Join Hisao, a local mountain guide, on this 12-day Cordillera Huayhuash trek. And experience an intense adventure in the Peruvian Andes.
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
This 12-day Cordillera Huayhuash trek is the short way to go through a magnificent area of the Peruvian Andes.
This program is basically a shorter version of my classic 15-day hike through this area and it’s essentially the same route, but without visiting the Siula Grande Base Camp.
So, during this 12-day program you’ll enjoy the breathtaking views of this unique mountain range. We’ll be surrounded by rugged snow capped peaks, pristine white glaciers and deep blue lakes and lagoons.
And although it’s not a technical hike, you’ll need to be in a good physical condition because we’ll walk from 6 to 8 hours every day. And the whole route is over 4000 meters for which you’ll need to have a good acclimatization.
But the effort will pay off every day! The Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the most impressive mountain ranges in South America.
Plus you’ll enjoy some of the spectacular features that this place have to offer. Like the trout fishing at Laguna Jahuacocha, the spotting of large herds of Llamas and Alpacas near lake Viconga or even the relaxing natural hot springs near on of our campsites. This adventure will be an amazing experience!
So send me a request now and we’ll start organizing this 12-day Cordillera Huayhuash trek for you!
- Guiding fee
Drive from Huaraz to the village of Llamac to set up camp (3300 m). 4 to 5 hours drive.
We’ll follow the river Llamac, hiking gradually up the valley to camp in open grassy countryside at Quartelhuain (4200 m). 6 hours hike.
We’ll cross our first pass, Punta Cacanan (4700 m) and then descend to the camp at a large lake Laguna Mitucocha (4220 m). 6 hours hike.
We’ll climb steadily to our next pass, Punta Carhuac (4650 m), to camp at the trout filled Laguna Carhuacocha (4150 m) 6 hours.
We’ll spend an extra day at the spectacular Laguna Carhuacocha. Hike up to visit the three lakes of Siula, take an easy walk around Carhuacocha lake, go trout fishing or have a rest day and enjoy the surroundings.
There are 2 options: A gradual ascent on a good path to cross Pass Carnicero (4600 m), which takes around 5 or 6 hours. Or a more demanding alternative Siula Pass (4800 m), which is a 6 to 7 hours hike. We’ll camp by the small Laguna Carnicero (4300 m).
We’ll go through the small settlement of Huayhuash, where a few farming families live, and then climb to yet another pass Portachuelo de Huayhuash (4750 m). We’ll descend past the large lake Viconga where we often see large herds of Llama and Alpaca to camp at (4480 m).
By now you should be well acclimatised and ready to cross our highest pass: Punta Cuyoc (5000 m). The descent is initially steep but then it becomes easier and we’ll arrive to our camp in the large and open Huanacpatay valley (4300 m). 6 hours hiek.
We’ll go down down the valley Qto the large mountain village of Huallapa. In the afternoon we’ll climb through a steep valley to a high camp in the pasture at Huatiac (4350 m). 6 hours hike.
We’ll cross two passes, Punta Tapush (4750 m) and Punta Yaucha (4800 m) and then descend to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (4150 m). 8 hours hike.
An extra day at Laguna Jahuacocha which must be one of the most beautiful sites in the Huayhuash. Climb up Cerro Amarrillo Peak (5000 m), visit Soltera Cocha Lake, hike up the pass Sambunya (4750 m) or take a rest and try trout fishing.
The final pass Pampa Llamac (4300 m) and a long descent to Llamac. 5½ hours. Return to Huaraz in our private van.
Note: If you do not wish to hike from Llamac to Quartelhuain, you can choose to drive direct from Huaraz to Quartelhuain and camp there the first night. You MUST however have at least three days in Huaraz doing day hikes for acclimatisation for this option.
Hisao is the third of the Morales brothers, and like his eldest brother Eli, Hisao began working with trekking and climbing groups from a young age while still at school. He soon developed a passion for climbing and climbed extensively with porters & guides while receiving ongoing instruction from Peruvian and international guide instructors with the House of Guides in Huaraz.
Hisao took a break from guiding to attend university in Lima and graduated with double degrees in psychology & philosophy, and in education. He then spent 3 months in New Zealand in 2003 on a working holiday and improving his English, before returning to Huaraz to found Peruvian Andes Adventures with Eli.
Hisao speaks fluent English and good German which he is continuing to study. Hisao has considerable experience in the education sector, business and in organising trekking & climbing groups and is our business general manager
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Sept 14, 2022
I’m extremely happy with the ease with which I could book via your site reliable and experienced guide. Thank you so very much, and I’ve started to recommend your site to my friends. Dimitris is not only an awesome guide, but a wonderful person who was always looking out to give me the best experience I can have when he found out how much I love climbing! He is the Best!
Sept 6, 2022
I am very pleased with Explore-Share! This was my first international climb, and the communication and response time were great. Herbie is a very skilled guide and very efficient. The entire booking process & payment was smooth. I will definitely use Explore-Share again. Thank you.
Aug 23, 2022
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Aug 17, 2022
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July 16th, 2022
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July 20, 2022
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May 8, 2022
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April 14, 2022
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March 9, 2022
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March 4, 2022
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Feb 2, 2022
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