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Los Cedros – Alpamayo – Ulta Trek, 12-day Trek in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru


Join a local certified mountain guide from our team for a stunningly scenic and incredibly fun 12-day trek through the Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru.


Cordillera Blanca

12 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov




  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Peru's Cordillera Blanca.
  • Meet local people and experience some of the local culture.
  • Camp in a different but equally beautiful spot each night.


Come and discover the sublime beauty of Peru's Cordillera Blanca!

Over the course of 12 days we will hike through this diverse and incredibly scenic mountain range, exploring various mountain passes, valleys and villages along the way.

We will see so much as we go that it is hard to describe in only one post. As we head over these mountain passes, crossing from one valley to the next, we will enjoy stunning views of some of the range's most iconic mountain peaks, including Alpamayo, Contrahierbas, Ulta, Chopicalqui and Huascarán, which is Peru's tallest mountain.

We will also have the privilege of camping next to several beautiful lakes and lagoons as well as in a number of other breathtakingly beautiful spots. There's nothing like waking up in the morning and heading out to sit by the lake before a long but rewarding day of hiking.

We will also have the chance to learn a bit about the area's history and culture as we explore some of its rural and indigenous villages as well. Meeting the people will give you the opportunity to see how they can make a living in this sometimes harsh, but always incredibly beautiful environment.

A moderate level of physical condition is required for this trip as we will be hiking between 6 and 9 hours most days with frequent ascents and descents. The altitude will also play a factor. Be sure to acclimatize a bit before you come and do some cardiovascular exercises as well.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this once in a lifetime opportunity to hike through the beautiful Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru!

If you like the look of this trip, but are looking for something a bit shorter, then I think you will enjoy my 8-day trek through Los Cedros and Alpamayo in the stunning  Cordillera Blanca!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Please contact us for an exact price quote and trip dates.


Day 1: Huaraz to Hualcayán (2.900 m)

We will drive from Huaraz to Hualcayán, where we will meet our guides and camp for the night.

Day 2: Hualcayán to Wishcash (3.700 m)

We spend the day hiking up switchbacks until we reach Wishcash, where we will camp. We spend about 5 hours hiking this day.

Day 3: Wishcash to Cullicocha Pass (4.850 m), Vientunan Pass (4.600 m) and Ruinapampa (4.100 m)

We will start off the day with an ascent to Lake Cullicocha and then head a bit farther up over a pass with the same name, from which we will enjoy stunning views out over the valley and Santa Cruz peaks. We will then descend before heading up our second pass of the day, Vientunan, before finally descending into the Alpamayo Valley and camping at Ruinapampa. We’ll hike for about 9 hours this day.

Day 4: Ruinapampa to Jancarurish (4.200 m)

We will spend the first couple of hours today hiking through the Alpamayo Valley, passing old stone-made dwelling. As we go we will enjoy more excellent views and make camp at the Cruce de Alpamayo. We will hike for about 4 hours this day.

Day 5: Rest day

We will take this day easy, with the option to spend the day resting at camp. We will also have the opportunity for a short hike to the Alpamayo base camp.

Day 6: Jancarurish to Cara Cara Pass (4.700 m) and Safuna (4.250 m)

We will ascend to Cara Cara Bass before descending back into the Moyobamba Valley and making camp at Wilka. We will hike for about 7 hours this day.

Day 7: Safuna to Wilka Pass (4.500 m) and Jancapampa (3.400 m)

We will start our day with an ascent of Wilka Pass, from which we will enjoy great views of Pukajirka, before hiking down to Jancapampa where we will camp for the night and visit some local communities. We will hike for about 7 hours this day.

Day 8: Jancapampa to Tupa Tupa Pass (4.300 m) to Lake Huecrococha (4.050 m)

We start our day hiking through the grassy valley toward Tupa Tupa Pass before we descend down to our campsite at Lake Huecrococha. We will hike for about 7 hours this day.

Day 9: Huecrococha to Pukaraju Pass (4.650 m) and Tuctupampa

We will hike past an impressive glacial lake on our way up to Pukaraju Pass and continue ascending until we reach out campsite. We will hike for about 7 hours this day.

Day 10: Tuctupampa to Molinopampa (3.600 m)

We will hike along the Punta Union trail as we head down into the Huaripampa valley. We will then pass through the rural villages of Huaripampa, Colcabamba and Challua, before reaching our campsite in the Molinopampa. We will hike for about 6 hours this day.

Day 11: Molinopampa to Avalancha Camp (4,600 m)

We will begin our day with an ascent through the Keusha Valley before arriving at our campsite. We will hike for about 4 hours this day.

Day 12: Avalancha to Yanayaku Pass (4.950 m), Ulta Valley and Huaraz

We will make our last and most dramatic ascent at Tanayaku before descending down a series of switchbacks into the Ulta Valley. We will then transfer back to Huaraz.



Meeting point

To be determined upon completion of booking.

About the guide

Peru Expeditions is a Guide Agency and Tour Operator based in Huaraz, Peru.

It's a family-owned travel agency, which was founded more than 35 years ago, and is now managed by IFMGA-guide Juventino and his son, Eric.

We organize trekkings and mountain expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, and all around Peru.


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What people are saying about Peru Expeditions

Bad Hetterscheid


September, 2022

William was such a knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient guide! He brought books and support materials to further explain the history of the sites we were seeing, was always ready with an answer to any questions, and had great suggestions of where to take photos. He chose a truly remarkable cook for our trek, who kept us well fed with a huge variety of foods (and an ample supply of it!) and filled with hot beverages at all hours of the day and night. He allowed us to set the pace each day, and was cheerful and helpful and relaxed throughout-he absolutely enhanced a wonderful experience! Many thanks to you, William!

Bad Hetterscheid


September, 2022

Eric from Peru Expeditions is a fabulous, safe, and conscientious Tour Operator. He chose an incredible guide for us (Darwin) who was highly esteemed by every guide we met at every point along the journey-the respect of one’s peers speaks for itself! We were very well supported, always had perfect timing with seeing sunrises, beating “the crowd” to our destinations, and had ample food. The Peruvian mountains are stunningly beautiful- I’m ready to go back again already! Book with Eric - he’s going to take good care of you.

Connor White


September, 2022

Great service and trip!

Johannes Besmehn


August, 2022

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Alexey Volegov


July, 2022

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November, 2021

Our guide was William and he is the one that really made the trip great!

Juliusz Zulauf


September, 2021

It was really good climbing expedition. The company put good effort to accommodate our needs and requests. Lima Central Office support was outstanding. Edgar, our climbing guide was top notch. Supporting staff during the climb was very helpful and friendly as well. For my personal needs, some modification of an acclimatisation scheme would be beneficial. First week of the trip consisted of various day trips to destinations of increasing altitudes, but all nights were at Huaraz, at 3100 m altitude. For me, to be fully acclimatized I need to sleep at the altitude. My first night at the higher altitude was at Pisco refuge (4800 m) and resulted with mild altitude sickness preventing me from successful climbing the following day. I would prefer spending two nights at high altitude before first high climb. It might not be the case for some other people, but it was for me. If not for this, I would had awarded straight five stars.

Marcela Hronesova


July, 2021

Disappointed with the whole experience. Didn't climb with Juventino, never met him. Got a different guide. Booked Pisco and Chopicalcui as separate climbs with one day off in between to rest. Agency combined the climbs. They told me to of go from Pisco BC directly to Chopicalcui moraine camp. Got a different guide who didn't tell me that we'll get snowed in at moraine camp. Only found out about the snow once we reached Chopicalcui moraine camp. Spent the night there, next day had to go down. Disappointed rebooked my flight and left Peru. Waste of my time and money.

Marcela Hronesova


July, 2021

The agency gave me a guide Darwin, not Juventino. Climb was good, easy just walking. There is one dangerous section near the moraine area with very loose gravel. So make sure you don't slip there or you are dead. I stayed in refugio at the base camp which was much more comfy than camping. Darwin was good but give clients some breaks once in a while, not rush too much. It's a high altitude climbing after all.

Tony Hoffman


September, 2020

The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.

Flormila Pineda Villanueva


May, 2020

My visit to Huaraz was one of the most beautiful trips of my life. Our days of adventure began with the visit of lagoons in the white mountain range; wilcacocha, churup, paron, lagoon 69 and we finish with the most beautiful Santa Cruz trek. Our trip was a complete success, during the stay in Huaraz we stayed at the ALPAMAYO GUEST HOUSE hotel, an excellent place in the center of Huaraz. I recommend Mr. Juventino to make his trip and his hotel the and if nice family People.

Koseth Saenz


May, 2020

He was very kind, patient and helped me to reach my goal the citadel of Machupicchu. One day I wanted to quit but he encouraged me to continue and waited for my step.

Pietro Garanzini


May, 2020

Our experience in Peru was an unforgettable journey, we started a journey in this country to visit Machu Picchu and the surroundings of Cusco as a sacred valley, etc. Afterwards, our next destination was to arrive in the beautiful land of Huaraz, where our main goal was the trekking of Santa Cruz and a not very difficult base climb and after the trekking of Huayhuash. We will be back next year with more customers, friends of our mountain club, thanks for everything and see you soon in Huaraz!

Michael W English


March, 2020

From the very first emails communication which was dealt with efficiently and provide all the required information and other options for myself to consider. When I arrived the communication was excellent and very well organised. When I return later this year I will without doubt be using Eric and the team. When we arrive at the start point to getting back the local guide was excellent. I have nothing but praise for the set up.

Wolfgang Gratz


September, 2019

We did the MTB-Huarascan-Circuit (Crossing Punta Olimpica Pass and Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass) with Eric Albinos „Peru Expedition“. All, the transfers, the hotel stays, the acclimatization tours and the circuit itself, was well organized. Eric and his staff were flexible to our wishes and very helpful. Our Guide Joni is an excellent mountain bike-guide and good tailor too if something is torn. The cook prepared delicious meals during the circuit. The camping equipment was in very good condition. We (Karin, Franz. Wolfgang) can fully recommend „Eric´s Peru Expeditions“.


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