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Alpamayo Trek

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Highlights

Experience the majesty and wonder of Peru’s Alpamayo region on this guided 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.

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This 10-day guided Alpamayo trek takes you around the complete Alpamayo Circuit. Enjoy days spent trekking around the base of Alpamayo, voted one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, and includes the opportunity to make the trek to 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 are no less spectacular as your guided trek takes you through the varied landscape of the Peruvian Andes, giving you opportunities to camp under the stars beside stunningly clear mountain lakes. The Alpamayo guided trek will astound you at every turn.

Your guides will take care of all the details, so you can focus on enjoying the scenery. On the Alpamayo trek, you will spend most of your time at elevations above 4,000 m so be sure to spend a few days hiking near Huaraz before the tour to acclimate to the altitude. We recommend adding a 3d, 2n acclimatization hiking tour before starting on the Alpamayo trek.

This guided trek around Alpamayo gives you the opportunity to experience the heart of the Andes mountains in the captivating Huascaran National Park. Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca is an experience you will never forget.

Horses on Alpamayo trek in Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Itinerary of Alpamayo 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 Trek

Pricing for this guided trekking tour is based on the number of guests on your trip. The best time to travel to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca for this trek is April through September.

Prices for custom guided Alpamayo Trek

This trekking tour is always run as a custom tour for you and your group. Please contact us with your preferred starting date and group size so we can help you make incredible memories on this private group tour. Prices are based on the number of travelers in your group.

  • Guided groups of 1: $3,650 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 2: $1,995 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 3: $1,795 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4-7: $1,600 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8-12: $1,400 USD per person
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Accommodation on Alpamayo 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.

What’s included in Alpamayo 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 $30 USD per person and can be booked during the booking process
    • Transfer from the airport to the bus station in Lima: $9 USD-$15 USD per person, depending on group size.

Optional Extras

  • Additional night in Huaraz: $85 USD per double room
  • 3 day, 2 Night pre-trip acclimatization hikes in Huaraz: $400 USD per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Alpamayo Trek

Go2Andes is a local Huarez adventure tour company specializing in adventure tours, specifically trekking, in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash.

Is this tour for me?

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.

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