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Huayhuash full circuit

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Trekking tour Cordillera Huayhuash 10 Days, The full circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the classic trekking circuits of the world. We offer this our classic 10 days, complete around Huayhuash mountain range. There are 8 passes to ascend with the highest being 5000 masl Although not difficult, the length of the trek, the number of nights sleeping above 4000 masl and the number of high passes to cross rates this adventure trek as a grade, hard. We recommend that you are have a good level of physical fitness and are well acclimatized before committing to this awesome mini-trek adventure in the Peruvian Andes.

  • 10 Days/9 Nights
  • Moderate to hard. Up to 5-6 hours physical activity each day. Some exposure to heights
  • The guide will meet you the day before departure in Huaraz to do a full gear check and finalize last minute details.
  • Start: 8:00am Huaraz
  • Finish: 15:00 aprox. in Huaraz
  • April to October

Join a scheduled departure or book a private or custom trip with dates to suit you.

Travel Program

Itinerary

Day 01: Huaraz - Cuartelhuain (4300 m)
Duration: 4 hours (by car) 4 - 5 hours (hiking)
We drive from Huaraz to Chiquián, enjoying distant views of the awesome Huayhuash range from afar. From Chiquián we descend to a cactus and scrub environment and continue to the village of Llamac (3300m) and then into a wide Ushaped grassy valley with rolling hills and flanked by broad expanses of quenual (polylepis sp.) forest. We camp at QuartelHuain. (4200m)

Day 02: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass (4700m/15416ft) – Mitucocha
Duration: 5 hours aprox
Distance: 12 km aprox
This morning we cross our first pass, Cacanan Punta (4700m). Here, at the Continental Divide, we sometimes observe the Andean Condor flying overhead. We descend to the Jalca plain and on to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Mitucocha lake (4220m), located at the foot of the stunning Jirishanka Grande peak, and those of its neighbours Rondoy and Ninashanca.
If you have the energy, there’s the option this afternoon of walking around the lake or up to one of the nearby hanging valleys.

Day 03: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4500m/14760ft) – Carhuacocha
Duration: 5 -6 hours aprox
Distance: 12 km aprox
We flank the Jalca floodplain then ascend south to the Paso de Carhuac pass (4650m). From here an awesome panorama suddenly comes into view; a row of Huayhuash giants: Yerupajá Grande, the second highest mountain in Peru, Yerupajá Chico(6121m) and Siulá Grande (6344m), of “Touching the Void” fame. From here we descend to our camp at the large Laguna Carhuacocha lake (4150m), with the chance en route of spotting Viscacha rodents among the moronic debris. From our camp we look directly up the lake to the peaks and ice fields of the famous Siula Grande, Yerupajá Grande and Chico and Jirishanka Chico.

Day 04: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4850m/15908ft) – Huayhuash
Duration: 6 hours aprox
Distance: 13 km aprox
There are two optional approaches to our next camp at Huayhuash. We can take the normal trail to ascend the Carnicero Pass at 4600m/15,092ft or the more challenging alternative by ascending the Siula Pass at 4800m/15,748ft. While this second alternative is more demanding, it is truly rewarding because of the surrounding panoramic views. We descend passing close to Carnicero Lake then camp at Huayhuash 4300m/14,108ft. 6-7 hours walk Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner.

Day 05: Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass – Viconga
Duration: 6 hours aprox
Distance: 11 km aprox
We climb to the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4750m) on a steady gradient. From here, looking southeast, we see a new collection of nearby snow peaks; this is the Cordillera Raura range and the nearby snow peak of Leon Huacanan. We descend to and skirt around the large Laguna Viconga lake – look out for Alpacas - before walking up the valley for ½ hour to set up camp (4480m). There are some, al fresco open air hot springs near Viconga, so a hot bath could certainly be appreciated!

Day 06: Viconga – Cuyoc Pass – Huanacpatay
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Distance: 10 km aprox.
Today we cross our highest pass, Punta Cuyoc, with a sustained uphill hike of 2 to 3 hours to a breathtaking 5000m. The panoramas here are breathtaking: to the southeast we see the sharply serrated ridge of the Cordillera Raura, and to the north, several of the giants of the Huayhuash range are seen from a new perspective. Sarapo (6127m) is also seen for the first time. The initial 50m of the descent is quite steep and loose, becoming easier as we continue descending quickly to the broad Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, where we stop for lunch. We then have a relaxing and easy hike down the valley to our camp

Day 07: Huancapatay – San Antonio Pass – Cutatambo (4400m / 14432ft)
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Distance: 10 km aprox.
From camp we climb to a pass on Cerro San Antonio. This is a demanding day with some steep hiking, but by now you should be well acclimatised and feeling strong at altitude. After 2 hours we are on the top of the pass at 4800m, with fantastic views of all the giants of the Cordillera Huayhuash and the 3 lakes of Sarapococha, Santa Rosa & Jurau. We can also see the Siula Glacier which Joe Simpson crawled down in his epic battle for survival, and we see Siula Base Camp quite clearly in the distance. The descent is initially steep, but safe, on scree for around 100m. We then follow a cattle trail winding down to Lake Jaurau and finally to our camp in the Quebrada Calinca at Cutatambo (4100m).

Day 08: Cutatambo – Huayllapa – Huatiac
Duration: 7 hours aprox
Distance: 15 km aprox.
We walk back down the Quebrada Calinca valley, which becomes the agricultural Quebrada Huayllapa valley (the first sign of crops for over a week). We continue until, just before the tiny village of Huayllapa 3600m (the first village since Llamac and last before we return to Llamac), we begin a hard climb in the afternoon of about 2 to 2½ hours to our campsite high up on the flat pasture of Huatiac (4350m).

Day 09: Huatiac – Yaucha Pass (4800m/15744ft) – Jahuacocha
Duration: 7 hours aprox
Distance: 16 km aprox.
Today we cross two passes. Initially we hike up the trail to reach the first pass Punta Tapush at 4750m/15,584ft then make a short descent before again starting our next climb up to reach the second pass of Punta Yaucha at 4800m/15,748ft. It is certainly a challenging experience to reach the second pass as you ascend up on a switch back trail which is rocky in areas as we approach and reach the Yaucha Pass. The efforts to reach this dramatic vantage point are well worth it for the magnificent views of the surrounding high peaks are truly impressive. We descend down through lupines along the valley to our final camp at Jahuacocha Lake at 4150m/13,615ft. We’ll camp overnight beside the lake enjoying the views of the majestic mountains surrounding Jahuacocha Lake.

Day 10: Jahuacocha – Lamac – Huaraz
Duration: 4 hours (hiking) 4 hours (by transport)
After an early start and gentle descent for an hour, we start our gradual climb to the final pass, Pampa Llamac (4300m), from where we have our final views of much of the Huayhuash range. Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac.
In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz and your hotel for that long-awaited hot shower!! We arrive in Huaraz at about 16:00 hours.

What’s included

What's included

Services included in the prices:
  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at 5:00 PM the afternoon before the trip begins.
  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning (between 8:00 to 8:30am) and will travel by private transportation to Cuartelhuain, the starting point of the trek.
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
  • All camping & cooking equipment (sleeping, Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the donkeys).
  • Cargo Mules: For to carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (8 kgs/17.6 lbs).
  • Trekking Cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant (if the group is more than 8 people), will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!.
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners (Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost).
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Tea time daily: Every afternoon before dinner, the cook will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite to eat!
  • Snacks on the trail daily: Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.
  • Entrance fee to Huayhuash reserved zone
  • Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transport: Private transport from Llamac to your hotel in Huaraz (day 10)

Not included:

  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Huaraz.
  • Sleeping Bags: Considered a personal equipment, but you can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -10ºC. They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
  • Day 1 breakfast and last day dinner in Huaraz city.
  • Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the tour early or additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

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