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Huayhuash Circuit, 14-day Guided hike in the Peruvian Andes

Let Humberto, an UIMLA certified guide, show you some the most beautiful spots in Peru. Follow him on this 14-day trekking adventure and complete the Huayhuash Circuit.

Mountain RangeCordillera Huayhuash
Duration14 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Visit enchanting valleys, vast glaciers, clear lakes and majestic peaks

  • Experience three different regions: Lima, Huánanuco and Ancash

  • Discover unique high mountain flora and fauna

Description

The Huayhuash Circuit is an incomparable trek in the Peruvian Andes. Adventurers from all around the world come to this fantastic place to enjoy the mesmerizing sceneries it offers. So don’t miss the opportunity to complete this famous circuit and get dazzled by its unrivalled beauty.

Also known as the Jewel of the Andes, the Huayhuash Circuit goes around the majestic massif of the Cordillera Huayhuash. So we’ll be able to admire six of the highest mountains on this area, rising above the 6,000 meters. For instance, we will see up close the legendary Mount Yerupaja (6,634m), Peru’s second tallest peak. Also, we’ll have the chance to gaze at Siula Grande (6,344) immortalized in the famous story Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson.

Peaks such as Huayhuash (5,400m) with a unique shape and impressive vertical walls will guide us as well. Then, we’ll encounter dazzling and vast glaciers. And of course, we will visit the most breathtaking mountain lakes, with wonderful shades of turquoise and emerald.

Moreover, these mountains, lakes and valleys have a privileged ecosystem as diverse as mesmerizing. Hence, we’ll keep our eyes open for the curious animals and high mountain flora that we’ll encounter.

Also, our itinerary will let us live three adventures in one. As we’ll experience three different regions: Lima, Huánanuco and Ancash. The more that 16 kilometers of extension of the Huayhuash Circuit are an open invitation for true explores.

So, if you want to complete the Huayhuash Circuit just send me a request. It will be my pleasure to be your guide on such a marvellous place.

Would you like to join me on another adventure in the area? I also guide this Nevado Pisco (5752 m) 4-day Ascent in the Cordillera Blanca.

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Please note that due to the high altitude and length of the circuit you should plan some days in advance for acclimatization. I recommend taking short day hikes in the Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Negra or Huaraz.

Meeting point

Huaraz

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Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz – Cuartelhuain (4,180m)

Day 2: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan pass (4,700m) – Mitucocha (4,250m)

Day 3: Mitucocha – Carhua pass (4650m) – Carhuacocha (4150m)

Day 4: Rest day

Day 5: Carhuacocha – Siula pass (4,850m)– Huayhuash (4,300m)

Day 6: Huayhuash – Portachuelo pass (4,700m) – Viconga (4,300m)

Day 7: Viconga – Cuyoc Pass (5,000m) – Cuyocpampa (4,400m)

Day 8: Cuyocpampa – Santa Rosa pass – (5,020m) – Cutatambo (4,400m)

Day 9: Rest day or visit to the Gran Vista viewpoint

Day 10: Cutatambo – Huayllapa – Huactiac (4,300m)

Day 11: Huactiac – Tapush pass (4,700m) – Angoscancha (4,300m)

Day 12: Angoscancha – Llaucha pass (4,850m) – Jahuacocha (4,050m)

Day 13: Rest day or fishing day

Day 14: Jahuacocha – Macrash Punta pass (4,300m) – Llamac – Huaraz


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