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Cedros and Alpamayo Trek + Ulta Trek in 13 days with acclimatization

Cedros and Alpamayo Trek + Ulta Trek in 13 days with acclimatization
Cedros and Alpamayo Trek + Ulta Trek in 13 days with acclimatization
Cedros and Alpamayo Trek + Ulta Trek in 13 days with acclimatization
Cedros and Alpamayo Trek + Ulta Trek in 13 days with acclimatization

A great combination of 2 amazing trekking trails of the Cordillera Blanca: the Cedros-Alpamayo circuit + the Ulta Trek. They will be 13 unforgettable days in company with Daniel, an IFMGA certified mountain guide from Huaraz.

Cordillera Blanca

13 Days

May - Sep


Have you ever imagined walking on two of the most fabulous trekking trails of the Cordillera Blanca in the same expedition? Now it’s real!

I think it is a really unique and different trip since we will combine two challenging trekking trails. The Cedros – Alpamayo Circuit and the Ulta Trek will be waiting for us!

There will be 13 days with one day of acclimatization. During this experience I will lead you through the most incredible landscapes of the Peruvian Andes.

On the one hand, the Cedros-Alpamayo circuit is one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca. In fact, the Alpamayo represents one of the main stars of the landscape in this mountain region.

On the other hand, the Ulta Trek will take us across the green and lush valleys of llanganuco, Huaripamapa and Santa Cruz. Each new place we walk will offer us different but stunning views.

This trek requires an acclimatization process. Your body should get used to the altitude of the region. Take into account that many mountain passes are between 4400 and 4850 meters above sea level.

The best period to enjoy this 13-day trekking expedition is during the driest season, from May till September. The maximum amount of participants per group is 5 people. However, I will ask an assistant to join us if the group is formed by more than six guests.

So, if you are ready to live this challenge in the Cordillera Blanca, do not hesitate to contact me. It will be my pleasure to answer your doubts and plan your next adventure in Peruvian lands together with you!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters


Day 1: Huaraz – Hualcayan village (3140m)

I will pick you up in your hotel with our private vehicle to drive along the Callejón de Huaylas valley, admiring the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Blanca. Once we get to Old Yungay, we will visit the camposanto, a town completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1970. Then we continue driving until we reach the Andean quechua village of Hualcayan, where we’ll set up our camp for the night.

Day 2: Hualcayan – Wishcash (4300m)

This day we will meet our mountain crew (donkeys and donkey drivers) and after breakfast we’ll start walking across a steep trail of the Hualcayan village. In the afternoon we’ll arrive to the camping spot, in Wishcash.

Day 3: Punta Cullicocha Pass (4860m) – Osoruri (4450m)

From Wishcash we will continue our trek ascending until we get to the spectacular Cullicocha Lake. After resting and taking some pictures we’ll keep climbing up to our first high pass, Punta Cullicocha, from where we will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. We’ll then descend to our campsite in Osoruri.

Day 4: Vientunan pass (4770m) - Jancarurish (4250m)

After breakfast we’ll start walking up to the Vientunan Pass, with an excellent view of the Milluacocha iced peak. Then, we will descend to the Jancarurish campsite, enjoying on the way a great view of the ancient’s pre Inca terraces. In the afternoon we will enjoy taking some good pictures of the Alpamayo mountain and the Cedros valley. Overnight camp at Jancarurish.

Day 5: Rest Day

Optional hike to Laguna Jancarurish or visit the Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m). From here you will appreciate the most amazing views of the Mount Alpamayo, which has been considered the most beautiful mountain in the world since 1966 by the German “Alpinism Magazine”. Then we will return to our campsite at Jancarurish.

Day 6: Jancarurish - Cara cara Pass (4830m) - Mesapata Pass (4460m) – Huillca (4000m)

This day we will ascend to the Cara Cara Pass (4830m), where we will be able to capture the most awesome panoramic photos of the Alpamayo and its lakes. After that, we will descend along the Moyobamba valley until we reach the Mesapata Pass. We will then descend along the Tayapampa valley enjoying the views of the Safuna Lake and the snowy peaks of Pucajirca. We’ll set up our camp in Huillca.

Day 7: Yanacon Pass (4610m) – Jancapampa (3600m)

We will walk up to the Paso Pucajirca also known as the Yanacon Pass. We will have a rest and something for lunch and then we will descend to our next campsite through a grassy valley called the Yanajanca Valley. Once we get to Jancapampa, some Quechua families probably come to sell their Andean products. Overnight camp at Jancapampa.

Day 8: Jancapampa - Tupa Tupa Pass (4360m) - Huecrucocha (4000m)

Today we will pass through several Andean communities, where we will be able to watch some people grazing their livestock. Then we’ll climb up to the Tupa Tupa Pass and descend to our next camp in Huacrucocha.

Day 9: Alto de Pucaraju (4640m) - Tuctu – Paria (3800m)

This day we will ascend the Alto de Pucaraju Pass, from where we will admire stunning panoramic views of the Taulliraju mountain as well as the Chopicalqui (6,354m), Huascarán (6,768m) and the Huandoy (6,160m). Later, we’ll descend through the wide plateau of the Tuctu valley. We will continue walking down and crossing a small stream. We then join the classic Santa Cruz trail until we reach the Paria Valley. Overnight camp there.

Day 10: Colcabanba (3400m) – Molinopampa (3600m)

After breakfast we will start walking down on a wide meadow with some sections of quenual and quisuar forest. The trail is quiet easy until we reach the Huaripampa village. We then continue hiking directly down into the bottom of the valley. Once we cross a bridge, we will hike across a dirty road until we get to the Colcabamba settlement. Finally we will reach the Molinopampa campsite, where we’ll spend the night in tents.

Day 11: Molinopampa – Avalancha Camp (4500m)

After breakfast we will start walking on gradual ascent with some steep sections. We will arrive in a high plateau camping spot, where we’ll set up our last camp.

Day 12: Yanayacu Pass (4850m) – Ulta (4300m)

This day we will walk on a rocky trail towards the Yanayacu Pass, where we can take the most amazing pictures of the giant snow-capped peaks in the North, South or West. You will have many surrounding summits like the Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Hualcan and the Contrahiervas. After that we will descend to the Ulta valley. Overnight stay there.

Day 13: Ulta - Carhuaz – Huaraz

After breakfast we will pack our gear because our private transfer will pick us up at our camp. We will then drive down along the Ulta valley with some spectacular mountain views. We will stop in Carhuaz for a quick lunch in a touristic restaurant. Finally, we continue to Huaraz, where this program ends.



More info

The price does not include:

  • Meeting service at Lima airport
  • Hotel accommodation in Lima
  • Transfer on bus Lima – Huaraz – Lima
  • Hotel accommodation in Huaraz
  • Personal equipment
  • Food in Lima – Huaraz
  • Insurance assistance,
  • Laundry service
  • Phone calls
  • Extra expenses

Meeting point


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

IFMGA/UIAGM guide from Perú.

I was born in the Huaraz city, which is located between cordillera blanca & cordillera negra neighbor of huayhuash mountain range.

My passion for the mountain was born since I was a child, because I watched my father going to the mountain. When I was 13 years old I started going on treks with my father and clients, and as soon as I finished my high school I applied to the high school mountain center studies (CEAM) in 2001 and I graduated as an official mountain guide in 2005.

I have a wide guiding experience in trekking and climbing, organizing, trekking and climbing expeditions into cordillera Blanca & huayhuash in the Peruvian mountains.

I guided successfully in Mexico, Argentina where I climbed conquering the mount Aconcagua at (6959 m).

In Peru I have climbed the most beautiful mountain in the world mount "Alpamayo", and the Peruvian highest peak "mount Huascaran south peak". In 2005 I made a speed record climbing mounts "Alpamayo" & "Quitaraju" in 32 hours 16 minutes. I also opened some new routes to climbing in cordillera Blanca.

Aside from the AGMP / IFMGA certification, I also have the WFR certification.


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