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Trekking the Cordillera Huayhuash circuit in Peru, 10 days

Trekking the Cordillera Huayhuash circuit in Peru, 10 days
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Trekking the Cordillera Huayhuash circuit in Peru, 10 days
Trekking the Cordillera Huayhuash circuit in Peru, 10 days

Come and enjoy a 10 day trek along the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru with one of our experienced and IFMGA certified guides.

Private

Cordillera Huayhuash, Cordillera Huayhuash

10 Days

Apr - Oct

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

* Come and enjoy a 10-day trek through the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru.

* Visit a number of great lagoons, including the Laguna Carhuacocha.

* Sleep in different camping areas throughout the mountain range.

Description

A gorgeous range in the Peruvian Andes, the Cordillera Huayhuash is a wonderful place to visit, explore and enjoy. And, on this 10-day trek, you will get to explore a great deal of the area.

Beginning in Huaraz, our trip will take us from the north to the south of the Cordillera Huayhuash that includes approximately 20 summits, which you can view along the trek, including Yerupaja (6,617m), which is the second highest peak in Peru. You will also get to see the Siula Grande (6,344m).

Other spots you’ll get to visit during the trip include, Llamac, the Laguna Carhuacocha, Paso Trapecio, Paso Tapush and so many more. And, during the evenings, you’ll get to rest under the stars in a number of different, beautiful spots.

Since this trek lasts for 10 days, it is important that you are in good physical condition. Also, while not technically difficult, prior hiking experience is advantageous.

To trek through the Cordillera Huayhuash is an experience you will never forget. Wondrous and gorgeous, the Peruvian mountain range you’ll get to explore during this 10-day expedition will take your breath away. To enjoy it for yourself, all you have to do is send a request.

Would you like to go on a shorter trek in the Cordillera Blanca? Then come and join us on this great 3-day trek from Olleros to Chavin de Huantar.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Hot shower

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Price Includes

Certified Trekking Guide (english, spanish)

Certified chef

Private transportation: Huaraz - Matacancha

Private transportation: Pocpa - Huaraz

Donkey drivers and donkeys for the transfer of the logistic camping equipment (10 Kg per passenger)

5 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch, teatime and dinner)

4 seasons tent with double occupancy

Tent kitchen, dining room and bathroom.

Fully equipped kitchen and dining tent

First aid kit

Boiled water to fill your bottle every day

Warm water for your daily personal cleanliness

Emergency horse for the group of participants

Tips to get to Huaraz

Advice before the Expedition

Last day: Dinner and typical Andean drink in Jahuacocha camp.

Price Excludes

Airline ticket to Lima and back to the country of origin

Bus transportation Lima / Huaraz / Lima

Entrance fee to the campsites in the Cordillera Huayhuash (S/. 280.00 soles per person)

Personal tent (if you want a personal tent, the rent is S/. 30 soles per day)

Extra costs for premature abandonment of the expedition

International Medical Insurance

Accident and rescue insurance (you can ask us about the agreement we have with Global Rescue for a preferential price)

Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance

Transfer to Huaraz out of schedule, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition

First breakfast at the beginning of the itinerary is not included

Sleeping bag -25° / -30º

Personal expenses

Hotel during your stay in Huaraz

Tips for guide / staff


Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz (3,100 m) – Cuartelhuain (4,100 m) – Mitucocha Camp (4,270 m)

This adventure will start in Huaraz, we will pick you up at your hotel with private transportation. After pick up we head southeast towards the town of Chiquian, where we will stop for approximately 30 minutes for breakfast.

The transport will leave us in Cuartelhuain, from here we will begin the first day’s hike. This day you will reach the Cacananpunta pass (4.690m), an excellent viewpoint east towards the Huanuco region. Near this pass lunch time is waiting for us, the chef will prepare the picnic on the edge of the road.

The views are the following: Pucacocha Lake with its reddish waters due to the iron mineral in its water.

The peaks Ninashanca, Rondoy and the Huallanca mountain range; the Mitucocha camp is the final destination at the foot of the mentioned peaks.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Transfer by car: 5 hours. Estimated hiking time: 4 hours. Elevation: +520 /-490 m.

Day 2: Mitucocha Camp (4,270 m) – Alcay Pass (4,780 m) – Carhuacocha Camp (4,140 m)

On the second day the hike reaches the Alcay Pass which is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the circuit for its spectacular view of Siulá Grande, Yerupajá Grande and Chico, Jirishanca, Ninashanca, all by their wild and steep east faces. Then we head towards the Alcaycocha lake, very close to this place we will take our lunch break. Finally we descend to the beautiful Carhuacocha lake (4150 m) and in a few minutes we will be reaching our camp(Carhuacocha). At night nothing is better than watching the stars, the Milky Way nebula and its reflection on the Carhuacocha lake.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 7 hours Elevation: +510 m / -640 m

Day 3: Carhuacocha Camp (4,140 m) – Siula Pass (4,800 m) – Huayhuash Camp (4,300 m)

This day is one of the best of the Huayhuash circuit, because you can enjoy the spectacular sunrise when the peaks of the mountains are reflected on the Carhuacocha lake. You can enjoy the views of the turquoise lakes: Siula lake, Quesillococha and Azulcocha.

Then, we will reach the Siula Pass, from this point we will have a view of the Raura mountain range, an incredible place to stay for a long time and enjoy the beautiful scenery, lunch will be waiting for us at 5 minutes from the Siula pass.

Finally we will walk downhill, we will observe the Carnicero lake. Our final destination will be the Huayhuash camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time, lunch and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 7 hours approx. Elevation: +660 / -500 m.

Day 4: Huayhuash Camp (4,300 m) – Trapecio Pass (5,000 m) – Elephant Valley Camp (3,900 m)

The way of this day will be towards the Trapecio Pass, after 4 hours of walking we will arrive to the above pass where we will be able to appreciate a spectacular view of the Trapecio mountain and beautiful landscapes of the lakes that are located below the Puscanturpa mountain also the mountains Cuyoc, Milpo and part of the Cordillera Raura.

We make the descent to the lakes, on this route we will take the lunch break. We continue the trail down and we will find a giant rock with the silhouette of elephant, as well as another rock formation that is like a mummy, we are arriving at the Elephant valley camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 6 to 7 hours Elevation: +700 / -1.100 m

Day 5: Elephant Valley Camp (3,900 m)- Santa Rosa Pass (5,100 m) – Cutatambo Camp (4,250 m)

It’s a spectacular day for the privileged view at the highest pass of the Huayhuash trek: Santa Rosa pass, viewpoint of the entire trekking circuit. From this point we will be able to appreciate in its maximum splendor the Jurao lake and peak, Sarapo peak, Siula Grande peak, Siula Chico peak, Yerupajá peak and Rasac peak. After descending the Santa Rosa pass there will be lunch time, finally we will continue descending towards the Quebrada Huayllapa until we arrive to our camp in Cutatambo.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 6 to 7 hours. Elevation: +1.200 / -850 m.

Day 6: Cutatambo Camp (4,250 m) – Huayllapa Village (3,500 m)

This day the hike goes on the descending road through the Huayllapa canyon, surrounded by Tarwi plants and following the Calinca river. We will pass through beautiful landscapes, andean gates and waterfalls until we arrive to Huayllapa village where you can buy personal hygiene supplies, generic medicines, drinks, batteries, etc; also this place offers places with wifi, hot shower and power outlets for charging devices.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 4 hours. Elevation: -750 m

Day 7: Huayllapa Village (3,500 m) – Tapush Pass (4,750 m) – Gashpapampa Camp (4,600 m)

This day the hike starts uphill from Huayllapa to Tapush Pass, the road is surrounded by vegetation along the way. After 5 hours of walking we will arrive at the Tapush pass, from this point we will enjoy our lunch and the view of the Diablo Mudo Mountain (5350m) and the Susococha lake. We continue downhill until we reach the Gashpapampa camp (4,600m) being this the highest camp of the entire circuit.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated hiking time: 5 to 6 hours. Elevation: +1.250 / -150 m

Day 8: Campamento Gashpapampa (4,600 m) - Paso Yaucha (4,850 m) – Jahuacocha Camp (4,050 m)

This day is unforgettable for the visual domain of the whole Huayhuash mountain range. We will start the hike towards the Yaucha pass, from here we will continue on the edge of the Huacrish canyon with awesone views of the mountains: Yerupajá, the second highest mountain in Peru, Jirishanca, Rondoy, Siula, Tsacra and Rasac, until we reach the Huacrish viewpoint, a place of singular beauty that surprises us with the views of the mountain range and the contrast of the turquoise lakes called Jahuacocha and Solterococha.

From this viewpoint we will descend to the camp that awaits us at the foot of the Jahuacocha lake.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Approximate trekking time: 5 to 6 hours. Elevation: +230 / – 700 m

Day 9: Rest day

This day will be used for the rest of the clients in the Jahuacocha camp, we will plan different optional activities that can be: fishing, visit to the Solterococha lake, visit to viewpoints, or swimming / showering in Jahuacocha. In addition, we will have the cooking of a typical andean regional dish in the surroundings of Jahuacocha lake that will be prepared and served for all the clients.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.

Day 10: Jahuacocha Camp (4,050 m) – Pocpa Village (3,460 m) – Huaraz (3,100 m)

The last day of our trek has come. We will start the hike to the Mancan Punta pass (4.550 m) where we can see for the last time the northern part of the Huayhuash mountain range, then we descend to the Pocpa village where the transport awaits us for the transfer to the city of Huaraz.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Approximate trekking time: 5 hours Elevation: +500 / -1090 m Transfer by car: 5 hours back to Huaraz.

 

About the guide

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Andean Raju

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Tour Operator

We are a team of young IFMGA and UIMLA-certified mountain guides and leaders, with extensive experience. We offer hiking and mountain expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Perú, our main adventure destinations. We also offer ascent expeditions to the most emblematic mountains of Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia.

In Andean Raju Expeditions we are proud of our work. Our priority is always the satisfaction and safety of our customers, always taking care of the conservation and protection of the environment. Our mission goes beyond adventure, we offer our clients a personalized experience and our friendship, sharing our culture, knowledge and love for nature and mountains to ensure every visitor an unforgettable experience.

Languages

English

Certificates

IFMGA

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What people are saying about Andean Raju

Edouard

5.00

An extraordinary expérience with Pablo and Alex, two fantastic guides (and now friends for life) from Huaras, Peru, who are at the same time extremely professional and incredebly flexible. We reached the summit on day 8 to benefit from a good weather window. My heurt is full of gratitude for the who le expérience and the magical encounters I was blessed with during that expedition. Probably amongst the very best memories in my entire life. Thank you si much, guys! And see you soon for new adventures 😛🔥❤️😊

Mariia

5.00

Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.

Jaron

1.00

The guide did the absolute minimum he could possibly do. The food provided was definitely not enough for what we were doing. This was already a fast itinerary and he cut it short by two more days. It made it extremely dangerous for us as clients. 2 of the 5 of us had to get flown off the mountain by helicopter due to edema because we didn’t acclimate properly. The guide then lied on social media and claimed 100% success to the summit. He really is a snake. He only cared about cutting everything and doing it as cheap as possible, most likely just to make a few more bucks. If this was a service offered in the U.S., there would’ve been a lawsuit. He should never guide this trip ever again for the pure safety of the clients.

Mariia

5.00

Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.


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