Quillcayhuanca valley, Cordillera Blanca Day 1: Huaraz - Pitec - Quilcayhuanca Valley - Tullpacocha camp (4250 masl)
1 hour (by car) 5 - 6 hours (hiking)
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Pitec hamlet (1 hour), start point of the trek Quilcayhuanca route. The trail has no difficulties at all because it’s flat most of the way. After 3 or 4 hours you will be exploring a beautiful valley full of green fields, animals and with the view of Andavite Peak (5518 masl) arrival to Tullpacocha lake cross, where the campsite is installed. From this point there are 3 options: Explore Cayesh Valley to visit its steep needle shaped peak (approximately 3 hours), visit Tulpacocha and back to campsite or rest and walk around the campsite taking pictures of the magnificent landscape. Dinner and overnight in campsite.
Going up to the Chocu pass, trek Quillcayhuanca Cojup
Día 2: Tullpacocha - Paso Huapi (5020m) - Cojup (4150m)
7 - 8 hours
Very early in the morning after a succulent breakfast, start of the big challenge to cross Huapi Pass (5020 masl). This day, the mules return with the equipment through Quilcayhuanca Valley to go inside Cojup Valley and install the new campsite. From the pass, you can observe Ranrapalca (6162 masl), Palcaraju (6110 masl) and Ishinca (5530 masl). After 4 or 5 hours climbing up a steep slope and going down from the pass towards Cojup Valley arrival in the campsite near to the Palcacocha Lake. Dinner and overnight in campsite.
Walking down to the Cojup valley, Cordillera Blanca
Día 3: Quebrada Cojup - Huaraz
5 hours (walking) 1 hour (by car)
After breakfast, you start to go down Cojup Valley, following the path of the avalanche in 1941. After 4 or 5 hours descending through this fabulous valley you will arrive at the exit of the valley, where transportation is waiting to take you back to Huaraz city. Arrival estimated approximately at 4 pm and transfer to your hotel.
- All in-country transport during trip, including transport to and from the Lima airport.
- Bus tickets between Lima and Huaraz.
- Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Huaraz.
- Professional, English speaking guide for acclimatization activities and trek.
- Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip.
- All entrance fees
- All camping & cooking equipment which is not included in the gear list
- Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and toilet tent
- First aid kit
- Celebration banquet at the end of trip ( PACHAMANCA – a Peruvian traditional food)
What to take
- International flights to/from Lima and applicable airport taxes
- Personal clothing and equipment (check gear list attached)
- All food and drink during in-town days with the exception of the Celebration Banquet
- Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
- Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
- You will only carry a daypack with whatever you require for that day's walk. All you need is appropriate clothing, a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots (and a spirit of adventure with a good dose of endurance for this trip!!).
This is a very beautiful trekking tour, but the trail consists of various steep parts going up and down. For this reason we recommend a previous hiking experience, are well acclimatized and haven't knee or ankle problems.