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Short, 3-day trek on the “Huayuash Circuit”, Cordillera Huayhuash

Join Juventino, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on this challenging 3-day trek in the Huayhuash mountain range in Peru. Explore stunning, snow-capped mountain peaks and pristine glacial lakes.

Mountain RangeCordillera Huayhuash
Duration3 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Take in the stunning colors of the park

  • Admire the third highest mountain in Peru

  • Enjoy the sense of achievement that comes with completing a challenging hike

  • The park isn't crowded with other trekkers


The Huayhuash mountain range is part of the Peruvian Andes. It offers exquisite scenery and a sense of remoteness since, unlike the popular trails of the Cordillera Blanca, it doesn’t host many trekkers.

There are various possible routes within the Huayhuash Circuit, so completing the trek can take between 3 days and two weeks. We’ll take a short route (a section of the Huayhuash Circuit), but rest assured that 3 days is plenty of time to make lifelong memories in this very special place.

The circuit features the third highest mountain in Peru, Yerupajá. You can also expect to see pristine blue glacial lakes.

The trek requires no technical skills but participants should be in good shape and prepared for a challenge. Your effort will be rewarded constantly because the higher you climb, the more amazing the views are.

So take the plunge and come join me on this Andean adventure. You’ll be hypnotized by the beauty of the park and finish the strenuous trek with a profound sense of achievement.

Check out the other great hiking trips I offer in the region, like this 4-day Mount Chopicalqui ascent or this 18-day 3 summits expedition.



Day 1: Day 1: Huaraz - Transfer by car to Chiquián - Llamac - Pocpa - Matacancha (4,100 masl)

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet your group and you will head for the rural community of Chiquián, the starting point for trekking in the Huayhuash Mountain Range. You will continue driving, passing through the village of Llamac and finally arriving in the community of Pocpa (3,400 masl) where our team of donkey drivers will be waiting for us. We will camp here the first night, resting up before beginning our trek tomorrow.

Day 2: Day 2: Matacancha - Sambunya Pass (4,700 masl) – Jahuacocha

After breakfast, we will begin the ascent towards the Sambunya Pass (4,700 masl), surrounded by impressive peaks such as Jirishanca, Jerupaja and Rasac. After breaking for lunch at the pass, we will descend to our campsite right above the glacial lake Jahuacocha (4,100 masl) with excellent views of Yerupaja Grande, Yerupaja Chico and Jirishanca.

Day 3: Day 3: Jahuacocha - Pampa Llamac Pass (4,300 masl) - Llamac - Huaraz

Our last day on the trail, we will continue descending for 30 minutes before making our way towards the last pass at Pampa Llamac (4,300 masl) and taking in our final up-close views of the Huayhuash. From the pass, we will descend to the rural community of Llamac where transportation will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz.

About the guide

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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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