Cordillera Huayhuash Mini Trek
Enjoy a Cordillera Huayhuash Mini Guided Trek. This short circuit takes us through the finest views and most beautiful campsites of the Cordillera Huayhuash circuit.
Length: 8 Days Walk
Distance: 65 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4850m
Season: April – September
Day 1: Scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas valley to our camp at the Inca ruins of Huanuco Viejo 3700m. There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. We spend the afternoon exploring the Inca ruins. 5 hours drive.
Day 2: Drive to Queropalca 3830m which is the starting point of the trek, passing through the villages of Santa Rosa, Jesus, Banos. From Queropalca we start ascending gently to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Carhuacocha 4150m with magnificent views of Nevados Jirishanca, Yerupaja and Siula Mountains. 4 hours walk.
Day 3: Extra day at Carhuacocha. We take a day hike to the beautiful Laguna Siula Lake and enjoy close views of Nevados Carnicero, Siula and Yerupaja mountains. 4 hours walk.
Day 4: We ascend towards Paso Carhuac 4630m pass and then descend to our camp at the Beautiful Laguna Mitucocha 4250m lake with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. 5 hours walk.
Day 5: We ascend towards Paso Cacananpunta 4690m and descend to our camp at Matacancha 4100m. 6 hours walk.
Day 6: We ascend towards Paso Rondoy Punta 4750m pass from here there are awesome panorama of the big mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash with Yerupaja dominating the skyline. We then descend to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha 4050m lake passing Laguna Solterococha. 7 hours walk.
Day 7: Extra day at Jahuacocha to enjoy the great views of this splendid campsite.
Day 8: We descend the valley before ascending to our final pass Paso Pampa Llamac 4300m from where we have our last close views of the Huayhuash range. We then descend to the village of Llamac where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz. 5 hours walk and 4 hours drive.
We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 2 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 treks, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as moderate. We trek approximately six 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.
Three of us undertook the Huayhuash Mountains mini trek in August 2013, what an experience and what a place – truly awesome! The trip came together with thanks to Rodolfo; he assisted with pre-trip arrangements and upon us arriving in Huaraz, that assistance continued. His extensive local knowledge helped us with acclimatisation walks and public transport. Rodolfo’s guidance and pace during the trek was excellent, as was his back up team (donkey driver & cook) who provided a great service!. Perminder, England.
We also offer the Cordillera Huayhuash Mini Trek in 6 and 7 days. For more information and prices contact us.