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Trek the Huayhuash circuit and visit the base camp at Siula Grande in Peru, 15 days

Come with Hisao, an experienced mountain guide, to this 15-day trek and discover the fantastic Huayhuash circuit in Peru. We will visit the popular base camp at Siula Grande!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration15 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Spend two weeks hiking in the Huayhuash circuit.

  • Visit the popular base camp of Siula Grande.

  • Contemplate stunning sceneries everywhere you go.

Description

Discover one of the most popular hiking circuits in the world. Follow me on this 15-day program in the Huayhuash circuit.

Located in the Andes of Peru, Huayhuash is a mountain range where hikers and climbers can enjoy dazzling views of mountains, lakes and glaciers.

On this 15-day adventure, we will cross several mountain passes and visit the famous Siula Grande base camp. At the bottom of the page, you can check out the itinerary of the program.

Due to the extension and the nights that we will spend sleeping in camps, this expedition is demanding and hard. Therefore, it is important to have a good level of fitness and prior experience in the mountains.

Would you like to join me on this incredible trek in the Huayhuash circuit? Check all the details below and send the request to book your place.

Or, you can also visit this Vallunaraju climb that I organize.


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Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz - Llamac

Departure from Huaraz and transfer to Llamac (3,300 meters) to set up camp. 4 to 5 hours o driving.

Day 2: Quartelhuain

Following the river Llamac, we will hike up gradually to Quartelhuain, located at 4,200 meters (6 hours).

Day 3: Laguna Mitucocha

On this day, we will cross Punta Cacanan pass (4,700 meters) and then descend to Laguna Mitucocha (4,220 meters), where we will set up camp (6 hours).

Day 4: Lake Carhuacocha

On this day, we will reach Paso de Carhuac, at 4,650 meters of altitude. We will camp at Lake Carhuacocha (4,150 meters, from where we can contemplate great views of the surrounding peaks  (6 hours).

Day 5: Extra day in Lake Carhuacocha

Hiking to the three lakes of Siula, around Lake Carhuacocha, fishing or simply a rest day to enjoy the surroundings.

Day 6: Laguna Carnicero

On this day, we can either take a 5 to 6-hour ascent to Pass Carnicero (4,600 meters) or a more demanding option to Siula Pass (4,800 meters) in 6 to 7 hours. Night in tents at Laguna Carnicero (4,300 meters).

Day 7: Laguna Viconga

We will go through a small settlement of farmers in Huayhuash and ascend to Portachuelo Pass, at 4,750 meters. Afterwards, we will descend to Laguna Viconga, where we can usually find large herds of Llama and Alpaca. Camping at 4,480 meters. Total journey of 6-7 hours. Near the camp, we can enjoy natural hot spring baths.

Day 8: Punta Cuyoc

Now, we are ready to cross the highest pass of the trek: Punta Cuyoc (5,000 meters). The descent will be steep at first but it gets easier as we move. Camping in Quebrada Huanacpatay, at 4,300 meters (4-5 hours).

Day 9: Cerro Antonio Pass - Laguna Jurau

On day 9, we will take a challenging climb to Cerro Antonio Pass (4,788 meters). Here, we will get to see some of the most fantastic views of the trek, such as Siula glacier and several small blue lakes. The descent will be steep at times and we will traverse  Laguna Jurau to reach Quebrada Calinca, at Cutatambo (4,100 meters), where we will set our camp (5 to 6 hours).

Day 10: Siula Grande base camp

On this day, we will go to the base camp of the Siula Grande mountain.

Day 11: Huallapa - Huatiac

We will go across Quebrada Calinca to the village of Huallapa. Then, we will climb through a steep valley to the high camp in Huatiac, at 4,350 meters (7 hours).

Day 12: Laguna Susucocha and Cashapampa

This day will be shorter than the day before. We will cross the Punta Tapush Pass (4,750 meters) to Laguna Susucocha and Cashapampa, at 4,500 meters (3 to 4 hours).

Day 13: Laguna Jahuacocha

Go through Punta Yaucha Pass (4,800 meters) and camp at one of the most beautiful spots in Huayhuash: Laguna Jahuacocha, at 4,150 meters (4 hours). We also have the chance to climb Diablo Mudo (5,350 meters).

Day 14: Extra day in Laguna Jahuacocha

Climb up to Cerro Amarillo, visit Soltera Cocha Lake, hike up to Sambunya pass or just relax.

Day 15: Pampa Llamac - Huaraz

Final hike to Pampa Llamac (4,3oo meters) and descent to Llamac (5-6 hours). Return to Huaraz and end of the program.


About the guide

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Hisao is the third of the Morales brothers, and like his eldest brother Eli, Hisao began working with trekking and climbing groups from a young age while still at school. He soon developed a passion for climbing and climbed extensively with porters & guides while receiving ongoing instruction from Peruvian and international guide instructors with the House of Guides in Huaraz.

Hisao took a break from guiding to attend university in Lima and graduated with double degrees in psychology & philosophy, and in education. He then spent 3 months in New Zealand in 2003 on a working holiday and improving his English, before returning to Huaraz to found Peruvian Andes Adventures with Eli.

Hisao speaks fluent English and good German which he is continuing to study. Hisao has considerable experience in the education sector, business and in organising trekking & climbing groups and is our business general manager


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