The fantastic Huayhuash mountain range is famous due to its 6096-meter knife-edged peaks that attract climbers and mountaineers from all over the world.
Today I’d like to invite you to this challenging 12- 14-day trek that crosses 8 high mountain passes. As we circle the entire mountain range we’ll enjoy the most amazing panoramic views of the Andean giants, such as the Yerupaja, the 2nd highest summit in Peru.
Our adventure finishes with an optional ascent to the 5253-meter Diablo Mudo Peak, which does not imply a technical climb and offers breathtaking sceneries of the entire Huayhuash.
Join me on this tempting experience in such an incredible alpine paradise. The expedition starts in Pocpa and culminates in Llamac. Find all the details of the day by day program at the end of this description.
Please contact me now by clicking on the green button and book your trip. We can the discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. Let’s conquer the Huayhuash mountain range together!
Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac – Pocpa
After breakfast in hotel, I will pick you up to drive the village of Chiquian, Llamac and finally Pocpa, our first camp at 3,400 meters. Here our donkey driver will be waiting for us and ready for next day.
Pocpa – Cuartelhuain (4100 m)
After breakfast we’ll have to go up for a flat area passing Palca. We will arrive to the Cuartelhuain camp after 4 walking hours.
Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass (4,700 m) – Mitucocha
In the morning we’ll climb up to our first pass: Punta Cacanan (4700m). Then we’ll descend to our camp at the beautiful Mitucocha Lake (4150 m). It’ll take 6 hours. From our camp we’ll have close views of the huge peaks Ronday, Jirishanca and Ninashanca.
Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4,600 m) – Carhuacocha (4,200 m)
We will climb to the next pass, the Carhuac (4600m) and have views of Siula Grande. We’ll then descend to a camp at 4200 meters of height, above the Carhuacocha Lake and beneath the impressive peaks of Yerupaja Grande, Yerupaja Chico and Jirishanca.
Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4,800 m) – Huayhuash (4,250 m)
A long day, with a choice of two routes: Punta Suila (4800 m) or Punta Carnicero (4600 m) to reach the small hamlet of Huayhuash. Camping at 4250 meters of altitude.
Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass (4,600 m) – Viconga
We’ll climb up the Portachuelo Pass (4,650m) from where you can admire the Cordillera Raura and the snow-capped peak Leon Huacanan. We’ll skirt the large Viconga Lake before walking up the valley for half an hour and set up camp at 4300 meters. There are some hot springs near Viconga.
Viconga – Cuyoc Pass (5,000 m) – San Antonio (4,300 m)
After our breakfast we’ll climb for 3 hours to the Cuyoc Pass, the highest pass in this trek. From there we will see the Raura range and the mountains of the Huayhuash as the Pumarinry, Cuyoc and Jurao. Finally we must go down for 1 hour to the San Antonio camp.
San Antonio – San Antonio Pass (5,020 m) – Cutatambo (4,300 m)
In the morning we’ll climb up to San Antonio Pass for about 2 hours. In the pass we will see the next peaks: Jurao, Sarapo, Siula grande, Huacrish, Santa Rosa and the Jurao Lake. Finally, we will descend to the Cutatambo Camp.
Rest day or visit Base Camp of "Touching The Void"
This day we have two options: to visit the Sarapococha Lake, famous by the film “Touching The Void” or to stay in the camp, resting and relaxing.
Cutatambo – Huayllapa – Huatiac camp
Follow the Calinca valley we’ll go down to the Huayllapa Village. Along the way we will see typical vestments of the local people. Then we’ll ascend to the Huatiac Camp. Total walking time: 6 hours.
Huatiac – Tapush Pass – Cashpapampa
This day we’ll have an easy walk to the Tapush Pass at 4,800 meters of height. After 40 minutes we’ll be in the Cashpapamapa Camp. Total hiking time: 3 hours.
Cashpapampa – Yaucha pass (4,800 m) – Jahuacocha
In the morning we will go down for 30 minutes and then up to the Yaucha Pass (4800 m) before descending to the espectacular Jahuacocha Lake (4100 m). On the way there is dramatic rock scenery with magnificent views of the peaks of Rondoy, Jirishanca and Yerupaja.
NOTE: people who decide to climb Diablo Mudo must leave at about 4 am. After summit they have to go down for the Juacrish Valley to Jahuacocha or visit Cerro Amarrillo.
Jahuacocha – Visit to Cerro Amarrillo or rest day.
This day we will rest. People who wish, can go to Cerro Amarrillo summit from where we can see almost all the mountains of the Huayhuash range. Finally we’ll return to the Jahuacocha Camp. The other option is to stay all day in the camping site and rest.
Jahuacocha – Pampa Llamac Pass (4,300 m) – Llamac – Huaraz
Today we’ll cross the final pass of the route: Pampa Llamac at 4500 meters. We’ll then descend to the village of Llamac Here we’ll say good bye to our trek crew and meet our vehicles for a 5 hour drive back to Huaraz.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport to the start of the trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
Skill level required
Fitness level required