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9-day trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash

Join Edwin, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this 9-day trek accross the Cordillera Huayhuash. Discover one of the most beautiful places in the Peruvian Andes!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


The Cordillera Huayhuash is the second tallest tropical mountain range in the world. So this trek is undoubtedly one of the best hikes on Earth! Don’t miss out the opportunity to explore this wonderful place on this 9 day trek.

Located in the Peruvian Andes, the Cordillera Huayhuash is surrounded by magnificent mountains and ice towers that look like long standing guardians of this magical area.

Moreover, the pristine rivers, lakes and lagoons with different colors and shades here are simply hypnotizing. Thus, the scenery over its more than 30 kilometers is incomparable.

Some of the passes we’ll go through are Paso de Carhuac (4,650m), Carnicero (4,660m), Portachuelo de Huayhuash (4,750m), Punta Tapush (4,750m) and Punta Yaucha (4,800m).

Additionally, we will explore some of the most dazzling lakes in the world! Some of them are: Laguna Carhuacocha (4,250m) and Laguna Carnicero. Amongst many other mesmerizing bodies of water, I will also take you Lake Laguna Vinconga. Here you’ll find hot springs, where you can take a refreshing and soothing hot bath.

Please note this a challenging trek because of the altitude of 4,600 to 5,000 meters. So for you to take part of it, you have to be in good shape. However, each stage will be short, approximately 13 to 15 kilometers. Therefore, you’ll have plenty of time for acclimatization.

My main goal is that you to enjoy everything about this trip, while being completely safe.

So if you have any questions, or wish to take part on this adventure, don’t hesitate on contacting me. Please send me a request and I’ll make sure you get to see most of the beautiful spots in the Peruvian Andes!

If you are looking for a longer trip, I also guide this: 15 day trek in the same area.





The price doesn't cover emergency evacuations and medical expenditures

Meeting point




Day 1: Huaraz-Llamac-Matacancha

A vehicle will take you from Huaraz to Llamac. Then we’ll head to Matacancha. We’ll set camp on that lovely and grassy valley.

Day 2: Matacancha-Cacanan Punta-Lake Mitucocha

We’ll begin early so we cross the Punta Cacanan pass. Later we’ll descend to Lake Laguna Muticocha to camp there for the night.

Day 3: Lake Mitucocha-Carhuac-Lake Carhuacocha

First, we will begin our day crossing Paso de Carhuac. Secondly, we’ll head to yet another stunning lake: Laguna Carhuacocha to set camp.

Day 4: Lake Carhuacocha-Carnicero-Huayhuash

I will take you through pass Carnicero. Then we can choose: either descent to a remote area where the Laguna Carnicero is, or follow a short trail to the enclave of Huayhuash

Day 5: Huayhuash-Portachuelo Pass-Viconga

On this day we’ll climb Portachuelo de Huayhuash. Afterwards we’ll explore Lake Laguna Viconga, and if you are up for it we can visit the nearby hot springs.

Day 6: Viconga-Punta Cuyoc-Huanacpatay

Today we’ll get to the highest pass, Punta Cuyoc. Later we’ll descent to the valley Quebrada Huanacpatay, and then head to our camp.

Day 7: Huanacpatay-Huatiac

We will trek down Quebrada Huanacpatay, and then head back up to Huatiac so we camp there.

Day 8: Huatiac-Tapush-Yaucha-Lake Jahuacocha

Since we have planned to climb two passes today, it will be a challenging day. We’ll get to Pass Punta Tapush and then Punta Yaucha. Then, we’ll go to laguna Jahucocha.

Day 9: Lake Jahuacocha-Pass Pampa Llamac

Even if it’s our last day, we still have amazing places to explore. We’ll climb Pass Pampa Llamac and descent to Llamac, where a bus will be waiting for us to take you back to Huaraz.

About the guide

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My name is Edwin, professional Mountain Guide, member of Mountain Guides Association of Peru (AGMP) and Member of the International Union of Mountain Guides Association (UIAGM), specialized on Trekking, Climbing, Expeditions also I am the founder of Andes Travel Expeditions company.

I have extensive experience and I had climb throughout Peru, Argentina and Bolivia and succesfully guided Huandoy Norte ( 2 times: on the north face and east face), Piramide de Garcilaso, Arteson, Caraz 1, Alpamayo, Huascaran, as well as Illampu, Sajama, Condiriri, Aconcagua, among many other mountains..

I will be happy to welcome you and your friends from all over the world to travel with us in America del Sur particularly in my home country Peru, the country of Mt Huascaran, Alpamayo(Most beautiful mountain in the world), Machupicchu, Cusco, Lago Titicaca, Arequipa, Amazonas etc.

As a professional mountain guide, I have been leading several mountain trips for the, past 20 years. I love and enjoy my job and have gained a lot of experience through climbing with many groups from all over the world. First I would like to assure you the best service and cooperation from my team, Secondly I will make sure that you have an exciting trekking on mountain, wonderful, unique and memorable experience. And while you are here in Peru we would like to promise, you are going to have an enjoyable and comfortable stay with us and look forward to meet your expectation Andes Travel Expeditions Company is pleased to share your enthusiasm for lifetime experience. I am pleased to let you know that I am going to be your Guide up there personally I will take you there not to send you there.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2700 each

Group of 2

USD 1900 each

Group of 3

USD 1400 each

Group of 4

USD 1320 each

Group of 5

USD 1320 each

Group of 6

USD 1070 each

Group of 7

USD 1070 each

Group of 8

USD 890 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

The price of this trip includes: transfers in private vehicles; professional certified guide; professional outdoor cook preparing 3 healthy and delicious meals a day with natural ingredients, plus snacks; transportation of all equipment; donkey driver or porters where needed; all camping and cooking equipment; cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, sleeping and bathroom tents; first aid kits; park entry fees. The price does not include: international flights and airport taxes; transport to and from Lima; Hotel and meals in Lima or Huaraz; previous acclimatization program; personal clothing and personal equipment; personal expenses and insurance. The price for 8-9 people is US$890 and for 10 or more US$700. The prices previously displayed are for private groups. For shared groups, starting at 9 people, the price is US$800.

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