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ACTIVITY: Hiking, Trekking   DIFFICULTY: Hard/Challanging   DURATION: 16 days    ELEVATION: 3 800 m/4 850 m

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Cordillera Blanca – The Alpamayo Circuit

A wild trek around one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, Alpamayo

HIGHLIGHT

♦ One of the most spectacular trekking routes in Cordillera Blanca
♦ Meet the friendly Quechua communities of the Peruvian Andes
♦ Stunning campsites, snowy peaks, turquoise glacial lakes and good trails
♦ Ranked to be one of the most spectacular treks in the world
♦ Visit to base camp of the pyramidal peak, Alpamayo.

The Cordillera Blanca range is the highest Tropical Mountain Range in the world with its snow-fluted summits, knife-edge ridges, tumbling glaciers, blue mountain lakes and steep-sided valleys. After a short overnight stop in Lima, we follow the Pan-American Highway to the town of Huaraz – the paradise for those mountaineering people to, Huaraz provides a great base for our planned acclimatization hikes. Departing Huaraz, we take a short transfer to the start of our trek, where we will spend the next nine nights under canvas, supported by our experienced Andean trek crew. Crossing high passes, following ancient Andean-trails and passing through Quechuan-Indian communities, this is a superb trek, which provides a succession of simply stunning views of Mt Huascaran (6768m), Mt Taulliraju (5830m) and Mt Rinrijirca (5808m). The centerpiece of this trekking program is undoubtedly our visit to base camp of the pyramidal peak, Alpamayo (5947m). Ranked to be one of the most spectacular treks in the world, this high-level trail through the Peru’s Cordillera Blanca is likely to provide one of the most terrific of trekking experience holidays!.

BRIEF ITINERARY  View in full

DAY 1: Transfers from Lima Airport to Hotel / Lima Overnight
DAY 2: Drive north on the Pan American Highway to the mountain town of Huaraz / Hotel
DAY 3: Acclimatization hike to Willcacocha Lake Return to Huaraz / Hotel
DAY 4: Acclimatization hike to Churup Lake / Free afternoon for last minute shopping and relaxation / Hotel
DAY 5: Trek starts – Depart Huaraz to Vaqueria / Paria – Camp 1
DAY 6: Paria / Hike to Punta Union / Retur to Tuctubamba Campsite – Camp 2
DAY 7: Tuctubamba / Alto Pucaraju Pass / Laguna Huecrocochca – Camp 3
DAY 8: Huecrococha / Tupatupa Pass / Jancapampa – Camp 4
DAY 9: Jancapampa / Huillca Camp 5
DAY 10: Huillca /Moyobamba Pass / Cruze Alpamayo – Camp 6
DAY 11: REST DAY – Cruze Alpamayo – Camp 7
DAY 12: Cruze Alpamayo / Osoruri – Camp 8
DAY 13: Osoruri / Wishcash – Camp 9
DAY 14: Wishcash / Hualcayan – Return to Huaraz Hotel
DAY 15: Day bus to Lima / Hotel or Transfer to Airport

Why Inkaland Treks?

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1: Transfers from Lima Airport to Hotel / Lima Overnight
Arrive in Lima at any time.Our representative will be waiting for you at Lima airport with a customized sign with your name on it and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and rest up.
ACCOMODATION Hotel

Day 2: Drive north on the Pan American Highway to the mountain town of Huaraz / Hotel
After Breakfast at your hotel transfer to bus station then departure for the mountain town of Huaraz. Heading northwards up Peru’s Atlantic coastline, we follow the Pan American highway and turn eastwards, we drive from sea level to the Andes on a very good paved road up to Laguna Conococha (4100m)-,  in a little over 3 hours. Dropping down from the pass, we continue to drive onwards to Huaraz, and check into our hotel for the next three nights.
ACCOMODATION Hotel    MEALS B L

Day 3: Acclimatization hike to Willcacocha Lake Return to Huaraz / Hotel
After breakfast at your hotel taking a vehicle transfer, we cross the Santa River and arrive into the Cordillera Negra where we begin the first of our acclimatization walks with beautiful panoramic views of the Cordillera Blanca. We hike a straightforward trail to find our walking legs in preparation for the days ahead.
ACCOMODATION Hotel    MEALS B L    TIME 4 h trekking

Day 4: Acclimatization hike to Churup Lake / Free afternoon for last minute shopping and relaxation / Hotel
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast we drive up on the dirt road to the parking place at Pitec ( not a village , but a few farmhouses),along drive we pass through traditional village of Unchus and Llupa with its traditional adobe houses and reach farmlands, there is opportunity to see local quechua  people on their traditional clothes and working land with their hands. Then as we reach Pitec , after checking with the  Huascaran National Park range, start ascending following the path over the long ridge. After about 1 ½ you reach a steep an rocky part, to the left of the water fall. From there, you reach Lake Churup after a quite intimidating 45 minutes climb. This climb can be a challenge climb, to avoid this steep part, there is an option to climb more to the left where is a a kind of metal rope that helps to climb. Then as you arrive to the lake will be impressed for the beautiful view of the lake and landscape surrounded.
Spend time walking around lakeside, take pictures, relax and have box lunch enjoying the nature. Then return on the same way back to Pitec , where our private transportation waits to drive you back to Huaraz hotel.
The rest of the afternoon is free time to relax, purchase any last minute trekking supplies or visit the regional Ancash Musuem, housing Peru’s largest collection of ancient stone sculptures dating back to 1100 AD.
ACCOMODATION Hotel    MEALS B L    TIME 5 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 5: Trek starts – Depart Huaraz to Vaqueria / Paria – Camp 1
After breakfast at your hotel we pick you up with our private transportation and drive north from Huaraz along the Callejon de Huaylas passing traditional towns in the valley with astonishing views of the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Then we reach Yungay the town that was completely destroyed by an earthquake in the 1970’s from where we drive up on the dirt road through the beautiful Llanganuco Valley and one of the main entry points into the Huascaran National Park.  We continue up the valley passing the two Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha and Orconcocha) and the winding road up to the Portachuelo Pass (15 617ft / 4 760 m) with its amazing panoramic views of the white-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. At the top of the pass we’ll stop to take photos of the peaks of Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. Then drive down to Vaqueria (11 811 ft / 3 600 m) where our arrieros and donkeys wait to load our gear.  From Vaqueria we have a relaxing hike, leaving the road behind. We pass farmer’s plots with small houses and cattle herds.  We continue hiking on a gently gradually path to our first camp at Cachina camp (11 975 ft / 3 650 m).  5 hour drive and a 3 to 4 hours hike.
Option: This day there is an alternative to camp in Cachina or Paria. Chachina Camp site is just an hour before Paria campsite. Our Guide is flexible on this depends on our clients’ fitness.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L D    TIME 5 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 6: Paria / Hike to Punta Union / Retur to Tuctubamba Campsite – Camp 2
Today is a short gradual 4 hour hike up into Huaripampa Valley to our camp at Tuctubamba 12 959 ft / 3 950 m. You will have an alternative option for a side trip to hike up to the Punta Union Pass (15 584 ft / 4 750 m) where, if weather conditions are favorable, you’ll have amazing close-up views of the surrounding mountains and down into the Santa Cruz Valley.  Alternatively, we can hike straight to Tuctu camp below the looming figure of Mt. Taulliraju (19 120 ft / 5 829 m) and enjoy the afternoon relaxing for the next day (3 to 6 hours extra).
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L D    TIME 5 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 7: Tuctubamba / Alto Pucaraju Pass / Laguna Huecrocochca – Camp 3
After breakfast we are ready to reach our first Pass of the trek. From camp we have a slow ascent to the right of the valley where we climb steeply on a rocky switch back trail with the last section scrambling on rocks to the top of Alto de Pacaraju Pass 15 256 ft / 4 650 m from where we look at the panoramic scene behind us, we have astonishing views of Mt. Contrahierbas (19 798 ft / 6 036 m), Huascaran 22 204 ft / 6 768 m, Chopocalqui 20 846 ft / 6 354 m, and Taulliraju with the Punta Union Pass. With its trail that descends into the Santa Cruz Valley. We then descend slowly down through lupine covered hillside to our campsite at beautiful Laguna Huecrococha 12 959 ft / 3 950 m.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L D    TIME 7 – 8 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 8: Huecrococha / Tupatupa Pass / Jancapampa – Camp 4
Today we camp at Jancapampa where there is the opportunity to meet the local Quechua people still wearing their native traditional Andean colorful clothing. We might expect to see them at our camp offering to sell beer. As we cross a grassy slope we arrive at a bridge (13 366 ft / 4 100 m) from where one can see Mt. Pucahirca and its glacier. We’ll then cross and skirt a marshy pampa and then next pass Tupatupa 14 436 ft / 4 400 m.  From this vantage point we have a broad close-up view of Pucahirca Mountain and many other surrounding peaks. From here we then descend to camp at the head of a wide open valley at Jancapampa 11 811 ft / 3 600 m.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L D    TIME 5 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 9: Jancapampa / Huillca – Camp 5
Today is a long tough day. We start hiking on a long gradual ascent through the forested valley past grassy meadows to finally reach a scree slope and pass Laguna Sactaycocha, then climb steeply to the reach the top of the rocky narrow Yanajanca Pass 15 092 ft / 4 600 m. From this point we descend to Quebrada Yantu Quenua then continue to walk to the settlement of Huillca or Safuna in the Quebrada Tayapmapa 13 780 ft / 4 200 m. From our campsite, we ascend steeply through a sparse forest below the Yanajanca pass at 14,600 ft / 4 400 m with glacially polished cliffs on either side. Then from the narrow pass we descend to the settlement of Huillca at 13,400 ft / 3,600m where we camp.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L D    TIME 7 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 10: Huillca /Moyobamba Pass / Cruze Alpamayo – Camp 6
Another long day as we cross two passes. To reach the first Pass we climb gradually to Mesapata Pass at 14 643 ft /4 460 m, then we descend walking on nearly a flat area for about an hour before we climb to cross the second pass, Cara Cara (15 846 ft / 4 830 m) where at times it is windy and cold. From here we have the first views of the pyramid shaped Alpamayo and the impressive views of the neighboring peaks of Quitaraju and Santa Cruz. As we descend down from the Cara Cara Pass we have beautiful views of Laguna Jancarurish and the Quebrada Alpamayo as we approach our campsite at  Cruze Alpamayo just below the impressive Alpamayo peak 13 615 ft / 4 150 m. 7 – 8 hours.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L    TIME 7 – 8 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 11: REST DAY – Cruze Alpamayo – Camp 7
Today is an extra day on our program itinerary just to relax at Cruze Alpamayo enjoying the pyramid shape of the famous Alpamayo.  There is an option to do a short climb up the moraine to the lake Laguna Jancarurish for close up views of Alpamayo (2 ½ hours total). Or simply spend the day at camp just relaxing.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L D    TIME 5 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 12: Cruze Alpamayo / Osoruri – Camp 8
A tough long day. We start by walking on nearly flat easy gentle terrain for about 2 hours before we ascend on a well market trail towards Osoruri Pass at 15 584 ft / 4 750 m.  From the Osorui Pass we capture a magnificent view of the valley below with its rich farm land and the mountain view of Milluaraju as we descend to our next camp at Osoruri. 7 hours hike approximately.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L D    TIME 5 h trekking / 2 h Drive

Day 13: Osoruri / Wishcash – Camp 9
This day we start ascending gradually to the Paso Cullicocha Pass at 15 912 ft / 4 850 m, from where we have a magnificent view of the Santa Cruz peak. We then descend to our next camp the view of beautiful colored Laguna Cullicocha as the Santa Cruz Mountain comes into view. We stop here for a while at Laguna Cullicocha to enjoy lunch and take photos before we continue descending towards our Wishcash campsite. Overnight at the Wishcash campsite and during the afternoon you’ll enjoy views down the valley and of the Cordillera Negra Mountain range just in front camp.
ACCOMODATION Camping    MEALS B L    TIME 6 h trekking

Day 14: Wishcash / Hualcayan – Return to Huaraz Hotel
We do our last hike down to the village of Hualcayan. Descending on a on a long switch back trail you’ll enjoy views of the rich colorful farm land in the valley. As we reach Hualcayan our private transport awaits us to drive us back to Huaraz.
ACCOMODATION Hotel    MEALS B L    TIME 3 h trekking / 3 h Drive

Day 15: Day bus to Lima / Hotel or Transfer to Airport
Transfer from Hotel to Bus station. Today we make the 8hr drive back to Lima, arriving in the afternoon or evening.
ACCOMODATION Hotel    MEALS B L    TIME 8 h Drive

  • What's Included

    • An experienced English speaking local leader
    • Lima & Huaraz Airport/ Bus station / Hotel  transfers as described in the itinerary
    • Accommodation as described in the trip Itinerary
    • Meals as described in the meal plan – Itinerary
    • All land transport involved in the itinerary
    • Full service camping including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment & sleeping bag)

  • What's not Included

    • Travel insurance
    • Some meals as described in the meal plan
    • Tips for porters and other trek staff
    • Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs, etc

  • Meal Plan

    All breakfasts are included in cost of your package as are all lunches and dinners during the trekking phase of this trip. You will pay directly for a total of 5 or more dinners, plus any meals on day 1 of the land only itinerary (this will depend on your arrival time in Lima). From traditional Peruvian dishes, through to budget bites and fine cuisine you should allow approximately US$10 – 15 per meal.
  • Food

    On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European-style, during our trekking, climbing trips, we cater all fresh meals and will carefully pack and bring as much fresh meat, vegetables and fruits as we possibly can to accommodate our clients request. In addition to meat based meals.All purchased in Huaraz and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. We are pleased to cater to our vegetarian clients on request. It’s your personal trek so it’s your personal meal choice.
    In Lima and Huaraz there are a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.

    Typical Trekking Adventure Day Schedule
    On a typical trekking day we would wake our clients around 6:00 AM greeting them with a hot cup of tea or coffee and warm water and a face towel brought to your tent, a delicious breakfast served in the dining tent and then we begin our trekking day before 8:00 AM. Trekking is most pleasantly enjoyed before the heat of the late afternoon arrives. At our lunch stop around midday, we serve a cooked lunch. Arrival in camp is usually around 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM in time to enjoy a restful afternoon tea and then relax for a while as we ready the main meal of the day around 7:00 PM. When you arrive at your camp, your tents are already set-up by our hard-working support team of arrieros.
    We support our clients’ trekking trip by providing a UIAGM and CEAM professionally qualified English speaking guides, well-trained cooks, arrieros (donkey drivers), assistant guide and a rescue horse for large groups. All equipment is loaded onto our donkeys so that you only carry your light daypack containing sun scream, sunglasses, rain gear, camera, water and your snack. We provide the complementary high quality camping equipment comprised of roomy personal sleeping tents, large dining tent and food preparation/cooking tent a toilet tent and all cooking utensils.

    Health and Hygiene
    We make health and hygiene our top priority. During our treks we boil all drinking water and we provide our clients with an alcohol based hand washing solution before all meals. We take extreme care with respect to our food preparation process using disinfectant while washing vegetables and fruits. With an increasing number of trekkers on the more popular trekking circuits, camp hygiene and good judgment is vital so this is why we always provide a toilet tent for our clients use while at all our camps.

  • Transfer Arrangements

    Our representative in Lima operates all our transfer arrangements from Airport / hotel / bus station. They will hold a sing with your name and our Inkaland Treks and transfer you the place selected.
    Huaraz transfers, our base representatives will meet you at the bus station and take to your hotel – viceversa

  • Accommodation

    On arrival in Lima, you  will be transferred to a comfortable hotel in Lima. The following three nights will be spent a centrally located hotel in Huaraz. During the trek there will be 9 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it may be possible to pre-book single rooms and/or a single tent throughout the holiday. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.
    View gallery below for images of the style of accommodation and tents used.
  • Group Leader & Support Staff

    On this trip, a first-rate, English-speaking local guide will accompany throughout the group In addition while a full crew of camp staff, porters and mules will support trekking the group.

    View our Group Leaders

  • Spending Money

    We estimate that $500 will be sufficient for your personal spending including the above non-included meals, and for tips to drivers, trek crew and local guides, and other incidental expenses such as refreshments. If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Peruvian Sols) prior to travel. You can also use your credit card to get cash from cash machines at the banks in Lima and Huaraz Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Lima and Huaraz. If you are bringing your travel money with you, we recommend that you bring this in the form of US dollars in cash. Please be aware that it is more difficult to change money (especially travellers cheques) in Huaraz.

  • Guidance on Tipping

    Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 5 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 5 or 7 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £  to a group tipping pool.

  • Free Inkaland Treks Gift

    We give you a gift as a way to thank all our clients who book a INKALAND TREKS trip. Choose from IT T-shirts, buffs, IT trek bags* (where applicable) plus many more.

    * A free KE trek bag is available on this holiday.

  • Baggage Allowance

    While trekking you will only need to carry what you might use during trekking day such as by example; rain gear, spare sweater, camera etc. Elsewhere, the majority of your personal trekking gear will be carried by our donkeys and should not weigh more than 15 kg. so plan to bring a durable, large trek bag to store your personal items during the day and at night in camp, your gear will be with you in your tent.
    You can leave some items in your hotel that you will not need while on your trek. A secure lockable bag is recommended if you are leaving valuable items at the hotel.

  • Group Size & Trip Status

    For each trek expedition there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run’. You can check the trip status for each departure in. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

  • Equipment List

    The checklist bellow should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your kit bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

    YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

    • Hiking boots
    • Socks
    • Trekking trousers
    • Waterproof over-trousers
    • Underwear
    • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
    • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Warm jacket (down)
    • Sunhat
    • Warm hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Lightweight thermal gloves
    • Warmer gloves or mittens
    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -20°C) (Sleeping mattresses are provided locally)
    • Daypack 30 – 40 litres
    • Headtorch and spare batteries
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Travel towel
    • Selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)
    • Small padlock

    THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:

    • Trainers or similar for travelling and camp use
    • Spare laces
    • Gaiters
    • Shorts
    • Thermal baselayer – leggings
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel clothes
    • Trekking poles
    • Insect repellant (DEET)
    • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
    • Camera

    NOTES
    *Available for hire/rental through our office at Inkaland  Treks

  • Passport & Visas

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

    VISA PERU
    UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. When passing through immigration you will need to request a copy of your TAM Migration form. You will need to retain this document and keep it safe, as you will be asked to produce it before you depart Peru.

    TRANSIT VIA USA
    You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa rather than the Visa Waiver Programme.

    NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA

    TRANSIT VIA CANADA
    As of 2016, all citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

  • Health & Vaccinations

    You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that transmit ZIKV are unlikely to be found above 2,000m altitude. For more information, visit the website of the National Travel Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk

    Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

  • Electricity Supply & Plug

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

  • Preparing for your Holiday

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more because of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in your city.

  • Travel Aware

    At Inkaland Treks we treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organize. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.

  • Climate

    Our trekking adventure trips in the Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash and Cuzco areas take place in Peru’s dry season (May – September). While our weather is generally dry and very stable, this does not mean that it won’t rain. The most common daily weather pattern is a clear bright morning sky followed in the afternoon with some puffy cumulus clouds and then it is usually clear again by evening. Daily temperatures vary greatly so pack appropriately. During the hottest part of the day and in the sun, temperatures between 12 and 23°C above c. 3500 meters. During this season, the nighttime temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps, we might experience nighttime temperatures as low as -5°C. Even though this is winter, Lima is only 12 degrees south of the equator, and the daytime temperatures in the capital will be 20 to 25°C, with quite cool nights.

  • Altitude

    This Adventure trip involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip, you will be spending at least one night above 4000 meters and/or trekking to 5000 meters or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this trip, you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website. For all our expeditions, we carry a portable bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

  • Books

    • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. Kate Harper and Val Pitkethly.
    • Flight of the Condor. Michael Andrews.
    • The Conquest of the Incas. John Hemming (MacMillan)
    • Peru – the Rough Guide. Dilwyn Jenkins.
    • The Andes – Time Life Books.
    • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.
    • The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.
    • Latin America Spanish Phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

In our section “Join a Group” you will located an ideal offer for those clients that are seeking to join on with a confirmed trip. This “Join a Group” option can help clients to reduce costs. As soon as there is a group confirmed, and the group is seeking to find a additional members to add to their group, we will advertise in our section “Join a Group” to attempt to attract someone interested to join a trip program.

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