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Trekking the Cordillera Huayhuash - 8 Day Mini Trek

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Campsite at Carhuacocha Lake 4150m

Inkaland Treks’ developed this breath-taking mini trek program into the heart of the remote Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range. To be completed on 8 day / 7 nights with two additional extra days of rest at the most beautiful campsites during trek. It offers a new opportunity for those who don’t have the time to do the longer, classic traditional routes. This trekking route leads you to the most beautiful parts of the Cordillera Huayhuash with campsites on the shores of beautiful colored trout filled lakes with astonishing views of glacier peaks and passing traditional isolated Quechua farms and settlements.

The trek program  features a visit to the substantial Inca ruins at Huanuco Viejo situated on a grand plateau enables you to visit this Inca city, one of the mayor settlements of the Incas culture  outside of Cusco on the main Inca Road that leads from Ecuador to Bolivia.

We recommend to our clients to be in good physical condition because trekking around the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range requires decent physical fitness and proper acclimatization to altitude. This program is truly a “national geographic” trekking experience.

Timing: 8 days / 7 days
Grade: Medium

Day 1: Huaraz / Huanuco Pampa
We start with a six hour drive from Huaraz to La Union.  From La Union we drive a half hour further to Huanuco Pampa (12,257ft / 3736m) situated on a grand plateau area. In the afternoon we visit this intriguing and captivating ancient Inca city of Huanuco Viejo.

Day 2: Queropalca / Carhuacocha
After a 3 to 4 hour drive through Rondos and Baños to Queropalca at 12,467ft / 3800m, we meet our Arrieros (donkey driver) and donkeys.  From this point, we hike to Lake Carhuacocha at 13,615ft / 4150m where we have close up views of the snow-capped peaks of Jirishanca and Yerupajá which are reflected in the lake water where we camp on the shores of  Lake Carhuacocha.  4 hours

Day 3: Carhuacocha - Rest Day
We have chosen a rest day at Lake Carhuacocha for the magnificent scenery and surrounding attractions this beautiful site offers our clients. We have the option to do a half day hike to visit the beautiful Laguna Siula at the base of Siula Grande featured in the gripping 2003 British docudrama movie Touching the Void was filmed.

Day 4: Carhuacocha / Mitucocha
Leaving our campsite, we hike over the first pass of Carhuac at 15,256ft / 4,650m with great views of the surrounding area. We then descend to another camp at Mitucocha Lake at 13,944ft / 4250m. We arrive in the early afternoon with an opportunity to walk around the lake and get closer views of the surrounding Andes peaks. 5 hours.

Day 5: Mitucocha / Rondoy Valley
Leaving our camp we head towards Cacanampunta Pass at 15,584ft / 4750m. From this vantage point we will enjoy the spectacular view on the other side of the valley and we might have an opportunity to observe majestic condors flying above the pass.  We then descend down to our camp at Rondoy Valley (14,272ft / 4350m). 6 -7 hours.

Day 6: Rondoy Valley / Jahuacocha Lake
Today is a demanding day but well worth the energy for what you will personally capture this day in breathtaking majestic scenic views as we gradually ascend up through the Rondoy Valley. After ascending to the top of the Rondoy Pass at 15,584ft / 4750 m we then descend towards the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha on the way to our camp at the head of the lake at 13,287ft / 4050m.  6 to 7 hours.

Day 7: Jahuacocha Lake / Rest Day
We spend our last trek day on this circuit resting at Lake Jahuacocha. This is one of the special days for the pleasant and impressive landscape that surrounds and “wows” you by its awesome majestic beauty. There is an option to  do a half day trek to Paso Yaucha at 15,748ft / 4800m where we have a breathtaking view of the surrounding spiraling peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash or just chill-out resting at Jahuacocha camp.

Day 8: Jahuacocha / Llamac- Huaraz
With successfully completing our special version of this shortened Huayhuash trekking circuit, after breakfast we leave camp early for our return back to Llamac village. We’ll ascend a steady but gradual climb up to Punta Pampa Llamac at 14,108ft / 4300m and then, after a brief rest at this vantage point taking in the surrounding Andean ranges, we’ll descend down a steep gravelly trail to Llamac (10,827ft / 3300m).  In Llamac our private transportation awaits to transfer us back to Huaraz.

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