The mystic trekking route in the Andes.
The Olleros to Carhuascancha trekking tour is a magical journey into a remote and unspoiled area of the Codillera Blanca South not known for many other trekking groups. We follow an ancient pre Inca path and are treated to fantastic mountain views, waterfalls many small crystal blue mountain lakes and traditional Andean villages. At the finish we will visit the famous archaeological complex of Chavin de Huantar, South America oldest and most advanced Pre-Inca civilization.
Day 01: Huaraz - Canrey Chico - Sacracancha
Duration: 1 hour (by car) 4 - 5 hours (hiking)
We leave from Huaraz heading toward Chico Village at 10,991 ft / 3350m from where we start by an easy trekking pace following an ancient pre-Inca trail up the wide Uquian Valley gently gaining altitude. During this trek, you will have great views of the snow capped peaks of Shaqsha and Cashan. We’ll set-up our first camp in Sacracancha at 13,517 ft / 4,120m.
Day 02: Sacracancha - Yanashallash Pass - Shongopampa
Duration: 5 - 6 hours aprox
We start the day going up to Yanashallash Pass 15,420 ft / 4700 m). On our trek to the pass we are treated with close views of the glacier coming from Uruashraju and some small lakes on the valley floor below. Next we descend to our camp site following a switch back trail to reach our camp site is in Shoncopampa Valley at 12,631 ft / 3850 m.
Day 03: Shongopampa – Jato(3700 m) – Castilla Camp
Duration: 5 -6 hours aprox
We continue our trek along the wild mountain valley with stunning views of magnificent glaciers such as: Uruashraju and Rurec, and where the massive snow covered peak of Huantsan comes into view dominating the skyline. We spend the night in Castilla Camp Site at 14,272 ft / 4350 m. During today’s trek, we are passing by small farms.
Day 04: Castilla Camp – San Juan pass (4850m) – Rimarima camp
Duration: 6 -7 hours
An early walk to the beautiful Santa Rosa Pass at 15,847 ft / 4830 m is really rewarding and soul searching. You will find yourself amidst the tranquil and peaceful nature forgetting the world outside. You will enjoy fabulous views of Uruashraju, Rurec, San Juan and Cayesh Peaks. You’ll then start descending easily through a beautiful valley surrounded by granite rock mountains. Our camp site is called Hitacok which is situated in the Rima Rima Valley.
Day 05: campo Rimarima – Mirador Mesapata (4600m) – Carhuascancha
Duration: 6 hours aprox
We leave our camp site ascending by an undefined path to Mesapata which is a beautiful viewpoint at 15,158 ft / 4620 m. The site has one of the most fabulous vistas of river forest and colorful lakes situated at the base of Huantsan, Tumarinaraju, San Juan and Maparaju Mountains. From here we descend into the Carhuascancha Valley where we find our camp site is located at 12,992 ft / 3960m. Warmirumi Carhuascancha Valley must be the most beautiful valley in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, because it possesses a beautiful forest, very rich in different kinds of local trees, wildflowers (including orchids), bushes, mushrooms, moss and lichens.
Day 06: Carhuascancha – San Marcos – Chavin de Huantar – back to Huaraz
Duration: 3 hours (hiking) 3.5 hours (by car)
We start this day going down easily through the beautiful Carhuascancha Valley which driver us to Puente Dos amores, where our bus will be waiting for us to go back to Huaraz. On the way we visit the Chavin archeological complex, this temple, the largest pre-Inca site that has been restored with its impressive carved stonework and anthropomorphic figures and its labyrinth of underground passages. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture (600 – 400 BC) discovered and known as Chavin the Huantar.