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Trekking Cedros Alpamayo & Ulta Circuit 12 Days

This is one of the most beautiful circuits in Cordillera Blanca. Its biggest attractions are Alpamayo Mountain, considered the most beautiful mountain in the world, and several beautiful colorful lagoons. This scenic, picturesque trail takes you through the heart of the Cordillera Blanca Mountain Chain. You get a multitude of panoramic views towards snowy peaks, mainly from the high passes. Also, you have the possibility to observe the traditional lifestyle of the small agricultural communities from the area, isolated in this beautiful, remote valley.

Duration: 12D/11N
Altitude: 2900 m – 4850m
Recommended Period: May – September


Acclimatization Churup lake or Wilcacocha lake
This is a very good hike for acclimatizing. From Huaraz we go by car to the village of Pitec. On the way we pass several picturesque villages, such as Unchus and Llupa.
At 3850 meter we start our easy hike up to Lake Churup with its blue colors sitting at an altitude of 4440 m underneath snow-capped Churup mountain (5495). The last 100 meter before arriving to the lake involves some scrambling over steep rocks. And then come back to Huaraz for the same way.

Day 1: Huaraz – Hualcayan (2900 m)
After an early breakfast, we will transfer from Huaraz to Hualcayan. There, our carriers will be waiting for us with their mules. We will spend the night in Hualcayan.

Day 2: Hualcayan – Wishcash (3700 m)
In this day, we will ascent to Wishcash on a zigzag tail. There will be our next camping place.

Day 3: Wishcash – Cullicocha Pass (4600 m) – Paso Vientunan (4800 m) – Ruinapampa (4100 m)
After breakfast, we will start the trek towards Cullicocha lagoon (4400 m). This beautiful place offers views towards Santa Cruz. We will go up to Cullicocha Pass (4850 m), also known as Los Cedros. From there, we will observe the peaks and lakes. After a descent, we will go up again towards the second Pass – Vientunan (4800 m). We will continue to Alpamayo Valley and to Ruinapampa, the next camping place.

Day 4: Ruinapampa – Jancarurish (4200 m)
In this day, we will start the trail through the beautiful Alpamayo Valley. Meanwhile, we will observe some antique stone constructions and ruins. Also, we will get to see the South-Eastern part of Alpamayo – its pyramid face. Duration: approx. 3 – 4 hrs.

Day 5: Resting day (visit to Alpamayo view point)
We will visit the Alpamayo Base Camp and the Alpamayo view point.

Day 6: Jancarurish – Paso Caracara (4700 m) – Safuna (4250 m)
After breakfast, we will cross the river. During our trail, we will always have a view on Alpamayo. We will ascend to Caracara Pass (4700 m), and then we will descent through Moyobamba Valley, down to our next camping place – Safuna.

Day 7: Safuna – Paso Willca (4500 m) – Jancapampa (3400 m)
We will start the day by ascending to Willka Pass (4500 m). There, we will have beautiful panoramic views to Pucajirca mountain. We will descent to Jancapampa camping, where we will meet Andine Quechua people.

Day 8:Jancapampa – Tupatupa Pass (4300 m) – Huecrococha (4200 m)
In the morning, we will start going up through a village, observing adobe houses and cultivated camps. We will reach Tupatupa Pass, that from where we will see the beautiful landscape of the oriental side of Cordillera Mountains. We will descent to our next camping place – Huecrococha (4200 m).

Day 9: Huecrococha – Pucaraju Pass (4750 m) – Cachinapampa
In this day, we will ascent to Pucarju Pass (4750 m). We will enjoy the beautiful views towards Taulliraju, Rinrijirca, Artesonraju and other mountains. After this, we will descent to Paria or Cachinapampa village.

Day 10: Cachinapampa – Molino Camp (3600 m)
After breakfast, we will descent for approximately 2 hours, and then we will start ascending to Molino Camp. On our way, we could observe the people from the Andine area.

Day 11: Molino – Avalancha Camping
In this day, we will have a light 3 – 4 hours walk towards Avalancha, our last camping place.

Day 12: Avalancha – Paso Yanayacu (4850m) – Ulta – Huaraz
We will start the day with a 2 hours trek until Punta Yanayacu Pass (4850 m). We will observe from close the glaciers of Contrahierba Mountain and the Chopicalqui and Huascaran peaks. We will descent through Ulta Valley, and we will take the private transportation to Huaraz.

Services included in the prices:
  • Tour of Aclimatizzation
  • Peruvian Mountain Guide (UIAGM / AGMP)
  • Specialised cook
  • Entrance to the Huascaran national park.
  • First-Aid kit
  • Private transport between Huaraz / start and end of trek.
  • Complete meals during the trekking program
  • Donkey driver
  • Donkeys
  • Kitchen / dinning tent.
  • Collective technical equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Tent for 2 Person
  • Toilette tent
Not included:
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Pick-up from the station and transfer to the Hotel reserved for you in Huaraz.
  • Transfers from the airport / hotel / airport - Lima
  • Hotel accommodation in Lima.
  • Tour of the city
  • Transfer from the station to the hotel / station / hotel - Lima
  • Bus ticket Huaraz / Lima,
  • Hotel accommodation in accordance with tour program.
  • Porter
  • Food and drink in Lima and Huaraz
  • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Personal Spending
  • Personal equipment (tent, sleeping bag, backpack, harness, hiking pants, mountain jacket (goretex), hiking shoes, matraz, suitable clothing, personal medicine, crampons, ice axe, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Tips

Tour Information:

Season: May to September
Difficulty: Moderate
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