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10-day Trek to Cajatambo in the Cordillera Huayhuash, from Huaraz


Join a local certified mountain guide from our team for a 10-day trek through the heart of Peru's stunningly scenic Cordillera Huayhuash, from Huaraz to Cajatambo.


Cordillera Blanca

10 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov




  • Enjoy Peru's stunningly scenic Cordillera Huayhuash.
  • Soak in the natural hot springs at Viconga.
  • Camp in a unique yet equally beautiful spot each night.


Come to the astoundingly beautiful Cordillera Huayhuash and spend 10 days making its sublime circuit trek!

After meeting up in Lima and heading out to Huaraz, we will spend a day acclimatizing before the fun really begins.

Heading out from the rural village of Cuartelwayin, we will hike over mountain passes, through beautiful meadows and valleys and past stunning glacial lakes.

Along the way, we will get the chance to see some of the most iconic peaks in all of the range, including Yerupaja Grande, Yerupaja Chico and Jirishanca.

We will also have the opportunity to climb up Pumarini, which offers spectacular views out over the valley from which we came as well as many other interesting spots in the Cordillera.

By the end of the trek, you will understand why many guide books rate this as the most beautiful trek in the Americas and the second most beautiful one on the planet.

Not only will we enjoy Peru’s natural beauty, but we will also get to meet local people, experience their culture and see how they live here.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for an unforgettable trek through the Cordillera Huayhuash in stunningly scenic central Peru!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you will also enjoy my 7-day hiking trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Please contact us for an exact price quote and trip dates.


Day 1: Lima to Huaraz (3.090 m)

We will take the bus from Lima north through the coastal desert before turning east and heading on to Huaraz.

Day 2: Acclimatization activities

We spend the day acclimatizing by going on a 6-hour day hike up to Churup Lake.

Day 3: Huaraz to Chiquián, Llamac and Matacancha

We will leave Huaraz in the morning and drive south to Cuartelwayin, making brief stops in Chiquián and Llamac along the way.

Day 4: Matacancha to Cacanan Pass (4.700 m) and Lake Mitucocha

We will start our day with an ascent up to Cacanan Pass before heading down to Lake Mitucocha, where we will camp and enjoy the stunning surroundings. Expect to hike for about 5 hours this day.

Day 5: Mitucocha to Carhuac Pass (4.600 m) and Lake Carhuacocha (4.200 m)

We start our day with an ascent to Carhuac Pass, from where we will enjoy great views out over the Siula Grande. We will then descend to Lake Carhuacocha, where we will camp for the night. Expect to hike for about 5 hours this day.

Day 6: Carhuacocha to Siula Pass (4.800 m) and Huayhuash (4.250 m)

This day will be quite physically demanding. We begin with an ascent up to either Siula Pass or Carnicero Pass. From here, we will descend down into the valley and hike on to Huayhuash. Expect to hike for about 8 hours this day.

Day 7: Huayhuash to Portachuelo Pass (4.650 m) and Viconga (4.300 m)

We begin the day with an ascent to Portachuelo Pass, where we will be able to look out over the Cordillera Raura, We will then descend into the valley and hike on to the natural hot springs of Viconga. Expect to hike for about 6,5 hours this day.

Day 8: Viconga (4.300 m) to Cuyoc Pass (5.000 m) and back

We will make a quick hike up to Cuyoc Pass, which is they highest pass of the trek, before returning to Viconga. There will also be an option to climb Pumarini, if you are up for it. Expect to hike for at least 6 hours this day.

Day 9: Viconga to Cajatambo Pass (3.700 m) and Cajatambo Village

This will be our final day of hiking. we will hike for about an hour through the Pumarini Valley into the village of Cajatambo, making a quick side trip by car to Cajatambo pass.

Day 10: Cajatambo - Pativilca - Lima

We will transfer from Cajatambo to Pativilca, where we will part ways and you will head back to Lima.



Meeting point

To be determined upon completion of booking.

About the guide

Peru Expeditions is a Guide Agency and Tour Operator based in Huaraz, Peru.

It's a family-owned travel agency, which was founded more than 35 years ago, and is now managed by IFMGA-guide Juventino and his son, Eric.

We organize trekkings and mountain expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, and all around Peru.


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What people are saying about Peru Expeditions

Bad Hetterscheid


September, 2022

William was such a knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient guide! He brought books and support materials to further explain the history of the sites we were seeing, was always ready with an answer to any questions, and had great suggestions of where to take photos. He chose a truly remarkable cook for our trek, who kept us well fed with a huge variety of foods (and an ample supply of it!) and filled with hot beverages at all hours of the day and night. He allowed us to set the pace each day, and was cheerful and helpful and relaxed throughout-he absolutely enhanced a wonderful experience! Many thanks to you, William!

Bad Hetterscheid


September, 2022

Eric from Peru Expeditions is a fabulous, safe, and conscientious Tour Operator. He chose an incredible guide for us (Darwin) who was highly esteemed by every guide we met at every point along the journey-the respect of one’s peers speaks for itself! We were very well supported, always had perfect timing with seeing sunrises, beating “the crowd” to our destinations, and had ample food. The Peruvian mountains are stunningly beautiful- I’m ready to go back again already! Book with Eric - he’s going to take good care of you.

Connor White


September, 2022

Great service and trip!

Johannes Besmehn


August, 2022

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Alexey Volegov


July, 2022

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November, 2021

Our guide was William and he is the one that really made the trip great!

Juliusz Zulauf


September, 2021

It was really good climbing expedition. The company put good effort to accommodate our needs and requests. Lima Central Office support was outstanding. Edgar, our climbing guide was top notch. Supporting staff during the climb was very helpful and friendly as well. For my personal needs, some modification of an acclimatisation scheme would be beneficial. First week of the trip consisted of various day trips to destinations of increasing altitudes, but all nights were at Huaraz, at 3100 m altitude. For me, to be fully acclimatized I need to sleep at the altitude. My first night at the higher altitude was at Pisco refuge (4800 m) and resulted with mild altitude sickness preventing me from successful climbing the following day. I would prefer spending two nights at high altitude before first high climb. It might not be the case for some other people, but it was for me. If not for this, I would had awarded straight five stars.

Marcela Hronesova


July, 2021

Disappointed with the whole experience. Didn't climb with Juventino, never met him. Got a different guide. Booked Pisco and Chopicalcui as separate climbs with one day off in between to rest. Agency combined the climbs. They told me to of go from Pisco BC directly to Chopicalcui moraine camp. Got a different guide who didn't tell me that we'll get snowed in at moraine camp. Only found out about the snow once we reached Chopicalcui moraine camp. Spent the night there, next day had to go down. Disappointed rebooked my flight and left Peru. Waste of my time and money.

Marcela Hronesova


July, 2021

The agency gave me a guide Darwin, not Juventino. Climb was good, easy just walking. There is one dangerous section near the moraine area with very loose gravel. So make sure you don't slip there or you are dead. I stayed in refugio at the base camp which was much more comfy than camping. Darwin was good but give clients some breaks once in a while, not rush too much. It's a high altitude climbing after all.

Tony Hoffman


September, 2020

The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.

Flormila Pineda Villanueva


May, 2020

My visit to Huaraz was one of the most beautiful trips of my life. Our days of adventure began with the visit of lagoons in the white mountain range; wilcacocha, churup, paron, lagoon 69 and we finish with the most beautiful Santa Cruz trek. Our trip was a complete success, during the stay in Huaraz we stayed at the ALPAMAYO GUEST HOUSE hotel, an excellent place in the center of Huaraz. I recommend Mr. Juventino to make his trip and his hotel the and if nice family People.

Koseth Saenz


May, 2020

He was very kind, patient and helped me to reach my goal the citadel of Machupicchu. One day I wanted to quit but he encouraged me to continue and waited for my step.

Pietro Garanzini


May, 2020

Our experience in Peru was an unforgettable journey, we started a journey in this country to visit Machu Picchu and the surroundings of Cusco as a sacred valley, etc. Afterwards, our next destination was to arrive in the beautiful land of Huaraz, where our main goal was the trekking of Santa Cruz and a not very difficult base climb and after the trekking of Huayhuash. We will be back next year with more customers, friends of our mountain club, thanks for everything and see you soon in Huaraz!

Michael W English


March, 2020

From the very first emails communication which was dealt with efficiently and provide all the required information and other options for myself to consider. When I arrived the communication was excellent and very well organised. When I return later this year I will without doubt be using Eric and the team. When we arrive at the start point to getting back the local guide was excellent. I have nothing but praise for the set up.

Wolfgang Gratz


September, 2019

We did the MTB-Huarascan-Circuit (Crossing Punta Olimpica Pass and Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass) with Eric Albinos „Peru Expedition“. All, the transfers, the hotel stays, the acclimatization tours and the circuit itself, was well organized. Eric and his staff were flexible to our wishes and very helpful. Our Guide Joni is an excellent mountain bike-guide and good tailor too if something is torn. The cook prepared delicious meals during the circuit. The camping equipment was in very good condition. We (Karin, Franz. Wolfgang) can fully recommend „Eric´s Peru Expeditions“.


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