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16-day Huayhuash mountain range traverse

16-day Huayhuash mountain range traverse

Join Luciano, an EPGAMT mountain guide, on a 16-day adventure to the Huayhuash mountain range. It will be a memorable experience!


16 Days

Mar - Nov




This Huayhuash mountain range traverse has been chosen by hiking publications as one of the best circuits in the world!

It is an exceptional adventure into the heart of the Peruvian Andes. The main route travels 25 km through a paradise area, surrounded by 20 peaks, six of which are higher than 6000m. So you can imagine the views you'll see during the expedition!

Also the Huayhuash mountain range is full of glacier lagoons of exceptional beauty. We'll walk right next to them and even camp on their shores.

Moreover, this traverse has many different and unique features. First of all, we'll be hiking up to 5150 m, in the Rasac Pass. Furthermore, you'll be able to chose if you want to climb up to the Pumarinri summit, at 5465 m!

Another wonderful feature is that we'll spend some time in the Viconga hot springs. Here you'll be able to relax in the middle of the journey!

So please contact me with all the specifications on what you would like to do, so we can ,organize all the details for this amazing adventure!

And if you're looking for an adventure in Argentina, you've got to check out this program: Cerro San Francisco ascent and Cerro Incahuasi ascent.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Luggage transfer

Price details

A minimum of 2 people is required.


Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to Lima. Meeting in Lima’s International Airport or in a previously discussed place. At 6pm we’ll leave on a 10 hours bus drive to Huaraz.

Day 2: Huaraz (3100 m)

Arrival to Huaraz. Transfer to your designated hotel. Free afternoon to visit the city. We’ll make the necessary arrangement for the expedition at night.

Day 3: Huaraz (3100 m) – Churup lagoon (4450 m) – Huaraz (3100 m)

One hour drive to Pitec. Acclimatization hike to Churup lagoon. Lunch and drive back to Huaraz.

Day 4: Huaraz (3100 m) – Chiquián (3400 m) – Matacancha (4100 m)

Early drive to Chiquián. Following drive to Matacancha, where we’ll arrive at afternoon.

Day 5: Matacancha (4100 m) – Carhuacocha lake (4138 m)

First 3 hours hike to Qaqanan. We’ll go through a 4700 m pass. We’ll then go to the Carhuac route at 4650 m. From here we’ll walk 2 more hours to the Carhuacocha lake at 4150 m. We’ll set the tents at its shore.

Day 6: Carhuacocha lake (4138 m) – Huayhuash (4330 m)

Early start to Siula pass (4800 m) from where we’ll see an amazing view. After reaching the pass we’ll continue hike for three hours to Huayhuash camp (4300 m).

Day 7: Huayhuash (4330 m) – Viconga hot springs (4400 m)

Two hour Hike to Portachuelo Pass (4750 m). Another two hour hike to our camp, near the Viconga lake at (4400 m). We’ll enjoy the Hot springs!!

Day 8: Pumarinri ascent (5465 m) or rest day

Today you’ll have two options. Even you wake up early to ascent the beautiful Nevado Pumarinri at (5465 m). Or you can chose to stay at the camp for an extra relax day (at the hot springs!!).

Day 9: Viconga hot springs (4400 m) – Cuyoc Pass (5000 m) - Cuyocpampa (4400 m)

Hard day up to the famous Cuyoc Pass. From here the hardest section of the route begins. From now on we’ll walk through the guts of this amazing mountain range.

Day 10: Cuyocpampa (4400 m) - Jurau Pass (5100 m) - Cutatambo gully (4250 m)

We’ll hike through the best pass in Hayhuash mountain range. Then we’ll hike to Jurau lake, where you’ll be able to fish for trouts!

Day 11: Cutatambo valley (4250 m) – Sequya Pass – Caramarca lake (4600 m)

Six or seven hours walk through two huge massifs. We’ll have the west face of the great Siula Grande on our sight all the way.

Day 12: Caramarca lake (4600 m) – Rasac Pass 5.150M– Jahuacocha lake (4070 m)

Big day. Today we’ll cross the great Glacier Pass. We’ll hike to the Rasac Glacier. We’ll set up and walk for an hour to Rasac Pass at 5.150 m. Start of the descent to Jahuacocha lagoon.

Day 13: Extra day

Rest day to do as you wish. Walk around or just enjoy the views for the last time.

Day 14: Jahuacocha lake (4070 m) – Llamac (3300 m) – Huaraz (3100 m)

Last hike down for three hours to Pampa Llamac. From here we’ll see for the last time the Huayhuash mountain range. Continue two hours to the Llamac town (3300 m). Drive back to Huaraz.

Day 15: Huaraz (3100 m) - Lima (100 m)

Day to enjoy Huaraz as you please. Dinner and bus to Lima.

Day 16: Lima city sights and departure

Arrival to Lima early in the morning. Visit to Miraflores of there is time. Transfer to the airport. Flight back home.



More info

  • Let me know if you want to book a drive from Mendoza to Lima.

  • A minimum of 2 people is required for this expedition.

Included services:

  • Solar panel.
  • Emergency SAT phone.
  • First aids equipment and pulse oximetry for acclimatization updates.
  • Cook for the mountain meals.
  • Mules to carry your luggage.

Items not included:

  • The goodbye dinner in Huaraz is not included

Meeting point

Lima Airport or another place in Lima previously arranged.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Mendoza, Argentina.

I always enjoyed the mountains, and started with mountaineering activities since a young age, so it was natural for me to become a mountain guide. I’ve been working for more than 15 seasons in Aconcagua, first as porter, then as Mountain Guide assistant, and now as Mountain Guide.

I climbed a lot of peaks all along the Andes mountain range, in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, including Aconcagua (6.962 mt – 27 ascents, through different routes like the North and the Polish glacier-), Co Plata (6.000 mt), Ojos del Salado (6.780 mt), Mount Pissis (6.850 m), C° LLullaillaco (6.723 m), C° Incahuasi (6.450 m), Vn Sajama (6.550 m), Vn Bonete Chico (6 750 m), Co Junción (5000 m), Toclaraju ( 6036m), Pisco (5750m), and the three summits of Tres Cruces 6.780m. I recently did my first expedition in the Himalayas, where I reached the summit of Mt Lhotse (8.516 mt).

I usually enjoy organizing expeditions to wild, off-the-beaten-track destinations, that need a complex logistic that you won’t find easily elsewhere.

I am fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.


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What people are saying about Luciano



both guides..Luciano and Mauricio were first class and so was this fantastic region. I be looking for an encore in the future. Francis Lawrence



Luciano was excellent. His local knowledge showed as he was able modify the itinerary of the trip as circumstances - such as weather - changed in order to ensure the expedition was a success. He is a deeply experienced mountaineer with sound judgement prepared to provide advice whilst ensuring you have fun. I would highly recommend his services.



Personally, was more impressed with the road trip towards the mountain than the mountain itself, but it was definitely worth going. The lunar landscape in this remote area is absolutely awesome. The guide was well prepared, very friendly, and even a surprisingly good cook. The location is as far as you are likely to get from civilisation. The weather was also unusually good. But the mountain is tough and frustrating sliding down every step in the loose gravel and sand. Not everyone's cup of tea

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