Huayhuash Full Trekking Experience 12D/11N

Experience an incredible high-altitude trekking adventure on the famous Cordillera Huayhuash on this 12-day trip!

Marvel at breath-taking snow-peaked mountains, stunning alpine lakes and the Andean wildlife while you hike the second highest tropical mountain range in the world.

Set your camp in beautiful grasslands and get an amazing panoramic of the different peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash.

Tour Highlights

  • Hike the challenging passes of the Cordillera Huayhuash
  • Get some spectacular views of Yerupaja, the highest mountain in the Huayhuash
  • Camp near the gorgeous Carhuacocha and Jahuacocha lakes
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Day 1: Huaraz - Chiquian - Cuartelhuain, Peru

This morning, you will leave Huaraz for a 2-hour drive to the beautiful town of Chiquian.

We will stop on the way where you will be able to admire the Cordillera Huayhuash and the second highest peak in Peru, Yerupaja.

You will then cross some villages as Llamac and Pocpa before passing through the Rondoy Valley where you will admire the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera.

You will overnight in Cuartelhuain where you will set up camp. Have a good night’s sleep to be in great shape for tomorrow!

NOTE: The briefing will take place one day before the trek departs at 7:00 pm at Hotel Angeles Inn / Av. Agustin Gamarra nro. 815 – Huaraz. At the briefing, you’ll meet your guide and your fellow trekking companions. We will contact you if there are any changes to the briefing date or time. Don’t forget to tell your destination specialist which hotel you’ll be staying at in Lima.

Day 2: Cuartelhuain - Cacananpunta Pass - Janca, Peru

Your trekking adventure starts today!

This morning, you will hike towards the Cacananpunta Pass, located at the Continental Divide where the waters flow to the Amazon and the Atlantic.

Get impressive views of the mountains and keep your eyes open as you could see Andean condors, one of the largest birds in the world. You will then descend to your beautiful campsite at Janca, near the Mitucocha Lake where you will get stunning views of the peaks of Ninashanca, Rondoy, and Jirishanca.

Today’s hike won’t be so long so that you can acclimatize with the altitude.

In the afternoon, you will have the option to get some rest or you can opt for a short hike that will lead you to the lake.

Note: Today’s trekking distance will be about 8.3 km / 5.2 miles (5/6 hours).

Day 3: Janca - Carhuac Pass - Carhuacocha, Peru

Today, you will reach the Carhuac Pass where you will experience amazing views of the highest mountain in the Huayhuash, Yerupaja.

You will continue your way to the campsite, located below the beautiful Carhuacocha Lake where you will get scenic views of the snow-capped peaks and the hanging glaciers.

Note: Today, the trekking distance will be about 9.8 km / 6.1 miles (5/6 hours).

Day 4: Carhuacocha - Siula Pass - Huayhuash, Peru

Wake up quite early this morning to witness a spectacular sunrise.

You will then challenge a long climb passing through Yerupaja, Yerupaja Chico, Siula Grande, Jirishanca, Santa Rosa, and Carnicero. You will be rewarded with the amazing views of the pristine Gangrajanca, Siula and Quesillacocha lakes before reaching the top of Siula Pass.

You will then get some deserved rest at the campsite in Huayhuash.

Note: Today, you will hike for about 8/9 hours (14 km / 8.7 miles).

Day 5: Huayhuash - Trapecio Pass - Pampa Cuyoc, Peru

After breakfast, you will reach one of the highest passes on the journey, Trapecio Punta.

Be amazed at the incredible peaks of Trapecio and Puscanturpa among others.

You will then face a steep and rocky descent and traverse an old glacier moraine before reaching camp in Cuyoc.

Note: The trekking distance will be about 11.4 km / 7.1 miles (7/8 hours).

Day 6: Pampa Cuyoc - Santa Rosa Pass - Cutatambo, Peru

Today, you will ascend to Santa Rosa Pass where you will get amazing views of the impressive mountains of Siula Grande, Sarapo, Rasac, and Jurau.

You will then head towards the Cutatambo Camp, in the beautiful Calinca Valley.

Note: Today, the trekking distance will be about 5.2 km / 3.2 miles (5/6 hours).

Day 7: Cutatambo, Peru

Today, have some rest at the campsite and enjoy your free time spotting at the crystal clear lakes and the icy glaciers or visiting the English mountaineer Joe Simpson’s Base Camp.

If you still have energy, you will be able to hike to the Cerro Gran Vista, where you will be amazed by the panoramic view of some peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash.

Day 8: Cutatambo - Huayllapa - Huatiac, Peru

After your breakfast, be ready for the hardest trek of your journey.

Head towards the village of Huayllapa where you will feel higher temperatures. On the way, you will find beautiful waterfalls.

You will then hike a steep ascent that will lead you to Huatiac, a meadow located at the foot of the stunning glacier peak Diablo Mudo, the “Dumb Devil”.

Note: Today, you will hike for about 8/9 hours (16.5 km /10.3 miles).

Day 9: Huatiac - Punta Tapush Pass - Gashpapampa, Peru

Today, you will hike to the Punta Tapush Pass before trekking down for about an hour to your camp in Gashpapampa.

Get the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset behind Mount Diablo Mudo.

Note: Today, you will hike for about 4 hours (6.5 km / 4.1 miles).

Day 10: Gashpapampa – Yaucha Pass – Jahuacocha, Peru

Descend to the Angoshcancha Valley through a Quenual forest before ascending to the last pass, Yaucha Pass.

If it is not too cloudy, you will get incredible views of the highest peaks of the Huayhuash Range. You might even spot at the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca.

You will then step down the magnificent Laguna Jahuacocha where you will spend the night.

Note: Today’s trekking distance will be about 9.2 km / 5.7 miles (4/5 hours).

Day 11: Jahuacocha, Peru

Today, get the opportunity to chill out at the Jahuacocha Lake or opt for an optional hike.

If you choose to get some rest, you will be free to explore this magical place and admire the abundant birdlife.

Otherwise, you can choose hiking to the Rondoy Pass or the beautiful Solteracocha Lake.

Day 12: Jahuacocha - Mancanpunta Pass - Pocpa - Chiquian - Huaraz, Peru

Enjoy your last trekking day hiking to Mancanpunta Pass.

Take a break and get the opportunity to marvel one last time at the wonderful Andean mountains before trekking down to Pocpa. From there, you will be transferred to Huaraz where your marvellous adventure ends.

Have a much-deserved rest and time to contemplate the remote treasure-filled adventure you have experienced.