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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!

Cordillera Blanca

3 Days

May - 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

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip


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/-).



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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

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About the guide

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Guide Agency

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


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.


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“.



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.


5 star guide. Nothing but the best.


A very, very sympathic guide, who knows all the secrets of the places and itinerarys the most beautiful ; organization top ; food excellent too ; marvellous souvenirs.

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