Huayhuash Circuit Trek - 9 Days

The Prettiest Trek in the World

Huayhuash Circuit Trek - 9 Days

The Prettiest Trek in the World

The Cordillera Huayhuash is known as being the best alpine trek on the Planet. The vast landscapes, jagged peaks, turquoise lakes and cascading river are what make this this region so special. The impressive glaciated peaks rise to over 6,600m leaving you in constant awe.


Day 1: Pick up from hotel in Huaraz & Transport to Cuartelhuain

Elevation: 3,400m
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

After breakfast in the hotel the guide and the other personal will be go to pick up for you to the hotel, we will start the travel at 8:00am. Approximately to the south side for Huaraz. Passing for the different district; Recuay, Ticapampa, Catac and Conococha at (4100m/13448ft). Then will travel to the east side and south East to Chiquian at (3400m/11152ft). Where you can to buy something, the travel take 2 hours then we have to down for about 1 hour and half the go up to Pocpa for about 1 hour more a long the way we will observe the mountains on the east side such as Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, etc. Arrive to Cuartelhuain around 4:00pm where we will have a lunch, overnight camping at (3480m/11414ft).

Day 2: Quartelhuain – Cacanan Punta-Pass - Mitucocha

Elevation: 4,700m
Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours

After a relaxing breakfast we climb the first high altitude pass, Cacanan Punta (4.700 m), which is the natural divide between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. After all participants have reached the pass at their own pace, we take a break for 10-15 minutes to enjoy the views and possibly watch the Andean Condors. After our break we start hiking downhill towards Mitucocha Lake (4.270 m) from where we can appreciate the view of snow capped mountains Rondoy (5.883 m) and Jirishanca (6.094 m). Few minutes later we reach our next campsite.

Day 3: Mitucocha - Punta Carhuac pass - Carhuacocha

Elevation: 4,650m
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Our today’s programme starts with a very moderate steadily ascending trail towards the sandy Punta Carhuac (4.650 m). Today we will get larger overviews from the Cordillera Huayhuash including Jirishanca Chico (5.467 m), Jirishanca (6.094 m) and Yerupaja (6.617 m), the latter being the highest mountain of the Huayhuash mountain range. From here we continue hiking to the southwards until we reach our campsite at Carhuacocha Lake (4.150 m) in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon we use to rest.

Day 4: Carhuacocha - Siula Pass - Huayhuash (Huayhuash village)

Elevation: 4,950m
Hiking Time: 8-10 hours

Apart from being a more difficult/strenuous day, many trekkers consider this stretch of the circuit the prettiest of the whole loop. We start hiking along the south side of the Carhuacocha Lake before turning south into the Siula Valley where the gradual ascent towards three glacier lakes, Gangrajanca, Siula Cocha and Quesillococha, starts. At Siula Cocha we take a longer break and those participants with some spare energy can climb an additional 30 meter/5 min. towards a ridge from where Grangrajanca Lake can be seen. Especially pretty are the large pieces of glacier ice floating peacefully in the water.

After our break we start the more difficult ascent towards Siula Pass at 4.950 meter - from here maybe the best panoramic view of the Cordillera Huayhuash can be appreciated. After approximately 2 hours downhill hiking towards Lake Quesillococha and Huayhuash Village (4.365 m) we reach our campsite where after a hearty dinner we spent the night.

Day 5: Huayhuash – Punta Cuyoc Pass – Elefantepampa

Elevation: (4,900m / 16,072ft)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

After breakfast in Huayhuash we will start climb up to Travesio pass at (4900m/16072ft) the highest pass of the circuit, from here we can see the nice peak of Puscanturpa, Jurao, Siula, Cuyoc and Pumarinri glaciers. After to enjoy us will start descend to Elefantepampa for about 3 hours and half approximately, where we will enjoy the landscape, overnight camping at (4250m/13940ft).

Day 6: Elefantepampa – San Antonio Pass – Huallapa

Elevation: (4,900m / 16072ft)
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

After breakfast in Elefantepampa, we will start climb up to San Antonio Pass (4900m/16072ft) for about 2 hours approximately, from there we will have wonderful views like 3 Siula Lake, Sarapo Lake, Jurau Lake, where English Climber Joe Simpson made a film “Touching the Void”, we will start to descent down for the same way-valley for about one hour and half, then about 3 hours of descent of the Huanacpatay Valley,we will set our camping in Huallapa,

Day 7: Huayllapa – Tapush Pass (4800m/15744ft) – Gaspapampa

Elevation: (4800m/15744ft)
Hiking Time: 8-9 hours

After breakfast in the Camp Huallapa, we will start to climb up to Tapush Pass (4800m/15744ft) for about 4 hours, arriving around 4pm, then you will have hot drinks as usual in each camp site we will have dinner and overnight in Gaspapampa.

Day 8: Gaspapampa – Yaucha Pass – Jahuacocha

Elevation: (4800m/15744ft)
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

After breakfast in the Camp we going up to Yaucha Pass at (4800m/15744ft) for about 2hours, where we can see the nice mountains in the East side such as: Jirishanca, Ninashanca, Yerupaja and others; after that we continue going up to Jahuacocha for about 2 hours more, Overnight Camping at (4100m/13448ft).

Day 9: Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz

Elevation: (4,300m / 14,100ft)
Hiking Time: 4 hours

After breakfast in Jahuacocha we will start hike for about 1 hour, then we will start going up to Pampallamac Pass (4300m/14104ft) for about 1 hour half, where we can enjoy the splendid views of nice mounts such as: Yerupaja, Ninashanca, Siula and Diablo Mudo, then we go down to Llamac for about 1 hour half, where transportation will be waiting for us to transfer to Huaraz 3 hours travel from Llamac to Huaraz.

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Additional Trip Info

  • Private tourist transport from/to your hostel/hotel.
  • English speaking official guide
  • Cook
  • Donkeys & Donkey drivers
  • Complete food during the trek (vegetarian option available)
  • All camping equipment and cooking/eating utensils
  • 3 or 4 Season sleeping tents. (3 person tents with additional fly storage for every 2 clients)
  • Emergency Horse (if more than 2 guests on trek)
  • First aid kit
  • Additional beverages or meals in villages.
  • Entrance fee into the National Park
  • Breakfast on the 1st and dinner on the last day.
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Personal mountain equipment such as trekking shoes, rain/wind jacket/pants, hat, gloves, sunglasses etc.
  • Sleeping bag/ mattress (can be rented)

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