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The essence of Huayhuash trek 2023

Huayhuash is an extensive mountain range in the Peruvian Andes, to discover it in its entirety requires at least 10 to 12 days of walking. But many people have little time and just want to experience the best part. Here we present a 6-day program that visits the most interesting points and considered the best in the entire Cordillera Huayhuash.
The famous points to visit are: Laguna Carhuacocha, Siula viewpoint of 3 lagoons, Trapecio pass, San Antonio pass, Santa Rosa viewpoint.

Length: 6 days
Grade: Moderate to hard. Up to 6 – 7 hours physical activity each day. Some exposure to heights
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: 8:00am Huaraz
Finish: 14:00 aprox. in Barranca
Departs: April to October

DIFFICULTY

Moderate to hard, the highest point is Santa Rosa pass (5180m/16995ft)

SAFETY COVID-19

You are in a place with all cleaning and biosecurity protocols.

MOUNTAINS & NATURE

It means social distancing comes naturally.

BILINGUAL GUIDED

All guided tours in Spanish and English. Groups could be mixed.

SPECIAL OFFER

From US $  510

Program details: The essence of Huayhuash

Duration: 4 hours (by car) 5 - 6 hours (hiking)

Distance hiking: 12 km approx.

  • We drive from Huaraz to Chiquián, enjoying distant views of the awesome Huayhuash range from afar.
  • From Chiquián we descend to a cactus and scrub environment and continue to the village of Llamac (3300m)
  • Then into a wide Ushaped grassy valley with rolling hills and flanked by broad expanses of quenual (polylepis sp.) forest.
  • We will start to hike, we will cross our first pass, Cacanan Punta (4700m).
  • Here, at the continental divide, we sometimes observe the Andean Condor flying overhead.
  • We descend to the Jalca plain and on to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Mitucocha lake (4220m), located at the foot of the stunning Jirishanka Grande peak, and those of its neighbours Rondoy and Ninashanca.
  • If you have the energy, there’s the option this afternoon of walking around the lake or up to one of the nearby hanging valleys.

Duration: 5 -6 hours aprox
Distance: 12 km aprox

  • 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), of “Touching the Void” fame.
  • From here we descend to our camp at the large Lake Carhuacocha lake (4150m), with the chance en route of spotting Viscacha rodents among the moronic debris.
  • 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.

Duration: 6 - 7 hours aprox
Distance: 13 km aprox

  • This day there are two optional approaches to our next camp at Huayhuash.
  • We can take the normal trail to ascend the Carnicero Pass at 4600m/15,092ft
  • Or the more challenging alternative by ascending the Siula Pass at 4800m/15,748ft.
  • While this second alternative is more demanding, it is truly rewarding because of the surrounding panoramic views.
  • We descend passing close to lake Carnicero then camp at Huayhuash 4300m/14,108ft.

Duration: 6 - 7 hours approx
Distance: 11 km aprox

  • We climb to the Trapecio pass (5040m) on a steady gradient.
  • 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.
  • An optional 40 extra minutes of hiking to reach the glacier
  • 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.
  • 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 (4400 m).

Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Distance: 16 km aprox.

  • From 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.
  • 15 km of walking which takes approximately 9 hours with breaks and lunch. The campsite is in the village of Huayllapa at 3487m.

Duration: 8 hours aprox

  • This day we will get up very early to take the transport that will take us to the coast of Peru, before passing by the city of Cajatambo where we will make a brief stop for breakfast.
  • The trip is long and the road descends in endless curves until it reaches the great Pan-American highway and reaches the city of Barranca.
  • Transportation will leave you at the bus terminal so that you can travel to Lima that same day.
  • Here you and staff will separate, as they will take the return trip to Huaraz.
  • End of services.

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: 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 (6 kgs/13.2 lbs).
  • Trekking Cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant (if the group is more than 8 people), will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!.
  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners (Vegetarian or special menus 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 to all the communities in Huayhuash.
  • Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transport: Private transport from end of trek to Barranca city (where you can take you buss to Lima).

Not included:

  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in Huaraz.
  • 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 -10ºC. 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.
  • 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:

6 to 8

participants

(Price x person)

From:

US $ 510

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

PRIVATE SERVICE (Exclusivo):

Price x person

01 person US $ 1650
02 people US $ 925
04 people US $ 650
06-08 people US $ 510
  • 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, because you only know the health situation of your circle of friends and/or family.

Group departures programed:

More group departures click 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 50% 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 50% of total price, and rest 50% 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.

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.