Trekking Huayhuash

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Trekking Cordillera Huayhuash 12 Days

Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain range within the Andes in Peru, stretching from north to south. The main part consists of about 20 peaks in only 25 km of length, including the second highest Peruvian peak Yerupaja (6617 m; after Huascaran 6768 m) and Siula Grande (6344 m), which is famous due to Joe Simpson’s book Touching the Void in which he recounts his successful but disastrous and nearly fatal climb to this mountain.

The Huayhuash trekking is known as one of the most beautiful treks in the world. Due to high altitude passes, it is not an easy trek, but the spectacular views over the surrounding mountains, turquoise blue lakes and impressive landscapes totally pay off the effort.


Day 1: Acclimatization Wilcacocha lake
Day 2: Huaraz 3100 m – Matacancha/Quarterhuain 4180 m
Starting from Huaraz, we drive through Huaylas alley to Conococha, which offers impressive panoramic views over Huayhuash mountain range. We observe many snow peaked mountains, such as Yerupaja, Jirishanca, Rondóy and others. We then drive through villages Llamac and Pocpa. Finally, we set up our camp at Matacancha. 5 hours of driving aprox.

Day 3: Matacancha (4180 m) – Lake Mitucocha (4200 m)
We start our trek with a zig-zag track that leads up to Cacananpunta pass at 4750 m. We descend through a large picturesque valley that opens to a beautiful lake Mitucocha (4200 m), where we set our camp right at the lake banks. We then do a lateral trek on the moraine. 5 hours aprox.

Day 4: Lake Mitucocha (4200 m) - Carhuac Pass (4650 m) - Lake Carhuacocha
We start the third day walking through Mitucocha valley, ascending up to Carhuac pass (4650 m) which offers an excellent panoramic view of Siula and Yerupaja mountains. We descend down to a beautiful lake Carhuacocha to set up our camp on an idilic spot with a splendorous view over Siula mountain, complemented with Yerupaja and Jirishancas mountains. 5 hours aprox.

Day 5: Lake Carhuacocha (4100 m) – Huayhuash (4350 m)
This is a long day of walking, starting at the beginning of Queropalca valley. We ascend up to Siula pass (4800 m) with excellent views over the surrounding mountains. Yerupaja (6634 m) is the second highest peak in Peru and Siula (6356 m) is an impressive mountain that was made famous by Joe Simpson’s book Touching the Void in which he recounts his successful but disastrous and nearly fatal climb to this mountain. We also get excellent views over Carnicero and Trapecio. We descend to Huayhuash to set our camp. 7-8 hours aprox.

Day 6:Huayhuash (4350 m) - Viconga (4500 m)
This day we reach the most southern point of Huayhuash mountain range, ascending to Huayhuash pass at 4700 m. We get excellent views over Cordillera Raura mountain range at one side and southeastern face of Trapecio at the other. We descend south and walk along lake Viconga until we reach thermal baths. This is a great opportunity to rest and take a relaxing hot bath. 4-5 hours aprox.

Day 7: Viconga (4500 m) – Huanacpatay (4200 m)
Our goal for the sixth day is to pass Cuyoc pass at 5000 m, which is the highest point of Huayhuash trekking. It is also where we get really impressive panoramic views of Cordillera Huayhuash mountains. Passing Cuyoc, we descend to Huanacpatay valley. Crossing large Andean meadows, we reach our camp. 7 hours aprox.

Day 8: Huanacpatay (4200 m) – Huatiac (4300 m)
We continue our trekking descending through Huanacpatay valley until it unites with Cutatambo valley and we reach Huayllapa village at 3500 m. After a short rest, we start to ascend through Tapush valley to out camp Huatiac at 4300 m. 7 hours aprox.

Day 9: Huatiac (4300 m) – Gashpampa (4400 m)
We continue walking up to Tapush pass (4800 m) and then descend to lake Susococha. We reach our camp at Gashpapampa (4400 m), set in a nice setting with impressive views over Suerococha (Diablo mudo or Mute devil). 5 hours aprox.

Day 10: Gashpampa (4400 m) – Lake Jahuacocha (4050 m)
We ascend to Gaucha pass at 4800 m, where we get to admire magnificent views over Yerupaja, Rasac and other mountains. We then descend to Jahuacocha, a beautiful lake where we set our camp in Andean meadows. We spend 2 nights here, in wonderful nature close to the lake.

Day 11: Rest
This is a rest day. We take our time in the morning to relax, then we do a short walk to lake Soltercocha. We prepare a delicious lunch called pachamanca, which is a typical Peruvian dish, prepared in a natural way.

Día 12:Lake Jahuacocha (4050 m) – Huaraz (3100 m)
The last day we descend through Jahuacocha valley and then walk up to reach Pampa Llamac at 4250 m. Crossing the pass, we descend to Llamac village where we take a bus to Huaraz. 6 hours.

Services included in the prices:
  • Tour of Aclimatizzation
  • Peruvian Local Guide
  • Cook
  • Donkey driver
  • Donkeys
  • First-Aid kit
  • Private transportation Huaraz / according to the program / Huaraz
  • Complete meals during the trek program and climbing program
  • Kitchen / dinning tent
  • Cooking equipment
  • Collective technical equipment
  • Toilette tent / for 2 Person
Not included:
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Hotel in Huaraz, according to the program (3 nights). Double room with breakfast included
  • Transfer hotel / busstation – Huaraz in Hotel
  • Transfer/bus station/Hotel – Lima
  • Transfer airport/hotel/airport – Lima
  • Nights Hotel in Lima / Double room with breakfast included
  • City touring Lima
  • Porter
  • Bus ticket Huaraz / Lima, executive service in public bus-Movil Tours or Cruz del Sur
  • Entrance fee to the Comunity (Huayhuash)
  • Horse(in case of emergency,for trekking parts)
  • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Personal Spending
  • Personal camping and climbing equipment (sleeping bag, climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, gaiters, harness, snow glasses, appropriate clothes, personal medicines, etc.)
  • Tips

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Season: April to November
Difficulty: Moderate
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