Hiking the Huantsán tour, Cordillera Blanca

Hiking the Huantsán tour, Cordillera Blanca. 7-day trip w/ a IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide




Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

1 person

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified


This tour introduces us into an area still preserved from mass tourism: the Callejón de Conchucos. After crossing the Yanashallash pass (4 700m), we walk in a splendid valley, dominated by the Nevado Huantsán (6400 meters), one of the giants of the Cordillera Blanca. The trek ends with the descent of the Quebrada Carhuascancha, one of the most beautiful valleys in the region. Then, we finish our visit with the tour of Chavín de Huantar, a town situated on the eastern side of the Cordillera Blanca: its famous ceremonial center dating from the first millennium B.C., still holds many mysteries! A complete circuit, combining trekking and cultural discovery.

Period: From May to October




Day 1: Huaraz (acclimatization in Puka Ventana)

Huaraz 3 100m – Pukaventana 3560 m – 3100 m Huaraz

Positive vertical drop: + 400m / Negative vertical drop -500m


Day 2: Huaraz – Olleros – Collotacocha

Huaraz – Olleros 3600 m – Sacracancha 4 000 m

Positive vertical drop: +410m / Negative vertical drop-10m


Day 3 : Collotacocha – Yanashallash – Jato

Sacracancha 4 000 m – Col de Yanashallas 4 700 m – Jato 3 700 m

Positive vertical drop: +700m / Negative vertical drop -1000m


Day 4: Jato – Castillopampa

Jato 3 700 m – Castillopampa 4 300 m

Positive vertical drop: +600m / Negative vertical drop 0m


Day 5: Castillopampa – Quebrada Hitakuq

Castillopampa 4 300m – Santoya pass 4 700 m – Quebrada Hitakuq 4 350 m

Positive vertical drop: +400m / Negative vertical drop -350m


Day 6: Quebrada Hitakuq – Carhuascancha

Quebrada Hitakuq 4 350 m – 4 650 pass– Carhascancha 4 200 m

Positive vertical drop: +300m / Negative vertical drop -450m


Day 7: Carhuascancha – Chavín – Huaraz

Carhuascancha 4 200 m – Chavín – Huaraz

Positive vertical drop: 0m / Negative vertical drop -850m


If this kind of adventure interests you, I invite you to contact me. I’d be happy to help you to discover this region and to organize a program which meets your wishes.


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details


3 nights in Huaraz (San Sebastian Hotel), subject to availability

More info

- Entrance and visit with a local guide to the Chavin de Huantar sanctuary
- Information and specific recommendations before the trekking
- IGV (18%), general sales tax

Not included:
- The international Flight
- Tips for accompanying staff
- Lunch and dinner in Huaraz (see program, days 1 and 7)

Weather: The climate is dry and mild. The summer season runs from May to October, with sunny days, cold nights and relatively few rain (ideal time). The rainy season is from December to March. Temperatures can vary between 5 and 20°C in the same day.


About the Guide


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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