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Cordillera Huayhuash Mini Trek 6 Days


This Huayhuash 6 day mini trek is considered a special short version of our classic Huayhuash Mini trek circuit. In 6 days this adventure trekking program takes you through the heart to the remote Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range combined with a visit to the Huanuco Pampa archeological complex.

Trek Program:
Timing: 6 days/5 nights
Grade: Medium

Day 1: Huaraz – Huanuco Pampa
Day 2: Huanuco Pampa – Carhuacocha
Day 3: Carhuacocha – Mitucocha
Day 4: Mitucocha – Rondoy  Valley
Day 5. Rondoy  Valley – Jahuacocha
Day6: Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz / Huanuco Pampa
After breakfast in your Huaraz hotel we pick you up in our private transportation and drive south to Huanuco Pampa. During our drive to Huanuco Pampa you’ll pass traditional Andean towns with typical Quechua homes and rich farm land. You’ll have great views towards the east of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range and towards the west you’ll see the Cordillera Negra mountain range.  We’ll continue our drive up to Conococha Lake (Cocha is Quechua meaning lake) at 4080m/13,386ft then continue on the road up to Huanuco Pampa. Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll visit and explore the Huanuco Pampa archeological site.  Overnight   6 hours drive
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner

Day 2: Huanuco Pampa /Carhuacocha
Today we’ll start early and continue driving to Queropalca village where our donkey drivers and donkeys awaits us to load our equipment. We begin our hike on a gradual ascent up along the open valley passing close to Andean farm lands, meet the local high mountain Quechua people and enjoy a tremendous view of the mountains of Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca that  come into view as we reach Carhuacocha 4150m/13,615ft. This lake is one of the most beautiful aqua-blue colored lakes in the Cordillera Huayhuash. We’ll camp overnight beside Carhuacocha Lake.  3 hours drive/4 hours hike
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner

Day 3: Carhuacocha / Mitucocha
On our third day we reach the first pass of our trek named Carhuac Pass 4650m/15,256ft.  The ascent is a constant one on a gradual climb up for approximately 3 hours from where you’ll have the first view of the beautifully stunning peaks of Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca. From this vantage point, we’ll descend to our next campsite at Mitucocha Lake at 4250m/13,944ft.  Here we will camp overnight beside this lake enjoying a stunning view of Rondoy, Mitaraju and Ninashanca peaks. Afternoon walk around the lake or you may choose just to rest.  5 hour hike.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner

Day 4: Mitucocha / Rondoy Valley
Today we ascend again to the Punta Cacanan Pass at 4700m/15,420ft where we again enjoy panoramic views of the valley. There are two options to reach the pass and it depends on the hikers’ level of fitness on which option they and the group may choose.
Option one is hiking on a normal trail that leads us along the valley then includes a gradual climb up to reach the pass. Option two represents a steep climb up on a lesser used, steeper trail. With option 2, as we gain increased altitude there are astonishing panoramic views of the surrounding Andean mountains. Option 2 is a challenging hike but well worth it because of the stunning mountain views. Fewer trekkers choose this alternative route but we offer you both options.
From the pass we descend to Cuartelhuain 4180m/13,714ft then continue hiking down the valley to reach the Rondoy Valley. We’ll camp overnight at the entrance of the Rondoy Valley. 6-7 hours hike.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner

Day 5: Rondoy Valley / Jahuacocha
On day 5 of our trek, we ascend another steep climb up the Rondoy Valley towards the Rondoy Pass 4750m/15,541ft. During today’s hike, we pass through a lot of lupines and as we gain altitude we see the impressive view of Rondoy Peak. After a 3-4 hour hike, we reach the Rondoy Pass at 4700m/15,420ft. From this point we continue hiking to reach the second pass, Sambuya, at 5659m. From this vantage point you will have astonishing, dramatic views of the surrounding mountains with Solteracocha Lake, a beautiful aqua blue colored glacier lake just below. From here we descend to our final campsite at Jahuacocha Lake 4050m/13,615ft which is a beautiful large lake sitting in the Jahuacocha valley with the impressive views of Rondoy, Jirishanca, El Toro and Yerupaja as a backdrop and truly, along with the Carhuacocha camp site, one of the most impressive camp sites in the Peruvian Andeans.  6-7 hours hike.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner

Day 6: Jahuacocha / Llamac /Huaraz
We’ll complete our 6 day mini trek by hiking down the Jauacocha Valley for approximately 45 minutes and then ascend up to the Llamac Pampa at 4300m/14,108ft with its great close up view of the Huayhuash Mountain range as a back drop. After resting here and enjoying the close views of the peaks and taking some great panoramic photos, we’ll then make a long descent to the village of Llamac where our private transport will be waiting to take you back to your Huaraz hotel.   5 hours hike & 5 hours drive
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack and Lunch.

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