Huayhuash Classic Trek, Cordillera Huayhuash
This is the most dramatic high altitude trek in the Peruvian Andes with magnificent views of mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash such as Yerupaja 6634m being the second highest mountain in Peru, Siula Grande made famous by Joe Simpson in his book and film “Touching the Void”, Sarapo, Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Rasac, Carnicero, Trapecio and beautiful glacial lakes. The dramatic and beautiful glacial lakes and valleys of the range provide memorable campsites and good trout fishing. Andean condors are seen more often in the Huayhuash than on other Peruvian treks, attesting to the area’s remoteness.
Length: 10 Days Walk
Distance: 132 Km
Maximum Altitude: 5000m
Season: April – September
Day By Day Itinerary
Day 1: Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac – Pocpa – Pallca – Quartelhuain
You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley. There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. We drive through many rural villages until we reach our camp at Quartelhuain 4150m. 5 hours drive.
Day 2: Quartelhuain – Cacananpunta Pass – Janca
We slowly climb up to 4690m in the morning to cross the Punta Cacanan then, as we descend, we are rewarded with stunning views of the nearby peaks of Rondoy and Jirishanca. Our camp is situated at Janca Valley 4200m. In the afternoon, we can do a side trip up to Laguna Mitucocha 4250m where we will see Torrent Ducks and Andean Geese. 5 to 6 hours walk.
Day 3: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass – Laguna Carhuacocha
We ascend towards Paso Carhuac 4630m pass from where we have splendid views of Nevados Carnicero, Siula Grande, Yerupaja, Jirishanca. We then descend to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Carhuacocha 4150m. 5 to 6 hours walk.
Day 4: Carhuacocha – Siula Punta Pass – Huayhuash
We ascend towards Paso Siula Punta 4850m pass with nice views of the surrounding mountains and crossing above the glacier fed lakes of Siula and Quesillococha. From the pass we descend to our camp at Huayhuash 4350m passing a beautiful lake and always enjoying views of the great mountains of the range. 8 hours walk.
Day 5: Huayhuash – Portachuelo de Huayhuash Pass – Viconga
We ascend gradually towards Paso Portachuelo de Huayhuash 4780m pass from where we have great views of the Cordillera Raura. We then descend to the big lake of Viconga and then to our camp at 4350m near by the Viconga Hot springs. 5 to 6 hours walk.
Day 6: Viconga – Cuyoc Pass – Cuyoc
We go over Punta Cuyoc Pass with a sustained uphill hike of 3 hours to a breath taking 5000m pass. From here we marvel the spectacular views of the mountains. We then descend to our camp at 4500m. 5 hours walk.
Day 7: Cuyoc – Huayllapa
We descend Quebrada Huanaqpatay valley for 4 to 5 hours to our camp at the little village of Huayllapa 3650m.
Day 8: Huayllapa – Tapush Pass – Gashpapampa
We slowly climb up to 4770m in the morning to cross Punta Tapush Pass, we then descend to Gashpapampa 4500m. 7 to 8 hours walk.
Day 9: Gashpapampa – Llaucha Punta Pass – Laguna Jahuacocha Lake
We descend before ascending towards Paso Llaucha Punta 4850m pass, with fantastic views of the mountains of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Rasac and Sacra. We then descend to our last camp at the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha 4050m lake. 4 to 5 hours walk.
Day 10: Jahuacocha – Pampa Llamac – Llamac – Huaraz
Today is our final day of trekking, with one last climb up to Paso Pampa Llamac 4300m. We can enjoy our final views over the range before descending steadily down to Llamac. Here we meet our transport and drive back to Huaraz. 5 hours walk and 4 hours drive.
We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 3 days 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 trek, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as strenuous. We trek approximately five to eight hours per day with several long ascents and descents.
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.
Rodolfo and Huaraz Treks met and exceeded our expectations in all respects. His lifelong knowledge of the Cordillera Blanca enriched our trip beyond the trek itself, including identification of birds, animals, mountains, and the local villages. He also was helpful in suggesting other activities for our time in the Huaraz area. Bright, personable, excellent English, quick judge of our abilities and interests. Evan Metcalf, USA.
We also offer the Cordillera Huayhuash Classic trek in 12 days. For more information and prices contact us.