Rondoy to Jahuacocha Lake Trek, Cordillera Huayhuash
This little hiking circuit takes us through some of the finest views and most beautiful campsites of the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range. A four-day challenge trek taking us to a maximum elevation of 4750m. Get ready to experience glacial lakes, snow-topped peaks, and rugged paths. What you won’t likely see too much of, however, are fellow travelers. This circuit truly is out-there — in all the best ways. Located in one of the most remote sections of the Andes, the range asks a lot from those who trek it.
Length: 4 Days Walk
Distance: 35 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4750m
Season: April – October
Day 1: 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 Rondoy Valley 4050m. 5 hours drive.
Day 2: We ascend towards Paso Rondoy Punta 4750m pass from here there are awesome panoramas 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 – 8 hours walk.
Day 3: Extra day at Jahuacocha
Day 4: 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 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 five to eight hours per day with long ascents 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.
This has been by far the best guided trip we have done in South America. The day length was sometimes short but the side trips made up for this & were a good challenge. We will be back! Jessica Bourne, England