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Trekking Huayhuash full circuit

Trekking tour Cordillera Huayhuash 10 Days, The full circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the classic trekking circuits of the world. We offer this classic 10 days, complete around Huayhuash mountain range. There are 8 passes to ascend with the highest being 5000 masl Although not difficult, the length of the trek, the number of nights sleeping above 4000 masl and the number of high passes to cross rates this adventure trek as a grade, hard. We recommend that you are have a good level of physical fitness and are well acclimatized before committing to this awesome mini-trek adventure in the Peruvian Andes.

Length: 10 days
Grade: Moderate to hard. Up to 5-6 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: 15:00 aprox. in Huaraz
Departs: April to October

Join a scheduled departure or book a private or custom trip with dates to suit you.


Day 01: Huaraz - Chiquian - Cuartelhuain (4180m/13,714ft)
Duration: 4 - 5 hours (by car) - no hiking
After breakfast at your hotel we will pick you up and drive from Huaraz to Chiquián, enjoying distant views of the awesome Huayhuash mountain range. After a little stop in Chiquian we will continue driving passing two lovely villages Llamac and Pocta, for finally to get at Cuartelhuain place where our donkey driver will be waiting for us and ready for next day. Also here is our camping area.

Day 02: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Punta Pass (4700m/15416ft) – Mitucocha
Duration: 5 hours aprox
Distance: 12 km aprox
After our breakfast we will start walking up towards Cacanan Punta pass, when we just reach it we will be on the continental divide, as well as we will enjoy taken panoramic pictures about deep valleys, hills and snowcapped peaks. Then we will descend to our next camp at Jancapampa (Mitucocha valley) with amazing view of mount Jirishanca and Ninashanca to background.

Day 03: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4630m/15190ft) – Carhuacocha
Duration: 5 -6 hours aprox
Distance: 12 km aprox
We flank the Jalca flood plain then ascend south to the Paso de Carhuac pass (4630m). 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 Laguna Carhuacocha lake (4150m), with the chance en route of spotting Viscachas (rodents) among the rocks. From our camp we look up directly the peaks of the famous Siula Grande, Yerupajá Grande and Chico and Jirishanka Chico.

Day 04: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4850m/15912ft) – Huayhuash
Duration: 6 - 7 hours aprox
Distance: 13 km aprox
This day there are two options for our next camp in Huayhuash. While the donkeys takes the road through Punta Carnicero, we will take the most challenging path to the Siula pass at 4850m / 15,908 feet. While this form is more demanding, but it is really rewarding due to the surrounding panoramic views. From the pass we descend passing the Carnicero lagoon and then camp at Huayhuash 4300m / 14,108 feet.

Day 05: Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass (4750m/15584ft) – Viconga
Duration: 6 hours aprox
Distance: 11 km aprox
This day we will climb to the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4750m) a constant gradual rise. From here, looking southeast, we see a grupo of nearby snow peaks; this is the Cordillera Raura range and the nearby snow peak called Leon Huacanan. We descend to and skirt around the large Laguna Viconga then just a short climb up to get Viconga thermal bath at 4400m/14,436ft where we mount our tents. You can spend the afternoon taking bath at the hot springs or relaxing at camp.

Day 06: Viconga – Cuyoc Pass (5000m/16405ft) – Elefante camp (4200m/13780ft)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Distance: 15 km aprox.
Today we will reach our second highest pass (of all the circuit) called Punta Cuyoc, with a sustained uphill hike of 2 to 3 hours. The panoramic views here are breathtaking. To the southeast we see the sharply ridge of the Cordillera Raura, and to the north, several of the giants of the Huayhuash range are seen from a new face. The mount Sarapo (6127m) is also seen for first time. The first 50m of the descent is quite steep and loose, becoming easier as we continue descending quickly to the broad Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, where we stop for lunch. Then we will climb up to San Antonio view point at 5020 m (highest point of all the circuit), from it we will have splendid view about summits, glacier lakes and deep valley, finally we come back on the same path until campo Elefante camp site at 4200m

Day 07: Elefante camp – Huayllapa village (3500m/11483ft)
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 12 km aprox.
This is a little hard day because we have a sustained climb to camp in the afternoon. We begin descending throughof the Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, turning west into the agricultural valley. We continue until, just before the tiny village of Huayllapa (the first since Pocpa and last before we return to Llamac), in Huayllapa we can get some sodas and beers also charge the batteries.

Day 08: Huayllapa village - Tapush pass (4750m/ 15585ft) - Gashpapampa (4500m/14765)
Duration: 6 hours aprox
Distance: 11 km aprox.
From Huayllapa we begin a hike uphill for about 2 hours to the flat meadow called Huatiac (4350m), where we get there after around 2 hours walking, then we continue going up for Tapush pass 4800 m/15 748 ft from this pass we can see some a part of Cordillera Blanca (mountain Tuco), after a break we go down to Gashpapampa 4500 m/ 14 764 ft, located below Diablo Mudo mount, many times used as base camp to climb the peak of this, we get to the campsite.

Day 09: Gashpapampa – Yaucha Pass (4800m/15744ft) – Jahuacocha(4150m/13,615ft)
Duration: 7 hours aprox
Distance: 13 km aprox.
Today we have the possibility to split in two groups:
Hiker group: directly to Jahuacocha through the pass Punta Yaucha at 4800m/15,748ft. The way is rocky in areas as we approach and reach the Yaucha Pass. The efforts to reach this dramatic vantage point are well worth it for the magnificent views of the surrounding high peaks are truly impressive.We descend down through lupines along the valley to our final camp at Laguna Jahuacocha at 4150m/13,615ft.
Climber group: wake up at 02:00am for breakfast and to start at 03:00am to climb the Diablo Mudo mountain, after 6 hours approx we reach the summit, then hike down in to the Huacrish valley until Jahuacocha (meeting with the hikers)
We’ll camp overnight beside the lake enjoying the views of the majestic mountains surrounding this lake.

Day 10: Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz
Distance: 15 km aprox (hiking).
Duration: 4 hours (hiking) 4 hours (by transport)
We will start very early and gentle descent for an hour, then we will take our gradual climb to the final pass, Pampa Llamac (4300m), from where we have our final views of much of the Huayhuash. Then it is a long descent back to Llamac valley and finally the village of Llamac.
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 - 16:00 hours.

What's included?

What is included?:
  • Pre-departure briefing: The day before your trek you will have a pre-departure briefing with your tour guide or one of our collaborators, who will explain in detail about the program and itinerary of the following days.
  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning (between 8:00 to 8:30am) and will travel by private transportation to Cuartelhuain, 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 (10 kgs/22 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.
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners (Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost).
  • Wake up coca 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.
  • Water for each day: We will provide boiled water every day to fill your bottle with it. You can do this in the morning before starting the trek or when you arrive at the camp in the afternoon. If you prefer you can also take your own tablets to purify the water.
  • Tea time daily: Every afternoon before dinner, the cook will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to eat and relax.
  • 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 Huascaran National Park
  • Medical kit: Our staff will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transport: Private transport from Llamac to your hotel in Huaraz (day 10)

Not included:
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and 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.
  • 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.)

What to know?


How many days do I need to aclimate in Huaraz BEFORE THE TREK?
It is very important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before participating in a walk of several days with camps at more than 3500 meters above sea level.
We do recommend that you arrive to Huaraz at least 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:
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.

How to book the Huayhuash roundtrip Trek?
FIRST: To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms.
All clients will need to fill out a Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Huayhuash trek permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality
SECOND: We require a deposit of 50% per person. You can make you deposit by VISA (payment link) or Wester Union (request our data), also by Paypal.

Prices & Dates

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  • **If you want to take this PRIVATE SERVICE you can book even a 2 weeks before the departure date.
5 to 8 participants
from: US $$$ x person

  • 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.
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Duration: 10 days
Maximum height: 5000 m (Punta Cuyoc)
Location: Cordillera Huayhuash

april to october
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