Join a local certified guide from Peru Expedition's team on a combination of hiking around the Alpamayo and Huascaran peaks and a challenging climb up to Vallunaraju summit.
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
The Cordillera Blanca (or White Range) is the most important mountain range of Peru. It has 31 peaks exceeding 6.000 meters high. And its trekking circuits among those summits are also great.
That’s why I have planned a 18-day trip that combines hiking and mountaineering across the highlights of the Cordillera Blanca. In a first stage, we will enjoy some hiking days around the Cedros Trek. After that, we’ll venture into a climbing stage up to the top of Nevado Vallunaraju.
Therefore, during the Cedros Trek you will have the opportunity of hiking through a great and high plateau. The trail will take us around the snow-capped Huascaran as well as the famous Alpamayo. They’re two of the most amazing and popular mountains of Peru.
In addition, and in order to complete a real mountaineering trip, you will also climb the Nevado Vallunaraju. This is a 5686-meter peak near Huaraz. Its perfect location will allow us to do a summit attack through a moderate climbing route.
Once you are at Vallunaraju summit you won’t believe such an amazing viewpoint. The scenery includes Oxshapalca (5.881 m) and Ranrapalca (6.262 m.), the entire town of Huaraz and the central valley between Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra: the “Callejón de Huaylas“.
If you want more details about the day-by-day itinerary, please find the complete program at the bottom of this description. Take into account that, to enjoy this experience without problems, you’ll need a moderate to advanced fitness.
As a local guide with a vast knowledge of the region, I am sure you won’t forget this trip in your life. To book your place or discuss some items of the program, please feel free to contact me now. I am waiting your message!
Arrival in Lima. You can rest or explore the city on your own. Overnight staying in a hotel.
We’ll move to Huaraz city by bus. On the way you’ll pass through the Cordillera Negra at Conococha Pass You can also fly to there by LCPERU. Night in a hotel in Huaraz w/ breakfast included.
The trail to Laguna Churup is a great acclimatization route and one of the classic hikes of the Cordillera Blanca. We’ll drive to the village of Llupa, and from there we start the hike on an ancient Inca trail to Laguna Churup. At night, we sleep in the hotel in Huaraz.
Laguna 69 is the most famous lake in the Cordillera Blanca. Our trail winds through picturesque forests and a marshy area, always alongside a steep and daunting ridge. Behind us, the peak of the ice giant Huascarán accompanies. After rest and pictures, we return to Huaraz.
On this day we’ll start the Cedros trek around Alpamayo and Huascarán. We’ll be transferred to the ruins of Hualcayan. We meet our support team and their mules. Night in a campsite.
It’s the first of a total of 8 days of trekking on the Cordillera Blanca. The hiking tour begins by climbing the steep trail to Wishcash Camp. Overnight Camp (B/L/D).
This will be a long and difficult day. We pass by the Cullicocha Lake and continue to Osoruri Pass. After a 400-meter ascent, we climb over Vientunan Pass and finally drop sharply into the valley of Cedros Alpamayo. After this 8-9-hour hiking day we reach Ruina Pampa Camp, where we’ll spend the night.
A short crossing of Cruze Alpamayo. Those who want can climb to Alpamayo Base Camp North (4,500 m) and do an optional summit hike to Jatunjirca Peak (5030 m). Optional: spend a half day resting in the Cruze Alpamayo Camp, with a beautiful view of Alpamayo and overnight staying in the Campsite (B/L/D).
Today we hike over two passes, Caracara and Mesapata. We’ll set up camp in the vast flatness of the Tayapampa Valley and then, continue to Laguna Safuna for an afternoon visit. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
We’ll continue our trek a few kilometers from the valley in a wide open grassland. Then, we will pass two houses of local farmers, and keep hiking up a steep slope to Pucahirca Pass, followed by a long descent to a lake on the far side of the densely-vegetated Yanajanca Valley. Camp at Jancapampa.
We leave the Jancapampa valley and continue to Tupatupa Pass the forested Tuctubamba Valley. We stay in large tents with a view of Laguna Huercrucocha. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Our hike of this day will be long but easier up to Yanagrahirca Pass with more panoramic views. Then we have a long downhill through increasingly populated areas and indigenous villages to the city of Colcabamba where we’ll set up our night camp (B/L/D).
Last day of the trekking. From the town of Colcabamba we leave our team of mules very early and via private vehicle set off for Portachuelo Pass (4,650 m) with impressive views of the peaks of Chopicalqui, Huascarán Sur-Norte, Huandoy‘s 4 summits, Nevado Pisco, Chacraraju, and Yanapaccha. Farther along we can see the Llanganuco Valley, where the bus is waiting. End of the Cedros Trek. Overnight staying in the hotel in Huaraz (B/L/-).
We can spend the day in Chancas or do some rock climbing. This is a good place to spend a quiet day in nature and at the end visit the hot springs to relax aching muscles. Lodging in the hotel (B/-/-).
We’ll leave from Huaraz in a transfer to the Llaca Valley (3850 m.). From here we begin our ascent on foot to Moraine Camp, spending about two hours on the trail. This climb is relatively long and steep. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
We’ll leave Moraine Camp at approximately 3 a.m. in order to reach the summit by about 8 a.m. Once we achieve our biggest goal, we return to our starting point in the Llaca Valley where the bus waits to take us back to Huaraz. Overnight staying in Hotel (B/L/-).
You can take a 50-minute transfer ride to the airport and then, fly to Lima (w/transfer to the hotel). Or you can be transferred to the bus terminal for the 8-hour ride to Lima.
In both cases, overnight staying in Hotel in Lima (B/-/-).
Today you’ll be taken to the airport so that you can fly back home.
Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel / Hotel San Sebastián 6 nights in Huaraz or other hotel.
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“.
Mrs Erin Leigh Hardy
We are a group of friends and a mountain club, we have made trips with Eric since 2007, we have done the most classic tours in Cusco: Ausangate trek, Choquequirao trek, Salkantay trek, all tours always with Machu Picchu ending, the Inca culture is very interesting and if you travel to Peru you must visit it - and not missing Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In Huaraz we have running out the tours: Santa Cruz trek, Alpamayo trek, Huayhuash trek, and the climbs, and Nevado Pisco trek, Nev. Vallunaraju, Tocllaraju, Alpamayo and Huascaran. Every year our club members go from 15 to 20 people to Huaraz, and in Cusco culture we have groups from 18 to 30 people, and all these trips are made by our partner Eric and Juventino in Peru. And friends always return very happy with the services they perform on the tours we sell. We recommend them to make a quality and safe trip, they have about 30 certified guides working for them, Juventino is the head of the company and is a member of UIAGM - IFMGA. They also have a family Hotel called "Alpamayo Guest House" this is in Huaraz, and every time our group ends their trek, climbing or expedition trip, the Juventino family invite us to a special dinner called (Pachamanca) as a very Inca Traditional food, this meal is prepared by JUVENTINOS wife Dina, she is a typical person of the area and they live in the Unchus village, this is an unforgettable dinner for all group participants. Next year we will extend our trip with mountain bike MTB around the Huascaran and the Huayhuash mountain range, and we will also have new trips from Lima: Nazca Lines, Arequipa Cañon del Colca, Cusco Inca Trail, Puno Floating Islands Lake Titicaca and the Tiawanaco culture peace.
We had a very nice experience with Juventino. He was very nice to us, always taking care of our needs. I'll for sure hire him again to be my guide if I go back to Huaraz. I absolutely recommend him!
Loved the experience
JUVENTINO IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL GUIDE, AT ALL TIMES HE WAS VERY ATTENTIVE TO OUR REQUIREMENTS. SHARING THE TREKKING WITH HIM WAS VERY REWARDING AND I LEARNED A LOT.
Norbert from Austria
There were bad conditions for the first mountain we wanted to climb, so we had to search for other mountain, which was possible to climb with the bad conditions. NO PROBLEM for Eric and his team. Eric made within 1 day another program for the following 2 weeks. I really want to say "thank you for this expedition". I enjoyed the whole trip/expedition, because of his professional competence. Hope we see us soon!
We have done a tour in the Cordillera Blanca, visit the lagoons and the Cordillera Huayhuash trek, then we have visited Machu Picchu culture, and the Ausangate trek. The services given and guides were a unique experience for all our groups 15 people, we are very happy with the service given by the travel agency who lead Juventino and Eric "Peru Expeditions Tours" - The quality of service very good as food, guides, tents, and all the logistics of the trip the whole service, we hope to return at another time with more friends and clients to make the trips in Peru, we recommend Juventino and his family as a professional guide and quality experience. They also have an "Alpamayo Guest House" hotel with good quality service and spacious rooms, during our stay everything was of quality service. So we recommend Juventino and all his family so that you can make your trips in Peru. Sincerely Hans and many greetings to all.
Eric and Juventino are family and they treat each one of their clients as family. It's truly a fun time being out in the mountains with them! I did with them many tours throughout Cordillera Blanca, Including Pisco, Chopicalqui and all of the lakes.
He’s an excellent guide, He explains the places, the stories, why many infrastructures are made, if I were to do a tour in Peru again, I would like him to be my guide, highly recommended. We visited Lima, the desert, Machu Picchu and the mountain of 7 colors.
I can warmly recommend Eric and his company Peru Expeditions Tours. Eric and his team are very professional. They speak fluent English and Eric speaks German. They answered very quickly to questions before the trip. Eric helped me to organize an excursion to the high camp of Alpamayo. He also helped me to rent the right equipment. I also enjoyed ten fantastic days trekking Cordillera Huayhuash and climbing Nevado Pumarinri (5465 m) and Nevado Diablo Mudo (5350 m) with Eric and his team. The organization and the equipment (tents etc.) of the trekking were perfect and the team surprised me with a birthday cake at the Cashpapampau Camp (at 4500 meters) and they also prepared delicious vegetarian food for me on the hike. After Huayhuash we climbed Mount Tocllaraju (6034 HM), organized by Eric and Peru Expeditions Tours. All the guides who work for Eric are local people with a lot of experience and education in the mountains, they speak perfect English and try to do everything to make the clients happy! Thanks to Peru Expeditions Tours I really enjoyed the time in the mountains around Huaraz. I am looking forward to more treks and climbing with you in the future!
5 star guide. Nothing but the best.
Nicole et Catherine
A very, very sympathic guide, who knows all the secrets of the places and itinerarys the most beautiful ; organization top ; food excellent too ; marvellous souvenirs.
The legend Juventino. My brother and I travelled to Huaraz to climb the Vallunaraju summit. Our guide Juventino has been the best guide I've had over the past years and I have made a lot of hikes and climbing over the world. He is a very talented and experienced guide, he took care of us very much and made sure safety is first. We also had an amazing experience with the food, they cooked delicious meals. They also have top brand quality equipment that made us feel really safe, we had the lucky experience of having a horrible storm at the base camp and I believe that the north face summit series tent they provided saved us!!!! Overall, best guide I have ever had, made us feel very confortable and happy. If you want a guide to feel safe and have the best experience possible go with the legend Juventino!!!
Group of 1
USD 4124 Each
Group of 2
USD 2062 Each
Group of 3
USD 2011 Each
Group of 4
USD 1939 Each
Group of 5
USD 1908 Each
Group of 6
USD 1856 Each
Group of 7
USD 1805 Each
Group of 8
USD 1753 Each
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