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Alpine Route Huayhuash Trek 10 Days

This alpine route is one of the most recommendable trails in The Huayhuash Mountains because its an incredible adventure. It traverses the base of some magnificent ice pyramids. This trail is more demanding then the classic Huayhuash route: we don’t use mules, although we still have porters that will carry the food, tents, and take care of the service.
This route requires crampons, ice axes, and a small rope, for it has some glacier passes.


Acclimatization Wilcacocha lake or Churup Lake
Day 1: Huaraz (3100 m) – Matacancha/Quarterhuain 4180 m
We will leave Huaraz and pass through Huaylas Valley to Conococha. We will have an impressive panorama of Huayhuash Mountain Chain, and appreciate the immensity of some mountains like Yerupaja, Jirishanca, Rondoy, and others. Afterwards, we will pass by the villages Llamac and Pocpa. We will install our camping.
Duration: approx. 5 hrs.

Day 2: Matacancha (4180 m) – Mitucocha Lake (4200 m)
We will start this day with a zigzag trail to Cacananpunta Pass (4750 m). Afterwards, we will descend through a wide, beautiful valley which leads to the wonderful Mitucocha Lake (4200 m), where we will install our camping. We will end the day with a lateral wall through the moraine. Duration: approx. 5 hrs.

Day 3: Mitucocha Lake (4200 m) – Carhuacocha Lake (4100 m)
This day, we will start ascending through Mitucocha Valley towards Punta Carhuac Pass (4650 m). It has a great panorama of Siula and Yerupaja mountains. We will descend to Carhuacocha Lake to install the camping in an excellent ample area with a splendid view of Siula, Yerupaja and Jirishancas mountains. Duration: approx. 5 hrs.

Day 4: Carhuacocha Lake (4100 m) – Huayhuash (4350 m)
We will start this long day ascending from the starting point of Queropalca Valley to Siula Pass (4800 m). It has excellent views of the mountains Carnicero, Trapicero, Yerupaja (6634 m) – the second highest mountain of the Peruvian Andes, and of Siula (6356 m). Siula Mountain became famous after it was escalated by Joe Simpson, who wrote his book ‘Touching the Void’ after this dramatic survival experience. We will descend to Huayhuash – our next camping place. Duration: approx. 7 – 8 hrs.

Day 5:Huayhuash (4350 m) – Viconga (4500 m)
In this day we will go closer to the southern part of Huayhuash Mountain Chain. We will ascend through Huayhuash Pass (4700 m) to enjoy the views towards Raura Chain and the South-Eastern face of Trapecio Mountain. We will descend towards the South, passing by Viconga Lake. We will get to the thermal baths – a great opportunity for enjoying a relaxing bath. Duration: approx. 4 – 5 hrs.

Day 6: Viconga (4500 m) – Campamento elefante (4800 m)
We will start this day’s trail towards Cuyoc Pass (5000 m) – the highest point of this trekking. It offers an impressive panoramic view of Huyhuash Mountains. We will descend through Huanacpatay Valley towards our next camping place. Duration: approx. 7 hrs.

Day 7: Elephant Camping (4800 m) – No Name Pass – Cutatambo
After an early breakfast, we will start our walk through a narrow valley till reaching the No Name Pass. From there, we will have a magnificent view towards the North of the Huayhuash Chain, of some mountains like Yerupaja, Sarapo, Stakra, Huacris, and Siula. Later, we will descend to our camping.

Day 8: Cutatambo – Segya Pass – Caramarca Lake
In this day, we will start our trail through some meadows till reaching 4800 m, then we will do a crossing towards Seguya Pass. It offers a panorama towards the famous eastern side of Siula Mountain, escalated by Joe Simpson and Simpson Yates in 1985. We will descend to the camping. Duration: approx. 7 – 8 hrs.

Day 9: Caramarca Lake – Rasac Glaciar Pass (5100 m) – Jahuacocha Lake (4000 m)
After the breakfast at 7 am, we will start the trail on a rocky coast towards the Rasac glacier. When reaching it, we will use the crampons to cross it. After, we will ascend on a 40° slope to the Pass, from where we will have a view towards some beautiful mountains of Huayhuash Chain, including Sarapo and Rasac. Duration: approx. 7 Lake – 8 hrs.

Day 10: Jahuacocha 4000 m – Pampa Llamac Pass – Llamac – Huaraz
In our last day, we will descent through Jahuacocha Valley, then ascend to Pampa Llamac Pass (4250 m). From there, we will descend to Llamac village, from where we’ll take the bus to Huaraz. Duration: approx. 6 hrs.

Services included in the prices:
  • Tour of Aclimatizzation
  • Peruvian Local Guide
  • Cook
  • Porter
  • 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 (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
  • 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

Tour Information:

Season: April to November
Difficulty: Moderate
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