Trekking the Huayhuash Circuit

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Comparable to the Himalayas and the Rockies in terms of snow-capped alpine beauty, Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain climber's dream come true. Located in one of the most remote sections of the Andes, our abbreviated version of the circuit asks a lot from those who trek it. Rest assured that your mountain guide has all the expertise, equipment, and encouragement needed to get the most out of these majestic peaks. Great on its own, this trip gets even better when paired with a Machu Picchu trek or any other Peru-based adventure.


Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.

Day 2: Lima/Huaraz

Travel north by bus to the alpine city of Huaraz, surrounded by the stunning snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Huaraz

Enjoy a free day to acclimatize to the altitude. There are ample opportunities for optional activities like exploring the city, biking in the mountains, or heading into Huascaran National Park. Relax in the evening at a café and soak in the natural scenery.

Day 4: Huaraz/Cuartelhuain

Travel by private vehicle into Huascaran National Park, gaze out the window and enjoy the Andean scenery passing by. Arrive at Cuartelhuain, the camp for the night (4,200m/13,780 ft).

Includes: Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cuartelhuain/Loma Ollocuyoc

Begin seven days of trekking with an expert mountain guide along the challenging and spectacular Huayhuash circuit. Hike in the alpine wilderness to make your way to Cacananpunta Pass to see a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys, rivers and mountains.

The days are spent in remote, high-altitude wilderness, surrounded by alpine scenery including snow-capped peaks, immense glaciers, emerald glacial lagoons, and mountain vegetation.

Nights are spent camping under the stars. Several very high altitude passes are traversed, challenging the best of hikers ready to push themselves for the ultimate reward of unmatched remote mountain scenery unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Loma Ollocuyoc/Laguna Carhuacocha

Continue the trek along Laguna Mitucocha with Mt Yerupaja, Mt Rondoy and Mt Ninashanca towering in the background as you pass through Carhuacocha Pass.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Laguna Carhuacocha/Cordillera Huayhuash

Trek through Siula Pass, with its towering peaks and glacial lagoons of varying shades of turquoise and blue, you'll be hard-pressed to find a place more beautiful.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cordillera Huayhuash/Huanacpatay

Continue the trek upwards to the highest point of the trek, Trapecio Punta Pass. Continue on to the camp for the night below Mt Puscanturpa.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Huanacpatay/Huantiac

Descend into the Huanacpatay valley, enjoy views of waterfalls in the distance en route to Huantiac camp, a high altitude meadow in the shadows of Mt Diablo Mudo.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Huantiac/Laguna Jahuacocha

Descend into Angoshcancha valley passing through quenoal forest before climbing up to Yaucha pass. Enjoy beautiful views and keep an eye out for condors on the way to Laguna Jahuacocha.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Laguna Jahuacocha/Chiquian

Ascend to the last pass of the trip, Shullca Pass (4550m/14928 ft), take in one last view of the stunning Andean ranges before descending to Pocpa to meet the transfer to Chiquian.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Chiquian/Lima

After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle back to Lima for the night and for some well-deserved rest and a hot shower.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Lima

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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