Hey there! Hola! Kaixo! Salut!

Cissa is not my real name, but that is how everyone has been calling me pretty much since I was born. It is short for Clarissa in Portuguese, it means flower in Quechua, window glass in Sherpa, hookah in Balinese and Nepali, and boob in Croatian.

I was born in São Paulo, 9th ugliest city in the planet, and I’m a national of both Brazil and Italy. I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast since 8 years old when I hiked for the first time. I’ve backpacked extensively in South America, been (low altitude) mountaineering for over 10 years and been alpine climbing for some years now, having been to mountains in Africa, the Andes, the Himalayas and some ranges in Europe. I’m a contributing writer for Blog de Escalada – largest all around climbing website in Brazil.

blogdeescalada_400x400There’s the formal introduction! Now on to me in flesh and bone: I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Auburn University, and a Post-Graduate degree in Editorial Design from the Istituto Europeo di Design. My last job was at a multinational company, managing a creative team and the corporate branding strategy. After a year of climbing and surfing around the world that began in May of 2014, I ended up in Chamonix, in the French Alps, where I´ve been spending most of my time when not on the greater ranges.

I’ve always played sports, I’m a former long distance and marathon swimmer. I’m silly when I climb rock, and a clown overall. I curse a lot. I make jokes out of everything. I’m very serious in the big mountains though. I hate arrogance, elitism, sexism, and big egos. I love challenges, inhospitable places, and unknown and seldom climbed routes and mountains. I believe imaginary borders referred to as frontiers have no influence in my physiology, and I can climb as hard as anyone from cold and mountainous countries (except sherpas and incas, of course).


If you wanna get in touch, discuss literature or politics, soccer, recite poems, proverbs, ask questions, criticize, or maybe just invite me for a climb, I´d be totally up for it. Please get in touch. I’m weird but I don’t bite.

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Raúl Gomez Trejo Pérez

Hello Cissa, bom día! its been nice looking around at your website and photos. You done lots of cool climbs.
My Name is Raúl gomez Trejo, I am a biologyst and mountain guide from México.
Im contactacting you because I am looking for information about climbing ama dablam without a company.
Last year I hiked by myself from jiri to EBC and then joined a party to climb island peak. But the mountain that really imnotized me was AD.
Next year I am planning to hike from jiri to do Merah, Island, Lobuche east, (and if possible also kyajo ri) and then Ama Dablam.. I am working on the logistics but I would like to do it all unsupported.. (What atracts me the most about mountaineering is ability to be self sufficient). Ive read that the fee for outum is 400 dls (plus the 1000 dls trash deposit?) but that you have to apply via a recognized company, and that this almost doubles the price?, so even if unsuuported it would be around 800 dls?
I read you climbed it unssuported on 2014. I know some things might have change since then, but I still wanted to ask for your experience.. did you apply for the permits by yourself in KTM? via the ministry of tourism or the NMA? where the sherpas of other partys not liking you went by yourself? any advice will be very appreciated..
Also, if you want to join.. more than welcome. 🙂
all the best and good climbs Cissa.


Hi Raul,
I did have some support in 2014. I hired Monte Rosa treks service’s up to base camp. They are a local company with competitive prices and good reputation. My climb was kind of last minute, so I didn’t have time to do all the permit process myself (which I heard can take weeks), plus it’s mandatory to have a liaison officer and if you are going 100% independent you will have to find one as well. I don’t know if regulations changed and you are required to hire a company, and what the prices would be. I do know I didn’t have a guide even though they tried hard to push one on me. The sherpas were not happy with the unguided parties (myself, and 2 Spanish parties), but we all just kept a low profile and had no big issues. Eventually they were all impressed to see climbers without guides (very uncommon for them), and the other parties didn’t really have a clue about anything mostly. Between arriving and leaving base camp I spent about 9 days there, so I’d advise just do your own thing, get your climb done and leave (it’s VERY commercial). Also, be careful with inexperienced “climbers” as their level of experience is close to zero and they are quite reckless and can eventually cause you trouble. Hope that helps!


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