Enjoy 19 unforgettable days in the Cordillera Blanca with a local certified mountain guide from our team. He will lead you across the Cedros Trek and then, he will help you reach the summit of the amazing Vallunaraju peak.
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Today I bring you a unique proposal: a guided Cedros trek, around the Alpamayo and Huascaran peaks, plus a climb to the Vallunaraju summit.
The Cedros trek around the peaks of Huascarán and Alpamayo is the dream of ever mountain trekker. In fact, it is a really unique trail thanks to its high mountain passes along the way. This first part of the expedition will take us 9 days. During the trail you’ll enjoy the most fascinating landscapes, deep blue lakes, extraordinary ice capped peaks and endemic flora en fauna.
And what to say about the Nevado Vallunaraju? It’s a 5686-meter mountain near Huaraz. We can conquer the summit in only two days of moderate climb. From the summit you will see other peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, as the Oxshapalca and the Ranrapalca. Moreover, from such an altitude there is also a perfect view of the city of Huaraz and all the Callejón de Huaylas.
At the bottom of this description you can find more details about the day-by-day itinerary. The best season to enjoy this program is from May till November. I can take with me a maximum of 15 guests. You can join an already open group departing in June. On the contrary, I will open a new group for you and your friends.
So, for further information about rates or if you want to book your place, please contact me. I will be happy to lead this trekking and climbing trip in the Cordillera Blanca!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
- Group porters
Arrival in Lima. You can rest or explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in a hotel.
This bus follows the Pan American highway across the Pacific coastal desert. You will then pass through the Conococha Pass (4020 m) into the Santa Valley and finally, Huaraz (3100m.). You can also fly via LCPERU flight. Overnight stay in a hotel in Huaraz (B/-/-).
The trail to Laguna Churup is one of the classic hikes of the Cordillera Blanca and it’s perfect for an acclimatization. We’ll drive to Llupa, our trailhead. We’ll start walking uphill across an ancient Inca trail towards the Laguna Churup. Return to Huaraz for the night in a hotel (B/L/-).
Laguna 69 is the most famous lake in the Cordillera Blanca. Our trail follows a steep and daunting ridge. Immediately above the deep blue surface of the lake, we will see the ice walls of Chacraraju, one of the most beautiful and difficult peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. After resting in the lake, we will return to Huaraz. Overnight stay in a hotel of the city (B/L/-).
This is the beginning of the “Trans Cordillera Blanca Grande” trek, around Alpamayo and Huascarán. We will travel by vehicle through the Santa Valley and the villages of Carhuaz, Yungay and Caras. We will meet our support team and their donkeys. Night in a campsite of Hualcayan (B/L/D).
This is the first of 8 days of trekking tour in the Cordillera Blanca. We’ll start climbing the steep trail to Wishcash Camp. In the afternoon we can watch the beautiful sunset over the Cordillera Negra. Overnight in the campsite (B/L/D).
A long and difficult day awaits. We will pass by the lake of Cullicocha. Then, we’ll continue to Osoruri Pass (4,860 m) to descend 400 meters and climb again the Vientunan Pass (4,770 m). We’ll get to the valley of Cedros Alpamayo. After 8 or 9 hours of walking we will finally reach Ruina Pampa Camp, where we’ll spend the night in tents (B/L/D).
Today, those who wish can climb the Alpamayo North Base Camp (4,500 m) and do an optional summit hike to Jatunjirca Peak (5030 m).
An alternative is to spend a half day resting in the Cruze Alpamayo Camp, with beautiful views of the Alpamayo peak. Overnight Camp (B/L/D).
We will hike over two passes, the Caracara (4,830 m) and the Mesapata (4,460 m), with spectacular views of the northern part of Alpamayo and the Pucachircas peaks. We’ll set up our camp in the Tayapampa Valley and then, continue to Laguna Safuna (4,200 m) for an afternoon tour. Overnight Camp (B/L/D).
We continue our trek in a wide open grassland passing by two houses of local farmers and continuing up to a steep slope in direction to the Pucahirca Pass (4,610 m). Then, a long descent to a lake on the far side of the Yanajanca Valley. Camp at Jancapampa, just below the ice walls of the Pucahirca and Taulliraju. In the area around the campsite there are many local rural folks (B/L/D).
We will continue to the Tupatupa Pass and then, we’ll descend to the Tuctubamba Valley. We will stay for the night in large tents with a perfect view of the Laguna Huercrucocha (B/L/D).
Another long day. However, our hike is a bit easier up to the Yanagrahirca Pass with more panoramic views of the mountains. Then, we’ll have a long downhill trail towards the city of Colcabamba (3,300 m.), where we will set up our camp (B/L/D).
Last day of the trekking section of this program. From Colcabamba we’ll leave our team of donkeys very early. A private vehicle will drive across the Portachuelo Pass with impressive views of the peaks of Chopicalqui, Huascarán, Huandoy, Nevado Pisco, Chacraraju and Yanapaccha. We’ll get to the Llanganuco Valley, where the bus is waiting. End of the Cedros Trek. Overnight stay in the hotel in Huaraz (B/L/-).
Optional: Rock climbing in Chancas. A classic location for those who like rock climbing. This area is 40 minutes north of Huaraz. This is also a good place to spend a quiet day or take a bath in the hot springs to relax the muscles. Overnight stay in a hotel (B/-/-)
We’ll leave from Huaraz in a private transfer to the Llaca Valley (3850 m.) From here we’ll begin our ascent on foot to Moraine Camp, spending about two hours on the trail. This climb is relatively long and steep. We’ll proceed very slowly so we don’t get tired and can adapt the bodies to the altitude before our summit day tomorrow. Overnight stay in the campsite (B/L/D).
We’ll leave the Moraine Camp at 2 or 3 AM in order to reach the summit at 8 AM. After arriving at the summit, we will return to our starting point in the Llaca Valley, where the bus awaits to take us back to Huaraz. Overnight stay in a hotel (B/L/-).
Transfer to the Anta Airport and 50-minute flight to Lima, or transfer to the bus terminal for the 8-hour ride. Transfer to the hotel in Lima.
Transfer to the airport so that you can fly back home (B/-/-).
End of the program.
- Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel - Hotel San Sebastián 6 nights in Huaraz or other hotel
Not included in the price:
Peru Expeditions is a Guide Agency and Tour Operator based in Huaraz, Peru.
It's a family-owned travel agency, which was founded more than 35 years ago, and is now managed by IFMGA-guide Juventino and his son, Eric.
We organize trekkings and mountain expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, and all around Peru.
AGMP | IFMGA
William was such a knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient guide! He brought books and support materials to further explain the history of the sites we were seeing, was always ready with an answer to any questions, and had great suggestions of where to take photos. He chose a truly remarkable cook for our trek, who kept us well fed with a huge variety of foods (and an ample supply of it!) and filled with hot beverages at all hours of the day and night. He allowed us to set the pace each day, and was cheerful and helpful and relaxed throughout-he absolutely enhanced a wonderful experience! Many thanks to you, William!
Eric from Peru Expeditions is a fabulous, safe, and conscientious Tour Operator. He chose an incredible guide for us (Darwin) who was highly esteemed by every guide we met at every point along the journey-the respect of one’s peers speaks for itself! We were very well supported, always had perfect timing with seeing sunrises, beating “the crowd” to our destinations, and had ample food. The Peruvian mountains are stunningly beautiful- I’m ready to go back again already! Book with Eric - he’s going to take good care of you.
Great service and trip!
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Our guide was William and he is the one that really made the trip great!
It was really good climbing expedition. The company put good effort to accommodate our needs and requests. Lima Central Office support was outstanding. Edgar, our climbing guide was top notch. Supporting staff during the climb was very helpful and friendly as well. For my personal needs, some modification of an acclimatisation scheme would be beneficial. First week of the trip consisted of various day trips to destinations of increasing altitudes, but all nights were at Huaraz, at 3100 m altitude. For me, to be fully acclimatized I need to sleep at the altitude. My first night at the higher altitude was at Pisco refuge (4800 m) and resulted with mild altitude sickness preventing me from successful climbing the following day. I would prefer spending two nights at high altitude before first high climb. It might not be the case for some other people, but it was for me. If not for this, I would had awarded straight five stars.
Disappointed with the whole experience. Didn't climb with Juventino, never met him. Got a different guide. Booked Pisco and Chopicalcui as separate climbs with one day off in between to rest. Agency combined the climbs. They told me to of go from Pisco BC directly to Chopicalcui moraine camp. Got a different guide who didn't tell me that we'll get snowed in at moraine camp. Only found out about the snow once we reached Chopicalcui moraine camp. Spent the night there, next day had to go down. Disappointed rebooked my flight and left Peru. Waste of my time and money.
The agency gave me a guide Darwin, not Juventino. Climb was good, easy just walking. There is one dangerous section near the moraine area with very loose gravel. So make sure you don't slip there or you are dead. I stayed in refugio at the base camp which was much more comfy than camping. Darwin was good but give clients some breaks once in a while, not rush too much. It's a high altitude climbing after all.
The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.
Flormila Pineda Villanueva
My visit to Huaraz was one of the most beautiful trips of my life. Our days of adventure began with the visit of lagoons in the white mountain range; wilcacocha, churup, paron, lagoon 69 and we finish with the most beautiful Santa Cruz trek. Our trip was a complete success, during the stay in Huaraz we stayed at the ALPAMAYO GUEST HOUSE hotel, an excellent place in the center of Huaraz. I recommend Mr. Juventino to make his trip and his hotel the and if nice family People.
He was very kind, patient and helped me to reach my goal the citadel of Machupicchu. One day I wanted to quit but he encouraged me to continue and waited for my step.
Our experience in Peru was an unforgettable journey, we started a journey in this country to visit Machu Picchu and the surroundings of Cusco as a sacred valley, etc. Afterwards, our next destination was to arrive in the beautiful land of Huaraz, where our main goal was the trekking of Santa Cruz and a not very difficult base climb and after the trekking of Huayhuash. We will be back next year with more customers, friends of our mountain club, thanks for everything and see you soon in Huaraz!
Michael W English
From the very first emails communication which was dealt with efficiently and provide all the required information and other options for myself to consider. When I arrived the communication was excellent and very well organised. When I return later this year I will without doubt be using Eric and the team. When we arrive at the start point to getting back the local guide was excellent. I have nothing but praise for the set up.
We did the MTB-Huarascan-Circuit (Crossing Punta Olimpica Pass and Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass) with Eric Albinos „Peru Expedition“. All, the transfers, the hotel stays, the acclimatization tours and the circuit itself, was well organized. Eric and his staff were flexible to our wishes and very helpful. Our Guide Joni is an excellent mountain bike-guide and good tailor too if something is torn. The cook prepared delicious meals during the circuit. The camping equipment was in very good condition. We (Karin, Franz. Wolfgang) can fully recommend „Eric´s Peru Expeditions“.
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