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6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek

6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek

6 days

6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek
from $1050 USD

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With new access roads into what is considered the most spectacular mountain scenery of Peru, we have developed this trek into the heart of the mountain range. It offers a new opportunity for those who don't have the time to do the longer, classic traditional route (14 days). A prerequisite however is to be well acclimatized since we gain altitude quickly!

There is an excellent transportation service between Lima and Huaraz, with multiple luxury bus departures daily.

Set departures for the group rate are on Saturdays, April through October. You may combine this with the 4-day Cordillera Blanca trek for a 10-day expedition. Or ask us for custom recommendations for the ultimate Cordillera Blanca experience!

Minimum group size is 4 people. Groups of 2 or 3 trekkers have a surcharge of US$225 per person. Single travelers contact us for groups to join.


Day 1: Drive to the trailhead at Queropalca, camp overnight (LD)

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.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 2: Hike to Carhuacocha, camp overnight (BLD)

A half - day hike will bring 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. (BLD)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 3: Hike to Mitucocha, camp overnight (BLD)

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 included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 4: Hike to Matacancha, camp overnight (BLD)

Leaving our camp we head towards Cacanampunta 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 Cuartelwain where we have lunch. Continue over to Rondoy, camp below tomorrow's pass, at 4,200 m.a.s.l. (Distance: 14Km Time: 6-7 hours).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 5: Hike to Jahuacocha, camp overnight (BLD)

We ascend through the Rondoy valley towards Sambuya pass at 4750 m (15,583ft) from where we can see the snow-capped peaks of Ninashanca, Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Rasac and Solteracocha. Then we descend towards to Lake Jahuacocha, camp 4000 m (13,120ft) near the lake, below a beautiful cirque. (Distance: 11km Time: 7 hours).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 6: Hike to Llamac village, drive back to Huaraz (BL)

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, dinner on your own. (Distance: 14km, Time: 5-6 hours).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek
from $1050 USD
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NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Pre-trek briefing with the guide for the trek
  • Transportation from Huaraz by vehicle to trailhead, and from the end of trek, return to Huaraz
  • Bi-lingual guide on the trek, who will handle the first aid kit
  • Two-man tents including sleeping pads
  • Pack animals and muleteer
  • Cook and kitchen crew
  • Commissary gear
  • All meals during the trek
  • Portable toilet
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for your guide, driver, cook, crew, muletee
  • Hotels in Huaraz
  • Personal gear (sleeping bag, pack, clothes, etc)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, laundry, insurance, internet)
  • Additional pre- and post-trek tours

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