerning the service you received. We would be grateful if you could fill this in and return it to us so that we can monitor the performance of the people we recommend!


David Roberts skiing Volcan Llaima

David Roberts skiing Volcan Llaima, private ski-mountaineering expedition for five clients, September 2001.