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“Touching The Void” Trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru

Join one of our certified mountain guides on this amazing trek to the base camp of "Touching The Void" in the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru.

Mountain RangeCordillera Huayhuash
Duration10 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Get to the base camp of the iconic Siula Grande, a high mountain of 6356 m.

  • Hear the dumbfounding account of British climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates.

  • Cross several high passes including Sambunya (4800 m), Yaucha (4800 m) & Tapush.

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Join us on this challenging and thrilling trek to get to the base camp to “Touching the Void” in Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru.

Touching the Void” is a truly dumbfounding account of the suffering and courage of British mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates on their journey to Siula Grande, a high mountain of 6356 m in the Cordillera Huayhuash Range in the Peruvian Andes.

The incident occurred in 1985 when the two alpinists decided to climb the threatening West Face of the peak, which had not been climbed before.

We’ll take you to the Base Camp of Siula Grande and tell you about the dramatic turn of events that occurred that day and how the climbers handled it. In 2002,  a film was also shot on the West Face of the peak about the incident.

Our journey will begin in Lima, from where we’ll transfer you to your hotel. The following day, you’ll board a bus to Huaraz, from where you’ll go on an acclimatization tour to Churup Lake (4450m).

We’ll then transfer you from Huaraz to Rondoy to begin the trek. The trail will take you through the high passes of Sambunya (4800 m), Yaucha (4800 m) and Tapush (4800 m) until you reach Cutatambo.

You’ll be crossing several small rivers and valleys on the way and be rewarded with stunning views of beautiful mountains throughout. We’ll approach the base camp of “Touching the Void” from Cutatambo.

On the way, you’ll hear the dramatic history of the two climbers until you reach the base camp. The spectacular Sarapococha lagoon will be our next stop, from where we’ll head to the viewpoint to Siula Grande and other neighboring peaks.

Passing by the camps at San Antonio, Viconga and Cajatambo, we’ll return to Huaraz or Lima, ending this incredible trip.

This is no regular trip as it speaks about the undying courage and resilience shown in the face of adversity by climbers. So, send a message to be a part of the iconic journey to the base camp of “Touching the Void”. We’ll ensure your safe and enjoyable ascent.

Also, check out the climb to the three peaks of the Cordillera Blanca here.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz – Transfer Drive to Rondoy

We’ll head south of Huaraz for about two hours to reach Chiquian. Appreciating stunning views of the Cordillera Huayhuash on the way, including Yerupaja, the second highest peak in Peru, we’ll continue to Llamac village, the gateway of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Passing by the Pocpa village and Pallca, we’ll finally get to Rondoy campsite at 4050m.

Day 2: Rondoy – Sambunya Pass 4800m.- Jahuacocha Lake 4100

After breakfast, we’ll climb up our first pass- Sambunya at 4800m. You’ll see beautiful views of Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Yerupaja 6634m. Rasac from here. While descending, you’ll see the pristine Solteracocha lake. Our campsite is next to Jahuacocha lake.

Hiking Time: 6 – 7 Hours

Day 3: Jahuacocha Lake – Yaucha Pass 4800m. – Cashpapampa 4300m

This morning, we’ll hike up to Yaucha pass 4800m. It will take 3 hours. We’ll then walk down to Ancoscancha valley. Crossing the small river, it will take about 40 minutes to get to Cashpapampa camp.

Hiking time: 7 Hours

Day 4: Cashpapampa – Tapush Pass 4800m. – Huayllapa 3500m

After breakfast, we’ll cross Tapush pass (4800m, 1 hour ). On the way, we’ll see Diablo Mudo peak and part of the Cordillera Blanca. Going down to Huayllapa village, we’ll see the culture and lifestyle of local people during our visit.

Hiking time: 5 Hours

Day 5: Huayllapa – Cutatambo

Following the Calinca valley, we’ll hike to Cutatambo camp. The trail showcases the beautiful mountains of Jurao, Carnicero, Sarapo, Yerupaja south face, Huacrish and many others.

Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours

Day 6: Cutatambo – visita Sarapococha and Base Camp of Touching TheVoid

Today, we will visit the Base Camp of Touching The Void.
We’ll begin early just after breakfast and our guide will explain the dramatic history of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates in Siula Grande 6340m on the way. Then, we’ll visit Sarapococha lagoon and head towards the viewpoint of Siula Grande, Sarapo and Rasac and later, return to camp.

Day 7: Cutatambo – Santa Rosa Pass 5020m. – San Antonio 4300m

We’ll climb Santa Rosa (5000m). It will take 3 hours from the pass and we will have amazing mountain views accompanying us to San Antonio Camp.

Hiking time: 6 Hours

Day 8: San Antonio – Cuyoc Pass 5000m. – Viconga 4300m.( hot spring)

Crossing the Cuyoc pass at 5000m, we’ll see the stunning peaks of Cuyoc, Pumarinry and the Cordillera Raura. We’ll then descend to Viconga camp ( hot spring) to take a dip in the hot waters.

Hiking time: 5 hours

Day 9: Viconga – Cajatambo 3300m

After breakfast, we’ll descend along the Pumarinri valley to arrive at Cajatambo Pass at 4150m. After bidding our farewell to Cordillera Huayhuash, we’ll then get to Cajatambo town and spend the night in a hostel or in tents and have a celebration dinner.

Hiking Time: 7 Hours

Day 10: Cajatambo – Pativilva – Lima or Huaraz

We’ll transfer you to Pativilca village , from where you’ll get to Huaraz and further continue to your hotel in Lima or the airport.

Time: 7 – 8 hours

 

Day 11: Transfer to Airport


About the guide

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Peruvian Mountains was founded in 2007 by Rodolfo Reyes Oropeza, a professional certified mountain guide. We offer trekking adventures, expeditions and guided climbs along professional IFMGA-certified mountain guides.

We want you to enjoy a safe, unforgettable experience in the Peruvian Andes, climbing the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash and discovering Cusco and our unique cultural treasures, like Machu Picchu. Our high-quality service extends to Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.


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