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

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

Mountain RangeCordillera Blanca
Duration10 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • 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.

Description

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!

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To be determined upon completion of booking.


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Itinerary

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.


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.


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