OVERVIEW

Considered one of the best treks in the world, the Cordillera Huayhuash trek has become well-known among outdoors enthusiasts for its sheer mountain peaks, pristine glacial lakes, and encounters with traditional Andean culture.

This trek covers a length of approximately 130km (81 miles) and elevations as high as 5,490m (18,012ft), which is why this trek can be difficult and sometimes dangerous. As a result, it is recommended for experienced hikers only.

This trek will offer stunning panoramic views of mountainous landscapes at all times. Visitors will also be able to visit natural hot springs halfway along the route to relax.

You will be able to see wildlife such as the condor, more than 60 other species of birds, vicuñas (a wild relative of the alpaca) and vizcacha (a type of chinchilla resembling a rabbit). All of this makes this trek so unique and perfect for those who want to experience the Andes at its fullest.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: HUARAZ – CHIQUIAN – MATACANCHA

05:30: Pick up from your Huaraz hotel and transportation to Chiquián to then head to Llamac. During the day we will trek until Matacancha, where we will camp.

DAY 2: MATACANCHA – PASO DE CACANAMPUNTA – CARHUACOCHA LAKE

7:00 Breakfast

8:30 Start of the trek. We will walk for approximately 5 hours. The day starts with a trek up to Paso de Cacanpunta. The next stop will be Punta Carhuac (4650 masl), from this point you will be able to see the Huayhuash and Yerupaja Mountain range, we will then head south to the Carhuacocha lake located at 4100 masl which is a great place to camp.

DAY 3: CARHUACOCHA-CASERIO DE HUAYHUASH LAKE:

The day will start with a trek by the Queropalca river down to the Atocshaico lakes (4600 masl) a must-see stop to get to the town of Huayhuash. On this day we will trek for approximately 6 hours.

DAY 4: HUAYHUASH – LAGUNA VICONGA:

The ascent to Portachuelo Pass (4750 m) is again dominated by magnificent mountain panoramas, this time the ice-covered peaks of the southern Cordillera Huayhuash. We will trek down to the largest lake and the southernmost point of the trek, Laguna Viconga (4400m). Here we will have the opportunity for a well deserved relax and swim in the hot springs right at the campsite.

DAY 5: VICONGA – HUANACPATAY:

On day 5 the trek will be more difficult. We will hike to the highest pass of the trek, Cuyoc Pass (5000m). And then we will climb the steep path to reach the pass to finally enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Two mountains will be very close to us on both sides, Pumarinri (5465m) and Cuyoc (5550m). We will continue our descent over a section of rock until the Huanacpatay and Cuyoc Valleys meet. From here, it’s a 525m climb to the San Antonio viewpoint at 5000m where you will be rewarded with stunning views of numerous peaks and lakes of the eastern Huayhuash Mountain range. We will then trek down to our campsite at Huanacpatay (4300m) with its views of the snow-capped mountain Puscanturpa (5447m) and Sueroraju (5442m).

Day 6: HUANACPATAY- HUATIAQ:

On day 6 we will trek down a zig-zag trail where the river transforms into a waterfall which cascades down giant steps into a green picturesque valley. From this point on we will enjoy a pleasant hike to the village of Huayllapa (3600m). Afterwards, we will hike up a steep path for 4 hours to reach our next campsite in Huatiac (4350m).

DAY 7: HUATIAQ – JAHUACOCHA LAKE:

We will start the day with a trek through a rocky trail to Punta Tapush (4800m). We will trek down to Gaspapampa Valley and Susucocha Lake (4470m) which hosts diverse species of birds. The final stage of the trek will take us to the Yaucha Pass at 4850masl. The final stop will be at Jahuacocha lake (4150m). We will camp next to the beautiful lake and enjoy the stunning mountains around us.

DAY 8: JAHUACOCHA LAKE– LLAMAC – HUARAZ:

Return to Llamac and then to Huaraz.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Tour guide
  • A cook
  • A muleteer
  • Donkeys to carry the camping equipment
  • All meals
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen tank

What’s not included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Any services not mentioned in the program

Difficulty: Hard
Distance: 130Km
Max Altitude: 5490m

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MACHU PICCHU

ICA HUACACHINA

PALCCOYO RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

SKYLODGE LUNCH & ZIP LINE

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

LIMA CITY TOUR & LARCO MUSEUM

LAKE TITICACA - UROS & TAQUILE

KUELAP

CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH TREK PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

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