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Cedros Trek + Vallunaraju Climb, in Cordillera Blanca

Juventino, a local IFMGA mountain guide, has prepared a big adventure in the heart of Cordillera Blanca. A combination of hiking around the Alpamayo and Huascaran peaks and a challenging climb up to Vallunaraju summit.

Mountain RangeCordillera Blanca
Duration18 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Type of tripNot specified


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!


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




Day 1: Lima

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

Day 2: Huaraz

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.

Day 3: Laguna Churup Hike

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.

Day 4: Laguna 69 Trek

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.

Day 5: Hualcayan (3250 m)

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.

Day 6: First stage of the trek: Hualcayan to Wishcash Camp (4,520 m)

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).

Day 7: Ruina Pampa (4000 m)

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.

Day 8: Cruze Alpamayo (4250 m)

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).

Day 9: Caracara Pass (4830 m) and Tayapama Valley (4150)

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)

Day 10: Jancapampa (3600 m)

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.

Day 11: Laguna Huecrucocha (4050 m)

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)

Day 12: Trekking over Yanagrahirca Pass (4,300 m) to Colcabamba (3300 m)

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).

Day 13: Llanganuco Valley and Huaraz

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/-). 

Day 14: Resting Day

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/-/-).

Day 15: Hike to Moraine Camp (4900 m)

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)

Day 16: Nevado Vallunaraju Summit (5686 m)

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/-).

Day 17: Return to Lima

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/-/-).

Day 18: Stay in Lima - Transfer to the Airport

Today you’ll be taken to the airport so that you can fly back home.

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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