Huayhuash Breathtaking Views - 10 Days

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Huayhuash Breathtaking Views – 10 Days

ACTIVITY: Hiking, Trekking     DIFFICULTY: Hard/Challanging    DURATION: 10D/9N   ELEVATION: 4150m/5000m

Trip Overview


 Superb high-level Andean trekking holiday
♦ Experience indigenous Quechua Indian culture
♦ Off the beaten track trekking holiday in Peru
♦ Cross the eight high passes,- challenging work but breathtaking views  
♦ Close up view of Siula Base Camp – Well-known by Joe Simpson

The circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the classic trekking circuits of the world. Inkaland Treks offers this new 10 days abbreviated trekking version of our classic 12 day complete Huayhuash circuit. With this trek named Huayhuash Breathtaking Views because of the stoning and dramatic views offered just a condensed time frame. To complete this abbreviated trekking program, we delete two of rest days and we start at Cuartelhuain 4180m/13,714ft. Each day on the trek, hikers are treated to breathtaking views of spiraling high snowcapped peaks, glaciers and aqua-blue trout filled mountain lakes. There are 8 passes to ascend with the highest being 5000m/16,404ft. Although not difficult, the length of the trek, the number of nights sleeping above 4000m/13,123ft and the number of high passes to cross rates this adventure trek as a grade hard.
Completing circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash you will experience the great view from Santa Rosa Pass from where we have a close up views of Siula Mountain ad the valey where took place the film of the popular docudrama TOUCHING THE AVOID by Joe Simpsom.

Is this Trekking for you?
We recommend that you are have a good level of physical fitness and are well acclimatized before committing to this awesome mini-trek adventure in the Peruvian Andes. We also can offer options to expand this trek from 10 days to 11 days. The circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash

Day A: Suggested Acclimatiaztion Hike ( Churup Lake Or Rajucolta)
Day B: Suggested Acclimatiaztion Hike (Lake 69 & Llanganuco  Lakes)
Day 1: Huaraz / Cuartelhuain 
Day 2: Cuartelhuain / Mitucocha
Day 3: Mitucocha / Carhuacocha
Day 4: Carhuacocha / Huayhuash
Day 5. Huayhuash / Viconga
Day 6: Viconga / Elefante
Day 7: Elefante/ Cutatambo
Day 8: Cutatambo/ Huatiac
Day 9: Huatiac / Jahuacocha
Day 10: Jahuacocha / Llamac / Huaraz

Why Inkaland Treks?

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz / Cuartelhuain
After breakfast at your hotel we pick you up and drive south to Cuartelhuain at 4 180 m /13 714 ft where we set up camp. During our drive to Cuartelhuain 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 at 4 080 m / 13 386 ft then drive down to Cuartelhuain. 6 hour drive.
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner 

Day 2: Cuartelhuain / Mitucocha
An early start today as we begin our ascent up the Punta Cacanan Pass at 4700m/15,420ft. From the top of the pass you can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley before descending to our second camp at Mitucocha Lake. There are two options to reach camp. One is the normal longer trail or the alternative trail with a steep descent but great views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight at Mitucocha at 4250m/13,944ft.  6 – 7 hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 3: Mitucocha / Carhuacocha
This day we reach the Carhuac Pass at 4650m/15,256ft as you ascend constantly on a gentle climb up for approximately 3 hours from where you 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 Carhuacocha Lake at 4 150 m / 13 615 ft. We’ll camp beside this large beautiful lake and enjoy the views of Yerupaja, Siula Grande, Jirishanca peaks. During the afternoon you can elect to rest or just walk around this beautiful Lake.  5-6 hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 4: Carhuacocha / Huayhuash
There are two optional approaches to our next camp at Huayhuash. We can take the normal trail to ascend the Carnicero Pass at 4 600 m / 15 092 ft or the more challenging alternative by ascending the Siula Pass at 4 800 m /15 748 ft. While this second alternative is more demanding, it is truly rewarding because of the surrounding panoramic views. We descend passing close to Carnicero Lake then camp at Huayhuash 4 300 m / 14 108 ft.  6-7 hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 5: Huayhuash / Viconga
Today we’ll have a gradual climb for approximately 3 hours ascending up towards the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass at 4 750 m / 15 584 ft. From this beautiful vantage point we’ll then descend along the valley as we pass next to grazing llama and sheep then walk beside the large Viconga Lake then just a short climb up to reach Viconga thermal bath at 4 400 m / 14 436 ft where we set up our tents. You can spend the afternoon taking a thermal bath at the hot springs or just relax at camp.  5 – 6 hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 6: Viconga/ Elefante
Today is challenging day as we ascend the highest pass on the trek, Cuyoc Pass at 5000m/16,404ft.  We’ll ascend up the trail to reach the pass and enjoy the marvelous views of the surrounding high mountains before descending down over a rocky section then camp at Elefane at 4 600 m 5- hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 7: Elefante / Pasa Santa Rosa / Cutatambo
A demanding climb up to the  Pass Cerro Antonio (4 788 m). From the pass we have the most stunning views of the trek, we can see Siula Grande Base Camp and Siula glacier and several small jewel blue lakes.  The descent is steep at times and we traverse above Laguna Jurao to camp in the Quebrada Calinca at Cutatambo 4100m 5 to 6 hours. A demanding but fantastic days hiking.
Meals Include: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 8: Cutatambo / Huatiac
Follow down the valley Quebrada Calinca to the large mountain village of Huallapa. In the afternoon we need to climb through a steep sided valley to a high camp in the pasture at Huatiac. Overnight at a grassy area (pampa) at Huatiac camp 4 35 m / 14 272 ft.  7 hours walk.
Meals Include: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 9: Huatiac / Jahuacocha
Today we cross two passes. Initially we hike up the trail to reach the first pass Punta Tapush at 4 750 m / 15 584 ft then make a short descent before again starting our next climb up to reach the second pass of Punta Yaucha at 4 800 m /15 748 ft.  It is certainly a challenging experience to reach the second pass as you ascend up on a switch back trail which is rocky in areas as we approach and reach the Yaucha Pass. The efforts to reach this dramatic vantage point are well worth it for the magnificent views of the surrounding high peaks are truly impressive. We descend down through lupines along the valley to our final camp at Jahuacocha Lake at 4 150 m / 13 615 ft. We’ll camp overnight beside the lake enjoying the views of the majestic peaks surrounding Jauacocha Lake. 8 hours hike.
Meals Include: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 10: Jahuacocha / Llamac Village
We’ll complete our 10 day trek today by hiking down the Jauacocha Valley for about 45 minutes and then ascend up to the Llamac Pampa at 4 300 m / 14 108 ft 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 Llamac village 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, & Lunch.

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