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6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek

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Day 1 : Drive to Queropalca, camp overnight.

Visiting: Huaraz to Queropalca

We drive to Queropalca. On the way we pass small villages such as: Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac, a type of bromeliad, Puya Raimondi we will come across. Here we take the road traversing the Huascaran Natural Park to the easten side of the Andes. On the way the largest species of bromeliad. It can reach 3 m 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 the small village of Huanzala, Huallanca and finally arrive at Huanuco Pampa Ruins, which are situated on a grand plateau that 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. Driving time 8 hours. Camp nearby at 3,800m.a.s.l

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite - tent camping

Day 2 : Hike to Carhuacocha, camp overnight.

Visiting: Queropalca, Carhuacocha

A half – day hike will brings us to the foot of Lake Carhuacocha, a beautiful location. On a calm day the snow-capped peaks of Jirishanca and Yerupaja are reflected in the water. Camp on the shores of the Lake at 4,200m.a.s.l.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite - tent camping

Day 3 : Hike to Mitucocha, camp overnight

Visiting: Carhuacocha, Carhuac Pass, Mitucocha

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 mountains. Overnight and camp at Mitucocha. 4,100m.a.s.l.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite - tent camping

Day 4 : Hike to Matacancha, camp overnight.

Visiting: Mitucocha, Matacancha

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.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite - tent camping

Day 5 : Hike to Jahuacocha, camp overnight.

Visiting: Matacancha, Jahuacocha

We ascend through the Rondoy valley towards Sambuya pass at 4,750m.a.s.l (15,583ft) 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 (13,287ft) near the lake, below a beautiful cirque.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite - tent camping

Day 6 : Hike to Llamac, drive to Huaraz, end trek

Visiting: Jahuacocha, Llamac, Huaraz

We head out 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 (hotel not included).

  • Meals: B

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