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Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

11 days

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Admire rugged snow-capped peaks on this 11-day guided trek in the Peruvian Andes

Experience the majesty of the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain chain in the Peruvian Andes on this magical Cordillera Huayhuash trek. This trek is a bit shorter than the complete Huayhuash Circuit, however, this is a popular itinerary for those who have 2 weeks to get to Peru and complete the incredible Huayhuash Trek. This is a wonderful trip that has you trekking the majority of the Classic Huayhuash Circuit.

This Huayhuash trek takes you over breathtaking mountain passes, through lovely river valleys, and along the shores of crystal clear mountain lakes. Each day brings you deeper into the Cordillera Huayhuash to experience this impressive region up close.

Along this guided Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, you will have the opportunity to camp in beautiful settings and enjoy delicious meals, including a celebration meal on the last day. This guided trekking tour starts in Huaraz, Peru, and allows you to experience the true heart of the Andes in the renowned Cordillera Huayhuash.

Since most of this tour is above 4,000m in elevation, it is important to spend a few days prior to the Huayhuash trek getting acclimated to the altitude. A 3-4 day acclimatization hike in the vicinity of Huaraz is strongly recommended.

If you’re interested in a short version of the Huayhuash tour, check out the Short Huayhuash Tour.

If you want to do the complete trail, check out the Huayhuash Circuit.

Highlights of the Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Trek to some of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Cordillera Huayhuash.
Camp beside clear mountain lakes and watch how they reflect the stars at night.
Marvel at the stunning, jagged peaks during your Cordillera Huayhuash Trek.
Experience the varied landscape of the Peruvian Andes.

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From $1,250USD
11 days
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Cordillera Huayhuash Trek Itinerary

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: Guesthouse in Huaraz
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Transfer to Cuartelwain

A private van will pick you up at your hotel around 8:30 AM to take you to Cuartelwain (4,150 m / 13,615 ft) for your first night camping. The drive takes about 5 hours and you will have lunch along the way.
Overnight Location: Camping at Cuartelwain (4,150m)
Distance: 5 hours driving
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to Mitucocha via Qaqanan Pass

Your first day of trekking in the Huayhuash begins after breakfast, with a 3-hour hike up to Qaganan Pass (4,700 m / 15,420 ft). Continue walking down the eastern side of the Cordillera Huayhuash for about 2 hours and you will reach Mitucocha Lake (4,250 m / 13,944 ft). Spend a beautiful night camped on the shores of Mitucocha Lake in the shadow of the Hirishanca and Rondoy mountains.
Overnight Location: Camping at Mitucocha Lake (4,250m)
Distance: 5 hours, 550 m ascent / 450 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Carhuacocha via Carhuac Pass

After breakfast, get back on the trail and hike about 2.5 hours to Carhuac Pass (4,650 m / 15,256 ft). This overlook offers amazing views of the Yerupaja Chico, Yerupaja and Siula mountains. After a pause to rest and enjoy the view, continue walking for about 2 hours down to Carhuacocha Lake (4,150 m / 13, 615 ft) where you will once again camp for the night on the shores of a spectacular mountain lake.
Overnight Location: Camping at Carhuacocha Lake (4,150m)
Distance: 4.5 hours, 400 m ascent / 500 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Huayhuash via Siula Pass

Get an early start today for a long, 4-hour climb up to Siula Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). While a tough climb, this is classic Cordillera Huayhuash trekking. Leave the beauty of Carhuacocha Lake behind you, knowing you will visit three more lakes today: Qanrajancacocha, Siulacocha and Quesillococha. As you hike, admire the stunning Hirishanca chico, Yerupaja and Siula mountains along the whole way. From the pass, you will have an even better view of Siula Mountain and the snow-capped peaks on the eastern side of the Cordillera Huayhuash. This is a great place to take a break and photograph the view before the 3-hour trek down to the Huayhuash campsite (4,300 m / 14,108 ft).
Overnight Location: Camping at Huayhuash (4,300m)
Distance: 7 hours, 650 m ascent / 500 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Guanacpatay via Trapecio Pass

Reach new heights today as you trek for 3 hours up to the Trapecio Pass (5,000 m / 16,404 ft). The panoramic vistas of Cuyoc and Puscaturpa peaks as well as the southern side of the Cordillera Huayhuash will take your breath away. The trail continues down through the beautiful Guanacpatay Valley, where you will camp for the night (4,400 m / 14,435 ft).
Overnight Location: Camping at Guanacpatay Valley (4,400m)
Distance: 6 hours, 700 m ascent, 600 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Cutatambo via Santa Antonio Pass

Today is another great day on your guided trekking tour in the Huayhuash. Start this day with a 2.5 hour hike up to the San Antonio Overlook point (4,850 m / 15,912 ft). From this unique pass, you will have an amazing view of four amazing mountains: Camicero, Jurao, Siula Grande, and Yerupaja, plus two spectacular lakes: Jurao and Siulacocha. Take some time to rest and take in the overwhelming view before continuing the hike. You will come down to the next campsite, at Cutatambo Valley (4,250 m / 13,944 ft) after about two hours for a well-earned dinner and night of rest.
Overnight Location: Camping at Cutatambo Valley (4,250m)
Distance: 4.5 hours, 450 m ascent, 600 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to Watiaq via Huayllapa

After breakfast, follow the trail down to Huayllapa Village (3,600 m / 11,811 ft), which is the only village you will visit on this tour. The hike there takes about 3 hours, then you can pause there to experience this traditional village nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. From there, the trail climbs for 3 more hours, up to the Watiaq campsite (4,600 m / 15,088 ft).
Overnight Location: Camping at Watiaq (4,600m)
Distance: 6 hours, 1,000 m ascent, 650 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to Qashpapampa via Tapush Pass then onto Jahuacocha via Yahucha Pass

This is a day full of spectacular ups and downs on the Huayhuash Trek. You will climb two different passes today. Begin the day with a 2-hour trek up to the Tapush Pass (4,850 / 15,912 ft). This overlook offers you a view of Tuco Mountain, which is part of the Cordillera Blanca. From there, hike down for about 1.5 hours to Qashpapampa (4,500 m / 14,764 ft) at the base of the Diablo Mudo mountain. The trail then leads up again for 2 hours to the Yahucha Pass (4,750 m / 15,584 ft). This viewpoint looks out on the western side of the Cordillera Huayhuash, where you will see the snow-capped peaks of Ninashanca, Hirishanca, Yerupaja Chico, Rasac, and Yerupaja, which is the second tallest peak in Peru (6,634 m / 21,765 ft). As you enjoy the view, rest well to prepare for the last leg of today’s hike, which is 2.5 hours through the Huacrish Valley. When you reach Jahuacocha Lake (4,070 m / 13, 353 ft) you will camp for the night with a spectacular mountain view.
Overnight Location: Camping at Jahuacocha Lake (4,070m)
Distance: 7.5 hours, 500 m ascent, 1,030 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Llamac via Pampa Llamac Pass and then transfer to Huaraz

On this last day trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash, hike up for 3 hours to Pampa Llamac Pass (4,300 m / 14,108 ft) for one last close-up view of the mountains on the western side of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Pause to appreciate this final viewpoint, then hike down for 2 hours to the village of Llamac (3,300 m / 10,827 ft). Enjoy a celebration meal in Llamac before returning by van to Huaraz. You should reach the city around 6:00PM.
Overnight Location: Morales Guesthouse, Huaraz
Distance: 5 hours, 230 m ascent, 1,000 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 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

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Dates and prices of the Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Pricing for the Cordillera Huayhuash guided trekking tour in Peru is based on the number of guests on your trip. The best time to travel to the Peruvian Andes for Huayhuash Classic Circuit tour is typically from April through September.

Prices of Custom Guided Huayhuash Circuit

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. This route can also be altered depending on your group capabilities.

  • Guided group of 1: $3,200 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 2: $1,850 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 3: $1,575 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4-7: $1,450 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8-12: $1,250 USD per person
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Accommodation on Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

You will be staying in a hotel in Huaraz at the start and end of this tour. In between, you will be pitching camp at various scenic spots along the Cordillera Huayhuash Trek. These campsites 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.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a $100 USD supplement to have a private room in a hotel. In some cases, we can also get triple rooms for groups.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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 2-9

Camping in Cordillera Huayhuash

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 the Cordillera Huayhuash Trek?

Meals

10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

Accommodations

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

Transportation during the Cordillera Huayhuash tour

This Huayhuash tour includes transportation at the beginning and end of the trek to and from Huaraz. You can also arrange transport from Lima to Huaraz (8 hour bus trip) during the booking process.

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)
  • Celebration Meal
  • Park fee entrances
  • First Aid Kit
  • Luggage porterage using donkeys and/or horses
  • All logistics

Not included

  • Anything not listed as included
  • Flights to Peru
  • Transit to Huarez. First class bus ticket (bed seat) from Lima to Huaraz: $30 USD per person.
  • Transfer from the airport to the bus station in Lima: $9 USD-$15 USD per person, depending on group size.
  • 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

Optional Extras

  • Bus Transfer from Lima: $30 USD per Person
  • 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 Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

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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Cordillera Huayhuash Trek Map

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Is this tour for me?

This tour is rated as a 5 out of 5 for difficulty, largely due to trekking for multiple days at an altitude above 4,000 m. Acclimatization to the altitude prior to the start of the tour is recommended and can be booked during the booking process.

Local Guide

Christian, Go2Andes
Christian
Huaraz, Peru

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