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Huayhuash 18-Day Guided Trek

Koky, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, wants to lead you on a 18-day trek through the remote, world famous Huayhuash Mountain Range in the Peruvian Andes.

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Cordillera Blanca

18 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


Come and join me on one of the most incredible treks in the world. Follow me for 18 days as I guide you through the spectacular Huayhuash mountain range.

Not part of the National Park, the Huayhuash is a remote, wild place. However, don't let its isolation fool you because it remains one of the more renowned trekking paths on Earth. Because of its remote location, the local population of the range have organised themselves to welcome all wishing to visit. Hence the feeling that you are not on the typical tourist path.

With every step, you will be able to look up and see several of the Huayhuash's incredible peaks. From Yerupaja and Siula Grande to Jirishanca and Sarapo. Besides those peaks, along with many others, you will also be able to see three differently coloured, sparkling glacial lakes. But that isn't all, as you will also be able to touch the glacier at Cuyoc and soak in the hot springs near the Viconga Camp. There is also the turquoise water of the Laguna Chulup and the town of Huayllapa, deep within the mountains.

There are simply too many highlights of this trip to list, and while at first glance 18 days may seem long, I promise you that by the end of this trek, you'll be convinced it's not enough. And for those looking for a challenge, there will also be chances to test yourself against the off trail options that offer some of the most incredible views you will ever see.

So come, let me guide you on a journey to a breathtaking, hidden world. Seen by few, but revered by all lucky enough to experience it, the Huayhuash trek is truly unforgettable.

I'll be awaiting your message.

And if you want to join me on another expedition, you can join me on this trip.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: Lima

Private pick-up at Lima International Airport. Transfer to hotel for meal and rest.

Day 2: Huaraz

Private transfer to bus station.  First class bus ride to Huaraz (approximately 8 hour ride). Check into hotel for the night.

Day 3: Puka Ventana

Orientation meeting in hotel. Head out on 4 hour acclimatization hike to Puka Ventana (Red Window). Spend night in Huaraz hotel.

Day 4: Laguna Churup (Camp Altitude 4,500m)

Approximate 5 hour, round trip hike to Laguna Churup. Spend night in Huaraz hotel.

Day 5: Llamac (Camp Altitude 3,300m)

Depart Huaraz for town of Llamac (approximately 5 hour ride). Camp for the night.

Day 6: Matacancha (Camp Altitude 4,100m)

Llamac to Matacancha by way of Pocpa. Duration of trek is approximately 5-6 hours. Camp for the night.

Day 7: Laguna Mitacocha (Camp Altitude 4,150m)

Matacancha to Laguna Mitacocha over the Cancanpunta pass. Duration of trek is approximately 5-6 hours. Camp for the night.

Day 8: Laguna Carhuacocha (Camp altitude 4,180m)

Laguna Mitacocha to Laguna Carhuacocha. There are 2 options for trek, either gradual easy pass on main pass, or an off trail with steeper terrain and a high rocky pass. Duration of trek is approximately 5-8 hours. Camp for the night.

Day 9: Rest day at Laguna Carhuacocha

Great place to fish, explore, take a day hike to one of the lakes under Jirishanca, visit the locals, or rest. Camp for the night.

Day 10: HuayHuash (Camp Altitude 4,330m)

Laguna Carhuacocha to Huayhuash. Majority of people choose the off trail in order to see the three differently coloured lakes underneath the peaks of Yerupaja and Siula. However, there is also the option to follow the donkeys along a gradual and less scenic pass. Camp for the night.

Day 11: Viconga (Camp Altitude 4,400m)

Huayhuash to Viconga. Duration of trek is approximately 5-6 hours. Camp for the night.

Day 12: Guanacpatay (Camp Altitude 4,200m)

Viconga to Guanacpatay. This trek will take you over the highest pass in the HuayHuash circuit, reaching 5000 meters in altitude. Duration of trek is approximately 5-7 hours. Camp for the night.

Day 13: Cutatambo (Camp Altitude 4,300m)

Guanacpatay to Cutatambo. There are two options for this portion of the trek. There is the more difficult off-trail option over the Santa Rosa pass and down into the valley below, or the easier option following the donkeys around the valley floor. Duration of the trek is approximately 6-8 hours. Camp for the night.

Day 14: Rest day in Cutatambo

Beautiful views are offered in this area of the range. there are also day hike options to either Laguna Sarapococha or the Gran Vista (Great View) Col, if you have the energy to make the climb. Camp for the night.

Day 15: Huatiac (Camp Altitude between 4,300m and 4,600m)

Cutatambo to Huatiac. Hike will take place just below the Tapush pass. Duration of trek is approximately 5-7 hours. Camp for the night.

Day 16: Laguna Jahuacocha (Camp Altitude 4,060m)

Hike from Huatiac to Laguna Jahuacocha over the Tapush Pass. Duration of trek is approximately 6 hours.

Day 17: Hauraz

Laguna Jahuacocha to Llamac early in the morning. From Llamac return to Huaraz for shower and celebration banquet. Stay in hotel for the night.

Day 18: Lima

Departing for Lima at 11 am, allowing for last minute shopping. Arriving at either Lima International Airport or hotel at approximately 7pm.




3-Star Hotel Accommodation in Lima and Huaraz. Camping on mountains in various camps

More info

All food during in-town days or extra food/beverages is not included

Meeting point

Lima International Airport

About the guide

UIAGM/AGMP Mountain Guide from Peru.

I've been a UIAGM guide since 1999, and have experience climbing and guiding along the Andes in Peru, Chile and Bolivia, and in the Alps.

I'm also specialized in mountain photography and film-making.

So contact me and I'll guide around the best of the Andes in Peru!


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