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Trekking Cordillera Huayhuash 13 Days

Trek Overview

Trekking around Cordillera Huayhuash is a remote mountain range located at 10º south latitude, neighbor cordillera Blanca, has been considered the second most beautiful mountain range in the world, after Annapurna trek in Nepal, as well as is home of the most spectacular mountain setting in all of south America, it’s really unique mountain paradise and one of the planets natural treasure, beauty, quiet, pure land scape with beautiful rock and ice pyramids tower above lush, with gorgeous mountain views, breathtaking view points, pristine glacier lakes, cascading glaciers, alpine meadows, overwhelming beauty areas, green lush valleys, fragile ecosystem, stunning view from campsites, which is enough to be one of the most exhilarating & wondrous Andean trek in whole of the Andes.

Maximum Altitude 5100m (16,728 feet)
Difficulty Hard - Challenge
Length 13 Days trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz – Pocpa (3450m) - Cuartelhuain (4170m)

Day 2: Cuartelhuain - Cacananpunta Pass (4690m) – jancapampa (4230m)

Day 3: mitucocha - Carhuac Pass (4640m) - Lake Carhuacocha (4100m)

Day 4: Rest Day or day off at Lake Carhuacocha

Day 5: Carhuacocha - Siula Pass (4834m) - Huayhuash (4345m)

Day 6: Huayhuash - Portachuelo Pass (4750m) – Viconga (4425m)

Day 7: Viconga – Cuyoc Pass (5000m) – jatun cuyoc (4490m)

Day 8: Jatun Cuyoc - San Antonio Pass (5100m) - Calinca Valley at (4100m)

Day 9: Rest Day or Day Off at Calinca Valley

Day 10: Cutatambo - Huayllapa(3350m) - Huatiac(4350m)

Day 11: Huatiac - Punta Tapush Pass (4750m) – yahuacha pas (4850m) – jahuacocha (4045m)

Day 12: Rest Day or day off

Day 13: Jahuacocha - Pampa Llamac (4270m) - Llamac - Huaraz

Itinerary Description

An exhilarating adventure Trek in Cordillera Huayhuash

Day 1: Huaraz – Pocpa (3450m) - Cuartelhuain (4170m)
In the morning we will pick up you at your hotel with our private transportation to drive south Huaraz on the paved way until chiquian town, then we will continue driving until reach cuartelhuain camping spot on the way we will pass Llamac– pocpa village, the last one is gateway of Cordillera Huayhuash, at the camp site we will meet with our donkey-driver and donkeys, as soon as we arrive the camp we will have the first view of snow- capped peaks of rondoy, ninashanca & hirishanca Overnight camp at cuartelhuain

Day 2: Cuartelhuain - Cacananpunta Pass (4690m) – jancapampa (4230m)
This day we will climb up on a gradual grassy ascend trail until reach the rocky Cacanan punta Pass oft windy spot (4690m), From this point we will enjoy the impressive view of the each valleys and we will have an opportunity to observe majestic condors soaring over the pass, Then we will descend on lose gravel rock trail on colorful quebrada caliente toward our next camp at jancapampa just below of mounts Shirishanca and ninashanca.
Overnight camp at mitucocha

Day 3: mitucocha - Carhuac Pass (4640m) - Lake Carhuacocha (4100m)
Today trek is on gently grade walk up almost flat terrain until Punta Carhuac pass at (4640m), from this pass we will be able to have breath- taking views of the highest peaks of Huayhuash such as: Yerupaja (6617m) and the famous Siula Grande (6344m), shirishanca very well-known as humming bird pick, after that we will walk down toward the lake Carhuacocha greeted by huge pecks, all huge resplendent pecks dominating the skyline to the west – while near the lakes shore an idyllic camp site await, scenic with astonishing mountain view.
Overnight camp at Lake Carhuacocha

Day 4: Rest Day or day off at Lake Carhuacocha
We spend an extra day at spectacular Lake Carhuacocha greeted by huge pecks resplendent into the lake.

Optional 01: Hike up to visit the three spectacular lakes such as: ganrajanca, siula and quesilojanca, which are lies just below of huge east faces of mount Yerupaja and mount Siula Grande.

Option 02: easy hike around the Lake Carhuacocha, try to fish trout

Option 03: take simple day off at the camp site to enjoy the most dramatic view.

Day 5: Carhuacocha - Siula Pass (4834m) - Huayhuash (4345m)
For this day we offer two trekking routes: There is one route that takes us via Carnicero pass (4600m), which is suitable for people, who do not have a good shape, whereas the other one is more demanding and challenging, but worthwhile, over the Siula pass we will enjoy the most wondrous and breath taking views behind of three glacier lakes from overlooking spot, which is unique in the circuit and jugged peaks towering, then we will continue walking over the peat lands until our next camp. Overnight camp at huayhuash

Day 6: Huayhuash - Portachuelo Pass (4750m) – Viconga (4425m)
We start walking up the valley heading south towards the spectacular pass of Portachuelo de Huayhuash, photogenic pyramid of rock and ice face of mount trapecio is constant companion for the climb to the pass, over there we will spend short time to enjoy the view of the Cordillera Raura, the trail drops steadily past the largest Lake Viconga until lovely viconga camp steaming hot spring. In the afternoon we will be able to enjoy taking shower and swimming in three thermal pools here are genuinely hot, only asbestos skin can tolerate the smaller one.
Overnight camp at viconga

Day 7: Viconga – Cuyoc Pass (5000m) – jatun cuyoc (4490m)
This day we will hike the second highest pass on our trek, After 5 days hiking above 4000m, your body is now well acclimatized to cross the Punta cuyoc pass, with excellent view of mount cuyoc & puscanturpa to the trail ahead, From the pass the glacier cuyoc seems almost close enough to touch, where we will have the most impressive mountain views to north and south the cordillera raura, then we will descent on gravel & stony surface trail but lower down eases as we cross the alpine meadow to a camp site with views of the dramatic north-west face of nevado cuyoc and puscanturpa.
Overnight camp jatun cuyoc

Day 8: Jatun Cuyoc - San Antonio Pass (5100m) - Calinca Valley at (4100m)
This day is hard we will hike up on very steep path until reach the highest pass in whole the trek cero San Antonio over (5100m), where the panorama view is phenomenal, and glorious, then we will descent on steep hill & slippery until calinca valley with spectacular & brilliant view of jurao and sarapococha lake, The path drops on several switchbacks until flat bottom of calinca valley.
Overnight camp at cutatambo

Day 9: Rest Day or Day Off at Calinca Valley
Option 01: hike to explore the beautiful valley where Joe Simpson’s epic escape from siula grande unfolded where the mountain film "Touching the Void” was filmed. Option 02: simple take rest day at campsite or walk up to Jurao Lake

Day 10: Cutatambo - Huayllapa(3350m) - Huatiac(4350m)
Today contrast greatly with others on the circuit, leave the big peaks behind, Walk down along the pleasant grass Calinca valley until the small isolated mountain village of Huayllapa, with beautiful views of waterfalls. In the afternoon we walk up on moderate grade and steep trail until Huatiac campsite at 4350m, which is located on high grazing meadow under the shadow of mount Diablo mudo “dumb devil”.
Overnight camp at huatiac

Day 11: Huatiac - Punta Tapush Pass (4750m) – yahuacha pas (4850m) – jahuacocha (4045m)
After our breakfast we start walk up until reach punta tapush pass over 4750m with an impressive mountains view, after that we will descend to Ancash, After lunch we continue walk up toward next pass punta yaucha, on the pass we will have again wondrous view about the most spectacular mountain scenery the majestic yarupaja, descending from the pass feels like you are falling off the end of the earth, but makes for a rapid journey to another gorgeous camp site on the shores of jahuacocha.
Overnight camp at jahuacocha

Day 12: Rest Day or day off
Option 02: make a half day hike to solteracocha , where we will have the most breath-taking view surrounded by huge towering pecks Option01: take day off or rest day at campsite or fishing around lake and enjoying the most astonishing views, because is one of the special days for taking pleasant of the most impressive landscape around us, the view is truly awesome with majestic beauty mount shirishanca & yerupaja.
Last night camp at Lake Jahuacocha

Day 13: Jahuacocha - Pampa Llamac (4270m) - Llamac - Huaraz
After completing successfully our Andean circuit we will walk down on flat grass valley, then we will walk up on the gradual ascend trail until reach Pampa Llamac pass at 4270m, where we will rest for taking last pictures, after that we will descend dropping on slope trail until Llamac Village, where our private transportation is waiting us to comeback Huaraz FINISH OUR TREK. Back to Huaraz for a nice shower and some rest; enjoy a good dinner in town.

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