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Complete Huayhuash Circuit

13 nights

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Marvel at the Cordillera Huayhuash on this stunning Huayhuash Circuit guided trek.

Experience the majesty of the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain chain in the Peruvian Andes on this 14-day guided Huayhuash Circuit trek. This route will be a private, fully-guided tour for your group, so you can make memories with your family and friends.

This route is the classic Huayhuash Circuit route, though the days are a bit shorter than other tours. This allows you more time to enjoy the scenery and explore the regions around the pretty campgrounds.

During the Huayhuash Circuit, you will trek over breathtaking mountain passes, through lush valleys, across fields of Peruvian grass where llamas feed, 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 Huayhuash Circuit trek, you will have the opportunity to enjoy hearty meals and camp in beautiful settings.

The 14-day tour starts and ends in Huaraz, Peru. Since most of this tour is above 4,000m in elevation, it is important to spend a few days prior to the Huayhuash Circuit trek getting acclimated to the altitude. A series of acclimatization hikes around Huaraz is strongly recommended.

Highlights of the Complete Huayhuash Circuit

Marvel at the views of the Cordillera Huayhuash from mountain passes and lookouts.
Hike up to base camp on the Siula Grande Glacier, famous from the book/movie “Touching the Void”
Camp on the shores of sparkling blue mountain lakes which reflect the grandeur of the peaks that surround you.
Experience the culture of the Peruvian Andes when you visit small villages along your trek.

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Huayhuash Circuit Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive 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 in the hotel in Huaraz at 8:30 AM and take you to Cuartelwain (4,150 m / 13,615 ft). The drive takes about 5 hours plus a lunch stop along the way. At Cuartelwain, set camp and make dinner. Get a great night’s rest to prepare for the first hiking day!
Overnight Location: Camping at Cuartelwain (4,150m)
Distance: 5 hours (in a van)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Start the Huayhuash Circuit Trek and hike to Mitucocha via Qaqanan Pass

After breakfast, the trekking starts as you undertake the complete Huayhuash Circuit. Start with a 3-hour hike up to Qaganan Pass (4,700 m / 15,420 ft). Enjoy the view as you rest and eat lunch. From there, you will descend down the eastern side of Cordillera Huayhuash. After 2 more hours of hiking, you will reach the shores of Mitucocha Lake (4,250 m / 13,944 ft), where you will eat dinner and camp for the night beside the impressive 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

This morning begins with a climb up to the Carhuac Pass (4,650 m / 15,256 ft). The hike takes about 2.5 hours and promises beautiful views of the Yerupaja Chico, Yerupaja, and Siula mountains. It is a perfect place to rest and eat lunch. From here, another 2 hours of hiking brings you to the shores of Carhuacocha Lake (4,150 m / 13,615 ft). This stunning location is where you will camp and enjoy your dinner tonight.
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 up Siula Pass to Huayhuash Village

Get an early start today as you hike up to the Siula Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). The trail begins along the shores of Carhuacocha Lake, where you have just spent the night, and passes three more lakes along the way: Qanrajancacocha, Siulacocha and Quesillococha. The hike to Siula Pass takes about 4 hours, with spectacular views of the Hirishanca chico, Yerupaja and Siula mountains visible the whole time. The Siula Pass offers a panoramic view of an array of snow-covered peaks, Siula Mountain in particular, and it is the perfect place to rest, eat lunch, and take photographs. The trail then continues down again for about 3 hours to a well-earned dinner and night of rest at 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 Lake Viconga via Portachuelo Pass

Today on your trek on the Huayhuash Circuit you will climb for about 2 hours up to the Portachuelo Pass (4,750 m / 15,584 ft). This pass forms the boundary between two different mountain chains, the Cordillera Huayhuash and the Cordillera Raura, and offers spectacular views of both chains. The trail then descends through fields of Peruvian feathergrass (jarava ichu), which only grows at elevations above 4,000m (13,123 ft) in the Andes mountains. You may even spot some llamas and alpacas that feed on these grasses. Continue hiking past beautiful Viconga Lake until reaching the campsite for the night, which is located near the hot springs (4,400 m / 14,436 ft). The hike from the Portachuelo Pass to the campsite takes about 2 hours.
Overnight Location: Camping at Viconga Lake (4,400m)
Distance: 4 hours, 450 m ascent / 350 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Guanacpatay via Cuyoc Pass

Today’s trek takes you to new heights! Climb 600 m in about 3 hours, up to the Cuyoc Pass (5,000 m / 16,404 ft) between Cuyoc Mountain and Pumarinri Mountain. The highest pass on this tour, the Cuyoc Pass offers amazing views of Cordillera Raura, as well as a section of the Cordillera Huayhuash. The trail then leads back down into the Guanacpatay Valley (4,400 m / 14, 436 ft), and the hike to your campsite there from the Cuyoc Pass only takes about 1.5 hours.
Overnight Location: Camping at Guanacpatay (4,400m)
Distance: 4.5 hours, 600 m ascent / 600 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to Cutatambo via Mirador of San Antonio

After breakfast, a 2.5 hour hike brings you to the spectacular San Antonio Mirador (lookout) point (4,850 m / 15,912 ft). From this overlook, you will enjoy clear views of five different mountains - Carnicero, Jurao, Siula Grande and Yerupaja – as well as two mountain lakes – Jurao and Siulacocha. Rest here and take plenty of pictures before hiking another 2 hours down into the Cutatambo Valley (4,250 m / 13,944 ft) to camp for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Cutatambo (4,250m)
Distance: 4.5 hours, 450 m ascent / 600 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Rest Day or Visit Siula Grande Glacier

After several days of demanding trekking on the Huayhuash Circuit, today you can either take a well-deserved rest day or go on a marvelous trek to the Siula Grande glacier base camp. This well-known mountain was the scene of the dramatic survival story of Joe Simpson, told in the book “Touching the Void,” and the film of the same name. The hike to Sarapococha Lake (4,550 m / 14,928 ft) and the glacier takes about 2.5 hours. Take time to walk around the lake and take pictures of the glacier before returning to the Cutatambo campsite by the same trail.
Overnight Location: Camping at Cutatambo (4,250m)
Distance: 5 hours, 300 m ascent / 300 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Huayllapa

Today, the Huayhuash Circuit trail descends along the Huayllapa River through a beautiful valley filled with native trees and shrubs. After hiking for about 3.5 hours, you’ll reach the Huayllapa Village (3,600 m / 11,811 ft) where you can treat yourself to soft drinks or beer before camping nearby for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Huayllapa (3,600m)
Distance: 3.5 hours, 650 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek to Qashpapampa via Tapush Pass

Leave the valley today and hike back up into the mountains to the Tapush Pass (4,850 m / 15,912 ft). The hike from Huayllapa Village to the Tapush Pass takes about 3.5 hours of steep climbing, but your efforts will be rewarded with views of the Cordillera Blanca and Tuco Mountain. Stop to rest and enjoy the view before hiking down for about 2 hours to reach Qashpapampa (4,500 m / 14,764 ft). This area is often used as a base camp for climbing the Diablo Mudo Mountain.
Overnight Location: Camping at Qashpapampa (4,500m)
Distance: 5.5 hours, 1,250 m ascent / 350 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to Jahuacocha via Yahucha Pass

Have your camera ready for a day full of breathtaking vistas on the Huayhuash Circuit! After breakfast, a 2.5 hour hike will bring you to the Yahucha Pass (4,750 m / 15,584 ft), which offers spectacular views of Cordillera Huayhuash’s western side. You can clearly see at least 6 different snow-capped peaks, including Ninashanca, Hirishanca, Yerupaja Chico, Yerupaja, and Rasac. Yerupaja (6,634 m / 21,765 ft) is the second-highest peak in Peru after Huascaran (6,768 m / 22,205 ft). Rest and take plenty of pictures while at the Yahucha Pass. Continue hiking about 2.5 hours through the Huacrish Valley until you reach Jahuacocha Lake (4,070 m / 13,353 ft). Enjoy your dinner and a good night’s rest here on the shores of Jahuacocha Lake against a stunning mountain backdrop.
Overnight Location: Camping at Jahuacocha Lake (4,070m)
Distance: 5 hours, 250 m ascent / 680 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek to Llamac via Pampa Llamac Pass and then transfer to Huaraz

On the final day of this circuit tour, hike for 3 hours up to Pampa Llamac Pass (4,300 m / 14,108 ft). From this lookout, get one last, up-close view of the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain chain. After pausing to rest, hike down for about 2 hours to Llamac Village (3,300 m / 10,827 ft). In Llamac Village, you will meet up with a car waiting to take you back to Huaraz City and your hotel.
Overnight Location: Huaraz
Distance: 5 hours, 230 m ascent / 1,000 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 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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Huayhuash Circuit Price & Dates

The guided Huayhuash Circuit price 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 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 groups of 2: $2,550 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 3: $2,155 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4-7: $1,995 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8-12: $1,795 USD per person
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Huayhuash Circuit Accommodation

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 Huayhuash Circuit Trek. These campsites are owned by the rural communities in the Cordillera Huayhuash 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

Hotel El Tumi ★★★

This clean, comfortable hotel is just a quick, 3-block walk from the main square in Huaraz. Spa services and a sauna are available, which might be of interest after 12 days on the trail!

Night 2-12

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.

Hotel El Tumi ★★★

This clean, comfortable hotel is just a quick, 3-block walk from the main square in Huaraz. Spa services and a sauna are available, which might be of interest after 12 days on the trail!

What’s Included in the Huayhuash Circuit Trek?

Meals

13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners

Accommodations

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

Transportation during the Huayhuash Circuit tour

This tour includes transportation at the beginning and end of the trek to and from Huaraz. You can also arrange transport from Lima to Huarez 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)
  • 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
  • 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: $25 USD per Person
  • Additional night in Huarez: $85 USD per double room
  • 3 day, 2 Night Pre-trip Acclimatization guided hikes and accommodation in Huarez: $400 USD per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Complete Huayhuash Circuit

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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.

Complete Huayhuash Circuit 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 the altitude of the Huayhuash Circuit. Acclimatization to the altitude prior to the start of the tour is recommended.

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