Huayhuash Express 6D/4N

Embark on an unforgettable 6-day/5-night journey through Huaraz and the world’s highest tropical range mountains in Peru.

This trek offers a captivating blend of stunning natural vistas, diverse flora, and pre-Inca archaeological sites that will leave you in awe. With newly accessible routes leading to Peru’s most breath-taking mountain scenery, we’ve crafted this brief trek into the heart of the picturesque mountain range. It presents a unique opportunity for those with limited time, bypassing the longer, traditional routes. However, it’s crucial to be well-acclimatized due to rapid elevation gain.

Explore the comprehensive itinerary to discover the myriad wonders awaiting you. We look forward to meeting you on the trail!

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Inca ruins at Huanco Pampa & witness the colossal Puya Raimondi bromeliad
  • Marvel at the reflection of Jirishanca and Yerupajá in serene Laguna Carhuacocha
  • Conquer Punta Carhuacocha Pass, unveiling Lake Mitucocha’s majestic beauty
  • Ascend Sambuya Pass for panoramic views of Ninashanca, Rondoy, and Jirishanca peaks
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Tour Information


  • - 5 nights in Tents with Thermarest sleeping pads
  • - Transport included
  • - 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • - Professional bilingual guide
  • - Handy extras and accessories


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Day 1: Huaraz to Queropalca

We travel to Queropalca, passing through charming villages like Recuay, Ticapampa, and Catac.

Changing our route to the east side (Huascaran National Park), we encounter the impressive Puya Raimondi bromeliad, the largest in its species. Reaching heights of 3 meters in vegetative growth, it boasts flower spikes towering 9–10 meters with over three thousand flowers and six million seeds per plant.

Continuing our journey, we traverse small villages such as Huanzala and Huallanca, culminating in a visit to the Inca city at Huanco Pampa Ruins—a significant settlement on the main Inca Road from Quito, Ecuador, to Bolivia.

We then drive to Queropalca for an overnight stay, camping at an elevation of 3,800m above sea level.

Bus ride: 272 km (169.01 mi)

Duration: 7 hours

Day 2: Queropalca - Carhuacocha

Embark on a half-day hike leading to the picturesque shores of Laguna Carhuacocha.

In this enchanting location, calm days offer mesmerizing reflections of snow-capped peaks such as Jirishanca and Yerupajá in the serene waters.

Our campsite by the lake is situated at an altitude of 4200 meters above sea level (13,780 feet).

Trekking Distance: 10.8 km (6.71 mi)

Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes

Day 3: Carhuacocha - Carhuac Pass - Janca

After leaving our campsite, we ascend over Punta Carhuacocha Pass at 4,620m (15,157ft), enjoying panoramic views. The pass reveals Lake Mitucocha, with the majestic backdrop of Mt. Yerupaja, Rondoy, and Ninashanca.

Lunch is either on the route or at the camp.

By early afternoon, explore the lakeside and marvel at the nearby mountains.

Our overnight camp is set at Mitucocha, situated at an altitude of 4,100m above sea level.

Trekking Distance: 13.3 km (8.26 mi)

Duration: 7 hours and 30 minutes

Day 4: Janca - Matacancha

Departing from our camp, we proceed toward Cacananpunta Pass at 4,700m (15,420ft).

The trail ascends to the pass, offering views of the aquarium divortium. Following this, we descend to Cuartelhuain for lunch.

The journey continues to Matacancha, where we set up camp below the pass for the following day, at an altitude of 4,200m above sea level.

Trekking Distance: 9.4 km (5.84 mi)

Duration: 7 hours

Day 5: Matacancha - Jahuacocha

Ascending through the Rondoy valley, we reach Sambuya Pass at 4,750 m above sea level (15,583 ft).

Enjoy breath-taking views of snow-capped peaks including Ninashanca, Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Rasac, and Solteracocha.

Descending, we head towards Lake Jahuacocha, where we set up camp at 4,050m above sea level (13,287 ft) near the lake, nestled below a stunning cirque.

Trekking Distance: 12.8 km (7.95 mi)

Duration: 8 hours

Day 6: Jahuacocha - Llamac - Huaraz

Exiting the valley, we bid farewell to the snow-capped peaks, revealing a distinctive panorama of granitic and basaltic intrusion. The valley tightens as we traverse a westward ridge to the Llamac Pass.

Descending on a winding trail, we reach the village of Llamac, where a vehicle awaits to transfer us to Huaraz.

Alternatively, you can opt to stay in Chiquian and take a public bus to Lima.

Hotel transfer not included.

Bus Ride: 144 km (89.48 mi)

Duration: 4 hours and 30 minutes

Trekking Distance: 9.4 km (5.84 mi)

Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes