Alpamayo Circuit Trek

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Alpamayo Circuit Trek

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From $2,050USD

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Guesthouse / Camping

Guided

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Highlights

Experience the wonders of the Peruvian Andes on this 12-day guided Alpamayo Base Camp trek

Savour the awe-inspiring views of the peaks in Huascaran National Park.

Climb the moraine up to Alpamayo base camp.

Trek through Peru’s Cordillera Blanca on this guided Alpamayo trek.

Camp beside mountain lakes and see the snow-capped peaks reflected in the still, clear water.

The 12-Day Guided Alpamayo Circuit Trek in Peru is as every bit rewarding as it is challenging. Voted one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, this Alpamayo tour is jam-packed with world-class trekking and will put you to the test as you climb the moraine up to Alpamayo base camp.

Each day, your feet will carry you to new viewpoints, where the majestic peaks of the Cordillera Blanca are waiting to show off their snow-capped splendour. The valleys explored on the Alpamayo circuit are no less spectacular. Trek through the varied landscape of the Peruvian Andes and camp under the stars beside stunningly clear mountain lakes. It goes without saying that Alpamayo trekking will astound you at every turn.

Your guides will take care of all the details, so you can focus on enjoying the scenery. Trekking Alpamayo is a high-adrenaline experience, as you will spend most of your time at elevations above 4,000 m. For this reason, it’s a good idea to spend a few days hiking near Huaraz before the Alpamayo tour to acclimate to the altitude.

Experience the heart of the Andes mountains as you witness the might and majesty of the Alpamayo peak firsthand over 12 thrilling days. The Alpamayo Circuit Trek is an experience you will never forget.

Alpamayo Peak

The Alpamayo Peak has captivated trekkers for decades and is known as one of the most beautiful and majestic peaks in the Peruvian Andes Cordillera Blanca. With an elevation of 5,947 m (19,511 ft), trekking on this remote ice face, known for its pyramid-like shape, is a jaw-dropping experience.

The summit of Aplamayo was first reached by a German trekking team in 1951. Since then, several routes have been developed to explore this colossal mountain including the formidable climb to the summit and the impressive trek to its base camp.

Huayhuash vs Alpamayo Circuit

When comparing the Huayhuash vs Alpamayo Circuit treks there are plenty of similarities and differences that make each adventure an attractive option. Both are high altitude treks that will take you through the Andes Mountains, meaning acclimatization is critical. When choosing between the Huayhuash Circuit vs Alpamayo Circuit, the Alpamayo Circuit is often considered to be slightly less travelled, making it a good option if you want to get away from the crowds. Either way, you will be able to experience some of the most amazing mountain terrain that Peru has to offer.

Itinerary of Alpamayo Circuit Trek

Day 1 Arrival day in Huaraz

Arrive in Huaraz and check into your guesthouse. Enjoy exploring Huaraz on foot as you get used to the altitude. If you are coming from a lower elevation, it is strongly recommended to spend 2-3 days acclimatizing to the altitude, and you can book a 3-day acclimatization tour during the booking process, or you can plan your acclimatization before the trip on your own. The option acclimatization tour you can book takes you out to some of the most beautiful hikes around Huaraz. You can also arrange bus travel from Lima to Huaraz in the booking process.

Overnight Location
Morales Guesthouse, Huaraz
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Transfer to Vaqueria, Trek to Paria

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel in a van bound for Vaqueria (3,700m / 12,139 ft). As you pass through the Callejon de Huaylas, below the Cordillera Blanca, you will see many small towns, such as Tarica, Carhuaz, Mancos, and Yungay. From Yungay, you will head east on a dirt road for about 2.5 hours to the Llanganuco Lakes: Orgoncocha (“male lake”) and Chinancocha (“female lake”). Stop here to stretch your legs and take pictures of these beautiful lakes. The drive continues to the Portachuelo Llanganuco Pass (4,767 m / 15,640 ft) on an exciting road full of sharp turns and switchbacks, but also breathtaking panoramic views of some of the major peaks of the Cordillera Blanca: Chopicalqui, Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco, and Chacraraju. After 2 more hours of driving, the van ride ends in Vaqueria. Once in Vaqueria, transfer your luggage to the horseman and his pack animal, then hit the trail for the first leg of the hike. After hours in the car, the 4 hour hike through Huaripampa Valley will feel refreshing. End the day at Paria (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) and camp for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping at Paria (3,800 m)
Distance
4 hours, 100 m ascent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to Tuctu

After breakfast, a short 2.5 hour walk brings you to your next campsite at Tuctu (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). Set-up camp and then from the campsite, hike up to the Punta Union overlook (4,750 m / 15,584 ft) for a spectacular view of the Santa Cruz Valley and several stunning peaks, including Taulliraju, Rinrijirka, and Paria. Return to the campsite by the same trail. Visiting the Punta Union overlook takes about 4 hours of hiking, round trip.

Overnight Location
Camping at Tuctu (4,200m)
Distance
6.5 hours, 950 m ascent, 550 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Huecrococha Lake via Alto Pukahirka Pass

Today’s route on the Alpamayo Trek begins by with approximately 4 hours hiking up to the Alto Pukahirka Pass (4,725 m / 15,502 ft). Rest here and take pictures of the incredible mountainous view, including Puka Hirka, Taulliraju, Chacraraju, and Paria peaks. The trail continues down for about 3 hours to the shores of Huecrococha Lake (3,950 m / 12,959 ft) where you will camp for the night, savouring the views of the Cordillera Blanca.

Overnight Location
Camping at Huecrococha Lake (3,950 m)
Distance
7 hours, 525 m ascent, 775 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Jancapampa via Tupa Tupa Pass

Get ready for another great day trekking the Cordillera Blanca. From Huecrococha Lake follow the trail for 3.5 hours to reach yet another beautiful mountain pass, the stunning Tupa Tupa Pass (4,400 m / 14,436 ft). Enjoy spectacular views from the pass, and then continue walking down into the Jancapampa Valley where you will camp at the valley header at the base of the Puca Hirka peaks (3,700 m / 12,139 ft).

Overnight Location
Camping at Jancapampa (3,700 m)
Distance
5.5 hours, 450 m ascent, 700 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Huilca via Yanajanca Pass

Enjoy a day of varied scenery on the Alpamayo Circuit today, as you hike for about 3.5 hours from Jancapampa to the Yanajanca Pass (4,600 m / 15,088 ft). This pass offers amazing Cordillera Blanca views, and you’ll see Puca Hirka Mountain and the Jancapampa Valley. Rest here and take pictures before descending for about 3 hours to reach the campsite at near the village of Huilca (4,250 m / 13,943 ft).

Overnight Location
Camping at Huilca (4,250 m)
Distance
6.5 hours, 900 m ascent, 350 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Jancarurish via Mesapata Pass and Kara Kara Pass

Today’s hike takes you to two different passes so keep your camera ready for more breathtaking views of the Cordillera Blanca. First, hike up to the Mesapata Pass (4,600 m / 15,092 ft), then descend from this pass only to climb again up to the Kara Kara Pass (4,830 m / 15,846 ft), which is one of the highest passes on this tour. The Kara Kara Pass gives you an incredible view of Alpamayo Mountain, as well as Santa Cruz and Quitaraju mountains. After hiking for 5.5 hours, you’ll want to rest and take plenty of pictures before descending for about 1.5 hours to the next campsite at Jancarurish (4,200 m / 13,780 ft).

Overnight Location
Camping at Jancarurish (4,200 m)
Distance
7 hours, 580 m ascent, 630 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Day Off at Jancarurish or optional trek to Alpamayo Base Camp

Today is a day off to rest in the Jancarurish campsite. For those who wish to get closer to Alpamayo Mountain, there is an optional tour up to the ancient Alpamayo base camp. Alpamayo was rated the “Most Beautiful Mountain in the World” by the German magazine Alpinismus in 1966 based on a survey of climbers and photographers and it continues to be listed among the most beautiful mountains in the world. The climb to base camp is very steep and takes about 4 hours. Rest there and take pictures before returning to the campsite by the same steep trail.

Overnight Location
Camping at Jancarurish (4,200 m)
Distance
4 hours one-way (optional)
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Osoruri via Ventuna Pass

It’s another great day trekking the Alpamayo Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca. Hike up to the Ventuna Pass today (4,770 m / 15,640 ft) where you can see the Milhuacocha and Pilanco mountains as well as parts of two valleys, the Cedros and the Alpamayo. It takes about 4 hours to reach the pass, where you can stop and rest as you take in the spectacular views. From the pass, continue hiking down for about 2 hours until you reach the Osoruri campsite (4,500 m / 14,763 ft) where you will spend the night.

Overnight Location
Camping at Osoruri (4,500 m)
Distance
6 hours, 570 m ascent, 270 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Wishkash via Llampapashillun Pass

From the Osoruri campsite, hike today up to the highest pass of this Alpamayo tour, the Llampapashillum Pass (4,850 m / 15,912 ft). It takes about 4 hours of hiking to reach this pass. Continue your trek down to the beautiful Cullicocha Lake, at the base of Santa Cruz Mountain where you will certainly want to take a break and take photos. Finish the day with a 2.5 hour hike down to your last campsite of the tour at Wishkash (4,350 m / 14,272 ft).

Overnight Location
Camping at Wishkash (4,350 m)
Distance
6.5 hours, 350 m ascent, 500 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek to Huaylcayan then Transfer to Huaraz

Complete the Alpamayo Circuit tour today and return to civilization! Follow the trail from Wishkash as it zig-zags down to Hualcayan (3,250 m / 10,662 ft), which takes about 4.5 hours. In Hualcayan, a van will be waiting to take you back to Huaraz. The drive to Huaraz takes about 4 hours and you will eat lunch along the way. Once in Huaraz, you will transfer back to your hotel for a comfortable night’s rest.

Overnight Location
Morales Guesthouse, Huaraz
Distance
4.5 hours, 900 m descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Departure

Today you’ll depart Huaraz. Many guests take a bus back to Lima, though some stay on to complete another trek in the Huayhuash.

Overnight location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Prices for Guided Alpamayo Circuit Trek

This guided trekking tour to Cordillera Blanca is always run as a private tour for your group only and the pricing is based on the number of guests on your trip.

The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

    • Guided groups of 4: $2,050USD per person

    Please note that the pricing might change depending on the size of your group

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Accommodation on Alpamayo Circuit Trek

You will be staying in a guesthouse in Huarez at the start and end of this tour. In between, you will be pitching camp at various scenic spots along the Alpamayo trek. These camp sites are owned by the rural communities in the region and provide revenue for these local communities. Camping allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings around you, as well as enjoy staying on the trail itself along the way. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Morales Guest House

This pleasant hotel is located is a popular base pre and post-trekking. Located a 5-10 minute walk to the central plaza, this hotel has wonderful views of the Cordillera Blanca.

Night 2 - 10

Camping in Cordillera Blanca

You will be pitching camp at scenic spots along the Alpamayo Trek. Your campsites are owned by the rural communities in the Cordillera Blanca, and your staying there provides valuable revenue.

Morales Guest House

This pleasant hotel is located is a popular base pre and post-trekking. Located a 5-10 minute walk to the central plaza, this hotel has wonderful views of the Cordillera Blanca.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in Alpamayo Circuit and Base Camp Trek?

Meals

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Accommodations

Accommodations along the ten-day tour are included, as are accommodations in Huaraz before and after the trekking tour.

Transportation during the tour

Transfers from Huaraz to the trailhead at the start of the trekking tour and back to Huaraz at the end of the tour are included.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Hotel taxes and service charges in Huaraz
  • Camp cook
  • Horseman, pack animals, and emergency horse
  • Camping equipment for collective use (sleeping tents, kitchen tent, dinning tent, bathroom tent, mattress, table and chairs)
  • Kitchen Service (all the crockery)
  • Park fee entrances
  • First Aid Kit
  • Luggage portage using donkeys and/or horses
  • All logistics

Not Included

  • Anything not listed as included
  • Flights to Peru
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Any food or beverages not listed
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including any travel insurance, emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Travel, personal, and medical insurance
  • All transportation not included in tour:
    • Transfer to Huaraz from Lima. First class bus ticket (bed seat) from Lima to Huaraz: around $50USD per person and can be booked during the booking process
    • Transfer from the airport to the bus station in Lima: $25USD-$25USD per person, depending on group size.

Optional Extras

  • Additional night in Huaraz: $95USD per double room
  • 3 day, 2 Night pre-trip acclimatization hikes in Huaraz: $425USD per person

Frequenty Asked Questions about Alpamayo Circuit Trek

How hard is this tour?

This tour is rated as a 5 out of 5 for difficulty, largely due to the altitude of this circuit. Acclimatization to the altitude prior to the start of the tour is recommended.

Do I need a Visa?

Every country is different. It’s important to check with your country to see if they require a visa. You could also try this website, though it’s important that you verify with your government.

Are meals included?

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

How do I get to Huaraz to start this tour?

Most guests fly into Lima and then take a bus to Huaraz. You can add on the bus trip to Huaraz from Lima during the booking process.

Where does the tour end?

The trek ends in Huaylcayan, where you’ll get a transfer back to Huaraz. You can book a bus back to Lima during the booking process.

Are the tours in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Can I rent any gear?

There shouldn’t be any need to rent gear for this tour.

Do I need vaccines?

Check with your family doctor or a Travel Medical Clinic to confirm required immunizations or vaccines..

How will I be affected by the altitude?

The altitude on this trek ranges between 3300-5000 m. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. Consult a doctor before the trip regarding the risk of altitude sickness. Prescription medication is available to help minimize the symptoms.

What kind of tents do you use?

The tents used are 3 season, 3-person tents, however tents are only shared for 2-participants. The specific tent used is typically the Doite Cara Kailas.

Can I bring my own tent?

Yes you can bring your own tent, however you won’t save any money.

Should I tip a guide?

Yes, tips are optional and based on good service.

What should I bring with me?

Please try to travel as light as possible. Although you do not need to carry your luggage while walking, you will still need to carry it over short distances. Also, remember you unpack and repack on most nights.

  • 1 backpack with a capacity of 60 to 70 L (or a similarly sized duffel bag or travel bag)
  • 1 daypack
  • Sleeping bag (should be lightweight, rated to 0 degrees F., down or synthetic, and compressible)
  • 1 warm jacket or parka
  • 3 pairs of outdoor pants (jeans are not recommended as they are slow to dry)
  • Warm sweaters
  • Hiking socks (with optional liner socks) for walking
  • T-shirts, shirts, hats or caps
  • 1 set of long underwear
  • Quality hiking boots that are broken in.
  • Spare shoes for the evenings (optional)
  • 1 set of light rain gear such as a pant and jacket combination or a good poncho
  • Your own personal water bottle (at least 1 liter, preferably two bottles).
  • 1 pocketknife or hunting knife
  • 1 pair of sunglasses (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • A supply of sun blocker or sunscreen lotion and lip protection (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • Personal medications
  • Underwear, personal items, and toiletries
  • 1 pair of fleece lipants
  • 1 wool or fleece hat
  • Headlamp and Batteries (bring at least 2 spare sets)
  • 1 pair of gloves (wool or shell gore-tex)

Do I need insurance?

In order to participate in this tour, it is mandatory that you have Health and Medical travel insurance. Get your Travel Insurance.

When is the best time to travel to this region of Peru for trekking?

The recommended months to travel to Huaraz are from May to September. This period is cold but dry. You should avoid travelling to this region for trekking during the rainy season as the snow makes some of the high passes impassable.

Go2Andes is a family-operated tour operator whose owners were raised in a small Peruvian village called Llamac, located in the iconic Cordillera Huayhuash in the Andes.

Nearly all of Go2Andes’ guides are from the villages of the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash, and they use this deep familiarity to their advantage.

Go2Andes has led clients from over 30 different countries and they aim to become friends with each client before returning them home.

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Prices

From $2,050USD

Difficulty

Guesthouse / Camping

Guided

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

The Alpamayo Circuit Trek is rated as a 5 out of 5 for difficulty, largely due to the altitude of this circuit. Acclimatization to the altitude prior to the start of the tour is recommended.


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Huaraz, Peru

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