Hike one of the most beautiful trekking circuits in the world. This is the most dramatic high altitude trek in the Peruvian Andes with magnificent views of mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash such as Yerupaja 6634m being the second highest mountain in Peru, Siula Grande made famous by Joe Simpson in his book and film “Touching the Void”, Sarapo, Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Rasac, Carnicero, Trapecio and beautiful glacial lakes. The dramatic and beautiful glacial lakes and valleys of the range provide memorable campsites and good trout fishing. Andean condors are seen more often in the Huayhuash than on other Peruvian treks, attesting to the area’s remoteness. Our Huayhuash Classic Trek includes all the best and famous spots in the range such as Siula Lakes, Santa Rosa Viewpoint/Pass, Siula Base Camp and a deep soak in the hot springs of Guñoc – Viconga. You won’t miss anything!.
Huayhuash Classic Trek
- July 07 – July 17
|Price:||Contact us for prices.|
|Season:||May to October|
|Pickup and Drop-off:||We will collect and return you to any hotel located within Huaraz City.|
|What to Bring:||We will provide a full gear list info upon booking the trek.|
Lets Go! Vamos!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We ascend gradually towards Paso Portachuelo de Huayhuash 4780m pass from where we have great views of the Cordillera Raura. We then descend to the big lake of Viconga and then to our camp at 4350m near by the Viconga Hot springs. 5 to 6 hours walk.
We go over Punta Cuyoc Pass with a sustained uphill hike of 3 hours to a breathtaking 4900m pass. From here we marvel the spectacular views of the mountains. We then descend to our camp at 4500m. 5 hours walk.
We ascend towards the highest pass on the trek Paso Santa Rosa 5100m pass from where there are fantastic views of mountains and lakes. We can see the Siula Glacier where Joe Simpson crawled down in his epic battle for survival, and also Siula Base Camp. We then descend to our camp Cutatambo in Callinca Valley 4265m. 5 to 6 hours total walk.
Today we come down to Peruvian sea level, following Calinca valley for 4 to 5 hours. The community of Huayllapa is one of the highland villages of Lima Region located at 3670m. Villagers are mainly farmers and shepherds and few of them work in tourism sector as cooks and donkey drivers.
We slowly climb up to 4770m in the morning to cross Punta Tapush Pass, we then descend to Gashpapampa 4500m. 7 to 8 hours walk.
We descend before ascending towards Paso Llaucha Punta 4850m pass, with fantastic views of the mountains of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Rasac and Sacra. From the pass, we hike up to a ridge which takes us to Huacrish Lookout to have an unique views of the Huayhuash Mountain Range. We then descend to our last camp at the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha 4050m lake. 4 to 5 hours walk.
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.
Altitude and Acclimatization
This is a major factor on this trek and we strongly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 4 days before the trek departs and spend time doing day hikes to higher altitude, this will help with acclimatization to the new altitude.
Grading & Fitness
In order to get the most out of the trek you should be in good physical condition. It is not easy to grade the fitness level required for the trek, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as strenuous. We trek approximately six to eight hours per day with several long ascents and descents.
- July 07 – July 17
Rodolfo, I really appreciated your easy going nature. Thank you for a great trip and great service. Hayden, Australia
Rodolfo and his crew were totally professional, knowledgeable and energetic, always willing to help. They could not have made the trip any better. Evans, USA
I had a really great time in Peru! Thank you again for being a great guide. Illiana, USA
A trek with a 10 out of 10 Wow factor! From start to finish Rodolfo and our trekking team were amazing. Sonia, Australia