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Huayhuash trek: a great 10-day hiking adventure

Join Marco, a local IFMGA certified mountain guide, in this 10-day trekking trip along the beautiful Huayhuash Trek, considered the 2nd best hiking adventure of the world.

Mountain RangeHuayhuash
Duration10 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Welcome to an unforgettable trek along the breathtaking Cordillera Huayhuash!

The Huayhuash trek is considered the second most beautiful trail of the world. It is a really amazing hiking route of the Cordillera Huayhuash, the second highest mountain range in the tropical region.

During this great 10-day program, we will also visit the Siula Mountain, which is part of the Cordillera Huayhuash. In that mountain took place the famous movie “Touching the Void”.

In addition, the stunning surrounding views, landscapes and lagoons will leave you with your mouth open. Undoubtedly, the Huayhuash Trek has something for everyone.

The best season to enjoy this hiking trip is during the months from April till October. As it’s a moderate trail I can lead a group of 6 participants. If you are more than 7 people a trekking guide assistant will join us.

At the bottom of this description you can find more details about the day-by-day itinerary.

And if you like hiking adventures let me also recommend you the first part of my program in the Santa Cruz trek. It’s usually use as an acclimatization before a summit attempt. However, it also works perfectly as a trekking trip itself.

For more information or if you want to book your place, please fill out the form and get in touch with me. I will be here, waiting for your contact!

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The price does not include: - Hotel in Huaraz - Meals in the City - Huayhuash entrance fees - Tips for the staff (Guide, cook, porters and Donkey drivers) - Personal climbing gear - Extra drinks

Meeting point

Huaraz


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Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac

The day starts at 8 AM driving south in direction to Chiquian at 3400 m. Here we must walk down for about 1 hour and up again to Llamac (3300 m). We’ll arrive there by 2 PM where we will have lunch and spend the night.

 

Day 2: Llamac – Pocpa – Cuartelhuain

After breakfast in Llamac we will start the hike up for about 4 or 5 hours to the Cuartelhuain campsite. Along this route we will pass Popca, a small town. Later we will arrive at a small Pallca mine and finally we’ll get to the camping lot by 2:30 PM. From here we can see the Ninashanca Mountain in the south side. Overnight camp at 4300 m.

Day 3: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass (4700 m) – Mitucocha

This day we start our hike at 8 AM. We must go up to the Cacanan Pass enjoying nice views around such as the Chaupijanca and the Cunchush. After that pass we will go down for about 2:30 hours to the Mitucocha campsite at 4200 m.

Day 4: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4500 m) – Carhuacocha

After breakfast we will start our trek to the southeast for about 2 – 3 hours to the Carhuac Pass. Then, we will go down for about 1:30 hour to the Carhuacocha lake, visiting the Jirishanca, Yerupaja and the Siula mountains. Overnight camp in Carhuacocha (4250 m).

Day 5: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4850 m) – Huayhuash

In the morning we will walk down for about 30 minutes and then near the Carhuacocha Lake for about 4 more hours continuing up to the Siula Pass. After the pass, we will go down to Huayhuash for about 2:30 hours where we can see the Trapecio Mount in the west side. Overnight camp at 4300 m.

 

Day 6: Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass (4700 m) – Viconga

After breakfast in Huayhuash we will start to climb up to the Portachuelo pass at 4700 m. From there, we will enjoy the views of the Trapecio, Cuyoc and other mountains. After that we will start to descend to Viconga for about 4 hours, having lunch during the hike, until we get to the thermal waters of Jatuncocha, where you can take a relaxing bath. Overnight camp at 4100 m.

Day 7: Viconga – Punta Cuyoc Pass (4900 m) – Huanacpatay

After breakfast in Viconga we will climb up to the Cuyoc Pass, the highest pass of the trip. From here we can see the peaks of Puscanturpa, Cuyoc and the Pumarinri glacier. So then we must descend to Huanacpatay for about 3 hours, where we will spend the night.

Day 8: Huanacpatay – Huayllapa – Huatiac (4400 m)

After breakfast in Huanacpatay we will start going down to Huayllapa for about 4 or 5 hours. It is a village at 3400 meters of altitude. Then we must ascend to Huatiac for about 3 more hours, where we can enjoy the nice view of the Diablo Mudo peak. Overnight camp at (4400 m).

Day 9: Huatiac – Yaucha Pass (4800 m) – Jahuacocha

Today we must walk up to the Tapush Pass for about 3 hours and after that we will go to the Yaucha Pass for other 2:30 hours. We will then continue going up to Jahuacocha for 2 hours and spend the night in the campsite at 4100 m.

 

Day 10: Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz

After breakfast in Jahuacocha we will start hiking for about 1 hour, then we will go up to the Pampallamac Pass, at 4300 meters. After that, we will walk down to Llamac, where our private transfer will be waiting for us to take us back Huaraz. End of the program.


About the guide

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Peruvian Mountain Guide - UIAGM Certified Guide Mountain by the Association of Mountain Guides of Peru (AGMP)

I was born and raised in the foothills of the Andes, spending summers hiking and climbing the valley and the peaks near of Huaraz.

Genius of the mountain adventure. From childhood I was a lover of adrenaline, after of the years I became in a Mountain Guide UIAGM and given to become an Instructor of Mountain Guides in the School of Guides in Peru.

I helped build, install and run the famous Via Férrata and Sky Lodge in Sacred Valley, near of Cusco.

I have more than 10 years of experience climbing mountains in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash mountain ranges in Peru, but also in neighboring countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.

I also did Wilderness First Aid course (WFA) and have completed first aid courses.

I like to share culture with people from all over the world, and help visitors make their dream come true. I speak Quechua, Spanish, English and French.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2518 each

Group of 2

USD 1357 each

Group of 3

USD 1265 each

Group of 4

USD 1136 each

Group of 5

USD 1065 each

Group of 6

USD 987 each

Group of 7

USD 912 each

Group of 8

USD 897 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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