Huayhuash Circuit Trek

The Huayhuash circuit offers trekking like no other. World class mountains views under canvas. We lead numerous treks into this quiet Cordillera blanca range in Peru. We take you to places only the locals know and get you off the beaten track and explore unique valleys with optimum views of this remarkable mountain range. Get your team together or sign up and join us in 2016.
Great mountain view on the Huayhuash circuit Classic view on the Huayhuash circuit
Colorful Huayhuash circuit Glaciers, lakes and big mountains on the Huayhuash trek.

A little bit more about the trek 

The Huayhuash circuit should not be underestimated. Long distances at high altitude add to this adventure trek in the Cordillera Blanca range. I have made this journey on a number of occasions and my favorite time to trek is April and September. The Huayhuash circuit has less people and real wilderness trekking adventure.

Our Huayhuash trekking team have years of experience and know how to pace the group, retreat into less traveled and more beautiful valley’s and we have added extra days to make the acclimatization schedule save and doable for all hikers and trekkers. We will help you prepare physically and make sure that you have trained with and bring the necessary gear and equipment to make your adventure a success.

Huayhuash circuit view Mirror lakes on the Huayhuash trekking circuit Trekking on the Huayhuash circuit in Peru Camping out in the Huayhuash serenity
Sunset on the Huayuash circuit trek Colorful Huayhuash circuit Camping in Colorful Peru The wondering glaciated view on the Huayhuash trek

Our base for the trek is Huaraz, Peru. From Huaraz we will journey 107km south to the start if the trek. We will journey over 120km around the circuit setting our eyes on the best scenery South America has to offer. This less traveled trail is one you will never forget. It’s unique and authentic beauty are raw and unspoiled.

April through October are the best months to make this journey. I recommend making the journey in May and September as colors can be at their best. Sun rise and sun sets are always an integral part of each days revival and reward.

 What people said

“While I loved climbing Kilimanjaro with Ian. The Huayhuash circuit trek was my type of trip. Long slow hikes, pristine scenery and views like I have never seen before. We had great food tents and very few people which I really liked”.
James Christy, Huayhuash Circuit Trek 2012
“I love hiking, longer treks and wilderness living. I loved the Everest base camp trek and worried about altitude. Ian has the best itinerary and why I chose Ian again for the Huayhuash trek. Once again great team, service, food, and safety. You guys are the real deal and happy to help promote anywhere I can”. Lindsey Ryan, Huayhuash Circuit Trek 2013
“I really felt the Huayhuash circuit trek along with the trek to Everest base camp were my favorite adventures I have ever been on. Ian’s really knows his stuff. We had the best schedule with additional days in key locations. The only trekking company for me.” Trevor Regis, Huayhuash Circuit trek 2014 
Day 1

Fly to Kathmandu,  Some people may choose to fly in a day early to have an extra day in Kathmandu enjoying this paced city and help after the earthquake. You should aim to arrive on the afternoon, the day before the trek. There are plenty of sights to visit and explore and you can pick up any last minute items on the streets of the Thamel district. Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu is included in the cost of the trip. One night before and one night afterwards.

Day 2

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla (2,853m/ 9,360ft), the gateway to the Khumbu Region. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet our trek staff, porters or yak herders and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at Phakding (2,600m/8,500ft). Or continue on to Monjo. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar. We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft). This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares here, and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.

Day 4

Today will be used as an acclimatization day as we need to adjust to the low oxygen levels. We will take a hike up to Shangbouche hill (3,900m/ 12,800ft) with stunning panoramic views of the whole Everest Region. During this critical acclimatisation phase, we will spend time resting and trekking to higher altitudes to aid in the process. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of (3,440m/ 11,286ft). After this breath taking hike we will returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery! or playing pool in Cafe Danfe.

Day 5

We will spent as another day in and around Namche. We will either made a hike up to museum and Everest view point or Khunde (3,840m/12,600ft) This will be vital in giving you the best acclimatization for moving further up into the Everest region and help you safely reach Everest Base Camp. We will spend the afternoon resting and relaxing and enjoy a nice chicken sizzler at the Himalayan lodge. You must keep well hydrated drinking 4 to 5 liters of water per day.

Day 6

Trek to Tengbouche at (3,900m/12,800ft). From Namche the Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We descend down to our lunch stop passing by several small villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River. After our break we will make the long climb on a dusty zig zag trail. This hike up to Tengbouche should take about two hours. Tengbouche is home of an impressive and rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Tengbouche (and have a cake at the bakery!). We will stay at a new lodge across from the monastery.

Day 7

Today we will trek to Dingboche. We will make an initial descent down through Rhododendron trees the trail crosses a new suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour’s walking from here will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam which was badly damaged in the recent earthquake. Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche at (4,410m/ 14,465ft). There is an internet cafe, some nice lodges and a new bakery. It is important to keep hydrated and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 8

Today is spent as another acclimatization day. We will make an morning ascent of the ridge which sits behind Dingbouche and we will try and ascend up to (4,900m/16,000ft) This acclimatization hike gives us great views of Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,495ft), Island Peak (6,189m/ 20,305ft) and Tabuche (6,367m/ 20,890ft) We will descend back to Dingbouche for the afternoon. While in Dingboche, you can attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization at the hospital in nearby Pheriche (4,200/13,780ft) run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.

Day 9

Trekking to Lobuche starts off easy and early in the day. We will continue along the trail up on a platform above the valley floor. This will lead us up towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuche East (6,119m/ 20,075ft), and to our left is the formidable north face of Tabuche, the scene of many cutting-edge Himalayan ascents of the 1980s and 1990s. After three hours we reach the small collection of busy lodges at Dugla (4,620m/15,153ft). After lunch we continue the walk up the steep hill to the Sherpa memorials, there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Tabuche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply up towards the glacier moraine, levels out and after a few hours the trail eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft). Everest base camp lies 1,000 ft above this point.

Day 10

Trek to Gorak Shep. We will start early this morning. About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach Gorak Shep (5,180m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 Everest Expedition’s base camp. We will be sleeping here tonight on return from Everest Base Camp. We will fill up with more water and continue the famous trail to Everest Base Camp. We will need to be careful as there is a chance of some small rock fall on our left as we move onto the Khumbu Glacier. This is it you will walk the final section into Everest Base Camp, walk around base camp, go to the edge of the Khumbu Ice fall. If you are trekking in from the end of March to May you will meet some of the climbing teams preparing to summit the world’s highest mountain and experience this magical place, before leaving Everest base camp and back to Gorak Shep which may take 2 hours. This is a 8/9 hour hiking day.

Day 11

Today we will make the ascent of Kala Pattar at (5,545m/ 18,188ft) (this can also be done on the day before) It is highly recommended to make an early morning ascent of Kala Phattar for hopefully a stunning sunrise view over Everest. The climb takes 3 hours and can be hard work towards the top, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. This view of Everest will leave you inspired, maybe change your life in simple, small and in ways you never imagined. From the morning summit we will return to Gorak shep, pack your bags and move down the trail back to Pheriche (4,200m/13,780ft)

Day 12

Trek to Tengbouche. We will retrace our steps down past Pangbouche and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for plenty of breaks and pictures on route to Tengbouche. We will cross the river and start the slow ascent back up to Tengbouche where we will spend the night. There is an opportunity to revisit the Monastery or hang out in the bakery.

Day 13

We will try and make an early start and make the journey back to Namche Bazaar. We will make the long decent back down the dusty hill toward the valley crossing and start a steep ascent back up the other side of the valley, passing some of the small villages and top out at our lunch spot with some amazing lunch views of Thamserku. We will continue the traverse along the side of the mountain and drop back into Namche bazaar. You can spend the rest of the day playing pool and celebrate your success in cafe Danfe.

Day 14

Trek to Lukla. Leave Namche by 9am for a long seven hour trek back to Lukla, we will cross bridges and see the Khumbu valley from a different view on the return journey. We arrive back to Lukla where we stay the night as flights only leave early the following morning.

Day 15

Fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and spend the rest of the day at Leisure in Kathmandu or fly back to your home destination.  For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan as the rebuilding happens. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel.

Day 16

Do some last minute shopping and take a trip to the Kathmandu spa before being dropped off at the airport and your return journey home.


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