Join us on this 22-day expedition in which you will visit all the Cordillera Huayhuash by foot to finally climb the Nevado Tocllaraju.
Jun, Jul, Aug
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!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
- Group porters
Transfer to the hotel in Lima. You can rest or explore the city on your own (-/-/-).
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/-/-).
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/-).
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).
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).
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)
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).
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/-).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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)
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/-)
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/-/-).
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)
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).
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).
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/-).
You can choose between flight or bus to return to Lima (B/-/-).
Free day depending on your departure schedule. Return to your country of origin. Overnight flight (B/-/-).
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
Lima / Huaraz
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.
AGMP | IFMGA
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!
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.
Great service and trip!
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Our guide was William and he is the one that really made the trip great!
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.
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.
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.
The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.
Flormila Pineda Villanueva
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.
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.
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
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.
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“.
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