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6-day Trek to Queropalca & Pocpa in the Cordillera Huayhuash

Join Juventino, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on this thrilling 6-day trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. Discover towering mountain peaks and sparkling lakes.

Mountain RangeCordillera Huayhuash
Duration6 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • This mountain range attracts fewer trekkers so you can avoid the crowds

  • Cross high mountain passes and enjoy panoramic views

  • Check out some of Peru's tallest mountains

Description

The Huayhuash Mountain Range lies to the south of the Cordillera Blanca (White Range) in the Peruvian Andes. It’s a truly spectacular chain of mountains with tall, snow-capped peaks and pristine glacial lakes. It attracts fewer trekkers than the Cordillera Blanca does, and the absence of crowds makes for a unique feeling of remoteness.

Below you can find a detailed itinerary for the six-day trip, but here are some specific things you can look forward to: exploring the ruins of Huanucopampa, an ancient archaeological site; setting up camp at Lake Carhuacocha, a turquoise glacial lake with a view of three towering mountains; and ascending various high-altitude mountain passes, where we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the stunning Andean scenery.

This journey through the Cordillera Huayhuash will inspire you and leave you feeling renewed. Challenge yourself to go on this amazing journey and you won’t regret it. 

Also check out this guide’s other great trips, like this trek around Mount Alpamayo and Huascaran and this ascent of Nevado Pisco.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Huaraz - Huanucopampa - Queropalca (3,800 masl)

Your guide will meet your group at the hotel after breakfast and you will head out for Queropalca, passing through rural villages such as Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac along the way. You will continue south, arriving at Lake Conococha, the headwaters for the Santa River. From the lake, you will turn east heading into the Huayhuash Mountain Range and passing through communities such as Pachapaqui, Huansala and Huallanca, before finally arriving at the ruins of Huanucopampa. We will break for lunch here, allowing time to explore the ancient archeological site and will then continue to the rural village of Queropalca (3,800 masl), our first campsite. The total travel time today is approximately 7 hours.

Day 2: Day 2: Queropalca - Lake Carhuacocha (4,250 masl)

We will begin hiking at 8:00am and will arrive at Lake Carhuacocha in approximately 5 hours. We will break for lunch and set up camp at the turquoise glacial lake where we’ll be able to take in stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of Yerupaja, Siula and Ninashanca.

Day 3: Day 3: Carhuacocha (4,250 masl) - Carhuac Pass (4,650 masl) - Mitucocha (4,200 masl)

After breakfast at Carhuacocha, we will begin a 3-hour ascent towards Carhuac Pass (4,650 masl), where we’ll be greeted by up-close views of Ninashanca and Jirishanca. We’ll break for lunch at midday and continue descending for another 1.5 hours to Lake Mitucocha (4,200 masl) where we’ll set up camp for the night.

Day 4: Day 4: Mitucocha (4,200 masl) - Cacanan Pass (4,700 masl) - Rondoy (4,300 masl)

We will leave camp at 8:00am and begin with a 3-hour climb towards Cacanan Pass (4,700 masl), allowing for a nice view of the southern side of Ninashanca. We will break for lunch at the pass and begin a 3-hour descent to our next campsite at Rondoy (4,300 masl).

Day 5: Day 5: Rondoy (4,300 masl) - Sambunya Pass (4,750 masl) - Jahuacocha (4,100 masl)

After breakfast, we will head out at 8:30am for a 4.5-hour ascent to the Sambunya Pass (4,750 masl) where we’ll break for lunch and observe a panoramic view of surrounding peaks such as Jirishanca, Ninashanca, Yerupaja, Siula and Carnicero. We will then begin a 3-hour descent to our next campsite at Lake Jahuacocha (4,100 masl).

Day 6: Day 6: Jahuacocha (4,100 masl) - Pampallamac Pass (4,500 masl) - Llamac (3,600 masl) or Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) - Huaraz

Our last day on the trail, we will hike for 2.5 hours until reaching the final pass at Pampallamac (4,500 masl) where we can say goodbye to the gorgeous peaks that have accompanied us throughout the journey: Yerupaja, Ninashanca, Siula and Diablo Mudo. We will then begin a 1.5-hour descent into the rural community of Llamac where private transportation will be waiting to take our group back to Huaraz. Travel time from Llamac to Huaraz is approximately 3 hours.


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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2372 each

Group of 2

USD 1186 each

Group of 3

USD 1135 each

Group of 4

USD 1083 each

Group of 5

USD 1031 each

Group of 6

USD 1011 each

Group of 7

USD 980 each

Group of 8

USD 949 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Included in price: Guide fee, cooks and helpers, all meals during the tour, donkey driver and donkeys, tents (2 person), kitchen equipment, transportation to and from Huaraz. NOT included: International flights, exit tax at the airport in Lima, travel accident and health insurance, luggage insurance and trip cancellation, hotel in Huaraz, personal expenses, personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.), tips


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