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A Taste of the Huayhuash Trek

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Highlights

Get a taste of the Cordillera Huayhuash region on this short Huayhuash guided trek.

Hike to overlooks for breathtaking mountain views of the Cordillera Huayhuash.
Camp beside the beautiful Jahuacocha Lake and see the night sky reflected in the lake.
Experience the rich and varied culture and landscape of the Peruvian Andes.
Fish for trout in the clear waters of Jahuacocha Lake with a stunning mountain backdrop.

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From $650USD
6 days / 5 nights
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Get a taste of the majesty of the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain chain in the Peruvian Andes on this trek in the Huayhuash. Locally known as Ichik Huayhuash, “Ichik” means short, and this short trek is the perfect introduction to hiking in the Cordillera Huayhuash.

This is the perfect trek for people who want to spend about a week trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash, and we recommend guests pair this trek with a 3-day hiking tour based in Huaraz to see more of the stunning Peruvian Andes while also allowing them to acclimatize to the elevation.

This guided Huayhuash trek takes you to breathtaking mountain passes and along the shores of crystal clear mountain lakes. You are sure to love the Cordillera Huayhuash region when you get this close to its majestic peaks.

Along this guided Ichik Huayhuash trek, you will have the opportunity to camp in beautiful settings and enjoy delicious meals. The tour starts and end in Huaraz, with 4 days of this tour in the Cordillera Huayhuash.

Since most of this tour is above 4,000m in elevation, it is important to spend a few days prior to the Ichik Huayhuash trek getting acclimated to the altitude. A 3-4 day acclimatization hike in the vicinity of Huaraz is strongly recommended, making an incredible 8d / 7n tour of the Cordillera Huayhuash. You can add the acclimatization hikes onto your existing tour during the booking process

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A Taste of the Huayhuash 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 a bus travel from Lima to Huaraz in the booking process.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Huaraz
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Drive to Llámac and hike to Pampa Llámac

Meet the van at your hotel at the designated time for transport to the village of Llamac (3,300 m / 10,824 ft). Along this drive through the north side of the “Alley of Huaylas” you will pass through the towns of Recuay, Catac, Conococha, and Chiquian. It will take about 5 hours to reach Llamac, where you will have lunch and meet up with the donkey driver (“arriero”). After lunch, carry your gear to the pack animals and begin your hike! After the long car ride, you’ll enjoy stretching your legs for about 3 hours as you climb up to Pampa Llamac (4,050 m / 13,287 ft) where you’ll camp for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Pampa Llamac (4,050 m)
Distance: 5 hours driving, 3 hours hiking, 750 m ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to Jahuacocha Lake via Pampa Llámac Pass

After breakfast, hike for about 1.5 hours up to the Pampa Llamac Pass (4,300 m / 14,108 ft). From this overlook, you will see an amazing view of the western side of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Rest and take pictures of the spectacular view before continuing your hike along a rocky, tree-lined path down to the Achin River. Continue trekking until you reach the beautiful Jahuacocha Lake (4,070 m / 13,353 ft). The 4-hour walk will reward you with a campsite for the night beside the lake against the stunning backdrop of the Rondoy, Hirisahanca and Toro mountains.
Overnight Location: Camping at Jahuacocha Lake (4,070 m)
Distance: 5.5 hours, 250 m ascent, 230 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Jahuacocha, visit Yahucha Viewpoint and Solteracocha Lake

Stay camped at beautiful Jahuacocha Lake and spend today exploring the area. After breakfast, hike up to the Yahucha Viewpoint (4,600 m / 15,092 ft) for impressive views of the western peaks in the Cordillera Huayhuash. The hike up takes about 3 hours, and after enjoying the view you will return to the campsite by the same trail. After lunch, trek to Solteracocha Lake at the base of Hirishanca Mountain. This area is near the glacier, and you can see the wreckage of a plane that crashed in 1954. If there is time when you return to camp, you can fish in Jahuacocha Lake before settling in for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Jahuacocha Lake (4,070 m)
Distance: 6 hours, 530 m ascent, 530 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Rondoy via Zambunya Pass. Then transfer back to Huaraz

On your last day of trekking in the Huayhuash. Today you will trek for about 3.5 hours up to the Zambunya Pass (4,750 m / 15,580). This is the highest point on this tour, and from this overlook you will have a breathtaking view of the massive Yerupaja Mountain, as well as nearby Rondoy, Ninashanca, and Hirishanca mountains. Take time to rest and take pictures before completing the hike. It will take about 3 hours to hike down to Rondoy Valley (4,100 m / 13,451 ft). From Rondoy, a van will be waiting to take you back to Huaraz. Stop along the way at the Cuncush Pass for a final view of the Cordillera Huayhuash. You will also have the chance to visit the town of Huallanca along the 4.5 hour drive back to Huaraz, where you will return to your hotel.
Overnight Location: Morales Guesthouse, Huaraz
Distance: 6.5 hours, 230 m ascent, 650 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 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 Ichik Huayhuash trek

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

Guided private Ichik Huayhuash 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.

  • Guided groups of 1: $1,700 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 2: $950 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 3: $765 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4-7: $750 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8-12: $725 USD per person
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Accommodation on the 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 Ichik Huayhuash 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 single supplement of $135 USD 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 2-4

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 A Taste of the Huayhuash Trek?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Accommodations

Accommodations along the 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)
  • 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
  • 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 A Taste of the Huayhuash 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 4 out of 5 for difficulty, due to the altitude of this circuit. Acclimatization to the altitude prior to the start of the tour is highly recommended. There is a 3-day, 2-night hiking tour based out of Huaraz you can book and add to this trip.

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