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Trekking Huayhuash and ascent to Tocllaraju

Join us on this 22-day expedition in which you will visit all the Cordillera Huayhuash by foot to finally climb the Nevado Tocllaraju.

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Cordillera Blanca

22 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug


Description

Welcome to a superb expedition in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca. My proposal consists in a 22-day trip in which we'll enjoy the Huayhuash Trek and a climb to the Nevado Tocllaraju.

This amazing tour starts in the city of Huaraz. There, we can visit some incredible Pre-Inca ruins. Then, we will hike up to some beautiful lakes inside the Huascaran National Park, ascending two small mountains. That way we will be well acclimatize before the biggest goal.

After that, it is time to experience the highlight of this trip. The following 10 days will be dedicated to walk along the Cordillera Huayhuash, passing by the Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca peaks. During the night, we'll set up our camps on the shore of the best mountain lakes of the region.

Finally, I will help you conquer the summit of the Mount Tocllaraju. This climb will take 4 days and it's not easy. However, once you achieve it, it will be a lifetime experience.

If you don't have so many days in the area, you can also reach this summit in only 4 days. Therefore, here I leave my ascent program to the Tocllaraju peak for you to check it out. Keep in mind you will need an excellent fitness level since there is no previous acclimatization.

So, please get in touch with me so we can discuss and plan this trip together. I will be happy to guide you through the Cordillera Huayhuash and help you conquer the Tocllaraju!

 

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Itinerary

Day 1: Flight from your country of origin -Arrival in Lima

Transfer to the hotel in Lima. You can rest or explore the city on your own (-/-/-).

 

Day 2: Lima - Travel by bus to Huaraz (3100 m)

This ride follows the Pan American highway across the impressive Pacific coastal desert. We will pass through the Cordillera Negra (Black Range) by the Conococha Pass (4020 m) into the Santa Valley and Huaraz. The trip is 400 km and takes 8 hours.

You can also fly via LCPERU. Duration of the flight: 50 minutes. Overnight stay in the hotel of Huaraz (B/-/-).

 

Day 3: Huaraz - Trekking to Laguna 69 (4450 m) - Huaraz

Laguna 69 is the most famous lake in the Cordillera Blanca. Our trail winds through picturesque forests alongside a steep and daunting ridge. Laguna 69 is flanked by glacial moraines. Immediately above the deep blue surface of the lake, we will see the ice walls of the Chacraraju, one of the most beautiful, but also most difficult peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. After rest and pictures, we will return to the hotel in Huaraz (B/L/-).

 

Day 4: Huaraz - Transfer to Cordillera Huayhuash - Matacancha camp (4150 m)

Transfer via the Santa Valley across the Pachacoto Bridge. Then continue on the road to the Huarapasca Pass. At the top of the pass, you’ll see the Pasto Ruri glacier. Continuing over 2 more passes to the village of Matacancha in the Huayhuash region. It is the starting point of the trekking circuit. Here we will meet the team of assistants, donkeys and donkey drivers and spend the night in our first campsite (B/L/D).

 

Day 5: Matacancha - Trek to Cacanampunta (4700 m) - Laguna Mitococha (4300m)

First day of trekking. We will climb the steep slope of Matacancha to the Cacanampunta Pass, which forms the continental divide between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Descent over wide fields and a beautiful camp at Laguna Mitococha, where we’ll spend the night (B/L/D).

 

Day 6: Mitucocha - Punta Carhuac Pass (4640 m) - Laguna Carhuacocha (4200 m)

Today we must climb the Punta Carhuac Pass and descend over smooth rolling grasslands to the Carhuacocha Lake, one of the best campsites on the route. If there is no wind, we’ll see the peaks Jirishanca and Yerupajá reflected on the surface of the water. At that lake live indigenous farmers. With their permission we may catch some fresh trout for dinner! (B/L/D)

 

Day 7: Carhuacocha - Siula Pass (4950 m) / Laguna Quesillococha – Huayhuash (4450 m)

 

This part of the route is strenuous. It passes through remote peaks and glaciers of Huayhuash. We will pass by the Lake Carhuacocha and beyond it, there is the ice fall and retreating glacier of the Sarapo Peak (6127m). We will also cross the Siula Pass (4950 m) with amazing panoramic views. The descent into the Quesillococha Camp seems effortless after that climb.

Alternative: If you prefer an easier day, there is a route that is a little longer but less demanding. It goes flat along the east edge of the Carhuacocha Lake. Then we must climb through the Quebrada Acoshpado to the summit of the Punta Carnicero (4580 m) and finally, descend to the two lakes of Atocshaiko to Carnicero Camp or Huayhuash Camp at Quesillococha Lake (B/L/D).

 

Day 8: Huayhuash - Trekking to Portachuelo de Huayhuash – Laguna Viconga / Hot Springs (4400 m)

A wide commercial route extends to the south to the small village Portachuelo de Huayhuash and then to the headwaters of the Huayhuash River. Descend to the largest lake, and the southernmost point of the trek: Viconga Lake, one of the many water reservoirs for Lima. Viconga Hot Springs Camp (B/L/-).

 

Day 9: Viconga - Punta Cuyoc Pass (5020 m) - Huanacpatay (4350 m)

Today we’ll cross the highest pass of the Huayhuash Trek, over Punto Cuyoc. From the lake of Puscanturpa Gorge, we will scramble over rocks and sand to the pass. We will drop sharply to the Huanacpatay Gorge and we’ll set up camp in a field close to the houses of Huanacpatay (B/L/D).

 

Day 10: Huanacpatay - Huayllapa (3600 m) - Huatiac (290 m)

We will hike along the river to the Calinca Valley (Rio Huayllapa) and continue to the village of Huayllapa. In the relatively low elevation, the trail takes us through dense vegetation with many colors of flowers. We will then have a steep 3-hour climb to the north to camp in Huatiac (B/L/D).

 

Day 11: Huatiac - Punta Tapush (4800 m) - Cashpapampa (4500 m)

At times the climb of today is steep and strenuous, under the glaciated cliffs of the Raju Collota to Punta Tapush Pass. Once again, magnificent views including Nevado Diablo Mudo, tomorrow’s destination for the ambitious and physically strong climbers among us. Short descent from the pass to Susococha Lake and a little farther to Cashgapampa Camp (B/L/D).

 

Day 12: Cashgapampa - Llaucha Pass (4750 m) - Laguna Jahuacocha (4066 m)

Option 1: Climb the Diablo Mudo (5350 m). Those climbing Diablo Mudo will begin very early and will have a long day. From the north side on the last steepest slopes, we’ll use crampons, ice axe and harness. The feeling of success at reaching 5000 meters and the awesome views at the summit of the Diablo Mudo are a well-deserved reward for the effort. Descent to the Jahuacocha Lake.

Option 2: trek with a short descent from Cashgapampa, turning into the Angocancha Gorge (4350 m) and ascent to the Yaucha Pass (4750 m), where we will stop and enjoy the impressive views. Steep descent towards the northeast in Huacrish Gorge leading to the Jahuacocha Lake Camp (B/L/D).

 

Day 13: Rest Day at Jahuacocha Lake

Rest Day at Jahuacocha Lake. Optional trekking to the Berlin Mountain (5,094 m) or to the Sambuya/Rondoy Pass (4,750 m) or to the Solteracocha Lake. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

 

Day 14: Jahuacocha - Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) - Village of Pocpa (3600 m) - Transfer to Huaraz

Last day of this trek. Climb the last pass (Jahua Punta) and a long descent to Pocpa. In this village we will finish our adventure. Here we will leave our team of donkeys and donkey drivers. The private transport is waiting to take us back to Huaraz. Overnight stay in the hotel (B/L/-)

 

Day 15: Rest Day in Huaraz

Relaxing day in Huaraz. There is a option to practice rock climbing in Chancos. This area is 40 minutes north of Huaraz. It has 8 routes of different difficulties. This is a good place to spend a quiet day in nature and visit the hot springs to relax aching muscles. Overnight stay in the hotel in Huaraz (B/-/-).

 

Day 16: Huaraz - Transfer to Pueblo Pashpa - Laguna Cochapampa (3400 m)- Ishinca Base Camp (4200 m)

Transfer from Huaraz to the village of Pashpa, in direction to the Tocllaraju peak. In the Ishinca Valley, there are two peaks over 5000 meters – Urus and Ishinca – some of the least technical and “non-extreme” mountains. There are also some mountains over 6000 m. So, we’ll ascend to the Base Camp. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

 

Day 17: Ishinca Base Camp - Trekking to Moraine Camp (5000 m)

Ascent to the Tocllaraju Moraine Camp, very close to the glacier. The trail is steep at first, then it turns into a rocky one with boulders. Finally, we will reach the Moraine Camp (B/L/D).

 

Day 18: Moraine Camp - Tocllaraju Summit (6.034 m)- Return to Base Camp

Summit day! We will proceed over the glacier to the northwest ridge of the peak. We might find small ice walls. The summit ridge is secured with fixed ropes. From this peak the view opens on the entire Cordillera Blanca. Descent to Base Camp (B/L/D).

 

Day 19: Base Camp - Trekking downhill to Laguna Cochapampa (3400 m) -Pashpa - Huaraz

After breakfast we will leave for an easy return to Pashpa. Today the donkeys will be carrying our camping and personal equipment. We’ll return via a hillside covered with quenual trees. Here our private transport will be waiting. We’ll arrive Huaraz for lunch time. Lodging in the hotel of the city (B/L/-).

 

Day 20: Transfer to the Anta Airport and flight to Lima or bus 

You can choose between flight or bus to return to Lima (B/-/-).

 

Day 21: Transfer to the airport - Return to your country

Free day depending on your departure schedule. Return to your country of origin. Overnight flight (B/-/-).

 

Day 22: End of the program

 

Details

More info

Not included in the price:

-Travel accident and health insurance - 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 - Personal expenses - Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.) - Tips

Meeting point

Lima / Huaraz

About the guide

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.

Languages

| English

Certificates

AGMP | IFMGA

Residence

Huaraz


What people are saying about Peru Expeditions

Bad Hetterscheid

5.00

September, 2022

William was such a knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient guide! He brought books and support materials to further explain the history of the sites we were seeing, was always ready with an answer to any questions, and had great suggestions of where to take photos. He chose a truly remarkable cook for our trek, who kept us well fed with a huge variety of foods (and an ample supply of it!) and filled with hot beverages at all hours of the day and night. He allowed us to set the pace each day, and was cheerful and helpful and relaxed throughout-he absolutely enhanced a wonderful experience! Many thanks to you, William!

Bad Hetterscheid

5.00

September, 2022

Eric from Peru Expeditions is a fabulous, safe, and conscientious Tour Operator. He chose an incredible guide for us (Darwin) who was highly esteemed by every guide we met at every point along the journey-the respect of one’s peers speaks for itself! We were very well supported, always had perfect timing with seeing sunrises, beating “the crowd” to our destinations, and had ample food. The Peruvian mountains are stunningly beautiful- I’m ready to go back again already! Book with Eric - he’s going to take good care of you.

Connor White

5.00

September, 2022

Great service and trip!

Johannes Besmehn

3.00

August, 2022

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Alexey Volegov

5.00

July, 2022

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Matt LAIRD

5.00

November, 2021

Our guide was William and he is the one that really made the trip great!

Juliusz Zulauf

5.00

September, 2021

It was really good climbing expedition. The company put good effort to accommodate our needs and requests. Lima Central Office support was outstanding. Edgar, our climbing guide was top notch. Supporting staff during the climb was very helpful and friendly as well. For my personal needs, some modification of an acclimatisation scheme would be beneficial. First week of the trip consisted of various day trips to destinations of increasing altitudes, but all nights were at Huaraz, at 3100 m altitude. For me, to be fully acclimatized I need to sleep at the altitude. My first night at the higher altitude was at Pisco refuge (4800 m) and resulted with mild altitude sickness preventing me from successful climbing the following day. I would prefer spending two nights at high altitude before first high climb. It might not be the case for some other people, but it was for me. If not for this, I would had awarded straight five stars.

Marcela Hronesova

2.00

July, 2021

Disappointed with the whole experience. Didn't climb with Juventino, never met him. Got a different guide. Booked Pisco and Chopicalcui as separate climbs with one day off in between to rest. Agency combined the climbs. They told me to of go from Pisco BC directly to Chopicalcui moraine camp. Got a different guide who didn't tell me that we'll get snowed in at moraine camp. Only found out about the snow once we reached Chopicalcui moraine camp. Spent the night there, next day had to go down. Disappointed rebooked my flight and left Peru. Waste of my time and money.

Marcela Hronesova

4.00

July, 2021

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.

Tony Hoffman

5.00

September, 2020

The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.

Flormila Pineda Villanueva

5.00

May, 2020

My visit to Huaraz was one of the most beautiful trips of my life. Our days of adventure began with the visit of lagoons in the white mountain range; wilcacocha, churup, paron, lagoon 69 and we finish with the most beautiful Santa Cruz trek. Our trip was a complete success, during the stay in Huaraz we stayed at the ALPAMAYO GUEST HOUSE hotel, an excellent place in the center of Huaraz. I recommend Mr. Juventino to make his trip and his hotel the and if nice family People.

Koseth Saenz

5.00

May, 2020

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.

Pietro Garanzini

5.00

May, 2020

Our experience in Peru was an unforgettable journey, we started a journey in this country to visit Machu Picchu and the surroundings of Cusco as a sacred valley, etc. Afterwards, our next destination was to arrive in the beautiful land of Huaraz, where our main goal was the trekking of Santa Cruz and a not very difficult base climb and after the trekking of Huayhuash. We will be back next year with more customers, friends of our mountain club, thanks for everything and see you soon in Huaraz!

Michael W English

5.00

March, 2020

From the very first emails communication which was dealt with efficiently and provide all the required information and other options for myself to consider. When I arrived the communication was excellent and very well organised. When I return later this year I will without doubt be using Eric and the team. When we arrive at the start point to getting back the local guide was excellent. I have nothing but praise for the set up.

Wolfgang Gratz

5.00

September, 2019

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“.

Mrs Erin Leigh Hardy

5.00

August, 2019

We are a group of friends and a mountain club, we have made trips with Eric since 2007, we have done the most classic tours in Cusco: Ausangate trek, Choquequirao trek, Salkantay trek, all tours always with Machu Picchu ending, the Inca culture is very interesting and if you travel to Peru you must visit it - and not missing Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In Huaraz we have running out the tours: Santa Cruz trek, Alpamayo trek, Huayhuash trek, and the climbs, and Nevado Pisco trek, Nev. Vallunaraju, Tocllaraju, Alpamayo and Huascaran. Every year our club members go from 15 to 20 people to Huaraz, and in Cusco culture we have groups from 18 to 30 people, and all these trips are made by our partner Eric and Juventino in Peru. And friends always return very happy with the services they perform on the tours we sell. We recommend them to make a quality and safe trip, they have about 30 certified guides working for them, Juventino is the head of the company and is a member of UIAGM - IFMGA. They also have a family Hotel called "Alpamayo Guest House" this is in Huaraz, and every time our group ends their trek, climbing or expedition trip, the Juventino family invite us to a special dinner called (Pachamanca) as a very Inca Traditional food, this meal is prepared by JUVENTINOS wife Dina, she is a typical person of the area and they live in the Unchus village, this is an unforgettable dinner for all group participants. Next year we will extend our trip with mountain bike MTB around the Huascaran and the Huayhuash mountain range, and we will also have new trips from Lima: Nazca Lines, Arequipa Cañon del Colca, Cusco Inca Trail, Puno Floating Islands Lake Titicaca and the Tiawanaco culture peace.

Verónica

5.00

July, 2019

We had a very nice experience with Juventino. He was very nice to us, always taking care of our needs. I'll for sure hire him again to be my guide if I go back to Huaraz. I absolutely recommend him!

Sowmi

5.00

July, 2019

Loved the experience

Dickens Rondán

5.00

July, 2019

JUVENTINO IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL GUIDE, AT ALL TIMES HE WAS VERY ATTENTIVE TO OUR REQUIREMENTS. SHARING THE TREKKING WITH HIM WAS VERY REWARDING AND I LEARNED A LOT.

Norbert from Austria

5.00

June, 2019

There were bad conditions for the first mountain we wanted to climb,  so we had to search for other mountain, which was possible to climb with the bad conditions. NO PROBLEM for Eric and his team. Eric made within 1 day another program for the following 2 weeks. I really want to say "thank you for this expedition". I enjoyed the whole trip/expedition, because of his professional competence. Hope we see us soon!

Hans Dekkers

5.00

June, 2019

We have done a tour in the Cordillera Blanca, visit the lagoons and the Cordillera Huayhuash trek, then we have visited Machu Picchu culture, and the Ausangate trek. The services given and guides were a unique experience for all our groups 15 people, we are very happy with the service given by the travel agency who lead Juventino and Eric "Peru Expeditions Tours" - The quality of service very good as food, guides, tents, and all the logistics of the trip the whole service, we hope to return at another time with more friends and clients to make the trips in Peru, we recommend Juventino and his family as a professional guide and quality experience. They also have an "Alpamayo Guest House" hotel with good quality service and spacious rooms, during our stay everything was of quality service. So we recommend Juventino and all his family so that you can make your trips in Peru. Sincerely Hans and many greetings to all.

Emmet

5.00

June, 2019

Eric and Juventino are family and they treat each one of their clients as family. It's truly a fun time being out in the mountains with them! I did with them many tours throughout Cordillera Blanca, Including Pisco, Chopicalqui and all of the lakes.

Tatiana Murillo

5.00

April, 2019

He’s an excellent guide, He explains the places, the stories, why many infrastructures are made, if I were to do a tour in Peru again, I would like him to be my guide, highly recommended.  We visited Lima, the desert, Machu Picchu and the mountain of 7 colors.

Veronika

5.00

June, 2018

I can warmly recommend Eric and his company Peru Expeditions Tours. Eric and his team are very professional. They speak fluent English and Eric speaks German. They answered very quickly to questions before the trip. Eric helped me to organize an excursion to the high camp of Alpamayo. He also helped me to rent the right equipment. I also enjoyed ten fantastic days trekking Cordillera Huayhuash and climbing Nevado Pumarinri (5465 m) and Nevado Diablo Mudo (5350 m) with Eric and his team. The organization and the equipment (tents etc.) of the trekking were perfect and the team surprised me with a birthday cake at the Cashpapampau Camp (at 4500 meters) and they also prepared delicious vegetarian food for me on the hike. After Huayhuash we climbed Mount Tocllaraju (6034 HM), organized by Eric and Peru Expeditions Tours. All the guides who work for Eric are local people with a lot of experience and education in the mountains, they speak perfect English and try to do everything to make the clients happy! Thanks to Peru Expeditions Tours I really enjoyed the time in the mountains around Huaraz. I am looking forward to more treks and climbing with you in the future!

John Farris

5.00

May, 2018

5 star guide. Nothing but the best.

Nicole et Catherine

5.00

April, 2017

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.

Andrés

5.00

March, 2016

The legend Juventino. My brother and I travelled to Huaraz to climb the Vallunaraju summit. Our guide Juventino has been the best guide I've had over the past years and I have made a lot of hikes and climbing over the world. He is a very talented and experienced guide, he took care of us very much and made sure safety is first. We also had an amazing experience with the food, they cooked delicious meals. They also have top brand quality equipment that made us feel really safe, we had the lucky experience of having a horrible storm at the base camp and I believe that the north face summit series tent they provided saved us!!!! Overall, best guide I have ever had, made us feel very confortable and happy. If you want a guide to feel safe and have the best experience possible go with the legend Juventino!!!


 

 

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