Cordillera Huayhuash Short Trek

Enjoy a Cordillera Huayhuash Guided Trek. This is the most dramatic high altitude trek in the Peruvian Andes with magnificent views of the mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash such as Yerupaja 6634m being the second highest mountain in Peru, Siula, Jirishanca, Carnicero, Trapecio and beautiful glacial lakes.

Trip Information
Grade: Strenuous
Length: 9 Days Walk
Distance: 105 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4950m
Average: 4200m
Season: April – September


Day 1: A scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas valley and then down to the town of Chiquian, village of Llamac and up to our camp at Quartelhuain 4150m passing through the village of Pocpa and Pallca mining camp. 5 hours drive.

Day 2: We ascend towards Paso Cacananpunta 4690m pass, we then descend to our camp at the beautiful lake of Mitucocha 4250m. We enjoy spectacular views of the mountains as we walk to the camp. 6 hours walk.

Day 3: We ascend towards Paso Carhuac 4630m pass from where we have splendid views of Nevados Carnicero, Siula, Yerupaja, Jirishanca. We then descend to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Carhuacocha 4150m. 6 hours walk.

Day 4: We ascend towards Paso Punta Carnicero 4615m pass with nice views of the surrounding mountains and small lakes. From the pass we descend to our camp at Huayhuash 4350m passing beautiful lakes and always enjoying views of the great mountains of the range. 8 hours walk.

Day 5: We ascend gradually towards Paso Portachuelo de Huayhuash 4780m pass from where we have great views of the Cordillera Raura. We descend to the big lake of Viconga and then to our camp at 4500m. 6 hours walk.

Day 6: We ascend towards Paso Punta Cuyoc 4950m pass from here we marvel the spectacular views of the mountains. We then descend to our camp at Huanacpatay 4300m. 7 hours walk.

Day 7: We descend to Quebrada Calinca valley and ascend Quebrada Milo valley to our camp at Huatiaq 4350m. 8 hours walk.

Day 8: Today we cross 2 passes. First we ascend towards Paso Tapush Punta 4770m pass, we then descend and ascend again to our next pass 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. 8 hours.

Day 9: 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 back to 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 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 treks, 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.

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

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