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Huayhuash fast highlights trek 2024

Group trekking tour Cordillera Huayhuash 8 days, it is the complete tour but in fewer days than normal, since we skip reaching the Viconga thermal baths. There are 8 steps to ascend, the highest being the Trapecio pass at 5020 meters. The number of nights sleeping above 4000 meters and the number of high passes to cross each day qualify this adventure hike as difficult. We recommend that you have a good level of physical fitness and be well acclimatized before committing to this incredible adventure of the complete Huayhuash tour in 8 days.

Pre-trek briefing: The guide will meet you the day before departure in Huaraz to do a full gear check and finalize last minute details.
Start: 4:00am
Finish: 15:00 aprox.

DIFFICULTY

Hard, up to 7 - 8 hours physical activity each day

GUARANTEED SERVICE

We will fulfill everything we offered you, there is nothing hidden, no surprises.

DURATION

8 days 7 nights
Best season: May to October

BILINGUAL GUIDED

All guided tours in Spanish and English. In group tour could be mixed.

GROUP DEPARTURE

From US $  650

Program details: Trekking Huayhuash 8 days

Day 01: Huaraz - Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass (4700 m) – Mitucocha (4220 m).

Duration: 4 – 5 hours by transport, 5 hours aprox hiking
Distance: 12 km hiking approx.

  • Our trekking adventure begins in the Huayhuash Mountain Range. We will pick you up from your hotel and head south of Huaraz crossing the towns of Chiquian and Llamac. During our trip we passed through traditional Andean villages with typical Quechua houses and rich agricultural lands. After 4 to 5 hours of travel we will arrive at Cuartelhuain (4300m).
  • We start hiking in Cuartelhuain and we reach Cacananpunta pass (4700m) after 2.5 hours, here the continental divide that marks the watershed from the andes to the Pacific ocean and Amazon, we sometimes observe the Andean Condor flying overhead.
  • We descend to the Jalca plain and on to our camp before the Laguna Mitucocha  (4220 m), located at the foot of the stunning Jirishanka Grande peak, and those of its neighbours Rondoy and Ninashanca.
Day 02: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4500 m) – Carhuacocha (4150 m)

Duration: 5 – 6 hours approx
Distance: 12 km approx

  • We flank the Jalca floodplain then ascend south to the Paso de Carhuac pass (4650m).
  • From here an awesome panorama suddenly comes into view; a row of Huayhuash giants: Yerupajá Grande, the second highest mountain in Peru, Yerupajá Chico(6121m) and Siulá Grande (6344m).
  • From here we descend to our camp at the large Lake Carhuacocha (4150m), with the chance en route of spotting rodents called Viscacha among the rocks.
  • From our camp we look directly up the lake to the peaks and ice fields of the famous Siula Grande, Yerupajá Grande and Chico and Jirishanka Chico.
Day 03: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4850 m) – Huayhuash (4300 m).

Duration: 7 – 8 hours aprox
Distance: 14 km approx

  • Today we begin by ascending the challenging path towards the Siula pass at 4800m / 15,748ft.
  • This day is more demanding, but it is truly rewarding because of the surrounding panoramic views.
  • On the way to the high pass, we stop at a viewpoint from where we get impressive views of the famous 3 Huayhuash lagoons with overwhelming summit panorama.
  • Then we descend passing close to laguna Carnicero then our camping in Huayhuash at 4300 meters.
Day 04: Huayhuash – Trapecio Pass – Cuyocpampa camp (4480 m).

Duration: 6 – 7 hours approx
Distance: 11 km approx

  • This day will be one of the most difficult, but not impossible. After the group breakfast, we begin our hike to the highest point called Trapecio pass at 5040 m.
  • Some sections of the trail are difficult to find as we are walking though ichu grass (tussock) and as we are getting closer to the pass the trail is across moraine rock.
  • From here, looking southeast, we see a new collection of nearby snow peaks.
  • At the pass (5050m) we will stop to enjoy stunning views of Trapecio, Puscanturpa and Cuyoc mountains and surrounding valleys.
  • This viewpoint is considered the fourth most beautiful viewpoint in Huayhuash.
  • Then we start the descent from the pass on an unmarked rock morraine route passing by a beautiful turquoise glacial lake Huanacpatay on the way. We continue the descent to our camp in Cuyoc (4480 m).
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Day 05: camp Cuyoc – San Antonio Pass (4800 m) – Cutatambo - Huayllapa village (3490 m).

Duration: 9 hours approx.
Distance: 18 km approx.

  • From our camp we climb to a pass on Cerro San Antonio.
  • This is a demanding day with some steep hiking, but by now you should be well acclimatised and feeling strong at altitude.
  • After 2 hours we are on the top of the pass at 4800m, with fantastic views of all the giants of the Cordillera Huayhuash and the 3 lakes of Sarapococha, Santa Rosa & Jurau.
  • We can also see the Siula Glacier which Joe Simpson crawled down in his epic battle for survival, and we see Siula Base Camp quite clearly in the distance.
  • The descent is initially steep, but safe, on scree for around 100m.
  • We then follow a cattle trail winding down to Lake Jaurau at the beginning of the Calinca ravine.
  • We will walk along a long path through the Calinca valley to the village called Huayllapa.
  • Finally in the village of Huayllapa we have the option to charge our batteries, drink some beers and even rent a place to take a hot shower.
Day 06: Huayllapa (3490m) – Tapush pass (4770m) - camp Gashpapampa (4300m)

Duration: 7 hours aprox
Distance: 15 km aprox.

  • After a good breakfast, this day a long zig zag ascent road awaits us, first we will reach the meadow called Huatiac (4350m), here we stop for a short rest.
  • Then we will continue ascending until we reach the Punta Tapush pass (4770m), from where we get some views of Nevado Diablo Mudo.
  • During the descent we will pass together to the Susococha lagoon (4740m) and then arrive at our next camp which is in Gashpapampa (4300m).
Day 07: Gashpapampa – Yaucha pass (4850 m) – Jahuacocha (4150 m)

Duration: 7 hours aprox
Distance: 13 km aprox.

  • Today we will cross the high pass called Punta Yaucha at 4850 m. Undoubtedly, it is a challenging experience to reach the pass as we will ascend a rocky path in certain parts.
    The efforts to reach this spectacular viewpoint are well worth it, as the magnificent views of the surrounding high peaks are truly impressive.
  • After a brief stop we descend through a path surrounded by lupine bushes (Andean Tarwi) along the valley to our final campsite.
  • But not before stopping at the Huacrish viewpoint to get one last view of the 2 emblematic Huayhuash lagoons (Jahuacocha and Solteracocha) located just below the Yerupajá mountain.
  • We will camp overnight next to the Jahuacocha lagoon (4050 m), enjoying the views of the majestic mountains that surround us.
Day 08: Jahuacocha – Macrash Punta pass (4300 m) - Llamac – Huaraz.

Duration: 4 hours (hiking) 4 hours (by transport).

  • After an early start and gentle descent for an hour, we start our gradual climb to the final pass called Macrash punta (4300m).
  • From here we have our final views of much of the Huayhuash range.
  • Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac village.
  • In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz and your hotel for that long-awaited hot shower!!
  • We arrive in Huaraz at about 15:00 hours.

What's included?

Services included in the prices:

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at the afternoon before the trip begins.
  • Transport from Huaraz to start point of trek: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to the starting point of the trek.
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
  • All camping & cooking equipment: sleeping, dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the donkeys).
  • Cargo Mules: For to carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (8 kilos in group and 12 kilos in private service).
  • Trekking cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant (if the group is more than 6 people), will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!.
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners (Vegetarian option are available at no extra cost).
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Tea time daily: Every afternoon before dinner, the cook will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite to eat!
  • Snacks on the trail daily: Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.
  • Entrance fee: We will pay the entrance fees in each community through which the trek passes.
  • Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transport from end of trek to Huaraz: Private transport from end of trek to your hotel in Huaraz.

Not included:

  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in  Huaraz (But we have a package that includes hotels and tours, please consult our options)
  • Sleeping Bags: Considered a personal equipment, but you can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -10 to -15° C. They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
  • Day 1 breakfast and last day dinner in Huaraz city.
  • Travel, personal, and/or medical insurance
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the tour early or additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

Prices according to number of people Please contact us for more information.

GROUP DEPARTURE PRICE:
**Special price for early pre-bookings until end of March 2024

6 to 8 participants

(Price per person)

From:

US$ 650**

  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group service considerate from 6 to 8 participants) We start a new group minimum base on 2 people.

PRIVATE SERVICE (Exclusive):

Price per person

01 person US $ 1715
02 people US $ 950
04 people US $ 770
06 people US $ 699
  • If you want to take this PRIVATE SERVICE, you can book up to a week before the date (subject to availability).
  • If you are a group of friends or family of 4 people or more, we recommend that you try to organize your experience in PRIVATE SERVICE.

Group departures programed:

More treks in group here: FIXED DEPARTURES

FAQs?

How many days do I need to aclimate in Huaraz BEFORE THE TREK?
It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive to Huaraz at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.
We can organize day hikes & other tours around Huaraz for your acclimatization:

  • Laguna Willcacocha Trek - Half Day Tour
  • Laguna 69 trek - Full Day Tour
  • Laguna Churup trek - Full Day Tour

If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Huaraz, we still recommend you have a complete day in Huaraz to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Huaraz before departing for the trek.

Hotels, bus before/after trek?
We can also organize transfers, hotels in Huaraz or other cities, packages in the rest of the country etc. If you would prefer more services, from the airport in Lima for example or a complete Peru travel package, please let us know.

Can you accommodate food sensitivities?
Our cooks are used to dealing with vegetarians. However, other clients and staff may have a conventional diet. Meals are prepared in the same tent and scents of meals can not be avoided. if you do not want to eat your meal in the same tent with clients having a conventional diet, please inquire about a private tour.

How to book the trek?
FIRST: To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking form.
All customers or leader of grup will need to fill out a Passenger details form. Please be ready with the following information:

  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender and passport number
  • Nationality and date of birth
  • Dietary requirements and medical conditions (alergies)

SECOND: We require a 20% deposit per person to organize your experience well in advance. You can make your deposit by Paypal, VISA/Mastercard/Dinners or another cards (payment link) or Wester Union (request our data). All subject to transfer fee

Important for group departures!
  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group Service considerate from 5 to 8 participants) We open a new group minimum base on 2.
  • For booking validation you should deposit a 20% of total price, and rest 80% you pay when you arrive to Peru or Huaraz.
  • Dear visitors you should know that our company is available to provide wherever information regarding our trip, for detailed information you should request us and we will reply as soon as possible, because we have an expert guide available.
  • Our trek rates can change according the book time or number of participants, contact with us for more information please.

Group departures 2024

17

MAY 2024

24

MAY 2024

from: $ 650.00

23

JUNE 2024

30

JUNE 2024

from: $ 650.00

Information for a better experience during the trek

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Packing list for trekking in Perú

During the treks in Cordilleras Huayhuash or Blanca you will fill your backpack just enough. Clothes, sleeping bag, accessories depending of the tour duration.

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Altitude sickness in Perú? Travel tips

It is important to know what precautions to take before traveling to the Andes of Peru, also because of its geography, Soroche is a possibility.