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Trekking Cedros - Alpamayo – Ulta 12 Days

Trek Overview

Alpamayo circuit is One of the most scenically & spectacular trek routes in the cordillera Blanca, about mount Alpamayo showcases much of the cordillera Blanca’s finest mountain scenery, the trek through gorgeous and green lush valleys of los cedros, huaripampa, ulta, where only the sound of cracking of glacial ice and murmuring of scrubland in the wind. The highlighted view point is at jancaurish valley, where we will enjoy watching of huge and conspicuous pyramidal shape of mount Alpamyo, which has been considered the most beautiful mountain in the world, and even this remote and adventure holidays provides: a sparkling pristine glacier lakes, overwhelming beauty areas, fragile ecosystem, high and windy passes, Plenty options of gaze the most unforgettable pictures, endless and killer panoramic views of the snow-capped, valleys, lakes from the viewpoints.

Maximum Altitude 4850 m (15,908 feet)
Difficulty Hard - Challenge
Length 13 Days

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz - Hualcayan Village (3140m)

Day 2: Hualcayan – Wishcash (4300m)

Day 3: Wishcash - Punta Cullicocha Pass (4850m) – Osoruri (4450m)

Day 4: Osoruri - Vientonan Pass (4750m) - Jancarurish (4250m)

Day 5: Rest Day or day off.

Day 6: Jancarurish - Cara Cara Pass (4830m) - Mesapata Pass (4500m)- Huillca (4000m)

Day 7: huillca – Yanacon pass (4600m) – jancapampa (3600m)

Day 8: Jancapampa - TupaTupa Pass (4400M) - Huecrucocha (4000m)

Day 9: Huecrucocha - Alto de Puraju (4650m) - tuctu – paria (3800m).

Day 10: Paria – Colcabanba (3400m) – molinopampa(3600m)

Day 11: molinopampa – Avalancha camp (4500m)

Day 12: avalancha – yanayacu pass (4850m) – ulta(4300m

Itinerary Description

Through enchanting alpine trail on Cedros Alpamayo Ulta Trek

Day 1: Huaraz - Hualcayan Village (3140m)
We will pick up you at your hotel with our private transportation then we drive along the rich Callejón de Huaylas valley, we will pass through small arable towns whose keeps colonial architecture with red roofs tiles, as soon as we reach to anta view point we will stop to enjoy spectacular views of the Andes including the western face of Peru’s highest peak, Huascaran mountain (22,205fts). After that we will continue driving until old Yungay, where we will visit the campo santo, this area or town was completely destroyed by earthquake in 1970, then we will continue driving until hualcayan village, where we will meet with our donkey drivers and donkeys. Overnight camp at hualcayan

Day 2: Hualcayan – Wishcash (4300m)
After our breakfast we will walk up on steep hill but the trail wind up on sig sag watching the spectacular view to the hualcayan village, where the arable field looks like mosaic, most of it are sown by Andean products.
Overnight camp at wishcash

Day 3: Wishcash - Punta Cullicocha Pass (4850m) – Osoruri (4450m)

This day we will climb up on moderate grade trail until reach the spectacular azure lake of Cullicocha with killer view to the back ground, after resting and taking pictures there about magnificent santa cruz summit we will keep going up on steep trail until reach our first high pass to punta cillicocha (4850m) , where we will enjoy taking exiting pictures about huge mountains and cliffs valleys to the north, then we will descent on slope and rocky trail until our camp site
Overnight camp at osoruri

Day 4: Osoruri - Vientonan Pass (4750m) - Jancarurish (4250m)
After our hearty breakfast we start walking up on steep hill but the trail winds up on several switchbacks until vientonan pass (4750m), then we will descend on gentle grade down, where mount pilanco dominate the scene, then we keep going on greens lush valley until jancarurish campsite.
Overnight camp at jancarurish

Day 5: Rest Day or day off.
Option 01: hike to Laguna Jancarurish or visit the Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m), for appreciating the photogenic view of mount Alpamayo, which has been considered the most beautiful mountain in the world since 1966 in Munich Germany by “Alpinism Magazine” and this beauty draws climbers from Afar, is deadly beauty.
Option 02: day off a take relax at the camp site enjoying the photogenic view of mount alpamayo

Day 6: Jancarurish - Cara Cara Pass (4830m) - Mesapata Pass (4500m)- Huillca (4000m)
This day we will cross two passes, can be the most strenuous day of the trek, ascend on very steep trail until reach Cara Cara pass (4830m), the panorama that awaits at the top should turn luck-of-oxygen gasps into the gasps of amazement, the views remain stunning all the way up to the pass, then descent to climb up to next pass then we will descent until huillca which is a remote mountain valley.
Overnight camp at huillca

Day 7: huillca – Yanacon pass (4600m) – jancapampa (3600m)
This day is imposed by yanacon pass, with is close up views of pucajircas ice and folded rock strata after some rest for taking picture or eating our sack we will descend until next camp on green lush valley. Where in the afternoon some Quechua families come to offer their products as beverages (soda or bear), we can buy as a symbol of friendly that is a way to make money for them.
Overnight camp at jancapampa

Day 8: Jancapampa - TupaTupa Pass (4400M) - Huecrucocha (4000m)
This day we pass through several remote Andean communities, where we will be able to watch some people grazing their livestock, we will keep walking up until reach Tupa-tupa Pass (4400m) after that we will descend to our next camp
Overnight camp at huecrucocha

Day 9: Huecrucocha - Alto de Puraju (4650m) - tuctu – paria (3800m).
this day we will ascend up until Alto de Pucaraju pass, over it the view is superb absolutely stunning panorama of majestic Taulliraju, pukajirca, artezonraju and chacraraju, after that we will drop on rocky trail until tuctu green lush valley , after that we will keep down until paria
Overnight camp at paria valley

Day 10: Paria – Colcabanba (3400m) – molinopampa(3600m)
This day can be easy day at the first we walk down on wide meadow and flat green lush valley with some sections of quenual & quisuar forest, whose lovely twisted trunks with their orange bark the trail is almost easy until reach huaripampa village, we will pass directly. We will keep down until reach the bottom the valley just crossing the bridge at colcabamba, after that we will walk up on gradual grade card road until reach molinopampa.
Overnight camp at molinopampa

Day 11: molinopampa – Avalancha camp (4500m)
After our hearty breakfast we will start walking up on gradual ascend trail and stedly upward but with gorgeously view of mounts group of contrahierbas to the left side, and spectacular view of water falls. The trail winds up through the incredible Andean vegetation, until reach the ichic ulta glacier lakes, a pair of sparkling in the verdant of ulta gorge. As soon as we reach the avalanche camping spot there we will enjoy watching several avalanches falling down.
Overnight camp at avalanche

Day 12: avalancha – yanayacu pass (4850m) – ulta(4300m)
This day we will walk up on rock slide trail, where the ascent is dramatic, as the path traverses a steep rock face until reach the yanayacu pass, where we will be able to take the most unforgettable pictures about giant summits of Huascaran and chopicalqui south side after that we will drop on slippery trail until yanacocha lake then we keep down on green lush ulta valley until the bridge Finish our trek, where awaits our private transportation to bring us to Huaraz. Back to Huaraz for a nice shower and some rest; enjoy a good dinner in town.

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