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 Site last updated on Friday 23rd July 2021. 

Our provisional calendar of expeditions for late in 2021 and early 2022,  features old favourites like our Tres Cruces and Peru 6000m expeditions running in November and December 2021, and new trips like our Central America Highlights scheduled for February 2022.

High Altitude Skiing on Culin Thojo in the Bolivian Andes.

André high altitude skiing on the 5368m high peak of Culin Thojo in the Bolivian Andes in June 2018.  We've run two ski-mountaineering expeditions to these mountains in 2014 and 2018. We're hoping to get back again in 2022, with a trip likely in May or June 2022. Details to follow soon. In the meantime our Calendar of scheduled trips for late 2021 and early 2022 is here.

Read about our  Coronavirus  booking policy below the guidebook pictures.

The Andes - A Guide for Climbers and Skiers - 5th Edition E-book.  

The new E-book version  of the 5th Edition of our guidebook "The Andes - A Guidebook for Climbers and Skiers" is now available. Distributed online through Primento and widely available from Apple, Amazon, Google Play, etc. as either a whole book (pictured on the right) or as  ten separate individually priced chapters (pictured left).
Whole book ISBN  978-0-9536087-7-5.

The paperback version is already available from various online sources or directly from us. Click here to go to our Andes Guidebooks page on our website where you can see further information about the up-coming E-book and also buy paperback copies directly from us using Paypal.
ISBN 978-0-9536087-6-8.

CORONAVIRUS. Given the current worldwide crisis our scheduled expeditions may be subject to updates and changes. But any bookings made with us are fully refundable if we (or you) have to cancel due to any national or regional government coronavirus restrictions, either in your home country, here in Scotland, or out in the Andes. This guarantee does not include a refund if you personally become ill with Covid or have to isolate due to a close personal contact. CORONAVIRUS.



Information about the climbing and trekking guidebooks to the Andes which John Biggar has authored. These have been translated into French, Spanish, Czech & Polish. You can purchase the English and Spanish editions through this website. The 5th English edition was published in February 2020.


We can provide or organise logistical support for many types of mountain expeditions, in many parts of the Andes. In the past ANDES have organised treks, ski holidays, expeditions and guided climbing for private individuals, groups of friends, schools, clubs and military groups

Scheduled Courses & Expeditions

Every year ANDES schedule a small number of unique and interesting expeditions to the Andes and Latin America. Many of these are First Ascents and other exploratory expeditions. The majority of these are led by John Biggar in person, with one or two selected trips being led or co-led by other qualified and experienced leaders.

Climbing & Ski Mountaineering Instruction & Guiding

In addition to the scheduled expeditions and courses that john Biggar/ANDES organise, we can organise instructional courses, expeditions and straightforward ski-touring trips in many diverse parts of the world.

Scottish Climbing Instruction (opens in website)

John Biggar can also instruct winter climbing, rock climbing and ski-mountaineering in all parts of Scotland. In the past we've run winter skills and ski-touring weekends, week long winter courses and guided ascents of classic rock climbs for individuals,  Mountain Rescue Teams and clubs.


Why book with ANDES and John Biggar?

Guidebooks, Map & Photo Libraries

Andes Guidebooks   Details of the guidebooks we publish - 'The Andes - A Guide for Climbers' and its E-book, French, Spanish, Czech and Polish editions. The 5th English edition of "The Andes - A Guide for Climbers" was published in February 2020 and the E-book version of the 4th edition was published in November 2015, and will be updated soon. Spanish and French editions of this guidebook were published in 2007 and 2009, a Polish edition in 2012 and a Czech edition in 2019.

Guidebook, Photo and Map Library    Information about the extensive guidebook, photo and map library I maintain at the office in Castle Douglas.

Los Andes - Guia para Escaladores The Andes - A Guide for Climbers and Skiers ISBN 978-0-9536087-6-8  Czech edition 2018

Contact Details

For further details of the services John Biggar can offer, more information on the mountains of South America, or to purchase guidebooks please contact us at

or by phone 01556 503929 from the UK,  + 44 1556 503929  from elsewhere in the world.

You are also welcome to write or visit at

John Biggar, ANDES, 37a St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1EN, SCOTLAND

The office is located in the middle of the town of Castle Douglas, which lies in Galloway in southern Scotland about half-way between the towns of Kirkcudbright and Dumfries.

If you experience any problems with this website (even if it's just a missing picture or missing link) or with the e-mail address please let us know using the above numbers or the alternate email address .

This website, including all photos (unless otherwise credited), maps, lists, diagrams and text are © 1997-2021 John Biggar. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited by copyright law. If you wish to use any material from this site please contact us for permission first; permission will usually be granted for non-commercial use providing you give full credit and link directly back to this website.

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