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the best of cordillera huayhuash trek

6 days

Huaraz is the gateway to the world ́s highest tropical mountain range, the Cordillera Huayhuash. It is here you will begin one of the most iconic treks on your Peru journey. This program offers the perfect combination of natural landscapes, stupendous views, and pre-Inca archaeological sites that will blow your mind. With new access roads into what is considered Peru's most spectacular mountain scenery, we have developed this short trek that penetrates the heart of the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range. This is an opportunity for those who don’t have the time for the longer traditional route. A prerequisite, however, is to be well-acclimatized since we ascend to high altitudes rather quickly. We invite you to review the full itinerary and observe the many incredible things you’ll discover. Be sure to check our tips on the left side of this window: we want you in good condition to enjoy this spectacular trek. See you on the road!

6 day Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

On the 6 day Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, you will explore some of Peru's most spectacular mountain scenery, including amazing snowy vistas, beautiful flora and fauna, and pre-Inca archaeological ruins.

seasonApril - October
group departuresEvery Monday
mininum: 2 passengers
maximum: 12 passengers
shared plan
private plan
shared plan:You will travel with other adventurers heading to the same destination.

We drive to Queropalca. On the way we pass small villages such as: Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac, then we change the route to the easth side (Huascaran Nationa Park) where we apreciate a type of bromeliad, Puya Raimondi. It is not only the largest of the Puya species, but also the largest species of bromeliad. It can reach 3 m tall in vegetative growth, and can produce a flower spike 9–10 m tall, with more than three thousand flowers and six million seeds in each plant. Continuing our journey, we pass small village such as Huanzala, Huallanca and finally arriving to Huanco Pampa Ruins, which is situated on a grand plateau enables us to visit this Inca city, one of the major Inca settlements outside of Cusco on the main Inca Road that leads from Quito, Ecuador to Bolivia and beyond. Then we drive to Queropalca where we spend the night. Camp nearby at 3,800m.a.s.l.

Bus ride: 272 km (169.01 mi)
Time: 7 hours

A half-day hike takes us to the shore of Laguna Carhuacocha, in a beautiful location. On a calm day, the snow-capped peaks of Jirishanca and Yerupajá are reflected in the water, creating a stunning visual effect. We camp by the lake at an altitude of 4200 meters above sea level (13,780 feet).

Trekking distance: 10.8 km (6.71 mi)
Time: 5:30 hours

Leaving our campsite behind, we hike over a Pass at 4,620m (15,157ft) with great views of the surrounding area. Once over the Punta Carhuacocha Pass we come into view of Lake Mitucocha and again in the background Mt. Yerupaja, Rondoy and Ninashanca from the backdrop of our day’s hike. Lunch on route or in the camp. We arrive in the early afternoon with a chance to walk around the lake and get closer views of the mountain. Overnight and camp at Mitucocha. 4,100m.a.s.l.

Trekking distance: 13.3 km (8.26 mi)
Time: 7:30 hours

Leaving our camp, we head towards Cacananpunta Pass at 4, 700m (15,420ft). The trail winds up to the pass, the aquarium divortium and after that we start our descent on the other side, to Cuartelhuain where we have lunch. Continue over to Matacancha, camp below tomorrow’s pass, at 4,200m.a.s.l.

Trekking distance: 9.4 km (5.84 mi)
Time: 7 hours

We ascend through the Rondoy valley towards Sambuya pass at 4,750 m.a.s.l (15,583 ft), from where we can see the snow-capped peaks of Ninashanca, Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Rasac, and Solteracocha. Then we descend towards Lake Jahuacocha, camp 4050m.a.s.l (13,287 ft) near the lake, below a beautiful cirque.

Trekking distance: 12.8 km (7.95 mi)
Time: 8 hours

We head out of the valley, leaving this snow–capped range behind, a unique view into the prickly peaks of this granitic and basaltic intrusion. The valley narrows, and we head over a ridge to the west to the Llamac Pass, descending on a winding trail to the village of the same name, where we will be met by a vehicle and driven to Huaraz. An alternative option is to stay in Chiquian and connect by public bus to Lima. Transfer to your hotel (not included).

Bus ride: 144 km (89.48 mi)
Time: 4:30 hours
Trekking distance: 9.4 km (5.84 mi)
Time: 5:30 hours
Our safety standards are the best in the business
  • Transportation
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Double occupancy tents with Thermarest sleeping pads
  • All meals during trek
  • Non-alcoholic drinks... keep reading
no included
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry service
  • Airline tickets
  • Sleeping bags (rent available)
  • Personal gear... keep reading
what to take
  • Regular and long wicking first layer for cold weather, like polyester, nylon, or merino wool
  • Short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, breathable fabrics, like nylon and polyester
  • Light-colored long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
  • QuickDry Pants, trekking pants, and shorts
  • Insulated long-sleeve jacket (fleece, synthetic, down, merino wool)... keep reading
Personal First-Aid Kit
On each trip we carry a medical kit, but we suggest you bring a small personal First-Aid Kit for bruises and blisters. Knee and ankle braces are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.

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$1,050.00/6 days and 5 nights
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