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Quilcayhuanca to Cojup Valley Trek

  • 4 Day Trek
  • Fully Supported
  • All Inclusive
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This trek takes in some of the most scenically dramatic and little-walked valleys of the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range. The trek route takes us past two jewel-like glacial lakes and also provides excellent opportunities for watching Condors. There are superb mountain views throughout. The walk includes a hike to the beautiful Laguna Churup Lake at 4450m.

Natural History
The valleys are great places to observe native Andean alpine flora, especially the many wildflowers that bloom during the trekking season, including buttercups, ranunculus, lupines and several species of orchids. Many encrustations of deep-red bromeliads can be seen along the track, sprouting from boulders and on rock faces. Fauna includes mountain caracaras, falcons, Andean geese and ducks, hawks, hummingbirds, American kestrels, puna ibis, Andean swifts, Andean foxes and mountain vizcachas. Sightings of the mighty condor are possible.

Highlights

  • Unique Mountain Views
  • U – Shaped Valleys
  • Deep Glacial Lakes
  • Off-the-beaten-track

Trekking Details

Grade: Moderate
Distance: 35 Km
Maximum altitude: 5100m
Price: From USD300 per person.

Season: May to October
Pickup and Drop-off: We will collect and return you to any hotel located within Huaraz City.
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What to Bring: We will provide a full gear list info upon booking the trek.

TREKKING ITINERARY

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Day 1: Huaraz – Churup Lake – Pitec

You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive, passing small villages of Unchus and Llupa to Pitec 3880m (1 hour drive). There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. While our staff sets up camp at Pitec, we start our hike up to Laguna Churup 4450m Lake. Today’s walk is on a well formed trail up to Laguna Churup. 5 hours walk.

Day 2: Pitec – Cruce de Cayesh

An easy walk up the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca Valley to camp at the head of the valley at Cruce de Cayesh 4100m at the foot of Andavite mountain (4 hours hike). In the afternoon, we can hike into the Quebrada Cayesh valley, which offers very close views of the snow-capped mountains of San Juan, Cayesh and Chopiraju.

Day 3: Cruce de Cayesh – Huapi

We ascend gradually to our high campsite on a plateau at 4750m just at the foot of Nevado Huapi. 5 to 6 hours walk.

Day 4: Huapi – Chocu Pass – Cojup Valley – Portada – Huaraz

We ascend to Chocu Pass at 5100m with great views of some of the big mountains of the Cordillera Blanca such as Chinchey, Pucaranra, Huantsan, Ranrapalca, Palcaraju and many other mountains. From the pass, we have a long descent down into the Cojup Valley and then an easy flat walk down the valley to the road. 8 hours walk and 1 hour drive.

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Highlights

  • Unique Mountain Views
  • U–Shaped Valleys
  • Deep Glacial Lakes
  • Off-the-beaten-track

Trek Dates

  • May 08 – May 11
  • Aug 05 – Aug 08

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