Trekking Huayhuash

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A 10-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 01: Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac – Cuartelhuain (4,100m/13,448ft)

After breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel at 8am. 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 there we will have a short break (you could buy some extra-snacks there). 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 arrive in Cuartelhuain around 4pm. Overnight camping at 4100m.

Day 02: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass (4,700m/15,416ft) – Mitucocha (4,200m/13,776ft)

After breakfast, at 9am, we will hike to the Punta Cacanan pass at (4700m/15416ft). From there we will enjoy great views of Chaupijanca and Cunchush. Then we will go down for about 2h30 to reach the camp site of Mitucocha, where we will have breathtaking views of Nicashaca, Jirishinca and Rondoy mountains. Overnight camping at 4200m.

Day 03: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4,500m/14,760ft) – Carhuacocha (4,250/13,940ft)

After breakfast, at 9am, we will hike up for about 2-3 hours to reach the Carhuac pass (4500m/14760ft), where we will enjoy great views of 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 04: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4,850m/15,908ft) – Huayhuash camp (4,300m/14,104ft)

After breakfast, 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 of the west side of this impressive peak. Overnight camping at 4300m.

Day 05: 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 the camp, we will have the opportunity to relax in the thermal waters of Viconga. Overnight camping at 4100m.

Day 06: Viconga – Punta Cuyoc Pass (4,900m/16,072ft) – Elefantepampa (4,250m/13,940ft)

After breakfast, we will start hiking up to Cuyoc pass (4900m/16,072ft), the highest of the circuit. From there, we will have breathtaking views over Puscanturpa, Cuyoc and Pumarinri glaciers. Then, we will hike down for about 2h30 to reach Elefantepampa, where we will enjoy the sunset over Cuyoc Mount. Overnight camping at 4250m

Day 07: Elefantepampa – San Antonio Pass (4,900m/16,400ft)– Huayllapa

After breakfast, we will start a 2h ascent to San Antonio Pass (4900m). From there, we will enjoy breathtaking views over the lakes Siula, Sarapo, and Jurau (which are featured in the book "Touching the void" written by the alpinist Joe Simpson; made into a movie in 2003). Then we will head down the same way, which will take us about 1h30. Then we will continue to go down for about 3h, walking through the Huanacpatay Valley. We will set our camp in Huayllapa.

Day 08: Huayllapa – Tapush Pass (4,800m/15,744ft) – Gaspapampa

After breakfast, we will start a 4h ascent to Tapush Pass (4800m/15744ft). There we will enjoy great views over the Diablo Mudo mount. We will set our camp in Gaspapampa at 4pm

Day 09: Gaspapampa – Yaucha (4,800m /15,744ft) – Jahuacocha (4,100m/13,448ft)

After breakfast, we will start a 2h ascent to Yaucha Pass (4800m/15744ft). There we will enjoy great views over the mountains of Jirishanca, Ninashanca, and Yerupaja (among others). Then, we will hike an extra 2h to reach our next camp, Jahuacocha. Overnight camping at 4100m.

Day 10: Jahuacocha – Pampallamac pass (4,300m/14,104ft) - Llamac – Huaraz

After breakfast, we will hike on a flat section for 1h, then up for about 1h30 to reach Pampallamac Pass (4300m/14104ft). There we will enjoy great views over the mountains of: Yerupaja, Ninashanca, Siula and Diablo Mudo. Then, we will hike down for about 1h30 to reach Llamac, where our bus will be waiting for us. After about 3h, we will be back in Huaraz.

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After breakfast, we will start a 3h ascent to reach Tapush Pass (4800m/15744ft). There we will enjoy great views over the Diablo Mudo mount. after that we going up to Yaucha Pass at (4800m/15744ft) for about 2 hours, where we can see the nice mountains in the East side such as: Jirishanca, Ninashanca, Yerupaja and others; after that we continue going up to Jahuacocha for about 2 hours more, Overnight Camping at (4100m/13448ft).

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