The Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the Peruvian Andes. It was a region that attracted worldwide attention after Joe Simpson’s graphic presentation of his rise to Siula Grande in his book and movie “Touching the Void.” Our trip includes 9 days the complete circuit crossing overpasses, all in the vicinity of 5000 m. As the Punta Cuyoc Pass and an ascent to the San Antonio Pass to have incredible views, every day it offers beautiful background views in constant change of very high peaks that include the characteristic spire like Jirishanca Peak and the impressive Yerupaja Summit at 6,640 m the second Peru’s highest mountain, at night, we will camp in quiet places next to glacial lakes and meadows in this incomparable corner of the Andes.
Altitude Between: 3,500 / 5,000 m.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights / 98 km Approx.
Season: April / November (Day 12 ° C to 23 ° C) (Night 0 ° C to -5 ° C)
Activity: Trekking Nature and Adventure
Technical difficulty: Moderate / Level of effort: Demanding / Hours of walking: 8
Destination: Huaraz Peru, Cordillera Huayhuash
Day 1 Huaraz / Chiquian / Llamac / Cuartelhuain (4,300 m)
We will transfer in our transport south of the city of Huaraz to Cuartelhuain, passing through Recuay, Chiquian and Llamac where we will have lunch, then we will continue until reaching Cuartelhuain 4,000 m (5/6 hours) from this point the equipment and food will be transferred in donkeys (D, A, C)
Day 2 Cuartelhuain / Paso Cacanan Punta (4,700 m) / Mitucocha (4,400 m)
This day we will begin to walk along a slightly steep path until we reach the Cacananpunta pass 4,700 m, then we will begin to descend until we reach the Mitucocha lagoon 4,150 m where we will camp (4/5 hours) (D, A, C)
Day 3 Mitucocha / Carhuac Pass (4,650 m) / Carhuacocha (4,100 m)
Very early we will start with the hike, appreciating the beautiful peaks of the Huayhuash mountain range of Paso Carhuac 4,650 m then we will descend until we reach Carhuacocha lagoon 4,138 m (4/5 hours) (D, A, C)
Day 4 Carhuacocha / Carnicero Pass (4,800 m) / Huayhuash (4,500 m)
We will continue with our walk, passing through impressive lagoons, such as Quesillococha, Siula and the beautiful mountains such as the Jirishanca Grande, Siula, Jurao, Butcher and Trapeze We will pass the Carnicero Pass 4,600 m and we will descend until we reach Huayhuash 4,200 m where we will camp (6/7 hours ) (D, A, C)
Day 5 Huayhuash / Paso Portachuelo (4,750 m) / Viconga (4,407 m)
After breakfast we will ascend to cross the Portachuelo pass 4,750 m from where we will appreciate the mountains of the Raura mountain range and the Viconga lagoon, we will camp at the exit of the channel 4,407 m, 20 minutes from the camp there are hot springs where we will take a bath (5 / 6 hours) (D, A, C)
Day 6 Viconga / Punta Cuyoc Pass (5,000 m) / Guanacpatay (4,100 m)
After breakfast we will start climbing until we reach the Punta Cuyoc pass 5,000 m the highest pass of the entire trek, optional ascend to the San Antonio viewpoint (5,020 m) from where there is an impressive view of the mountain range, then we will descend until we reach the valley of Guanacpatay 4,100 m (6/7 hours) (D, A, C)
Day 7 Guanacpatay / Huayllapa / Huatiac (4,350 m)
We will descend to the town of Huayllapa 3,800 m where there is telephone and shops, after a break we will begin to ascend to our camp in Huatiac 4,350 m (5/6 hours) (D, A, C)
Day 8 Huatiac / Tapush Pass / Paso Yaucha / Jahuacocha (4,100)
We will climb Tapush Pass (4,800 m) Susucocha Lagoon and ascend to the yaucha pass (4,790 m) and then continue to the viewpoint and descend to the Jahuacocha camp (4,100) (6/7 hours walk) (D, A, C)
Day 9 Jahuacocha / Llamac / Huaraz / Hotel
We will start walking very early passing the Punta Llamac pass 4,650 m and descend to the town of Llamac where the minivan will wait for us to return to Huaraz (4 hours) (B, L)
Trekking Guide that speaks English
Cook (1), Arrieros (1)
Private tourist transport to the starting point for walking
Food during the expedition (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Breakfast: Tea, coffee, milk, serials, bread, cheese, butter, jam, pancake, fruit salad, etc.
Snack: Fresh fruit, chocolate, biscuit, frugues and candies.
Lunch: Vegetable salad, pasta, tuna, potato wing Huancaina, chili pepper, chicken salpicon, ham.
Tea Time: Coffee, infusions, cookies, fried huantan, popcorn, etc.
Dinner: variety of soups, quinoa, chaufa rice, rolled chicken, fried trout, pasta, sauteed loin.
Optional vegetarian food
Last day (typical food of the Andes)
Camping equipment (2-person sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen and bathroom tent) # Logistic Kitchen Equipment (kitchen utensils, pots, plates, cutlery, chairs, tables, gas)
Hot water in the morning to wash your hands and face every day
Boiled water for your bottle every day
Donkeys for the transport of luggage and food (6 Kilos of personal equipment for the donkey)
Emergency Horse (1) in case of evacuation
First aid kit
What does not include?
Personal clothing for Trekking
Extra food and drinks in the cities
Entrance tickets to the huayhuash circuit (S / 250.00)
Travel, accident and evacuation insurance
Breakfast (day 1)
Dinner (last day)
Tips (driver, guide, cook, muleteer)
What do i need to bring?
Wear appropriate clothing for the day (heat) and for the night (cold), sunscreen, sunglasses, repellent, bathing clothes, personal hygiene kit, walking boots, camera, waterproof jacket, water bottle, sleeping bag, small backpack, front (flashlight-light)
Baggage (6 Kilos per person) for donkeys