Huayhuash Abbreviated Version

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Trekking Huayhuash Abbreviated Version

ACTIVITY: Hiking, Trekking     DIFFICULTY:  Medium     DURATION: 4D/3N     ELEVATION: 2 900 m / 4 750 m

Trip Overview


One of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca
♦ Complete the Remoute Huayhuash Trekking Circuit in 9 days

♦ Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the classic trekking circuits of the world
♦ Each day on the trek, hikers are treated to breathtaking views
♦ There are 8 passes to ascend with the highest being 5 000 m / 16 404 ft

The full circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the classic trekking circuits of the world. Inkaland Treks offers this new 9 days abbreviated trekking version of our classic 12 day complete Huayhuash circuit. With this trek we offer a complete circuit of the majestic Cordillera Huayhuash range, making the same circuit as our 12 day trek but in a condensed timeframe. To complete this abbreviated trekking program, we delete the 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.
The Santa Cruz circuit can be accomplished in either a 4 day and 3 night trek or, if you choose, can be modified to be 5 days and 4 nights by either adding in a rest day “chillin out” and taking in the sights at the relaxing and breath taking grassy pasture of Taullipampa camp at 13,944 ft / 4250m couldn’t be a more perfect resting place with an option of half day hike up to the base camp of Alpamayo, considered by most mountaineers to be the world’s most beautiful mountain.

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 9 days to 11 days.

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 / Huanacpatay
Day 7: Huanacpatay / Huatiac
Day 8: Huatiac / Jahuacocha
Day 9: 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 4180m/13,714ft 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 4080m/13,386ft 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 4650 m/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 4150m/13,615ft.  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 4600m/15,092ft or the more challenging alternative by ascending the Siula Pass at 4800m/15,748ft. 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 4300m/14,108ft.  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/15,584ft.  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 4400m/14,436ft 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 / Huanacpatay
Today is a long and 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 hike along the valley to camp at Huanacpatay at 4300m/14,108ft. 7 – 8 hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner.

Day 7: Huanacpatay / Huatiac
We hike down the valley to the village of Huayllapa then start a steep ascent up to Huatiac. Today’s hike begins with an easy gentle descent along the valley before beginning a steep climb up towards camp. The hike is made more challenging because of the midday sun on us as we ascend. Overnight at a grassy area (pampa) at Huatiac camp 4 350 m / 14 272 ft.  6-7 hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 8: 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 mountains surrounding Jauacocha Lake.7 – 8 hours walk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner. 

Day 9: Jahuacocha / Llamac Village
We’ll complete our 9 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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