Huayhuash Unique Trek
Trek one of the most spectacular mountain circuits in the world. 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 Grande, Jirishanca, Carnicero, Trapecio and beautiful glacial lakes.
Length: 8 Days Walk
Distance: 105 Km
Maximum Altitude: 5000m
Season: April – October
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: Janca – 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 – Trapecio Punta Pass – Cuyoc
We ascend towards Paso Trapecio Punta 5000m pass from where we have close-up views of Nevado Trapecio Mountain. We then descend to our camp at Cuyoc 4500m. We will see lovely glacial lakes as we go down to the campsite. 7 – 8 hours walk.
Day 6: Cuyoc – Huayllapa – Huatiaq
We descend Quebrada Huanaqpatay valley for 4 to 5 hours and ascend Quebrada Milo valley for 3 hours to our camp at Huatiaq 4350m. 8 hours walk.
Day 7: Huatiaq – Tapush Pass – Angocancha – Llaucha Punta – Laguna Jahuacocha Lake
We ascend towards Punta Tapush 4770m Pass, we then descend to Angocancha Valley 4400m from here we start 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. 8 hours walk.
Day 8: 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 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