Quilcayhuanca to Cojup Valley Trek

Enjoy a Quilcayhuanca to Cojup Valley guided trek. This is a great short walk along an awesome valley offering stunning views of some of the Cordillera Blanca Mountains and spectacular lakes. The walk includes a hike to the beautiful Laguna Churup Lake at 4450m.

Trip Information
Grade: Moderate
Length: 4 Days Walk
Distance: 35 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4900m
Average: 4000m
Season: All year round


Day 1: Drive to Pitec. While our staff sets up camp at Pitec 3880m, we start our hike to Laguna Churup 4450m Lake. Today’s walk is on a well formed trail up to Laguna Churup. 1 hour drive and 5 hours walk.

Day 2: Easy and almost flat hike. Today we will walk along the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca Valley to our second camp at Cruce de Cayesh 4100m offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. 5 hours walk.

Day 3: We ascend gradually to our high campsite on a plateau at 4750m just at the foot of Nevado Huapi. 6 hours walk.

Day 4: We ascend to Chocu Pass at 5100m with great views of some of the big mountains of the Cordillera Blanca such as Chinchey, Pucaranra, Huantsan, Ranrapalca, Palcaraju and many other mountains. From the pass, we will have a long descent down into the Cojup Valley and then an easy flat walk down the valley to the road. 8 hours walk and 1 hour drive.

We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least one day before the trek departs and spend time doing day hikes to higher altitude, this will help with acclimatization to the new altitude. We can help organise day hikes for you.

Grading & Fitness
In order to get the most out of this trek you should be in good physical condition. It is not easy to grade the fitness level required for the treks, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as moderate. We trek approximately five to eight hours per day with a long ascent and one long descent.

We encourage everyone to walk at their own pace, it is not a race and we want you to enjoy it. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest walkers and there is always a guide at the rear of the group. On the trek all personal belongings other than a day-pack are carried for you.

Thanks for a wonderful trip. I would certainly recommend you to others. Jim Rubingh, USA.

For more information and prices contact us.