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Huayhuash trekking, 12 days

Huayhuash range
Huayhuash trekking, 12 days
Huayhuash trekking

12-day trip with Quique, IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide. A unique Alpine Mountaineering Trek in the beautiful Huayhuash Mountains of Peru.



12 Days

May - Sep




* Exhilarating trek amongst a wondrous collection of towering, fluted peaks over.

* 6000 metres flanked by cascading glaciers, azure blue lakes and alpine meadows.


Join me in this 12 days alpine trekking trip to the Huayhuash range, in the Peruvian Andes, in a challenging 100 km circuit in a region considered by many to offer some of the best trekking in South America.

The Cordillera Huayhuash is a region that attracted worldwide attention following Joe Simpson’s graphic account of his ascent of Siula Grande in his book ‘Touching the Void’. This full circuit trek is the best way to fully appreciate the sheer scale of these snowcapped summits including Yerupaja, the second highest mountain in Peru.

Our trip includes ample time for acclimatisation in the Cordillera Blanca and Huaraz before spending 09 days crossing high passes all in over of 5000m. Each day provides an ever changing backdrop of soaring peaks including the distinctive needle like peak of Jirishanca and the impressive summit of Yerupaja at 6640m. At night we camp in tranquil locations alongside glacial lakes or alpine meadows in this unrivalled corner of the Andes.

Please contact me if you are interested in doing this amazing trekking in some of the most beautiful mountains in the Peruvian Andes!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mules and horses

Price details

Price includes:

Entry fee to Huascarán National Park and Huayhuash communities

Two days hikes acclimatizing with luchs, guide and transportation

Private car for acclimatization day

English/Spanish speaking professional guide

Tents - 2 people in a 3 person tent which allows for greater comfort.

Basic foam mattress.

3 meals per day- Breakfast and Tea, Dinner + Lunch Snack for the personal backpack

Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils.

Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals

Private transport from Huaraz to Huayhuash and back

Bus Ticket round trip from Lima to Huaraz.


Day 1: Acclimatization Day

Starting from Huaraz, we’ll walk to Cordillera Negra to have a fantastic view of Cordillera Blanca, we get 3600m and we take our way down to Acopampa 2700 m, and back to the hotel. B-L

Day 2: Acclimatization Day

Drive to Carhuaz and to Shonquil 3700, way up to 513 Lake, great view from Hualcan and Copa. Back to Huaraz. B-L

Day 3: Day 3: Marcará - Huaraz – Cuartelhuain 4100 m

We drive to our trek starting point via Conococha to the south of Huaraz. From there we turn eastward and then south, and gain our first views of the range. We drive through the village of Chiquián and Lllamac (our finishing point) and arrive at our campsite at Cuartehuain, where our “burros” (donkeys) and “arrieros” (muleteers) will be waiting. B-L-D

Day 4: Cuartehuain 4100 m – Gara Pass 4910 m- Lag Mitucocha 4300m

From Cuartehuain camp we get to Garagocha Lake (4500m), make a rising diagonal ascent across limestone slabs with good friction to the base of a final 40m rock wall below the col (1h). A broad terrace rises to the left. Follow this until about 150m beyond (north of) the col proper. Climb a steep break with small horizontal ledges for 25m (5.3) to easier but loose slopes above. Aim for the lowest point on the immediate skyline, Garacocha Col (4910m). The ridge itself is narrow and the aspect impressive. Descend to the right (SE) following narrow ledges for 20m to find a rappel station. Make one 30m rappel down a gully to a wide ledge. Scramble off the north end of this ledge to the apex of a large talus fan. Descend to open grassland to the S end of Mitococha Lake (4230m). B-L-D

Day 5: Mitucocha lake 4300 m – Alcay Pass 4800 m – Carhuacocha lake 4180 m

Walk up grass slopes to the E of the lake to reach a bench. Turn SE and slog toward a pass (4740m). Descend to Alcaycocha Lake (4670m). From the S Descend scree slopes to the creek that flows out of Carhuacocha Lake. B-L-D

Day 6: Carhuacocha lake 4180 m – Rest day, confortable hike close to Lake

Day 7: Carhuacocha lake 4180 m – Paso Siulá Punta 4830 m – Huayhuash 4400 m

We walk through the mini-valley to the E of the moraine wall that circles Gangrajanca Lake. Pass Gangrajanca on its E side, a new lake caused by a rockslide on its W side, and Siula Lake on its E side. Make a rising traverse, following a trail system, up a steep grass slope. Eventually, gain a shoulder and walk into a hanging valley. Walk up a switchbacking trail at the end of the valley to reach Siula Pass (4834m;) then descend the long, gradual valley to Huayhuash camp Lake (4400m). B-L-D

Day 8: Huayhuash 4400 m - Trapecio 4700 m

Traverse grass slopes SW then ascend W into a hanging valley. Ascend grass slopes to the S to gain a hanging grassy bench. Walk S for 1km, the descend briefly to a larger cow pasture. Walk for 1km more and camp anywhere above Barrosocoha Lake that works, below the majestic SE face of Trapecio (4700m). B-L-D

Day 9: Trapecio Punta 5000 - Jurau Glacier 5100 m- Sarapococha 4350m

From camp, hike uphill to gain the crest of a grassy moraine. A cliff band looms above. A trail system that skirts to the left of the cliff on easy terrain, to reach a beautiful hanging plateau. Pass alpine lakes then follow a trail on scree up to the continental divide at Trapecio Pass (4910m; 2.5h). Instead, turn right (S) and scramble uphill on redish rock, to a notch (5110m; 3h) to incredible views of Carnicero, Sarapo, and Siula Grande. Walk through the notch, then making a scrambling descent to the left to reach the Huayhuashjanca Glacier. The glacier is flat, aerated ice, with real crevasses. Walk the moraine until directly above the outflow of the lake then scramble down to a pristine camp between Jurau Lake (4343m) and a tiny lake to its W. From camp at Jurau Lake (4343m), walk up-valley to Joe Simpson´s Camp. An angular boulder 10m in height marks the spot (1h). B-L-D

Day 10: Sarapococha lake 4500 m – Cerro Mirador 5150 m – Segya 4400 m

As we approach a terminal moraine, gain a trail rising on the left valley wall, which eventually climbs onto a shoulder overlooking Sarapococha. Small cliffs loom above. Once beyond the cliffs, switchback, hiking up steep grass (2.25h). Slog upwards on grass then scree to Velilina Pass (3.5h; 5060m). Hike north along a stunning alpine traverse. The 180-degree views are among the best on
the Alpine Circuit, including the famous Simpson crawl route down to the right. Skirt around rocky outcroppings on the right to reach a peak at 5152m (high point of the entire circuit). Walk straight north toward Rasac (“The Toad”) over a 5097m summit and down into Seria Pass (6h). Descend easily to a magnificent camp at the outflow of Caramarca Lake. B-L-D

Day 11: Segya 4400 m- Rasac Pass 5120 m – Jahuacocha lake 4050 m

We start at camp beside Caramarca Lake. Hike up the crest of a morraine immediately west of the lake to gain a boulder-strewn plateau. Boulder hop to the edge of the Seria Glacier (2h). Hike up the glacier (lightweight crampons and lightweight axe recommended), passing just a few crevasses. Unavoidably, the route crosses an avalanche path coming off Rasac Oeste. The glacier culminates in a 35-degree headwall. Above the headwall, walk up the glacier until about 50m away from Rasac Col (5129m. The final 20m to the minor col is 40-degree loose ground above an exposed gully. A rope may be helpful. Traverse the bench toward the east then descend via a 20m 4th class downclimb (rope may be useful for some parties) to reach the top of a grassy moraine. The rest is walking. Walk along micro-valleys past Barrosococha and then join the cows near Rasacocha. Camp at Jahuacocha 4050m. B-L-D

Day 12: Jahuacocha lake 4050 m - llamacpampa 4300 m - Llamac 3300 m

Way up to Llamac Pampa 4300 a last view from Huayhuash range, it down to main road of the Llamac 3300m and then which we take back then until Huaraz. Arrival and night at Huaraz. B-L



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Note: Upon request, I can also organize the trip starting from Lima, including accommodation there, bus transportation from Lima to Huaraz, and accommodation in Huaraz before and after starting the trek.

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Mountain Guide

IFMGA/UIAGM - AGMP Mountain Guide from Perú.

I began my mountain work when I was 18 years old as cook and carrier (porter) and I am now a Mountain Guide UIAGM – AGMP.

1998: I studied French at the Alliance Française in Cusco.
2000: I was accepted at the Don Bosco School for Guides of the Andes through the intermediary of the Italian volunteers of the Operazione Matto Grosso, technical support of the Association of the Mountain Guides of Peru.
2005: I passed my diploma as Mountain Guide UIAGM-AGMP. Climbing in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
2008-2011: Extra training as a Guide in Italy.
Since 2011, I have been Secretary of the of Peruvian Mountain Guides Association.
2013: Guiding in Ecuador, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Illinizas.
2014: Climbing to Utah, Usa.
2015: Exploring trip in Cordillera Central, close to Lima, Perú.

I speak French, Italian and English fluently. For more than 12 years I have been organizing and managing trekking, mountaineering in Peru and expeditions to the Aconcagua since 2007.

Contact me if you are interested in doing a mountain trip to Peru!


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What people are saying about this trip



The alpine huayhuash trek was an amazing experience. Intense and Out of the beaten path with incredible landscapes. Quique is a very knowledgeable guide who will take you to the most unique places. I felt very safe the whole time. The logistics was on point, the team (cook and mule guy) very friendly and the food very good. One of my best treks so far and I will highly recommend going with Quique however be sure to be physically fit !

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