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!
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.
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.
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.
Huaraz (3100 m) – Chiquián (3400 m) – Matacancha (4100 m)
Early drive to Chiquián. Following drive to Matacancha, where we’ll arrive at afternoon.
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.
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).
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!!
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!!).
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.
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!
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.
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.
Rest day to do as you wish. Walk around or just enjoy the views for the last time.
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.
Huaraz (3100 m) - Lima (100 m)
Day to enjoy Huaraz as you please. Dinner and bus to Lima.
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.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer during the trip
- Group equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Lima Airport or another place in Lima previously arranged.
- TNF-V25, BD, Ferrino tents for the mountain camps.
- Let me know if you want to book a drive from Mendoza to Lima.
- A minimum of 2 people is required for this expedition.
Items not included: