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


Join a local 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.


Cordillera Huayhuash, Cordillera Huayhuash

3 Days

May - Nov




* 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.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

Price details

Price includes: Cooks and helpers, donkey driver and donkeys, tents (2 person), kitchen equipment. NOT included: international flights to Lima, transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival/departure, exit tax at the airport in Lima, accident and health insurance, luggage insurance and trip cancellation, meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz, pick up at the airport in Lima, transfer from the hotel to the airport and bus station, Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel, Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz or other hotel, personal expenses, personal equipment (boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.), tips


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.



What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel El Tambo I Huaraz Peru
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Hotel El Tambo II Huaraz Peru
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Hotel El Tambo Huaraz Peru
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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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