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 
Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in Lima. You will be pickup from the airport and transfer to comfortable hotel. The rest of day will be spent relaxing or heading out sightseeing in Lima.

Day 2

Depart Lima to the mountain town of Huaraz. Huaraz is north east of Lima.  This 8 hour drive takes in spectacular views of the Callejón de Huaylas.

Day 3

Today is an acclimatization and organization day in Huaraz. We will sort out gear, tents and equipment. We will also hike up to lake Churup 4460m/ 14,632ft.

Day 4

Huaraz to Llamac to Cuartelhuain at 4150m/ 13,615ft.  The first day of the expedition starts. Early in the morning we depart from Huaraz 3300m/ 10,827ft. and drive in private transport to the start of the trek in Llamac. This is where we will meet the rest of the expedition team, the donkey driver and his donkeys and horses who will carry our equipment for the next two weeks. We will have lunch while the donkeys are packed with our trekking bags. After lunch we will start the first amazing part of the Huayhuash circuit following the Quero River to Cuartelhuain 4150m/ 13,615ft. where we will stay camp the night. Walking time is 5-6 hours.

Day 5

Cuartelhuain to Mitucocha at 4300m/14,107ft. Today we will hike the Cacananpunta Pass 4700m/ 15,419ft. This remarkable pass lies at the Andean Continental Divide that marks the watershed from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean and the Amazon. Rivers on the west of the divide flow into the Atlantic Ocean whilst those to the east flow into the vast Amazon basin. We will have impressive views from the pass over mountains such as Ninashanca 5607m/ 18,395ft. and Rondoy 5870m/ 19,258ft.  A steep descend brings us into the broad Quebrada Caliente which we follow to our campsite at the blue glacial lake Mitucoche 4300m/ 14,107ft. This is a spectacular campsite with an inspiring view on the snow-capped peak of Jirishanca 6094m/ 19,993ft. Walking time is 5-6 hours.

Day 6

Mitucocha to Carhuac Pass 4650m/ 15,256ft.  to Laguna Carhuacocha at 4150m/ 13,615ft.  Today we follow the Quebrada Caliente until we begin our climb up to the second pass, the Carhuac Pass 4650m/ 15,255ft. Our hard work is rewarded with fine views on the mountain peaks of Yerupaja 6634m/ 21,765ft.  and Siula Grande 6344m/ 20,813ft. The Siula Grande is renowned for the mountaineering story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates told in the book and film ‘Touching the Void’. Descending the pass into a grassy valley allow for more views on high peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash, each more spectacular than the other. We make camp at the turquoisegreen coloured Lake Carhuacocha 4150m/ 13,615ft. with mountains Yerupaja and Jirishanca prominent at the background. This lake offers great photo opportunities when still conditions transform the lake into a mirrorsharply reflecting the snow-capped mountains. Walking time is 6-7 hours.

Day 7

Extra day at Laguna Carhuacocha at 4150m/ 13,615ft.  Today you can choose to have a day to relax or join the exploration hike to Lake Siula. This hike will give you splendid views on the Siula Mountains and beautifully coloured lakes nestled in the front drop. Walking time is 3-4 hours.

Day 8

Laguna Carhuacocha to Pass Carnisero 4800m/ 15,748ft. to Huayhuash at 4750m/ 15,583ft. We leave Lake Carhuacocha early in the morning to start a rough climb up to the poorly defined Carnicero Pass 4600m/ 15,091ft. The pass will reveal the beautiful lakes of Atocshaic and Carnicero in between the impressive mountains of Trapecio 5653m/ 18,546ft. and Carnicero 5960m/ 19,553ft. The Carnicero Mountain is called in English ‘the Butcher’ due to the many fatal attempts to climb the summit. An impressive landscape change occurs after the pass where green alpine pastures become a dry terrain of black rocks and grey lakes. We continue our walk to the small village of Huayhuash 4750m/ 15,583ft. home to herders of Alpaca and Vicunia and set up our camp for the night. Walking time is 6-7 hours.

Day 9

Huayhuash to Pass Portachuelo 4750m/ 15,583ft. to Laguna Viconga at 4395m/ 14,419ft. We leave the Huayhuash village in the early morning and hike over the Portachuelo de Huayhuash Pass 4750m/ 15,583ft. This pass offers great views on the remote peaks such as Puscanturpa, Cuyoc and Millpo of the Cordillera Raura located to the southeast of the Cordillera Huayhuash. We will set up our camp and let our bodies soak in the well deserved natural hot pools at Lake Viconga 4395m/ 14,419ft. Walking time is 5-6 hours.

Day 10

Laguna Viconga to Cuyoc Pass 5000m/ 16,404ft to Guanacpatay at 4300m/ 14,107ft.  We leave Lake Viconga and ascent to the Cuyoc Pass 5000m/ 16,404ft. This is the highest point of the 13 day full circuit for those who opted out to climb the summit of Diablo Mudo. From the pass we will have a spectacular panorama view on the Huayhuash peaks in the north and the Raura peaks in the south. Further a stunning view of the glacier of Puscanturpa 5650m/ 18,536ft. completes this awe-aspiring experience. We continue our hike by descending from the pass towards Quebrada Huanactapay and set up camp in Rinconada 4300m/ 14,107ft. Walking time is 5-6 hours.

Day 11

Guanacpatay to Huatiac at 4300m/ 14,107ft. Today will be easy hiking through the valley downwards until reaching the village of Huayllap 3700m/ 12,139ft. We continue the trek climbing gradually up a narrow valley to reach the pastures of Huatiac 4300m/ 14,107ft. We will set up camp here for the night. Walking time is 4-5 hours.

Day 12

Huatiac toTapush Pass 4750m/ 15,583ft. to Gashgapampa at 4500m/ 14,764ft.  We leave Huatiac in the morning and continue our hike crossing the Tapush Pass 4800m/ 15,748ft. We set up camp at Gashgapampa 4500m/ 14,763ft.  from where we will start early in the morning our climb to the mountain summit of Diablo Mudo 5350m/ 17,552ft. Walking time is 3-4 hours.

Day 13

Gashgapampa to Option climbing Diablo Mudo to Laguna Jahuacocha Then Punta Yaucha 4800m/ 15,748ft. Descend to camp at the beautiful lake Laguna Jahuacocha 4150m/ 13,615ft  8 hours walking.

Day 14

An extra day at Laguna Jahuacocha. We stay at Jahuacocha. Visit Lake Solteracocha and relax day

Day 15

Laguna Jahuacocha to Pass Pampa llamac 4300m/ 14,107ft & Descent back to Llamac. Today is the last day of the trek hiking from Jahuacocha to the village of Llamac. One more time we can enjoy the awe inspiring mountain range of the Cordillera Huayhuash where we have walked through for the past two weeks and which has been become a part of us. Walking time is 5-6 hours.

Day 16

You will leave Huaraz for Lima: Trip to Lima and arrive in the afternoon and transfer to hotel.

Day 17

Lima to the Airport: This will be your final day in Peru. You can go shopping, relax in the city. In the afternoon you will be transferred back to airport for your return flight home.

 

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