The short Huayhuash route was designed for those people who don’t have much time and just want to visit the most important places in the Cordillera Huayhuash, such as the lakes Jahuacocha, Solteracocha and Rasac, and also have impressive views of Yerupajá, Hirishanka, Rasac, Rondoy etc. This route has some great fishing opportunities in the above-mentioned lakes. The highest point of this circuit is Zambunya (4750m), from this pass you get a close-up view of the second highest mountain in Peru, Yerupajá, and its incredible 1100 meter west face, not to mention epic views of other neighboring mountains.
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Day 01: Huaraz to Llamac and to Cuartelhuain by road and afternoon short hike until Rondoy
We depart Huaraz at 08:00am and first drive to the village of Chiquiàn, 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) arriving around 12:00m where we have lunch.
Then we will continue passing through the small villages of Pocpa and then by new road between Llamac to Cuartelhuain; the scenery is so interesting & beautiful that the road is barely noticed anyway. Today is a relaxing hike with no steep ascents; it is also an extremely valuable extra acclimatisation day before crossing our first high pass tomorrow. We camp at Rondoy (4200m)
Day 02: To Laguna Jahuacocha via the Rondoy Pass
Duration: 7 hours aprox
Distance: 14 km aprox
We make a long traversing ascent to the Rondoy Pass (4750m). From here we enjoy yet more awesome views of the nearby peaks, the highest Huayhuash peak, Yerupaja (6634m), as well as Rondoy and others, dominating the panorama. The descent from the pass takes us first past a stunning, milky blue glacial lake, Solteracocha, and then along the shore of the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha to our picturesque camp at the head of the lake (4150m).
Day 03: Free day at Laguna Jahuacocha for Rest & Relaxation or a Side Trip
The awesome setting, together with options for side trips, means we stay an extra day at Laguna Jahuacocha. We can take a day hike up to the Yaucha pass 4847m to take a look at the western side of the Cordillera Huayhuash range or head up the Quebrada Rasac valley to the Rasaccocha glacial lake. Alternatively, you could enjoy a rest day and go fishing for trout! Why not visit the farmhouse just behind our camp and buy a beer to go with your trout?
Day 4: Walk from Laguna Jahuacocha to Llamac.
Duration: 6 hours aprox
Distance: 14 km aprox
Drive from Llamac to Huaraz 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 05:00pm.