Mountain biking the Huascaran Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru (16 days)

Juventino Martin Albino Caldua, your IFMGA-certified guide, will lead you on this thrilling, epic and awesome 16-days of mountain biking the Huascaran Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, an unforgettable experience featuring some of the most spectacular scenery you can explore on two wheels.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

16 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

15 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

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

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Mountain bike around the spectacular Cordillera Blanca in Peru!

  • Ride around forests, fields, glaciers and mountains

  • Swim in hot springs

  • Visit traditional villages and old, abandoned mines

  • Witness truly amazing views out over the scenery

 

Join me on this 16-day adventure of mountain biking the Huascaran Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, and we will experience some of the most jaw-dropping and mind-blowing landscape, scenery and terrain in South America, as we traipse and travail around the Peruvian countryside of fields, forests, lakes, glaciers, hot springs and mountains.

The Cordillera Blanca is a mountain range located in the North of Peru, nestled within the larger Andes Mountain Range, and is renowned for being the highest tropical mountain range in the world. It has the highest concentration of ice in Peru, and the highest peak in Peru, Huascaran (6768m), stands in the range.

We meet on the first day in the capital city of Lima, where we are free to explore the city and rest overnight. We then head to Huaraz the next day, and day 3 is when we finally get on our bikes for a day of acclimatization, including a visit to Incan ruins and a swim in hot springs.

After 2 more days of acclimatization and exploring, it is then time to tackle the Huascaran circuit over the course of 8 days.

Highlights of this 8-days of biking on the circuit include reaching the snowy peaks of several mountains, visiting old and abandoned mines, exploring the village of Pompeyo, riding past majestic and mesmerizing glaciers and winding our way along a series of technically demanding yet fun routes and trails.

There will be ample time to take in and marvel at some of the magnificent and sweeping panoramic views we will be exposed to, with some of the landscapes stretching out beneath us in to the horizon.

After completing the circuit we then head back to Huaraz and then onwards to Lima, where our adventure finishes.

This journey will make you fall even more in love with this exquisite country, and whet your appetite for more demanding mountain biking.

This is one of the fun and unique ways to explore Peru – book now to experience the thrill!

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Price per person

 
 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Flight from Europe to Lima. Overnight in the hotel

    Arrival in Lima – a large city with a population of approximately 11 million – the largest city in South America. Rest. If you wish, explore the city on your own. Overnight Hotel (-/-/-)

  • Day 2Travel by bus to Huaraz (3100 m). The trip is 400km and takes 8 hours

    This will be a varied and interesting voyage. The drive follows the Pan American highway north across the impressive Pacific coastal desert. Continuing toward higher terrain, we pass through the Cordillera Negra (Black Range) at Conococha Pass (4020 m) into the Santa Valley and Huaraz (3100m.) Once across the pass, you’ll see a charming view of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, without a doubt some of the most impressive scenery in the world. You can also fly via LCPERU – flight duration 50 minutes. Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

  • Day 3On bikes for an acclimatization day: Huaraz - Marian - Huanchac - Wilcahuain - Monterrey - Huaraz

    First day on bikes , east of the city of Huaraz, to adjust to the high elevation. Huaraz – Marian – Huanchac – Wilcahuain – Monterrey – Huaraz. We’ll ride through fields and eucalyptus forests, along the valley slopes and through the villages of Marianan and Huanchac, to Wilcahuain (3,250 m), where we’ll see some pre-Incan ruins. In Wilcahuain, we have a picnic lunch and then continue at our leisure to the hot springs at Monterrey for swimming and relaxing. Afterward we return to Huaraz. Distance covered by bikes: 20 km. Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

  • Day 4On bikes for acclimatization; overnight camping at Wilcacocha Camp (3725 m) in the Cordillera Negra

    Today we visit the Cordillera Negra, from where you have a magnificent view of the Cordillera Blanca. Wilcacocha is an exceptional viewpoint for the Cordillera Blanca, allowing us to identify peaks (from north to south) Huandoy Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Hualcan, Copa,Vallunaraju, Ocshapalca, Ranrapalca, Palcaraju, Churup, Chinchey, San Juan, Huamasraju, Huatzan, Cashan, Shacsha, Pucaraju, Muruaraju and Caullaraju. The camp is set on a beautiful lake, complete with wild ducks. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

  • Day 5On bikes for acclimatization: Wilcacocha - Huaraz - Llupa - Pitec. Trekking to Laguna Churup (4450 m) and return to Pitec. Downhill to Huaraz

    Our third day of acclimatization. In the morning we ride downhill from Wilcacocha to Huaraz. From there we take a short car ride (bringing the bikes) through the villages of Unchus and Llupa to Pitec (3850 m) in the Cordillera Blanca. From Pitec, we have 5-6 hours of hiking to Laguna Churup, impossible on a bike, but worthwhile nonetheless. Laguna Churup is at the foot of the glacier of 5000 meter Nevado (Mount) Churup. Descend back to Pitec on foot and have a downhill ride or go via car to Huaraz. Overnight in the hotel. Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

  • Day 6Begin the bicycle circuit around Huascarán: Minibus to Carhuaz; cycling from Carhuaz - Shilla - Quebrada Ulta; Camp at the foot of Punta Olimpica Pass (3950 m)

    From Huaraz we travel by minibus toward the pueblo of Carhuaz (2,650 m) and begin the seven days of the Huascarán Circuit. From Carhuaz we go by bicycle passing the village of Shilla (2910 m) and farther along the entrance to Huascarán National Park. Our camp at the beginning of the climb to Punta Olimpica Pass, is almost at the feet of these glacial mountains (“Nevados“) of Contrahierbas, Ulta and Huascarán. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

  • Day 7Cycling over Punta Olímpica Pass(4890 m) - Cancaraca Lakes - confluence of Quebrada Cancaracá Chica / Grande - Pompeyo; Camp (3500 m)

    From Quebrada Ulta our next challenge is Punta Olimpica Pass (4890 m). It’s the first pass and also the most difficult climb of the tour. After working hard for 3-4 hours, 20km and 29 curves, we finally arrive at the pass, which offers a fantastic panorama in the middle of the Cordillera Blanca: the snowy peak of Huascarán with its massive east wall, along with the steep ice wall of Chopicalqui, close enough to touch the glacier. We have a rapid descent downhill past the Cancaracá Lakes and continue to our camp, close to the village of Pompeyo (3,500 m.) Today the route is by road (asphalt) from Carhuaz to the Quebrada los Conchucos. Camp at Pompeyo. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

  • Day 8Village of Pompeyo - Bicycle-excursion to Azulcocha Lake (4316 m) and to an old mine (4550 m); downhill back to Pompeyo; Camp (3500 m)

    From the village of Pompeyo, we follow the route to Lake Azulcocha (4,316 m) in a fantastic mountain landscape below the glaciers of Nevado Atlante (Atlantis Peak.) The route to the old mine is technically and physically demanding. We visit the abandoned mine and have a long downhill (in part on single track bridle path) down to Pompeyo. Camp at the same place (3,500 m). Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

  • Day 9Pompeyo - Cycling - Chacas - Acochaca - Río Chucpin (2850 m) –San Luis (3125 m); Camp at Pompeyo

    We start again on pavement with gentle climbs and flat passages through the villages of Chacas (3,450 m) and the bridge of the Chucpin Acochaca River (2,850 m) and then an uphill climb to the village of San Luis, about 400 meters of descent, with a dirt bike trail beginning at 33 km. Camp at San Luis (3,125 m). Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

  • Day 10Pueblo San Luis - Cycle to Llacma (2500 m) - Camp at Huamas (3200 m)

    A bit of downhill with short climbs and descents until at last the bike trail or asphalt road in Llacma (2,500 m), from where we again get views of the high mountains. Back up hill, we follow a series of switchbacks to the small village of Huamas. On bikes, about 40 km. Camp at Huamas (3,200 m). Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

  • Day 11Huamas - Cycling to Yanama - Quebrada Morococha - Pampamachay (4350 m); Camp

    All uphill through the village of Yanama (3,400 m) and through other native villages, arriving at Colcabamba and then the steep climb to Quebrada Morococha. After 12 to 15 elongated curves we find our camp in the small meadow of Pampamachay under the north flank of Nevado Chopicalqui (6,354 m), at about 30 km. Camp at 4,350 m. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

  • Day 12Pampamachay - Cycling to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass (4650 m). Descend to the Quebrada de Llanganuco and finally to Yungay. Bus to Huaraz

    We begin the final stage of our circuit – starting with only 10 km to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass (4,650 m), the second grand view of the Cordillera Blanca. After much physical effort, we are rewarded with an impressive panoramic view of these most beautiful tropical mountains. To the north we see Chopicalqui and Huascarán, to the east, the snowcapped peaks of Huandoy; in the south, the peaks of Chacraraju.
    Our long and exciting descent with switchbacks to the Llanganuco lakes and toward Yungay is the appropriate way to celebrate the Trans-Cordillera Blanca biking route. Riding distance approximately 50km. Travel by bus to Huaraz. Lodging in the hotel. Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

  • Day 13Huaraz - Transfer by minibus to the village of Catac; cycling to Quebrada Gueshgue to Huascarán National Park; and Puya Raimondi (4300 m); short hike to Laguna Jarpococha; downhill to Catac; bus to Huaraz

    The last day in the mountains and of the tour. We’ll travel by bus 35 km south of Huaraz to the village of Catac (3.536 m) , and by bicycle some 16 km through the Quebrada Gueshgue inside Huascarán National Park. Now at last from the road at Laguna Gueshguecocha (4,350 m) there is a ravine where the famous flowers called Puya raimondi grow up to 12 meters tall. This giant plant, which looks like a candle, flourishes only in the south Cordillera Blanca and in a few places in Bolivia. Our final leg is downhill, and then the bus back to Huaraz, about 25 km. Lodging in the hotel. Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

  • Day 14Transfer to the Anta Airport and 50 minute flight to Lima, or transfer to the bus terminal for the 8 hour ride to Lima. Transfer to the hotel

    Options: Flight or bus. Flights are via LC-Peru and last 50 minutes. Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

  • Day 15Stay in Lima - Transfer to the Airport

    Arrival in USA or Austria, Switzerland,Germany, etc. Overnight flight (B/-/-)

  • Day 16Arrival in Europe or the country of origin

    Arrival in USA or Austria, Switzerland,Germany, etc. Overnight Home (-/-/-)

 
 

Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
 
Next datesInfo
07/09/2019 to 22/09/2019
12 spaces available.
 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Lima Airport, Lima, Peru

Accommodation

Hotel or tent accommodation, depending on where we are.

 

About the Guide

 
 

IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.

 
 
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