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Trekking Huayhuash 9 Days – 8Nights

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Trekking Huayhuash 9 Days – 8Nights

Trekking Huayhuash 9 Days – 8Nights

23 reviews

Overview

The Huayhuash Trekking is located in the Cordillera of the same name in the Andes of Peru, is the second highest tropical mountain range in the world after the Cordillera Blanca, and the hike that crosses its entire mountain system is considered among the most beautiful treks on the planet.

 

Highlights

The Cordillera Huayhuash is also home to dozens of glacial lakes of incomparable beauty such as Carhuacocha, Juhuacocha, Solterococha, Mitucocha, Juraucocha, among others, and a great diversity of flora and fauna.

 

Trip Details

Day 01: Huaraz – Chiquián – Llámac – Cuartelhuaín.
Day 02: Cuartelhuaín – Cacanapunta Pass – Carhuac Pass – Camp Carhuacocha
Day 03: Carhuacocha Camp – Siula Pass – Huayhuash Camp.
Day 04: Huayhuash Camp – Trapecio Pass – Pampa Elefante Camp
Day 05: Pampa Elefante Camp – Santa Rosa Pass – Cucatambo
Day 6: Cucatambo Camp – Village of Huayllapa.
Day 07: Huayllapa Camp – Tapush Pass – Gashpapampa
Day 08: Gashpapampa Camp – Yaucha Pass – Jahuacocha
Day 09: Jahuacocha – Town of Llámac – Chiquián – Huaraz

Itinerary

Day 01: Huaraz - Chiquián - Llámac – Cuartelhuaín.

Our adventure begins in Huaraz. The team designated by Wayra Peru Travel will go your hotel to pick you up with private transportation. After the pick up we head south through the Callejón de Huaylas to Conococha, from this point we turn off to the east side towards the District of Chiaquián, where we will stop for approximately 30 minutes for breakfast. We continue our journey and during the trip we will see picturesque towns such as: Llámac, Pocpa, Pacllón. The transportation will leave us in Matacancha, from here we will start a short walk along the road to our camping place in Cuartelhuaín.

Finally, after 3 hours of walking we will arrive to our campsite, in this place we will be able to see part of the mountains that surround this landscape.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Transfer by car: 6 hours
  • Hiking time: 3 hours approximately
  • Difference in altitude: from 3100 masl to 3900 masl (+800)

Day 02: Cuartelhuaín - Cacanapunta Pass - Carhuac Pass - Camp Carhuacocha

On our second day of trekking, we will start early in the morning. We wake you up with a hot drink and provide you with warm water for your personal hygiene. Breakfast is at 6:30 am and at 7:00 am we start our hike, this day we will do two hight pass.

The hike begins  is as  zigzags to reach the first pass of the day, Cacananpunta (4690m), an excellent viewpoint of the east, from the pass we are already entering the territory of the Huanuco region and where you can see the snowy Ninashanca, Rondoy and Huallanca mountain range, and where we can also observe the Quebrada Caliente with the characteristic Laguna de Pucacocha of reddish and sulfurous waters. We make a descent to the Quebrada Wayra, where is located one of the control of the community, we make the first payment for the right of entry to the circuit. During the journey we will look for a nice place for have lunch.

We continue the hike through easy and ascending terrain until we reach  hight point  Carhuac (4650m), where we can appreciate views of the highest peaks of Huayhuash as: Yerupaja (6617m), Jirishanca and the famous Siula Grande (6344m). Finally we make the descent to our camp at the Carhuacocha lagoon, this place is truly wonderful because the mountains are reflected in the Carhuacocha lagoon and our tea time will make the view more pleasant.

Arriving at dinner time and have rest to continue with the next day’s journey.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 3900 masl to 4690 masl (+790 masl) – Cacananpunta Pass

Day 03: Carhuacocha Camp - Siula Pass - Huayhuash Camp.

On our third day of trekking, we will start early in the morning. We will wake you up with a hot drink and provide you with hot water for your personal hygiene. Breakfast is at 6:30 am and at 7:00 am we start our journey.

This day is one of the best of this Circuit,  you can enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunrise that can be seen reflected in the lagoon. After enjoying this beautiful landscape we continue with the hike to the viewpoint of the turquoise lagoons: Laguna Siula, Quesillococha and Azulcocha. After short rest we continue our way uphill to the Siula pass, from this point we will have a view of the Raura mountain range, an incredible place to stay for a long time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Finally we walk downhill and pass the Carnicero Lake, where we will have lunch.  We continue the descent until we reach Huayhuash Camp and we will have free afternoon for to take our tea, rest and take pictures of the Nevado Trapecio, and Carnicero Lake at night at dinner time and rest to continue with the next day’s journey.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time, lunch and dinner.
  • Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 4140 masl to 4830 masl (+690 masl) – Siula Pass

Day 04: Huayhuash Camp - Trapecio Pass - Pampa Elefante Camp

After breakfast and personal hygiene, we head uphill to one of the most beautiful passe of the circuit, the trapeze pass. Our way is through the wide valley heading south until we reach a small plain where we will have rest time for to replenish energy to reach our goal. After 4 hours walking we will arrive at the Trapecio pass where we can appreciate a spectacular silhouette of the mountain and beautiful landscapes of the lagoons that are located below the mountain Puscanturpa, also from this point we can appreciate the snowy Cuyoc, Milpo and part of the Cordillera Raura. then we have to the descent to the lagoons, we will pass bordering them and finally we arrive in our campside, place where there is a giant rock with the silhouette of an elephant. Free Afternoon  for our tea time, rest time and take pictures of Puscanturpa at night dinner time , rest to continue with the next day’s journey.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 4350 masl to 4750 masl (+400) – Trapeze Pass

Day 05: Pampa Elefante Camp - Santa Rosa Pass – Cucatambo

After our usual breakfast, we will begin our trip. This day we will have the most beautiful viewpoint because we will go up to the Santa Rosa pass, where we will be able to appreciate in its maximum splendor the Jurao Lagoon, Sarapo, Siula Grande, Siula Chico, Yerupajá, Nevado Jurao and Rasac. After descending the Santa Rosa pass, we will arrive at Laguna Jurao, surround it and continue to the viewpoint of Laguna Sarapococha, where one of the most epic stories of survival in mountaineering took place and was later captured in the book “Touching the void” by mountaineer Joe Simpson, where he recounts the tragic accident during the descent of two climbers after crowning a virgin route on the wall of Siula Grande. From this point we will also enjoy great views of the Colossi: Yerupajá, Siula and Sarapo. Finally we descend towards the Quebrada Huayllapa until we reach our campsite in Cucatambo.

free afternoon  for our tea time, rest and take pictures of the landscape.

At dinner time we will have lunch and rest to continue with the next day’s journey.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 4350 masl to 4750 masl (+400) – Santa Rosa Pass

Day 6: Cucatambo Camp - Village of Huayllapa.

After breakfast we start hiking along the Huanacpatay valley to the isolated village of Huayllapa, where if you wish, you can buy some of the basic staff such as drinks, batteries, etc.. This picturesque village is our camping place.

Afternoon free for our tea time, rest and take pictures of the surrounding landscape.

At  night dinner time we will feed and rest to continue with the next day’s journey.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 4350 masl to 3600 masl (-750)

Day 07: Huayllapa Camp - Tapush Pass – Gashpapampa

after breakfast we start our journey uphill from Huayllapa to Tapush Pass, the road is very marked trails where the vegetation predominates during the journey. After 5 hours of walking we will arrive at the Tapush pass, from this point we will enjoy our lunch and the view of the Diablo Mudo Mountain (5350m) and the Susococha lagoon. After our rest we continue our descent to campside Cashpapampa, located at 4600m, being this the highest of the entire circuit.

free afternoon for our tea time, rest and take pictures of the  landscape.

at night dinner time we will eat and rest to continue with the next day’s journey.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 3600 masl to 4750 masl (+1150 masl) – Gashpapampa Pass

Day 08: Gashpapampa Camp - Yaucha Pass – Jahuacocha

After breakfast and personal hygiene of every day, we will start walking to the Yaucha pass, considered as another beautiful views of the circuit, from the pass we will enjoy the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world of hiking, In front of us we will see an imposing group of mountains, Yerupajá, the second highest mountain in Peru, Jirishanca, Rondoy, Siula and Rasacque, we continue descending and the landscape surprises us once again with the view of Lake Jahuacocha and Solterococha, a beautiful contrast of turquoise lagoons.

 

free afternoon for our tea time, rest and take pictures of the scenery that surrounds us in the lake of Jahuacocha.

at night dinner time we will eat and rest to continue with our last day of our journey the following day.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours approx.
  • Elevation gain: from 4600 masl to 4830 masl (+230) – Yaucha Pass

Day 09: Jahuacocha - Town of Llámac - Chiquián – Huaraz

The last day of our trek has arrived and we will start early in the morning. We wake you up with a hot drink and provide you with warm water for your personal hygiene. Breakfast is at 7:30 am and at 8:00 am we start our trek towards the Pampa de Llamac pass where we can see for the last time the northern part of the Cordillera Huayhuash, we descend to Llamac where the transport is weiting us  for bring to Huaraz.

  • Lodging: Mountain tents
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours approximately
  • Elevation gain: from 4050 masl to 3100 masl (-950)
  • Transfer by car: 6 hours back to Huaraz.

Included

  • Certified trekking guide (English, Spanish)
  • Certified cook for the all the circuit
  • Private transportation: Huaraz – Matacancha
  • Private transportation: Llámac – Huaraz
  • Muleteers and donkeys for the transfer of the logistic camping equipment (10 Kg per passenger)
  • 8 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch, tea time and dinner)
  • 4 seasons tent with double occupancy
  • Tent kitchen, dining room and bathroom
  • Advice before the expedition
  • Cooking utensils and complete dining room
  • First aid kit
  • Boiled water to fill your bottle every day
  • Warm water for your personal higiene

No Included

  • Entrance fee to the campsites in the Cordillera Huayhuash: estimated value 120 USD (it is recommended to change to Nuevos Soles to make the payment)
  • Horses for the trekking
  • Extra costs for premature abandonment of the expedition.
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Accident and rescue insurance
  • Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance.
  • Transfers out of schedule to Huaraz, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition.
  • First breakfast not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bag -20° / -25º.
  • Hotel
  • Tips for guide / staff

What To Bring

  • Cap for cold weather
  • Glacier goggles with 100% UV protection (spectra / spectrum 4 or 5 suitable for trekking activities)
  • Additional sunglasses (with UV protection – emergency goggles)
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sun hat or hat (Buff, balaclava)
  • Longsleeve: Merino, Polypropylene, Capilene, Driclime (non-cotton or cotton blend)
  • Soft shell or Polartec : Wind-pro, Schoeller, Fleece, etc. (recommended; comfortable, insulating and water-resistant)
  • Hard shell: windproof, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex, Event or similar)
  • Insulation: down jacket or synthetic fill jacket (Down, Primaloft or Polarguard)
  • Best: Polartec, Fleece (extra mid-layer)
  • Think socks: Liners (polypropylene or Capilene) and extra socks.
  • Base layer / Long inside: Merino, Polypropylene, Capilene, Nylon, Driclime (no cotton or cotton blend)
  • Polar (in case you are sensitive to cold)
  • Trekking Pnats  (water and wind resistant – Gore-Tex, Event or similar)
  • Trekking Pnats  : Soft-shell, nylon, etc. (for hiking and/or use at the Camp)
  • Trekking Shoes (for daily hikes, waterproof Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Sandals (comfort for base camp)

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