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12-day Huayhuash trekking circuit

Dare come with Carlos ,an IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide, on this challenging 12-day Huayhuash trekking circuit in one of the most amazing mountain ranges in the Peruvian Andes!

Mountain RangeHuayhuash
Duration12 days
Offer periodApr
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Join me on this amazing 12-day Huayhuash trekking circuit!

During this 12-day adventure in a central highland region in the Peruvian Andes, participants will discover green Andean valleys,  impressive views of turquoise glacial lakes, wonderful Andean passes as well as a wide variety of high Andean flora and fauna.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, participants will have time to explore as well as to relax in all of the camping sites and by discovering the old villages inhabited by the Andean people, participants will learn that most of these people still speak Quechua, a kind of Inca and pre-Inca dialect. Their history and culture will make this trip even more special!

You will find a detailed itinerary below!

As one of the most spectacular treks in South America and in the world, the Huayhuash circuit will definitely be a unique experience. So if you are ready for this 12-day Huayhuash trekking circuit request to book this trip and join me on this Andean adventure!

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Itinerary

Day 0: HUARAZ – HOTEL

Briefing to see the last details of the program with the designed guide in your Hotel (approx. 2hrs); it has to be coordinated.

Overnight in Hotel | Huaraz.

Day 1: HUARAZ – CEBOLLAPAMPA (3,900m) – 69 LAKE (4,630m) – CEBOLLAPAMPA – HUARAZ.

Acclimatizing day hike.

The group goes up to the one of most spectacular valleys which is Llanganuco Valley with two wonderful lakes Chinancocha (female lake) and Orconcocha (male lake) and surrounded by the main  six thousand peaks as Huascaran North and South (the highest mountain in Peru), Huandoy peaks, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju and others.

Huaraz – Cebollapampa – Huaraz; in a Private Vehicle drive (approximation 2 ½ hrs / return 2 ½ hrs).

Positive and Negative slope; 7 hundredth 30 meters.

Walking distance; approximately 6.25 kilometers (way up and down).

Walking time; approximately 5 / 6 hours.

Overnight in Hotel | Huaraz.

Day 2: HUARAZ – HUALLANCA – CUARTELHUAIN (4,100m)

The approximation drive goes south up the Callejon de Huaylas with a nice view of the southern part of the Cordillera Blanca and the first great views of Cordillera Huayhuash Mountains.

Huaraz – Huallanca – Cuartelhuain; in a Private Vehicle drive (approximately 4 hrs).

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Cuartelhuain Camping Site.

Day 3: MATACANCHA – CACANAMPUNTA PASS (4,750m) – MITUCOCHA LAKE (4,130m)

The walk will start way up to our first pass on the north area of the Huayhuash range with great panoramic views of the first lakes, green valleys and mountains.

Then we will descend, after the pass gets into a beautiful traverse shortcut directly to the camping site close to the east face of Ninashanca and Rondoy.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Mitucocha Camping Site.

Day 4: MITUCOCHA LAKE – YERUPAJÁ CHICO PASS (4,800m) – CARHUACOCHA LAKE (4,080m)

Another shortcut way on a grassy hill up to our second pass and the walk goes close to Jirishanca Chico where we will be able to find ammonites fossils.

We will experience our first view of the Jirishanca, Yerupajá (second highest peaks of Peru), Carnicero and Siula Grande.

Descend towards one of the greatest Camping area close to Carhuacocha Lake.

Positive Slope; 6 hundredth 70 meters.

Negative slope; 7 hundredth 20 meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 8.60 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 6 / 7 hours.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Carhuacocha Camping Site.

Day 5: CARHUACOCHA – CAJÓN LAKE – SIULAPUNTA PASS (4,850m) – HUAYHUASH (4,230m)

The walk takes place on the edge on a beautiful grassy hill and this high route will provide us with great views of a hidden valley where we can see wonderful turquois color lakes such as Siula, Quesillacocha and Ganrajanca and a magnificent view of the east face of Yerupajá and Siula Grande. 

Positive Slope; 7 hundredth 70 meters.

Negative slope; 6 hundredth 20 meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 12.20 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 7 / 8 hours.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Huayhuash Camping Site.

Day 6: HUAYHUASH – TRAPECIO PASS (4,990m) – HUAGROPAMPA (4,300m).

The way up starts close to the farmers houses and follows on the right side of the stream.

During this day we will reach our highest pass of the trek which is called Trapecio Punta with amazing views of the Trapecio and Puscanturpa mountains and participants will be able to see the Cordillera Raura whichc is the next range to the south.

During our descend we will appreciate the spectacular view of the Puscanturpa mountain.

Positive Slope; 7 hundredth 60 meters.

Negative slope; 6 hundredth 90 meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 10.30 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 7 hours.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Huagropampa Camping Site.

Day 7: HUAGROPAMPA – SAN ANTONIO PASS (4,950m) – CUTATAMBO CAMP (4,120m)

We will continue up to the San Antonio pass with great panoramic view of the south face of Yerupajá and the west face of Siula Grande and during the descend we will get close  to the Jurau Lake and appreciate the wonderful view of the Santa Rosa and Sarapo Lakes.

Positive Slope; 6 hundredth 50 meters.

Negative slope; 8 hundredth 30 meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 6.70 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 5 /6 hours.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Cutatambo Camping Site.

Day 8: CUTATAMBO CAMP

Easy visit hike to Base Camp of Joe Simpson, famous because of the book “Touching the void”.

Visit Sarapo Lake – option to rest just around of the Camp.

Positive Slope; 3 hundredth 30 meters.

Negative slope; 3 hundredth 30 meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 3.30 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 3 / 4 hours.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Cutatambo Camping Site.

Day 9: CUTATAMBO CAMP – HUAYLLAPA VILLAGE (3,500m) – HUATIAC CAMP (4,270m)

Day starts with easy walking down through the Calinca Valley. We will descend to the Huayllapa Village where we can still find Colonial architecture and with the possibility to buy some supplies and fresh food. Then the hike follows way up to our next Camp.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Huatiac Camping Site.

Negative slope; 6 hundredth 20 meters.

Positive slope; 7 hundredth 70 meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 14.30 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 7 / 8 hours.

Day 10: HUATIAC – TAPUSH PASS (4,800m) – CASHPAPAMPA (4,530m).

After one day without altitude pass, again we have our next pass which is called Tapush Punta with lots of great views of mountains and of small lakes. This day is one of the short days during the circuit.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Cashpapampa Camping Site.

Positive Slope; 5 hundredth 30 meters.

Negative slope; 2 hundredth 70 meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 6.50 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 5 hours.

Day 11: CASHPAPAMPA – DIABLOMUDO CLIMB (5,350m) / ESCALÓN PUNTA PASS (4,850m) – JAHUACOCHA (4,100m)

The group has two options to choose.

First option: Diablomudo summit attempt starting at the Camping site early morning after light breakfast and climb up to this wonderful summit view of Diablomudo. During our descent in the valley of Huacrish, the best chance to see Condors.

Second option: as usual after breakfast starting to walk couple or hours in the same route of the normal and then we take another pass to meet the summit group in the valley of Huacrish the group has chance to see Condors as well.

Overnight in Camping Equipment | Jahuacocha Camping Site.

Positive Slope; 8 hundredth 20 meters (Diablomudo climb).

Positive Slope; 3 hundredth 20 meters (walking route).
Negative slope; 1 thousand 2 hundredth 50 meters (Diablomudo climb).

Negative slope; 7 hundredth 50 meters (walking route).

Total climbing distance; approximately 12.30 kilometers.

Total walking distance; approximately 11.80 kilometers.

Climbing time; approximately 10 hours.

Walking time; approximately 7 hours.

Day 13: JAHUACOCHA – PAMPALLAMAC PASS (4,600m) – LLAMAC VILLAGE (3,000m) – HUARAZ

This is our last day of the trek and we leave Laguna Jahuacocha descending through the valley until the trail begins to rise up to our last pass, the Pampallamac.

From here we will have our final views of the Cordillera Huayhuash and far to the north we will find the  Cordillera Blanca mountains; then a long descent to the Llamac village.

Overnight in Hotel | Huaraz.

Llamac – Chiquián – Huaraz; in a Private Vehicle drive (approximately 4 hrs).

Positive Slope; 5 hundredth meters.

Negative slope; 1 thousand 6 hundredth meters.

Total walking distance; approximately 10.20 kilometers.

Walking time; approximately 5 hours.


About the guide

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Carlos CALLUPE CARRERA in 2006 he became a full qualified Official Mountain Guide and certified by AGMP (Mountain Guide Association of Peru), USAGM (South American Union of Mountain Guides Associations) and UIAGM – IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations). Carlos has the highest level of classification as a Mountain Guide and the high level of training in all aspects of mountaineering and client care.

Carlos at 16 years old starts with his first experiences of guiding with his father, taking groups around of Cordillera Huayhuash. In 2000 he participated in a National Geographic Society expedition documentary called; “Sources of the Amazon River” and in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2013; Carlos was part of few mountaineering documentary movies made by TV PERU (National Television of Peru) - “CHALLENGE IN THE ANDES”, 2011 – 2012 Carlos was part of the bisgest Mammut 150th Anniversary Project “150 PEAK PROJECT WORLD WIDE” and in 2017 participle as one of the leading guides of a reality series filmed in the Cordillera Blanca by Rabbit Films - You Tube Red called "THE ULTIMATE EXPEDITION".

Currently Carlos is a member of the Technical Commission of AGMP, Instructor and Teacher of technical training for UIAGM Guides and He guides groups in South American Countries. Carlos always focuses his profession to organize exclusive private tours with his personalized service that includes; PERU, ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA and ECUADOR.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 4030 each

Group of 2

USD 2290 each

Group of 3

USD 1880 each

Group of 4

USD 1520 each

Group of 5

USD 1380 each

Group of 6

USD 1250 each

Group of 7

USD 1180 each

Group of 8

USD 1130 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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