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Trekking Huayhuash and Climb Nevado Diablo Mudo 10 Days

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Trekking Huayhuash and Climb Nevado Diablo Mudo 10 Days

Trekking Huayhuash and Climb Nevado Diablo Mudo 10 Days

23 reviews

Overview

Embark on an epic 10-day journey in the rugged beauty of the Huayhuash mountain range in Peru, combining the renowned Huayhuash trek with the challenging ascent of Nevado Diablo Mudo. This expedition is tailor-made for experienced trekkers and mountaineers seeking an immersive adventure in the high-altitude wonders of the Andes.

Highlights

  • Huayhuash Trek: Experience the breathtaking landscapes of the Huayhuash range, including high-altitude passes, glacial lakes, and towering peaks.
  • Nevado Diablo Mudo Summit: Conquer the summit of Nevado Diablo Mudo, a challenging peak that rewards climbers with stunning views of the surrounding Andean peaks.
  • Scenic Beauty: Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Andes, with diverse ecosystems, alpine meadows, and the rugged charm of the high-altitude environment.
  • Cultural Interaction: Encounter the traditional way of life in the remote Andean villages along the Huayhuash trek, gaining insights into local customs and traditions.
  • Professional Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of experienced guides throughout the expedition, ensuring safety and a fulfilling adventure.

 

Trip Details

Day 1: Arrival in Huaraz
Arrive in Huaraz, acclimate to the altitude, and meet with the expedition guide for a thorough briefing on the upcoming adventure. Ensure all equipment is in order and make final preparations for the expedition.

Day 2-7: Huayhuash Trek
Embark on the Huayhuash trek, a 6-day circuit that navigates through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Peruvian Andes. Traverse high mountain passes, witness pristine glacial lakes, and be captivated by the towering peaks, including Siula Grande and Yerupajá. Camp in breathtaking locations, surrounded by the grandeur of the Huayhuash range.

Day 8: Rest Day in Huaraz
Return to Huaraz for a day of rest, recovery, and final preparations for the Nevado Diablo Mudo climb. Acclimatize further and ensure all climbing equipment is in optimal condition.

Day 9-10: Nevado Diablo Mudo Ascent
Embark on the challenging ascent of Nevado Diablo Mudo (5350 m). Navigate through technical terrain, including ice and snow, with the support of experienced guides. Reach the summit for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Huayhuash. Descend to base camp, concluding the expedition on a high note.

Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz - Transfer Cordillera Huayhuash - Camp Matacancha (4150 m)

Transfer in van via the Santa Valley across the Pachacoto Bridge, then continue on the mountain road in Puja Raimondi National Park (4,780 m) to Huarapasca Pass. Along this road we see giant plants in the form of a candle which flourish only in the south of the Cordillera Blanca. At the top of the pass, you’ll see the Pasto Ruri glacier. Continuing over 2 more passes to the village of Matacancha (4,150 m) in the Huayhuash region, the starting point of the trekking circuit. Meet with the team of guides, the mule drivers (and their burros) and first camp. Overnight Camp.

Distance: 8.5km
Elevation: 4,150m /13,615 ft
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

Day 2: Matacancha - Trekking Cacanampunta (4700 m) - Laguna Mitococha (4300 m).

First day of trekking: Climb the steep slope of Matacancha to Cacanampunta Pass (4,700 m), which forms the continental divide between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and the spectacular open views of the wild mountains of Huayhuash, in particular the peaks of Rondoy and Jirishanca. Descent over wide fields and a beautiful camp at Laguna Mitococha (4300 m). Overnight Camp.

Distance: 9 km/ ft
Elevation:  950 m / 3116.8ft
Hiking time: 4 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

Day 3: Mitucocha - Trekking Punta Carhuac Pass (4640 m) - Laguna Carhuacocha (4200 m)

An inviting climb to Punta Carhuac Pass (4,650 m) and descent over smooth rolling grasslands to Carhuacocha Lake (4,200 m), one of the best campsites on the route. If there is no wind, we’ll see the peaks of rock and ice (Jirishancas and Yerupajá Grande y Chico) reflected on the surface of the calm waters. At the lake live indigenous farmers – with their permission we may get to catch fresh trout for dinner! Overnight Camp

Distance: 10.5km/ 6.524ft
Carhuac Pass : 4650m /15,255ft
Elevation: 780 m / 2559.06ft
Hiking time: 5/ 6 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

Day 4: Carhuacocha - Trekking Siula Pass (4950 m) / Laguna Quesillococha – Huayhuash (4450 m).

This part of the route is strenuous and has no obvious road. It passes through remote peaks and glaciers of Huayhuash, with the most magnificent panoramic view of the excursion. We pass Lake Carhuacocha and beyond that is the ice fall and retreating glacier of Sarapo Peak (6127m). We cross Siula Pass (4950 m) with overwhelming panoramic views. The descent into camp at Quesillococha Camp (4450 m), close to the small village of Carnicero, seems effortless after the climb.

Alternative: If you prefer an easier day, there is a route that is a little longer but less demanding and less steep: flat along the east edge of Lake Carhuacocha, climb through the Quebrada Acoshpado to the summit of Carnicero Point (4580 m) and the smooth descent to the two lakes of Atocshaiko to Carnicero Camp or Camp Huayhuash at Quesillococha Lake (4450 m). Overnight Camp.

Distance: 11km/ 0.0068ft
Carhuac Pass : 4580m /14,255ft
Elevation: 870 m / 2559.06ft
Hiking time: 6/ 7 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

 

 

Day 5: Trekking to the village of Portachuelo de Huayhuash - Laguna Viconga / Hot Springs (4400 m)

A wide commercial route extends to the south to the small village Portachuelo de Huayhuash, then to the headwaters of the Huayhuash River – the very green Suirococha Lakes (,500 m.) The climb to the south extends past Portachuelo de Huayhuash (4795 m) again dominated by impressive mountain panoramas, this time the ice covered peaks of the southern Huayhuash Range. Descend to the largest lake, and the southernmost point of the trek – Lake Viconga (4,400 m), one of the many water reservoirs for Lima. Viconga Hot Springs Camp (4400 m). Overnight Camp.

Distance: 11km/ 6.835ft
Carhuac Pass : 4580m /14,255ft
Elevation: 500 m / 0.3106ft
Hiking time:  4 / 6 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

Day 6: Laguna Viconga - Trekking Punta Cuyoc Pass (5020 m) - Huanacpatay (4350 m)

Today is the highest pass of the Huayhuash Trek over Punto Cuyoc (5020 m). From the lake of Puscanturpa Gorge, we scramble over rocks and sand to the pass. The spectacular view is of the Raura Range to the east. The Puscanturpa Peaks loom very close and “giants” of Huayhuash, Sarapo, Siula and Yerupajá. We drop sharply to Huanacpatay Gorge and camp in fields close to the houses of Huanacpatay (4350 m)

Overnight Camp.

Distance: 11km/ 6.835ft
Pass : 4580m /14,255ft
Elevation: 500 m / 0.3106ft
Hiking time:  5 / 6 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

Day 7: Huanacpatay - Trekking Village of Huayllapa (3600 m) - Huatiac (4290 m)

We hike along the river to the Calinca Valley (Rio Huayllapa) and continue to the village of Huayllapa (3,600 m). In the relatively low elevation, the trail takes us through dense vegetation with many colors of flowers – especially the shrubs called huishllac, named for their yellow color and open purple flowers, one of the sacred flowers of the Incas. We then have steep 3-hour climb to the north to camp in Huatiac (4290 m). Overnight Camp

Distance: 13.4km/ 43963.25ft
 Pass :4,800 m / 15,784 ft
Elevation:  690 m / 344.4ft
Hiking time: 5 / 6 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

Day 8: Huatiac - Trekking Punta Tapush (4800 m) - Cashpapampa (4500 m)

At times the climb is steep and strenuous, under the steep glaciated cliffs of the high massif of Raju Collota to Punta Tapush Pass. Once again, magnificent views, including Nevado Diablo Mudo (Silent Devil) (5,350 m), tomorrow’s destination for the ambitious and physically strong climbers among us. Short descent from the pass north to Susococha Lake (4,600 m) and a little farther to Cashgapampa Camp (4500 m). Overnight Camp.

Day 9: Cashgapampa - Trekking LLaucha Pass (4750 m) - Laguna Jahuacocha (4066 m), Optional: Climb Diablo Mudo (5350 m)

Those climbing Diablo Mudo (5223 m) begin very early and will have a long day. From the north side on the last steepest slopes, some with “penitentes“, we’ll use crampons, ice axe and harness. The feeling of success at reaching 5000 meters, and awesome views in the true sense of the word, Diablo Mudo is a well-deserved reward for the effort. The huge wild mountains of Huayhuash are laid out in front of you. Descent to the camp still follows the long route to Jahuacocha Lake.

Option: Trekking without climbing Diablo Mudo. Short descent from Cashgapampa, turning into Angocancha Gorge (4350 m) and ascent to Yaucha Pass (4750 m), where we again stop and enjoy the impressive view. Steep descent toward the northeast in Huacrish Gorge (4,066 m), leading to Jahuacocha Lake (4066 m). Camp on the edge of the lake, with a view dominated by Rondoy, Jirishanca and Yerupajá. Overnight Camp.

Day 10: Jahuacocha - Trekking Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) - Village of Pocpa (3600 m); Transfer to Huaraz.

Last day of this trek. Climb the last pass – Jahua Punta – and a long descent to the camp in the village of Pocpa. In this village we finish our great adventure filled with so many experiences. Here we leave our team of mule drivers and burros. Our private transport is waiting to return to the capital of Andes mountaineering, Huaraz. Overnight Hotel

Included

  • Peruvian Trekking-guide
  • Cooks and helpers (from 8 people)
  • All meals during the tour
  • Donkey driver and donkeys
  • Camping tents (2 persons)
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz (from 2 pax public transport/from 4 pax private transport)

No Included

  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Acclimatization Tour
  • Entrance fees to the National Park community Huayhuash
  • Porter for Nevado Diablo Mudo (not necessary)
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Domestic Airline ticket LC-Peru
  • Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima
  • Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

What To Bring

  • High-altitude climbing gear
  • Sturdy trekking and climbing boots
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (layers, waterproofs)
  • Climbing equipment (ice axe, crampons, harness)
  • Sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures
  • Personal snacks and hydration
  • Camera for capturing the stunning landscapes

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