Trekking Huayhuash to Cajatambo

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An 8-day adventure around one of the most popular circuits of the Cordillera Blanca, taking you around the Huayhuash mountain range (composed of 20 peaks on its main and highest range, extending over 30km; and of lower peaks on its lower range, extending over 15km)

Day 1: Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac – Pocpa (3,500/11,483ft)

After breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel at 7am. We will drive south of Huaraz, passing by different district: Recuay, Ticapampa, Catac and Conococha (4100m/13448ft). We will reach Chiquian (3400m/11152ft) after 2h, and have a short break there (buy some extra-snacks/drinks if needed, etc). Then we will drive another 2h30, down and then up to reach Pocpa. Along the way, we will enjoy great views over the mountains of Ninashanca, Jirishanca, and Yerupaja (among others). We will stop for lunch around 12pm in Llamac. Overnight camping at 3500m/11483ft.

Day 2: Pocpa – Cuartelhuain (4,100m/13,448ft)

After breakfast, at 8 am, we will start today's 4-5h hike up to the campsite of Cuartelhuain. Along the way we will pass by small mines. We will arrive at the camp around 2pm, and enjoy great views over the mountain of Ninashanca from there. Overnight camping at 4100m/13448f.

Day 3: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass (4,700m/15,416ft) – Mitucocha (4,200/13,776ft)

After breakfast, at 8am, we will hike to the Punta Cacanan pass (4700m/15416ft). From there we will enjoy great views of Chaupijanca and Cunchush. Then, we will go down for about 2h30 to reach the campsite of Mitucocha, where we will have breathtaking views of Nicashaca, Jirishinca and Rondoy mountains. Overnight camping at 4200m

Day 4: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4,500m/14,760ft) – Carhuacocha (4,250m/13,940ft)

After breakfast, at 8am, we will hike up for about 2-3 hours to reach the Carhuac pass (4500m/14760ft), where we will enjoy great views over the mountains of Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Siula, and Carnicero. Then, we will go down for about 1h30 and reach the beautiful lake Carhuacocha, where we will spend the night. Overnight camping at 4250m

Day 5: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4,850m/15,908ft) – Huayhuash (4,300m/14,104ft)

After breakfast, at 8am, we will start hiking, first along Carhuacocha lake for about 30min, then we will start a 4h ascent to Siula pass (4850m/15908ft). From there, we will enjoy great views over: Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Siula and Carnicero. Then, we will head down for about 2h30 to the Huayhuash campsite. From there, we will have a breathtaking view over the west side of this impressive peak. Overnight camping at 4300m.

Day 6: Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass (4,700m/15,416ft) – Viconga (4,100m/13,448ft)

After breakfast, at 8am, we will start a 1h ascent to Portachuelo pass (4700m/15416ft). From there we will enjoy great views of Trapecio, la Cordillera Raura and other peaks around. Then, we will head down for about 4h to Viconga. We will have lunch on the way. After setting up the camp, we will have the opportunity to relax at the thermal waters of Viconga. Overnight camping at 4100m/13448ft

Day 7: Viconga – San Criztobal pass (4,150m/13,612ft) – Cajatambo (3,380ft/11,086ft)

After breakfast, we will start a 4h hike through the Pumarinri valley to get to San Cristobal pass (4150m/13612ft). Then, we will head down for about 2h, enjoying great views along the way as we reach Cajatambo (3380m/11086ft). There we will stay in an hostel, or if we find a good spot, we could also set up the tents.

Day 8: Cajatambo – transport to Lima or back to Huaraz

After breakfast, we will pack everything, and then board our private transport to either Lima or Huaraz. It will take the same time, about 9-10h, by car to Huaraz or by direct bus to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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