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Huayhuash short version hiking

The short Huayhuash route was designed for those people who don’t have much time and just want to visit the most important places in the Cordillera Huayhuash, such as the lakes Jahuacocha, Solteracocha and Rasac, and also have impressive views of Yerupajá, Hirishanka, Rasac, Rondoy etc. This route has some great fishing opportunities in the above-mentioned lakes. The highest point of this circuit is Zambunya (4750m), from this pass you get a close-up view of the second highest mountain in Peru, Yerupajá, and its incredible 1100 meter west face, not to mention epic views of other neighboring mountains.

Length: 4 days
Grade: Moderate. 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: 6:00am Huaraz
Finish: 15:00 aprox. in Huaraz
Departs: April to November

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


Day 01: Huaraz - Llamac - Rondoy We depart Huaraz at 08:00am and first drive to the village of Chiquiàn, 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) arriving around 12:00m where we have lunch.
Then we will continue passing through the small villages of Pocpa and then by new road between Llamac to Cuartelhuain; the scenery is so interesting & beautiful that the road is barely noticed anyway. Today is a relaxing hike with no steep ascents; it is also an extremely valuable extra acclimatisation day before crossing our first high pass tomorrow. We will camp at the start of Rondoy valley (4200m)

Day 02: Rondoy - Rondoy Pass (15,584ft/4750m) - Sambunya pass - Lake Jahuacocha(4150m/13,615ft)
Duration: 7 hours
Distance: 14 km aprox.
Today is a demanding day but well worth the energy for what you will personally capture this day in breathtaking majestic scenic views as we gradually ascend up through the Rondoy Valley. After ascending to the top of the Rondoy Pass at 15,584ft/4750m then we descend towards the beautiful Lagunas Solteracocha and finally Jahuacocha.
We’ll camp overnight beside the lake enjoying the views of the majestic mountains surrounding this lake.

Day 03: Free day at Laguna Jahuacocha for rest & relaxation or a side trip
The awesome setting, together with options for side trips, means we stay an extra day at Laguna Jahuacocha. We can take a day hike up to the Yaucha pass 4847m to take a look at the western side of the Cordillera Huayhuash range or head up the Quebrada Rasac valley to the Rasaccocha glacial lake. Alternatively, you could enjoy a rest day and go fishing for trout! Why not visit the farmhouse just behind our camp and buy a beer to go with your trout?

Day 04: 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?

Services included in the programm:
  • 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 6:00 to 6:30am) and will travel by private transportation to Pocpa village, start point to hike.
  • 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/14 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: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 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 04)

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 take?
  • You will only carry a daypack with whatever you require for that day's walk. All you need is appropriate clothing, a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots (and a spirit of adventure with a good dose of endurance for this trip!!).

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 short 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 according to number of people Please contact us for more information.
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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
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  • 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: 04 days
Maximum height: 4750 m (Rondoy pass)
Location: Cordillera Huayhuash

april to october
Open groups

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