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Huayhuash Circuit Trek - 11 Days (Hosted Group Trip)

The Prettiest Trek in the World: September 1-11

Huayhuash Circuit Trek - 11 Days (Hosted Group Trip)

The Prettiest Trek in the World: September 1-11

Join us and Adventure Photographers Nathan Lee Allen & Tyler Glass on this epic 11 day trek through the Cordillera Huayhuash known as being the best alpine trek on the Planet. The vast landscapes, jagged peaks, turquoise lakes and cascading rivers are what make this this region so special. The impressive glaciated peaks rise to over 6,600m leaving you in constant awe. Offering an optional extension to visit Machu Picchu and the Cusco region!

Arrival/Departure: Lima Airport

Dates: September 1-11, 2019

Spots: 10

*Daily Departures available on request, please inquire.

Trip ITINERARY

Day 1 (Sept 1): Arrive to Lima - bus to Huaraz

On this day you will need an afternoon arrival to Lima, or plan to arrive the day prior as we will be taking a 9:45pm bus from Lima to Huaraz this evening. (September 1st)


Day 2: Day Hike (Acclimation day)

Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours

We will take this day to acclimate to the higher altitudes. Huaraz lies at just above 10,000ft so we will want to allow ourselves some time to adjust. We will take a a local hike this day to stretch the legs and prepare for the longer hiking days ahead.

Day 3: Start Huayhuash Trek


Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac – Pocpa – Cuartelhuain

On this day we will wake up early and eat breakfast at our hotel. Around 8 am we will depart for the trek with our local mountain guide and crew. We head to the south of Huaraz crossing the villages of Chiquian and Llamac. During our drive we pass traditional Andean towns with typical Quechua homes and rich farm land. We will arrive to the start of the trail after about 5-6 hours of driving to the National Park.

Day 4: Cuartelhuain – Carhuacocha

Cuartelhuain – Carhuac Pass (4650m/15159ft) – Carhuacocha

Today we start hiking early and we reach Cacananpunta pass (4700m) after 2.5 hours. We hike back down to 4500m always enjoying views over Jirishanca (6126m) and Rondoy (5883m). Then we hike 2.5 hours up to Carhuac pass (4650m) from where we have good views of the beautifully stunning peaks of Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca. From this vantage point, we descend to our next campsite at Carhuacocha Lake (4100m). On this campsite we have mountains all around us: Yerupaja Grande (6634m), Yerupaja Chico (6515m), Siula (6356m), Jirishanca (6126m).

Hiking time: 9 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner

Day 5: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass – Huayhuash

Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4850m/15908ft) – Huayhuash  

This route takes you close to the most stunning peaks and glaciers of the Cordillera Huayhuash and is the most scenic stage of the trek. From the western shore of the Carhuacocha lake, a gentle ascent to Lake Siula (4290 m), past the ice break of the glacier that descends from the Nevado Sarapo (6143 m) to the next lake (4650 m) and finally Siula pass (4950 m), a fantastic outlook with overwhelming summit panorama. We descent to the next campsite called Huayhuash.

Hiking time: 8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner

Day 6: Huayhuash – Elefante pampa

Huayhuash – Travesio Pass (5200m/17056ft) – Elefante Camping

The ascent to Portachuelo Pass (4750 m) is again dominated by magnificent mountain panoramas, this time on the ice-covered peaks of the southern Cordillera Huayhuash. Descent to the largest lake and the southernmost point of the trek, Laguna Viconga (4400 m). Here we have the opportunity to relax and swim in the hot springs right at the campsite.

Hiking time: 7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner

Day 7: Elefante pampa - Huayllapa

Elefantepampa – San Antonio Pass – Huallapa

Today starts a long and challenging day, we hike to the highest pass of the trek, Cuyoc Pass (5000m). We climb the steep path to reach the pass and finally enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding high mountains. Two mountains are very close to us on both sides, Pumarinri (5’465m) and Cuyoc (5’550). We slide down a sandstone slope and then continue our descend over a section of rock until the Huanacpatay and Cuyoc Valleys meet. From here, it’s a 525m climb to the San Antonio viewpoint at 5’000m that proves its worth with stunning views of numerous peaks and a pair of lakes of the eastern Cordillera Huayhuash. We descend to our campsite at Huanacpatay (4’300m) with its views of the snow-capped Puscanturpa (5’447m) and Sueroraju (5’442m).

Hiking time: 9 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner

Day 8: Huayllapa – Gashpapampa

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

Today we descend with a zig-zag trail where the river transforms into a waterfall that cascades down in giant steps into a green picturesque valley. From here we enjoy a pleasant hike to the village of Huayllapa (3600m). Then we hike up a steep path of 4 hours to reach our next campsite Huatiac (4’350m) with beautiful views of the mountains around us.

Hiking time: 8 Hours
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner

Day 9: Gashpapampa – Jahuacocha

Gaspapampa – Yaucha Pass (4800m/15744ft) – Jahuacocha  

A long day with two challenging passes. First a rocky trail to Punta Tapush (4800 m). Again magnificent views, even on the slightly recessed Nevado Diablo Mudo (5’223m). We descend via the Gaspapampa Valley and Susucocha Lake (4’470m) with its diverse bird species. The final and partly steep and difficult ascent for the day is to Yaucha Pass at 4’850m. Finally descending to Jahuacocha lake (4150m). We camp next to the lake and enjoy the majestic mountains surrounding us.

Hiking time: 7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner

Day 10: Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz

Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz

Our final day in the Huayhuash and we leave the campsite trekking east via the Jahuacocha Valley trail that continues along a water pipeline.  Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac. From there we drive back to Huaraz overnight at hotel.

Hiking time: 5 hours
Driving time: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 11: Day Bus Huaraz to Lima (Flight Home OR Extention to Cusco)

On this day we will depart back to Lima via bus at around 10:30am. Those who choose the Cusco (Machu Picchu) extension will overnight in Lima and catch a flight out the following day to Cusco City!

Extention (optional): Machu Picchu Visit

Day 11 (Sept 11): Day Bus Huaraz to Lima

Day 12 (Sept 12): Flight Lima to Cusco (Free day to explore the amazing city of Cusco)

Day 13 (Sept 13): Machu Picchu by Train tour

Day 14 (Sept 14): Flight home


Additional Trip Info

  • Lima to Huaraz Transport
  • 1 Night Lima Hotel (3 star -Shared Accommodation)
  • 2 Nights Huaraz Hotel (3 star -Shared Accommodation)
  • Private tourist transport from/to your hostel/hotel
  • English speaking official guide & Assistant 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
  • 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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