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Huayhuash Trek, 14 days hiking in Peru from Huaraz

Join Jeremías, an AAGM-certified mountain guide, for this unforgettably scenic, fun and exciting 14-day Huayhuash trek experience. From Huaraz, head into the heart of Huascarán National Park, enjoying some of the most iconic views of the Andes mountains en route.

Mountain RangeAndes, Cordillera Huayhuash
Duration14 days
Offer periodJan, Jun
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Huayhuash Range.

  • Get off the beaten path and enjoy 11 days of solitude in the mountains.

  • Meet local people and learn a bit about their culture en route.

Description

Running through the heart of Huascarán National Park, the Huayhuash Trek is widely considered to be one of the best in the world!

Over the course of 14 days, we will traverse immaculate mountain passes, circumnavigate pristine glacial lakes and pass in the shadows of some of the highest peaks in the Andes.

The adventure begins after you have made your way from Lima to Huaraz, where we will meet. We’ll begin the fun with an acclimatization trek to a lake above the Santa Cruz bridge, which affords plenty of fantastic views of the Cordillera Blanca.

The following day, the proper Huayhuash Trek begins. After transferring to Llamac, we will begin the more than 100 kilometer odyssey through the heart of the national park.

As we go, we will head through verdant valleys, up over 5,000-meter high mountain passes and down into traditional villages. In the latter, we will meet local people and get the chance to learn a bit about their culture and way of life.

Every day of the trek will bring new and incredible sights. Along the way, expect sublime views of Huayhush, Diablo Mudo, Savage, Jirishanca, Yerupajá and Siulá, among many other iconic Andean mountain peaks.

By the time we have arrived back to Llamac and transfered to Huaraz for our celebration dinner, you will already be planning your next trip to this amazing part of the world.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this once-in-a-lifetime 14-day expedition on the Huayhuash Trek!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you may also enjoy my 1-week Mount Tronador trek on the border of Argentina and Chile!

Details

Accommodation

two nights in hotel

Meeting point

Huaraz , Peru


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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

After flying into Lima, transfer to the bus station and make the eight hour drive to Huaraz.

Day 2: Acclimatization Trek

We will start the day by transferring to Santa Cruz Bridge and trek from here to the lake at 3,700m. From here, we will enjoy some great views before returning to Huaraz.

Duration: 6 hours

Day 3: Start of the Trek

We will transfer from Huaraz (3,100m) to Llamac (3,400m) and begin trekking to Matacancha (4,120m).

Day 4: Matacancha to Mitucocha Lake

We will climb up to the first pass today, Cacananpunta (4,700m), and then descend down to Mitucocha Lake (4,100m). As we go, we will pass through a lush green valley and by the iconic Jirishanca mountain (6,094m).

Day 5: Mitucocha Lake to Carhuacocha Lake

We will climb over the second pass of the trip, Carhuac (4,650m) and descend down to Carhuacocha Lake (4,138m). Here, we will enjoy more great views of the Huayhuash range. Many visitors say this is the most beautiful place of the whole trek.

Day 6: Carhuacocha to Huayhuash

We will climb over the third pass of the trek, Siulá (4,850m), and descend on down to Huayhuash (4,400m), which takes 8 to 10 hours. This is the longest day of the trek, but also the most beautiful as we pass the hanging glaciers of Yerupaja and Siulà Grande en route.

Day 7: Huayhuash to Viconga lake

We will start the day by climbing over Portachuelo pass (4,750m) before descending down to Viconga lake (4,600m). Here, we will enjoy the thermal baths.

Day 8: Viconga lake to Huanac Patay valley

We will hike over the fifth pass of the trip, Cuyoc Punta (5,000m), enjoying some phenomenal views of Yerupaja, Carnicero, Rasac and other mountains. From the pass, we will descend about 5 hours to Huanac Patay valley.

We will also have the option to hike to San Antonio Pass (5,100m), which offers incredible views of Huayhuash mountain.

Day 9: Huanac Patay valley to Huayllapa town

We will spend the day trekking down to Huayllapa town (3,580m). Along the way, we will pass some small villages and flower-filled valleys.

Day 10: Huayllapa town to Gashcapampa camp

We will ascend up to Tapush pass (4,800m) and descend slightly to Gashcapampa camp (4,600m), which is the highest of the trip. From the camp, we will have great views of Diablo Mudo Mountain.

Day 11: Gashcapampa camp to Jahuacocha Lake

We will spend the day descending the eastern face of the pass and down to Jahuacocha Lake (4,000m), where we will spend the night.

Day 12: Jahuacocha Lake to Llamac

We will spend the day descending for five hours to Llamac (3,350m). From here, we will transfer to Huaraz for a celebratory dinner.

Day 13: Huaraz to Lima

You will have a free morning to explore Huaraz before transferring to Lima in the afternoon.

Day 14: Departure

You will transfer from the hotel to the airport in Lima and fly home.


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Sunglasses

Backpack

Water bottle


About the guide

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AAGM Ski and Mountain Guide from Argentina

I'm a comprehensive Patagonian mountaineer. In winter I work as a Skiing Guide and I also dictate workshops for Backcountry Patagonia, my new project along Guías del Sur.

I live in Bariloche during the whole year, so you will be able to enjoy mountain in summer and in winter with me.

Get motivated to meet the Patagonia by the hand of local and professional guides!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 6000 each

Group of 2

USD 4000 each

Group of 3

USD 3500 each

Group of 4

USD 3500 each

Group of 5

USD 3500 each

Group of 6

USD 3500 each

Group of 7

USD 3500 each

Group of 8

USD 3500 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

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

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

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

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

Does not include nights in Lima and airfare


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