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Hiking the Huayhuash Circuit off the beaten track

Explore the Huayhuash Cordillera in Peru with this 8-day tour around spectacular summits, passes and valleys with Magno, IFMGA certified mountain guide.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration8 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Type of tripNot specified


Join me in a wonderful 8-day hike in the Huayhuash circuit.

This route will seduce you with its originality, diversity and the beauty of the landscapes. Huayhuash Cordillera is about 4 hours by car from the city of Huaraz, in Peru.

It offers a set of passes, summits and cultivated valleys dotted with isolated hamlets. In particular, there is the second summit of Peru, the Yerupajá (6634 m). The route that I propose takes place largely in an area totally secluded from mass tourism. In fact, I designed it after many years of exploration in the region. During this trip we will cross landscapes and picturesque villages with preserved authenticity. Besides, we will get to know their friendly inhabitants.

You can find below a detailed program of this adventure.

Please get in touch with me and let’s start organizing this trip in the Huayhuash CordilleraAnd if you are looking for a more challenging adventure in Peru, join me in the ascent of renown peaks of the Cordillera Blanca.



3 nights in Huaraz (San Sebastian) , other nights in tents (2-people tents, sleeping mats are included).

Meeting point

In Huaraz.



Day 1: Huaraz (acclimatization in Pukaventana)

Vertical drop: + 400m / -500m
Duration: 5 hours

Day 2: Huaraz - Huasta - Yaucapunta

Huaraz 3100 m – Huasta 3350 m – Yaucapunta 3650 m
Vertical drop: + 300m / -40m
Duration: 1:30 hours

Day 3: Yaucapunta - Pomapata

Yaucapunta 3650 m – 4230 m Pass – Pass 4270 m – 3490 m Pomapata
Vertical drop: + 910m / -1070m
Time: 7 hours

Day 4: Pomapata - Mahuay

Pomapata 3490 m – 4110 m Pass – Mahuay 3750 m
Vertical drop: + 920m / -610m
Duration: 5 hours

Day 5: Mahuay - Milu of Mahuay

Mahuay 3750 m – Milu of Mahuay 4360 m
Vertical drop: + 610m / -20m
Duration: 4:30 hours

Day 6: Milu of Mahuay - Matacancha

Milu of Mahuay 4360 m – Paso Patsapa Shimin 4750 m – Matacancha 4095 m
Vertical drop: + 440m / -705m
Duration: 5:30 hours

Day 7: Matacancha - Jahuacocha

Matacancha 4095 m – Punta Rondoy 4750 m  – Punta Sambuya 4740 m -Jahuacocha 4050 m
Vertical drop: + 790m / -730m
Duration: 6 hours

Day 8: Jahuacocha - Llamac - Huaraz

Jahuacocha 4050 m – Punta Macrash 4270 m – Llamac 3250 m – Huaraz 3100 m
Vertical drop: + 370m / -1170m
Duration: 4:30 hours

About the guide

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I'm Mountain guide AGMP (Peru) since 1982 and IFMGA (international) since 1988. Technical Director of AGMP (Association of Mountain Guides of Peru) since 1996, I train future mountain guides.

I started as a porter helping my father in an expedition he organized in 1976. During my first expedition, it did not know anything about mountain, I had to do my first rescue because a client got sick. It has been a hard work to evacuate him because the motorway still did not get to Quebrada Honda.

I've organized numerous rescues in the mountains and the Amazon jungle and participated in scientific missions on behalf of American glaciologists as Lonnie Thompson. Familiar of the Alps and the Himalayas, the mountain ranges of Peru have no secrets for me.

Mountains are nice worldwide and give you good memories, but if I had to keep one expedition, I would take one in the Cordillera Blanca, Huandoy (North Face) or Yerupajá maybe.

What I prefer in this job is keeping learning new knowledge, nice life standard, travel and know the world and of course knowing people and cultures. I also like helping in the training of new guides.

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