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Quilcayhuanca 3-day trek via the Huapi Pass


A moderate trek for those who want to live some days in the immensity of the Quilcayhuanca Valley. Join a local certified mountain guide on this amazing 3-day hike. You won't regret it!

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Cordillera Blanca

3 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


Welcome to a great short hike in a nice valley far from other touristic routes: the Quilcayhuanca trek!

This Quilcayhuanca 3-day tour I am offering woks perfectly as an acclimatization before a bigger goal. I think it is also ideal for those in search of an easy trip outdoors which lets them enjoy the unique landscape of north Peru.

During this hiking trip in Quilcayhuanca you'll find 3 amazing lakes: the Cayesh, the Tullpacocha and the Cuchilla. All of them are over 4000 meters of altitude! Moreover, the Tullpacocha and the Cuchilla lakes lie at the base of a great cirque of peaks, known as "the Chinchey peaks group". It's at 6309 meters of height. As you can see, it is also a really amazing trip to discover all these wonders that Peru has for you!

And as if all this were not enough, in the interior of the Quilcayhuanca valley, we can appreciate a great gorge of 13 km long that ends in the huge cirque of peaks.

The trail also passes through green fields where there are a big amount of cows, horses and donkeys. It is possible to see the most diverse fauna in this place, from small birds to curious foxes. You will also witness a large number of archaeological remains that add more value to this journey. Please find more details about the itinerary at the bottom of this description.

Regarding the best season to come, I recommend the period from May till September, during the driest season. The maximum group size is 15 guests. All of them must have some previous hiking experience and a good physical condition. I have not an open group yet, so I will open a new one for you and your friends if you wish!

All you have to do is getting in touch with me. I will help you plan this amazing trip or many other hiking adventures in the area, such as this trekking day in the Wilcacocha Lake.

So, fill out the form and let's conquer the Cordillera Blanca together !!!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: Huaraz - Transfer via Pitec - Trekking Quebrada Quilcayhuanca - Laguna Tullpacocha (4350 m)

Today we will be transferred to Pitec, from where we will start the hike to our next destination: the Quilcayhuanca Valley. The route winds through the gorge alongside glaciated peaks. Here we will also find archaeological remains called Nuevo Tambo. The Cayeshpampa camp (4,100 m) is not easy to find among the rocks, so we can also camp near the lake. In the afternoon we’ll climb to Laguna Tullpacocha, where the icebergs from the glacier are still floating. Overnight Camp (B/L/D).

Day 2: Laguna Tullpacocha - Cayashpampa - Huapi Pass (5020 m) - Cojup (4150 m)

Today we will set off on an uphill trail, getting to Cuchillacocha Lake (4,625 m) at the foot of the snowcapped peaks of Pucaranra and Chinchey. From here, we’ll continue climbing to the Huapi Pass at 5020 meters for approximately 5 hours. We’ll be then at the highest point of the circuit. After that, we will descend towards the Cojup Gorge to set up our camp in this beautiful canyon. Later we’ll take a short hike to the Palcacocha Lake (4,350 m) and return to enjoy the sunset. Overnight Camp (B/L/D).

Day 3: Quebrada Cojub - Transfer to Huaraz

After breakfast we will leave the camp for an easy return. We will walk down along the Quebrada Cojub trail. At the end of the valley our private transfer will be waiting to take us back Huaraz via Llupa and Unchus. We’ll be in the city by lunchtime. Overnight stay in a hotel (B/L/-).



More info

Not included in the price:

  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station -Transport public bus or Domestic flight Airline LC-Peru
  • Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel
  • Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz or other hotel
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

Meeting point


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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