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Hiking around Alpamayo and Huascaran
Hiking around Alpamayo and Huascaran
Hiking around Alpamayo and Huascaran
Hiking around Alpamayo and Huascaran

Hiking around Alpamayo and Huascaran

An unforgettable trekking experience in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca: 8 days walking around the peaks of Alpamayo and Huascaran. Do it with the professional guidance of one of our certified guides from Peru Expeditions.


MOUNTAIN RANGES

Cordillera Blanca

DURATION

8 Days

OFFER PERIOD

May - Sep

FITNESS LEVEL

Any

SKILL LEVEL

Any

PAYMENT METHODS

Credit Card, Wire Transfer and more!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

5.0

Based on 2 reviews

Description

I am happy to invite you to live a unique 8-day trek in the Cordillera Blanca. Come with me and discover the Peruvian natural wonders through the Alpamayo and Huascaran trail.

The Cordillera Blanca is one of the best places for the enjoyment of climbing and trekking adventures. In addition, there are more than 50 mountains over 5000 meters. The Alpamayo and Huascaran are some of them, being the last one the highest mountain of the country, with 6768 meters of altitude.

This trekking circuit around the peaks of Alpamayo and Huascaran, is the dream of any high mountain trekker. I think it is an amazing hiking adventure thanks to its altitude and the many high passes along the way.

A 8-day trip of fascinating landscapes, including deep blue mountain lakes, high passes among stunning snow-capped peaks and native flora lying on high plateaus.

The Alpamayo and Huascaran circuit has everything you need to live an unforgettable experience. The best period to come is from May till November, during the dry season.

It is also a good season to try a summit attack in the Alpamayo. If you would like to enjoy a mountaineering experience in the Cordillera Blanca, let me share with you my 6-day expedition to the Alpamayo summit.

I can lead a group between 2 and 15 participants. All of them must have a good fitness level (is the only requirement since it is not a technically difficult trail). I have some open groups you can join if you are on your own. On the contrary, I will open a new one specially for you and your friends.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with me so we can discuss and plan you next adventure in the Cordillera Blanca!!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Camping equipment tents

Price details

Not included:

• International flights to Lima / Peru round trip

• Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure

• Exit tax at the airport in Lima

• Travel accident and health insurance

• Luggage insurance and trip cancellation

• Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz

• Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel

• Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station

• Transport public bus or Domestic flight Airline LC-Peru

• Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel

• Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz or other hotel

• Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park

• Personal expenses

• Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)

• Tips

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Itinerary

Day 1: Hualcayan (3150 m) - Trekking to Wishcash Camp (4520 m)

The first day of this adventure starts by climbing the steep trail to the Wishcash Campsite. In the afternoon we can watch the beautiful sunset over the Cordillera Negra. Overnight Camp (-/L/D).

Day 2: Wishcash - Trekking to Ruina Pampa (4000 m)

This will be a long and difficult day. We will pass by the large Cullicocha lake, with fantastic views of the Santa Cruz peak and the glaciers. Then, we will continue up to the Osoruri Pass (4,860 m.). After a descent of 400 meters, we will climb the Vientunan Pass (4,770 m) and finally we’ll drop sharply into the Cedros Alpamayo Valley. 8 or 9 hours later, we will be finally in the Ruina Pampa Camp (4000 m) (B/L/D).

Day 3: Ruina Pampa - Trekking to Cruze Alpamayo (4250 m)

The day starts with a short but scenic hike leading us to a beautiful view of the Cruze Alpamayo, at 4,250 m. Those who wish can climb the Alpamayo North Base Camp (4,500 m) and do an optional summit hike to the Jatunjirca Peak (5030 m). The other option is to spend a half day resting in the Cruze Alpamayo Camp, with a beautiful view of Alpamayo. Overnight Camp (B/L/D).

Day 4: Cruze Alpamayo - Trekking to Caracara Pass (4830 m) and Tayapama Valley (4150)

Today we will hike over two mountain passes: the Caracara (4,830 m) and the Mesapata (4,460 m). We’ll set up camp in the vast flatness of the Tayapampa Valley and then we’ll continue to the Laguna Safuna (4,200 m) for an afternoon visit. Overnight Camp (B/L/D).

Day 5: Tayapama - Trekking over Pucajircas Pass (4615 m) to Jancapampa (3600 m)

Continuing our trek, a few kilometers from the valley in a wide open grassland we will pass by two houses of local farmers. Then, we’ll continue through a steep slope to the Pucahirca Pass (4,610 m) followed by a long descent to a lake on the far side of the Yanajanca Valley. Camp at Jancapampa, directly below the ice walls of the Pucahirca and Taulliraju peaks (B/L/D).

Day 6: Tupatupa Pass (4400m) - Trekking to Laguna Huecrucocha (4050 m)

We will continue the trek crossing the Tupatupa Pass and descending to the forested Tuctubamba Valley. We will stay in large tents with a magnificent view of the Laguna Huercrucocha (B/L/D).

Day 7: Laguna Huecrucocha - Yanagrahirca Pass (4300 m) to Colcabamba (3,300 m)

It will be a long day. However, our hike will be a bit easier up to the Yanagrahirca Pass (4,300 m) with more panoramic views of the mountains of Chopicalqui, Taulliraju, Huascarán, and Tocllaraju. Then, we will have a long downhill way through increasingly populated areas and indigenous villages to the city of Colcabamba (3,300 m) where we’ll set up our camp (B/L/D).

Day 8: Colcabamba - Transfer to Huaraz: Over Portachuelo Pass (4650 m) 

Last day of the trek. From the town of Colcabamba we will leave our team of donkeys and a private vehicle will pick us up. We’ll cross the Portachuelo Pass (4,650 m) with impressive views of the peaks of Chopicalqui, North and South Huascarán, Huandoy‘s 4 summits, Nevado Pisco, Chacraraju and Yanapaccha, among others. We’ll stop to take photos in several places. Farther along we can see the Chinancocha and the Orconcocha lakes in the Llanganuco Valley, where the bus is waiting to take us back Huaraz. End of the program and overnight stay in a hotel in the city (B/L/-).

Details

More info

Not included in the price:

  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Transport public bus or Domestic flight Airline LC-Peru
  • Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel
  • Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz or other hotel
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

Meeting point

Huaraz

FAQs

What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

Every day, you walk approximately 5 to 9 hours, and the maximum height is 4750 meters. If you want more information, contact us.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

To do this tour, you need previous acclimatization of walks to lagoons or experience in long-distance walks. Now, if you have any other more specific questions, we can schedule a call to clarify all your questions.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

All our groups start from the city of Huaraz. We have a very central office. For more information, contact us or let us know what hotel or hostel you are staying at, and we can pick you up. We can also provide our Hotel Valery or Valery Hostel where our travel office is also in the same place.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

During the trek, we will sleep in high-altitude tents, and within our budget, the tour includes breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner. If you have any more questions, we can schedule a call to explain all the details of the trip.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

To enter the Cordillera Blanca Huascaran National Park, a right of 150 soles per person is paid. We recommend having the mandatory vaccines that are required by world health the COVID-19 vaccine, and we also recommend having accident insurance. We always recommend Partners –Global Rescue. If you have any more questions about the trip, we can schedule a call via WhatsApp.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

The best season is from May to September, but we also offer this trip all year round. If you have any other questions, let me know, or we can schedule a call to clarify all your questions.

Can I join a group?

For this trip, you can join some groups that have daily departures. For more information, contact us, or we can schedule a call to clarify all your questions.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In general, if we have bad weather, this trip is always carried out. When the weather is bad, we always recommend starting the trekking earlier than normal because it is clear in the morning and there is more rain in the afternoon. If you have any more questions or doubts, we can schedule a call via WhatsApp.

About the guide: Peru

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Peru

4.80

(20)

Guide Agency

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.

Languages

| English

Certificates

AGMP | IFMGA

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What people are saying about this trip

Owen

5.00

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.

Tony

5.00

The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.

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