Cordillera Huayhuash

Duración

10D / 9N

Tipo de tour

Trekking

Altitud del tour

5460

Tamaño de grupo

2 a 10 personas.

Hike one of the most beautiful trekking circuits in the world. This is the most dramatic high altitude trek in the Peruvian Andes with magnificent views of mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash such as Yerupaja 6634m being the second highest mountain in Peru, Siula Grande made famous by Joe Simpson in his book and film “Touching the Void”, Sarapo, Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Rasac, Carnicero, Trapecio and beautiful glacial lakes. The dramatic and beautiful glacial lakes and valleys of the range provide memorable campsites and good trout fishing. Andean condors are seen more often in the Huayhuash than on other Peruvian treks, attesting to the area’s remoteness.

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Length: 10 Days Walk
  • Distance: 132 Km
  • Maximum Altitude: 5050m
  • Average: 4200m
  • Best Season: April – October

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Tour Program

Itinerary

Day 01
HUARAZ 3100m / CUARTELWAIN 41OOm
We leave to south side of Huaraz passing for different small towns, where we will start enjoying the beautiful landscape that matches the blue sky, the darkled green hills and white Mountains. Arriving at Chiquian village at 1 pm. For lunch, then we continue to cuartelwain campsite.
Day 02
CUARTELWAIN 4100m / CACANANPUNTA PASS 4650m/ MITUCOCHA 4200m
The trail winds slowly over the pass of Cacananpunta 4650m with incredible views of the surrounding countryside from where we can see the peaks that surround our campsite. The pass is the watershed of the waters flowing into the Amazon to the east, and the Pacific to the west. We arrive at camp below the peaks of Jirishanca Chico y Grande, Rondoy and Ninashanca at the edge of the Mitucocha Lake
Day 03
MITUCOCHA 4200m/ CARHUAC PASS 4650m/ CARHUACOCHA 4140m
We continue over the Carhuacocha pass at 4650m with views of Jirishanca Chico and the peaks of Siula, Yerupaja, Sarapo and Toro. Highland savannah known as puna surrounds the campsite and the countryside. Located at another lake we have fantastic views of the snow-capped peaks which surround the western side of Carhuacocha.
Day 04
CARHUACOCHA 4140m/ SIULA PUNTA PASS 4840m/ HUAYHUASH 4230m
The group starts walking toward the pass, this pass will provide us a beautiful view of a hidden valley and lakes as Siula, Quesillococha and janrajanca. Those lakes are sitting in the bottom of the east side of Yerupaja and Siula Grande mountains; you will have one of the best views of the trek. After lunch the descend follow a nice Green valley until our campsite. Walking Time: 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 05
HUAYHUASH 4230m/ PORTACHUELO PASS 4750m/ VICONGA 4395m
The group starts to walk up to Portachuelo pass. From the top of the pass we have an excellent view of the Puscanturpa peak. Viconga Lake and the next small range called cordillera Raura. Lunch will be close to the lake Viconga. After lunch few minutes walk is the camping place. In the afternoon we enjoy taking the bath in Vinconga hot spring.
Day 06
VICONGA 4395m/CUYOC PASS 4950m/HUANACPATAY 4350m
This day we'll have moderate going-up to the cuyoc  pass, so this time it will be enjoyable because the Cuyoc Mountain will be closer to us, after to get this pass we will go-down the Huanacpatay valley, we'll reach the beautiful field full of grass to walk; after few minutes walking we'll find our camping place.
Day 07
HUNACPATAY 4350m /SAN ANTONIO 5050m/ CUTATAMBO 4300m
We depart for San Antonio Mirador, this point is unique, because from here we have the nicest view of Carnicero, Jurao, Siula Grande and Yerupaja mountains as well as Jurao and Siulacocha lakes. After resting, we go down to Cutatambo campsite. Walking Time: 4 to 5 hrs.
Day 08
CUTATAMBO 4300m / HUAYLLAPA 3600m / HUATIAQ 4400m
This is unusual day because starts with easy going down walk through calinca valley until Huayllapa village. Huayllapa is the largest village in the middle of the circuit; it is a very interesting village with some colonial architecture. After this rewarding visit, the group continues ascending by a narrow valley up to our next camp called Huatiaq. Time: 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 09
HUATIAQ 4400m / TAPUSH PASS 4800m/LLAUCHA PASS 4750m/ JAHUACOCHA 4100m
We depart for Tapush pass, from this pass we can see some part of Cordillera Blanca, after we go down to gashpapampa 4500m, then again we start to walk up, this time to Llaucha pass, from this pass we have a spectacular view of the West side of Cordillera Huayhuash, after lunch, we go down  to Jahuacocha Lake. Our tents will be set up near to the shores of Jahuacocha Lake, having an impressive view of the main mountains. Time: 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 10
JAHUACOCHA 4100m/ PAMPA LLAMAC PASS 4300m/ LLAMAC 3300m/ HUARAZ
This time we will feel that we have to leave the most beautiful long trekking, we'll go-up easy walking to the Pampallamac place where we'll say good bye to the Huayhuash Mountains, after resting, we'll go-down to Llamac town, where our private transfer is waiting us. Time: 5 to 6 hrs.

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