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Huayhuash Trekking Expedition

Huayhuash Trekking
Huayhuash Trekking
Huayhuash Trekking Expedition

A trekking program in one of the most beautiful places in the world: Huayhuash Range. Come and discover this beautiful area with Octavio, a certified guide.


11 Days

May, Sep


Come and discover one of the most beautiful trekking places in the world: the Huayhuash Range!

The Huayhuash Range is located in the Andes of Peru and it has around 20 peaks. In addition, it’s the second highest mountain range in the world and famous for its beautiful trekking spots.

I propose a 11-days program in which we’ll explore some of the greatest peaks of Huayhuash Range with an altitude over 4000 meters. We’ll also enjoy its spectacular lagoons which offers incredible landscapes.

And the final challenge will be the ascent of Diablo Mudo, a 5350 m peak. From it’s summit we will enjoy an astonishing view of the whole range.


DAY 1: Meeting at Huaraz, from where we start our trip. We’ll appreciate a panoramic view of the city and the peaks surrounding. Acclimatization hike to  Lake Churup 4450 m, and back to Huaraz, where we spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 2: Huaraz – Transfer Cordillera Huayhuash – Matacancha (4150 m)

DAY 3: Matacancha – Pass Cacananpunta (4750 m) – Lake Mitucocha

DAY 4: Lake Mitucocha (4300 m) – Pass Punta Carhuac (4650 m) – Lake Carhuacocha (4200 m)

DAY 5: Lake Carhuacocha – Pass Siula (4800 m) / Lake Quesillocha – Huayhuash (4450 m)

DAY 6: Huayhuash – Pass Portachuelo Huayhuash (5750 m) – Lake Viconga (4400 m) / Hot spring.

DAY 7: Lake Viconga – Pass Cuyoc (5050 m) – Huanacpatay (4350 m)

DAY 8: Huanacpatay – Trekking Huayllapa (3500 m) – Huatiac (4290 m)

DAY 9: Huatiac – Pass Punta Tapush (4750 m) – Gashgapampa (4500 m)

DAY 10: Gashgapampa – Summit Diablo Mudo (5350 m) – Lake Jahuacocha (4200 m)

DAY 11: Lastly, we ascend to Pampa de Llamac Pass. After this, we descend to Llamac town  where we’ll take a bus to Huaraz.

As a final point, the Huayhuash circuit has a moderate difficulty, so participants should be in a good physical condition and have some prior experience in trekking.

If you have any interest in the Huayhuash trekking, please feel free to contact me! I’ll be glad to be your guide!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Porters

- Luggage transfer


More info

Observation: This price is paid in cash per person if paid by credit card Visa or Mastercard add 5% over this price.

Not included in the price:

 Travel accident and health insurance  Hotel in Huaraz, according to the program (Day 1 and 11).  Transfer hotel / busstation – Huaraz in Hotel  Personal Porter (Donkeys are included for the group equipment)  Entrance fee to the Comunity (Huayhuash)  Horse(in case of emergency,for trekking parts)  Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance  Personal camping and climbing equipment (sleeping bag, climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, gaiters, harness, snow glasses, appropriate clothes, personal medicines, etc.)  Tips

Meeting point

Huaraz city


What is the total distance of the Huayhuash mountain range?

The Huayhuash mountain range comprises 3 regions that cover its entire length, such as Ancash, Huanuco, and Lima. It has a distance of 120 km for the entire route.

What physical preparation should I have and how much experience is needed? Does this Huayhuash trek require technical knowledge?

In terms of experience, it is very important to have a basic knowledge, prior acclimatization, proper hydration, and suitable clothing for the cold or other conditions. During the trek in the Huayhuash mountain range, we will reach the highest pass at 5,000 meters.

What landmarks will we see in Huayhuash?

This is one of the most beautiful and impressive treks in the world, hosting spectacular mountains such as Yerupaja at 6634 m, the second-highest mountain in the Peruvian Andes, and Siula Grande, made famous by the movie "Touching the Void" and a book written by mountaineer Joe Simpson that recounts the true story of the expedition Simpson undertook with Simon on Siula Grande. Additionally, we can witness many crystal-clear lakes of different colors.

What equipment should I bring to Huayhuash?

You should bring: 30 - 40 L backpack. Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex or similar). Fleece clothing (Polartec or similar). Thermal clothing (base layer). Short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts. Trekking shoes. Sufficient batteries (there is no power to charge devices on the way). Flip-flops (for hot springs). Flashlight. Towel. Hat and gloves for the cold. Sun hat. Sunscreen. Sunglasses. Camera. Water bottle (Nalgene). Personal toiletry bag. Trekking poles. Sleeping bag. Sleeping mats.

How many days/options are there in this Huayhuash trekking program?

We have several options depending on each client's availability. Normally, the classic departures we offer are 10 and 8 days. Within these, there are options that can be done in 15 to 12 days, which are more comprehensive programs that allow you to visit less frequented places.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino Tocumen Panama City Panama
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Crowne Plaza Panama Airport Panama City Panama
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Express Inn Airport Panama City Panama
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Founder, manager and IFMGA Mountain Guide of Andean Peaks. I work together with my brother Eloy and a team of IFMGA mountain guides, and UIMLA Mountain Leaders. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my qualified colleagues will be your guide.

I was born and raised in the hamlet of Yarush in 1987, at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca. From very young age i was born my passion for the mountains. In 2003 I started as enthusiast to climbing in rock next to my brother Eloy. In 2009 i obtained the title as ''official guide of high mountain''. I enjoy doing sports climbing and opening new routes in the cordillera Blanca, and in other countries. My wide experience has taken me to climb most of the mountains in cordillera blanca.


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What people are saying about Octavio


We had 10 days in the Cordillera Blanca and Octavio helped us plan a great trip. We did Laguna 69 day trip, Santa Cruz trek, climbing in Hatunmachay, ice climbing and trekking on Mount Pisco. The trip was very well organised and equipment provided was of high quality. Octavio is an experienced mountain guide and climber so we always felt safe throughout the trip. We had a great chef with us when camping and always enjoyed the food he prepared. Also enjoyed chatting to Octavio in the evenings and hearing his great stories!


This guys are great. They are certified mountain guides. The food in the camp was better than the restaurants in Huaraz. You feel safe in their hands all the way to the summit. We climbed 3 mountains in the same tour Ishinca, urus and Tocllaraju. Many thanks to the team they make of the tour a fun place during the climb and in base camp. Totally recommendable


We had 10 days in Andes (Huaraz as base) and wanted to get a mix of trekking, rock climbing and mountaineering. Contacted Andean Peaks who helped me organize the whole trip. Octavio, who was our main guide and one of the owners of the company was super helpful and quick to respond on both emails and Whatsapp. Octavio is a qualified professional mountain guide. Apart from this, he's also a super friendly guy an a good climber. Bonus points for always being punctual, having great equipment/tents etc, good chef (cooked pizza for us at 4600m!). Highly recommend. Activites: 1 day Laguna 69, 3 day Santa Cruz Trek, 2 days rock climbing, 1 day Ice wall climbing and 3 day Pisco mountain.


My husband and I booked a private day hike with Octavio to Laguna Churup. We wanted to try out a company before committing to a longer trek, and now we feel certain that when we return to Peru, we will book our trek with Andean Peaks. Octavio was great- he even met us at our hotel the night before to let us know what to expect and explain the day’s plan (our Spanish is subpar, but Octavio’s English is great). We were picked up promptly on the day of the trek and enjoyed a scenic drive up to the trailhead. Octavio was very patient and in tune to our needs given it was our first day hiking at altitude. The trail to Churup has some challenging sections involving rock scrambling with aid of cables. Octavio was very knowledgeable about the safest way to negotiate and gave us great instruction to help us reach our destination safely. He also assisted two other hikers (not on our trek) as they were having difficulty with the cable climb. I thought that was a great gesture as otherwise they probably would have had to turn around. We took a break at the lake and enjoyed the provided lunch before climbing up the last bit to complete the lollipop loop trail. Everything went very smoothly, and we so appreciate the trip with Andean Peaks!


Leaving Huaraz after an amazing trek with Eloy from Andean Peaks. Me and my boyfriend did a Santa Cruz trek (you can opt for a private or group tour), 4 days, 3 nights. All the service was just perfect - food (we thought we will survive on snacks but actually received proper meals and nice company during dinners), support during the actual trek, local stories, luggage transfer etc. The whole team took care of us very nicely, not forgetting about allowing us also to have a nice local experience! The landscape itself is beautiful! Highly recommended! Besides the trek itself, also the communication prior to that was smooth and re-assuring. Thanks Octavio & Eloy!

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