The fantastic ice range of the Cordillera Huayhuash is renowned for knife-edged 20,000-foot peaks that attract mountaineers from around the world. Seven of Peru’s highest peaks rise from this dramatic massif, whose awesome beauty can be seen in the gripping adventure film Touching the Void.
Our challenging 12- 14-day treks crosses eight high passes as we circle the entire range, with nearly continuous panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Yerupaja (21,759′), second highest mountain in Peru. Our adventure culminates in an optional climb of Diablo Mudo (17,235′), a non-technical snow peak with panoramic views across the entire Huayhuash. Sunny blue skies, mild daytime temperatures, and a profusion of edelweiss and purple lupine make these mountains an alpine paradise.
5,000m Cuyoc pass , 5020m. San Antonio pass
140 – 156 km
12 – 14 days
Arrival Point :
Season Recomendation :
May to September
We can organise this trek on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your trekking experience, with the assistance of local guides. The cost of going private can be surprisingly reasonable. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.
Day A: Lima – Huaraz 3090m.
Boarding our comfortable bus, we make the long drive across the Punta Conococha (4100m) to the town of Huaraz (3090m), where we check in to the group Hostal.
Day B: Acclimatisation day( tour to Churup Lake 4,450 )
acclimatisation day, with the option to make the 5- 6 hours round trip towards a viewpoint to Laguna Churup (4450m), for views of Cordillera Blanca the impressive peaks. Hostal.
Day 01: Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac – Pocpa
After breakfast in hotel, our guide will pick up you then drive to the village of chiquian, llamac and finally Pocpa our first camp at 3,400 5 hours drive. place where our donkey driver will be waiting for us and ready for next day.
Day 02: Pocpa – Cuartelhuain 4.100m
After our breakfast we have to go up for flat area passing palca place we will arrive to cuartelhuain camp , it take aprox. 4 hours
Day 03: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass 4,700m. – Mitucocha
In the morning we climb up to our first pass Punta Cacanan (4700m) then descend to our camp at the beautiful lake Laguna Mitucocha (4150m). 6 hours. From our camp we have close views of the huge peaks Ronday, Jirishanca, Ninashanca.
Day 04: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass 4,600m. – Carhuacocha 4,200m.
We climb to the next pass, the Carhuac (4600m) and have views of Siula Grande , from a nearby hill. We then descend to a camp at 4200 m. above Laguna Carhuacocha and beneath the impressive peaks of Yerupaja Grande , Yerupaja Chico and Jirishanca.
Day 05: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass 4,800m. – Huayhuash 4,250m.
A long day, with a choice of routes via Punta Suila (4800m) or Punta Carnicero (4600m) to reach the small hamlet of Huayhuash. Camp. (4250m).
Day 06: Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass 4,600m. – Viconga
We climb climb up pass Portachuelo (4,650m) from where you look across to the Cordillera Raura and the snow topped peak Leon Huacanan. We skirt around the large lake Laguna Viconga before walking up the valley ½ hour to set up camp (4300m) 6½ hours. There are some hot springs near Viconga
Day 07: Viconga – Cuyoc Pass 5,000m. – San Antonio 4,300m
After our breakfast we going to climb up for 3 hours to cuyoc pass at 5,000m. the highest pass in the huayhuash trekking on this pass we will see the cordillera raura and the mountains of the cordillera huayhuash as pumarinry cuyoc jurao etc after we going to down for 1 hour to san Antonio camp.
Day 08: San Antonio – San Antonio Pass 5,020m. – Cutatambo 4,300m.
In the morning we climb up to San Antonio the second highest pass aprox. 2 hours. In the pass we will see the next peaks. Jurao, sarapo, siula grande , huacrish , santa rosa, and the jurao lake, then descend to cutatambo camp
Day 09: Rest day or visit Base Camp of Touching The Void
this day two options , visit to sarapococha lake ( see Siula Grande 6,340m ) famous by the Touching The Void film other opcion stay in the camp , relax day
day 10: Cutatambo – Huayllapa – Huatiac camp
Follow the calinca valley we go down to huayllapa village long the way we will see typical vestments of the local people then we climb up to huatiac camp it take 6 hours.
day 11: Huatiac – Tapush Pass – Cashpapampa
This day we going to have easy walk to tapush pass at 4,800m. and them 40 minutes to cashpapamapa camp Aprox. 3 hours
day 12: Cashpapampa – Yaucha pass 4,800m. – Jahuacocha
In the morning go down for 30 nimutes and then go up to yaucha pass (4800m) before descending to thespectacular Laguna Jahuacocha (4100m). On the way there is dramatic rock scenery and we should have magnificent views of the surrounding peaks of Rondoy, Jirishanca and Yerupaja, highest peak in the Huayhuash
The people who going to climb to Diablo Mudo Have to leave aprox. 4:00 am. after the summit they have to go down for huacrish valley to jahuacocha
in Jauacocha or visit Cerro Amarrillo
Day 13 Jahuacocha – Visit to Cerro Amarrillo or rest day.
This day we will have rest day , the people who want to go to cerro amarrillo we going to leave after the breakfast the cerro amarrillo top we can see almost all mountains of the cordillera huayhuash after return to jahuacocha cam aprox. 6 hours . the people who want stay in camp they can be in camp all day as relax
Day 14: Jahuacocha – Pampa Llamac pass 4,300m. – Llamac – Huaraz
Today we cross the final pass of the route, Pampa Llamac pass 4500m and then descend to the village of Llamac 3250m. Here we say good bye to our trek crew and meet our vehicles for the 5 hour drive back to Huaraz. Arriving in Huaraz we check into our hotel and there will be time for a quick clean up before dinner and a soft bed!
HUAYHUASH TREK 12 DAYS
The people who want12 days of trek, Our itinnerary continue from day 10 and they not will have rest day in Jahuacocha.
Day 11: Huatiac- Paush Pass 4,800m. – Yaucha pass 4,800m. – Jahuacocha camp
Day 12: Jahuacocha – Pampa Llamac pass 4,300m- Llamac – Huaraz Hotel
Day C: Huaraz – Lima
by Bus or by flight it will be to Lima hotel or direct to airport.
The best month are:
The best season for climbing and trekking in peru is during the Andean Winter (late April to September). The weather in the Cordillera Blanca is among the best found in the entire Andean Range.
Early season conditions will include seasonal snow cover on the glaciers, while later in the season conditions become icy and the wind increases. We’ve found the period of May-August the best.
Although storms can occur, long periods of stable, dry weather are prevalent. However, like all big mountains such as Huascaran , Chopicalqui, and others peaks of the Cordillera Blanca generate and attract their own weather making it impossible to predict.
Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures; from freezing nights, to snowy and windy conditions, to bright sunshine intensified by the high altitude.
This wide fluctuation in temperatures makes it important to bring everything on the equipment list. Please call for more details and help with equipment questions you may have while preparing for this adventure.
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