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13-day “Huayhuash Circuit” trek in Peru

Join certified mountain guide, Edgar, on this exciting 13-day trek of the Huayhuash Circuit in Peru. Reconnect with nature on this challenging and rewarding outdoor adventure program!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration13 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Reconnect with nature as you hike all day and sleep under the stars

  • See all the local wildlife, like llamas, alpacas, condors and viscachas

  • Experience the beautiful and diverse  Himalayan landscape

Description

Are you ready for a real adventure in the Peruvian Mountains? Join me on this exciting 13 day trek of the Huayhuash Circuit in Peru.

Challenge yourself with this high mountain trek! We will spend 13 days hiking the beautiful Huayhuash range where we will experience panoramic mountain views and gaze out upon colorful lakes.

This tour is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. We will hike each day in the remote wilderness and sleep each night in tents underneath the stars.

The Huayhuash range is 30 kilometers long and is made up of a beautiful Himalayan landscape. The peaks are much more challenging than those in Cordillera Blanca, for example. This is the perfect opportunity for experienced hikers who want to challenge themselves.

Six of the peaks in the main range exceed 6,000 meters. This means we will climb to great heights over these 13 days.

We will experience all the unique flora and fauna of this area. This area is well known for its spectacular glacial lakes. We will also come across various hot springs. This part of the world has a unique variety of wildlife. We should see plenty of llamas, alpacas, condors and viscachas.

Join me today for this unforgettable experience in the mountains of Peru!

Want to take some days off of this trek? Try my 10-day Huayhuash Circuit trek in Peru!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz Llamac

We will leave Huaraz to the town of Llamac. This is a 5 hour drive. Once we arrive, we can relax and explore the town. We will set up camp at 3,300 meters.

Day 2: Llamac Cuartelhuain

We will have breakfast at 7 AM and begin trekking at 8 AM. We will trek up through the Pocpa valley. At 1 PM, we will arrive in Pallca where we will have lunch. From here we will hike 2 or 3 more hours to camp at Matacancha. Here, we can overlook the Ninashanca Mountain.

Day 3: Cartelhuain Mitucocha

After breakfast, we will trek down 2 or 3 hours to a pass. From the pass we will go up 30 minutes where we can have lunch. We will take an alternative route back to camp where we will see plenty of Andean rabbits called Vizcachas. We will arrive to camp early, allowing us extra time to go fishing around the lake.

Day 4: Mitucocha Carhuacocha

We will start trekking at 8 AM. After 3 hours of walking we will reach the pass where we will have lunch. We’ll continue our trek as we look out at white peaked mountains suchas Yerupaja and Siula. We will get to camp at 3 or 4 PM.

Day 5: Carhuacocha Explore Siula Lakes

Breakfast in Carhuacocha. We will visit the SIula Lakes at the base of Yerupaja and Siula mountains. We can return to camp or do our own activities in the afternoon such as washing, taking pictures, walking around the lakes, fishing or just laying out by the water and relaxing.

Day 6: Caruacocha Huayhuash

We will hike from camp to  the Carnicero Pass at 4600 meters. Here, we will find some scenic places to have lunch next to the Carnicero lakes. After hiking a few more kilometers, we’ll arrive at our camping site that is just next to the breathtaking Jurau Lake.

Day 7: Huayhuash Viconga

We will continue our trekking up to the Portachuelo de Huayhuash Pass. From there we will go down to the camp Viconga to have lunch. Then, we will head to the hot springs where those who are interested can take a bath.

Day 8: Viconga- Huanacpatay

This day we will hike up the highest pass in our whole trip. We will hike up approximately 3 hours to be close to the Cuyoc Mountain. After this, we will go down to Guanacpatay Valley for lunch. After a few hours more of walking, we will find our camping site in the peaceful valley of Cuanacpatay.

Day 9: Huanacpatay- Huatiac

This day our trekking will be down-hill. We will stop for lunch at Huayllapa, a small isolated village at 3700 meters above shore line. Here, we can explore the shops and pick up some trinkets from the locals to remember our time here. We will have lunch then continue hiking up for 3 hours to our camp site of Huatiac.

Day 10: Huatiac- Cashpapampa

We will hike up 3 hours to the Tapush pass. We will then walk down an easy trail and arrive at camp in the early afternoon. Here, we will have plenty of time to relax for the rest of the day.

Day 11: Cashpapampa- Jahuacocha

We will begin our trekking going up the Yaucha Pass where we will stay for two hours or so. We will be able to rest and take pictures. Then we will continue going down along the Huacrish ravine for 3 or 4 hours where we will find a beautiful panoramic landscape. We will see the Jahuacocha lake at the base of several tall mountains. We will set up camp here where we can enjoy spectacular views as the avalanches come down from the base of Jirishanca mountain. Next to our camp, we will have a typical mountain hut for sheepherders and its owner will welcome us kindly. His name is Mr. Delaos and he is full of first-hand knowledge about life in these mountains which he is happy to share with us.

Day 12: Jahuacocha Rest Day

This is a free day. You will have the option to go fishing, go to the upper lake Solterococha, walk around the lakes, stay at the lakes to wash etc. Lunch boxes will be provided this day and later on dinner will be provided.

Day 13: Jahuacocha- Llamac Huaraz

We will trek up to the Pampallamac where we will say good bye to the Huayhuash Mountains. A few meters down we will have lunch then go down to Llamac town. We will arrive in town at around 1 or 2 PM then leave to drive down along the Llamac river until Timpoc. We will arrive in Chiquian around 12 PM, where we can walk around the village for a bit then continue to Huaraz and we can all return to our hotels


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1021 each

Group of 2

USD 1021 each

Group of 3

USD 1021 each

Group of 4

USD 1021 each

Group of 5

USD 1021 each

Group of 6

USD 1021 each

Group of 7

USD 1021 each

Group of 8

USD 1021 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price includes: Transfer from hotel to trail and vice versa, donkey drivers, cook, sleeping tents, hot water access, first aid kit, food and water Price does not include: Huayhuash Community entrance fees, alcoholic drinks, tips, personal items


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