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18-day guided program: Cedros Trek + Vallunaraju climb

Enjoy 19 unforgettable days in the Cordillera Blanca with Juventino, a local IFMGA mountain guide. He will lead you across the Cedros Trek and then, he will help you reach the summit of the amazing Vallunaraju peak.

Mountain RangeCordillera Blanca
Duration19 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Type of tripNot specified


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!


- Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel - Hotel San Sebastián 6 nights in Huaraz or other hotel

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Not included in the price: - International flights to Lima / Peru round trip - Transfer from the airport - Travel accident and health insurance - Luggage insurance and trip cancellation - Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz - Personal expenses - Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)

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Day 1: Flight to Lima

Arrival in Lima. You can rest or explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in a hotel.


Day 2: Travel by bus to Huaraz (3,100 m)

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/-/-).

Day 3: Huaraz - Hike to Laguna Churup (4450 m)

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/-).

Day 4: Hike from Huaraz to Laguna 69 (4450 m)

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/-).

Day 5: Huaraz - Transfer to Hualcayan (3250 m)

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). 

Day 6: Hualcayan - Trekking to Wishcash Camp (4520 m)

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).

Day 7: Wishcash - Trekking to Ruina Pampa (4000 m)

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).

Day 8: Ruina Pampa - Trekking to Cruze Alpamayo (4250 m)

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).

Day 9: Cruze Alpamayo - Trekking to Caracara Pass (4830 m) and Tayapama (4150 m)

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).

Day 10: Tayapama - Trekking to Pucajircas Pass (4615 m) and Jancapampa (3600 m)

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).

Day 11: Jancapampa - Trekking via Tupatupa Pass (4400m) - Laguna Huecrucocha (4050 m)

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).

Day 12: Trekking over Yanagrahirca Pass (4300 m) to Colcabamba (3300 m)

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).

Day 13: Transfer over Portachuelo Pass (4650 m) to the Llanganuco Valley and Huaraz

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/-).

Day 14: Rest day in Huaraz

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/-/-)

Day 15: Huaraz - Transfer to the Llaca Valley - Hike to Moraine Camp (4900 m)

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).

Day 16: Moraine Camp - Nevado Vallunaraju Summit - Moraine Camp - Huaraz

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/-).

Day 17: Flight to Lima

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.

Day 18: Lima - Transfer to the Airport

Transfer to the airport so that you can fly back home (B/-/-).

Day 19: Arrival to your country

End of the program.

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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