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THE GREAT CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH TREK
 

13 Days / 12 Nights

INTRODUCTION

This full circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash encompasses views of glistening vertical walls of ice, snow, and rock. Because of the geography and the quality of ice and snow, climbers compare this range with the Himalayas. We have spectacular and varied views of Jerupajá (6634m), Jirishanca(6094m), Jirishanca Chico (6121m), Siulá (6344m), Siulá Chico (6265m), Rondoy (5879m), Jurau (5674m), Trapecio (5644m), and Carnicero (5960m)

ITINERARY

Day 01: LIMA / HUARAZ
Our comfortable vehicle takes us via the Pan American Highway along the Pacific Ocean coast, across sand deserts and through coastal valleys to Pativilca. Here we take the Pativilca - Huaraz Highway and drive up into the Andes until we reach Conococha Lake (4,100 masl). Scenic mountains capes announce our arrival to the Callejón de Huaylas Valley between the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) and the Cordillera Blanca. We continue to Huaraz (3,100masl), the "Capital of Mountaineering and International Friendship." We overnight at our hotel in Huaraz City.

Day 02: HUARAZ/ CONOCOCHA LAKE / HUALLANCA / CUARTEL HUAIN

We drive up across the Santa River Valley where we admire the magnificent Cordillera Blanca, perennially snowed peaks; in the way crossing the typical towns of Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac. We arrive at the Conococha lake where we observe migratory Andean birds like the flamingo or Parihuana which nest in the lake during their migration. From here we can observed the impressive Cordillera Huayhuash. We descend to miner Pachapaqui town, and after ascend to Yanashallash pas (4,680masl), from here we descend to miner Hunazala and Huallanca towns, and continue to drive along the San Juan river until Cuartel Huain. We set our camp (4, 100masl).

Day 03: CUARTEL HUAIN / KAKANAN PUNTA / MITUCOCHA LAKE
We leave Mitucocha camp toward Kakanan punta pass (4,700 masl) from where we have a beautiful view of iced peaks of Cordillera Central area. We continue hiking observing the Hirishanca (6,126 masl), Ninashanca (5,446masl) y Yerupajá (6634masl) iced peaks. We hike toward Mitucocha Lake where we camp (4250masl).

Day 04: MITUCOCHA LAKE / CARHUA PASS / CARHUACOCHA LAKE
We hike along Janca gorge, and ascend to Carhua pass (4,650masl) from here descend to Carhuacocha lake where we set our camp (4,138masl) and observe Andean birds like the Ibis andino, huachwa (Andean goose) and other kind of birds. From our camp we appreciate some beautiful peak of Cordillera Huayhuash: Hirishanca Chico (5,446masl) Yerupaja, Yerupaja Chico (6,121masl) y Siula grande (6,344masl).

Day 05: CARHUACOCHA LAKE / SIULA PASS / HUAYHUASH
We hike between 7 beatifull lakes, and admire Siula, Cangrajanca and Quesillo cocha lakes. We hike up to Siula pas (4,800masl) enjoyin the view of Yerupaja, Siula grande, Carnicero (5,960masl) and Trapecio (5,644masl) iced peaks. Descend to Huayhuash ans set our camp at 4,350masl.

Day 06: HUAYHUASH / PORTACHUELO HUAYHUASH PASS / VICONGA LAKE
Hiking toward Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4,750masl) from here we observe Tapecio, Puscanturpa (5,430masl) iced peak in the Cordillera Huayhuash, and Loen Huacanan (5,427masl), Quesillo Janca (5,357 masl) along the Raura mountain range in the horizon. We descend to Viconga Lake, camping in the surroundings (4500 masl). After lunch we enjoy a refreshing afternoon in the hot springs of Viconga.

Day 07: VICONGA LAKE / PASO PUYOC / HUANACPATAY
We hike up to Puyoc pass (5000 masl) from where we have an stunning view of the whole Cordilleras Huayhuash and Raura mountain range. We descend to Huanacpatay gorge where we set up our campsite (4,350 masl).

Day 08: HUANACPATAY / SAN ANTONIO PASS / CUTATAMBO
Today we climb to San Antonio Pass (5,000 masl) considered the most beautiful point of view of all our route; and from which we appreciate Jurau (5,599masl), Cuyoc (5,549masl), Siula, Yerupaja and Sarapo iced peaks and the beautiful Jurao and Sarapococha lakes with clear waters of turquoise color. Along the way we admire the sight of the unusual pygme lupinus trees. We camp in Cutatambo (4,400 masl). After lunch we visit the Sarapococha Lake, and the camp site of Joe Simpson, whose spectacular adventure is told in the book and film “Touching the Void”

Day 09: CUTATAMBO / HUAYLLAPA

We descend along the Huayllapa River by the Calinca gorge. We set our camp in the vicinity of Huayllapa village (3,600masl) where women wear colorful and beautiful traditional dresses. Afternoon is free for personal activities.

Day 10: HUAYHLLAPA / TAPUSH PASS / GASHPA PAMPA
We ascend the Tapush pass (4800 masl) admiring the constantly changing faces of Juituhuarco (5,448 masl), Auxilio (5,560 masl) and Diablo Mudo (5220 m) iced peaks. We descend to our camp in Gashpa pampa (4,400 masl)

Day 11: GASHPA PAMPA / YAUCHA PASS / JAHUACOCHA LAKE
We ascend the Yaucha pass (4,800 masl) and admiring the Huacrish (5,622 masl), Tzacra (5,548 masl) Ratzak (6,017 masl), Siula Grande and Yerupajá. We descend along the Huacrish gorge where we observed the impressive Jahuacocha Lake. We camp in Jahuacocha, (4,050 masl) where is concentrates a variety of Andean birds

Day 12: JAHUACOCHA LAKE / PAMPA LLAMAC PAS / LLAMAC / HUARAZ
Today we pass along some patches of forests of the endangered Quenual tree, one of the few species of trees that grow at this altitude. We arrive at Pampa de Llamac (4,300 masl) to enjoy the scenery formed by both cordilleras: Blanca and Huayhuash. Then we descend to Llamac village (3,300 masl), where our car will be waiting to transfer us to Chiquian (3,400 masl) and Huaraz, transfer to our hotel.

Day 13: HUARAZ / LIMA
After a relaxing breakfast we return to Lima, carrying with us unforgettable memories of our experiences in the world's largest tropical high-mountain ecosystems and the friendships we built with our adventurous companions on the trails of Cordillera Blanca and the Huascarán Biosphere Reserve. We arrive in Lima in the afternoon.

NOT INCLUDED

• Hotels in Lima and Huaraz / Dinners in town / Personal expenses: camping gear, specific medicines equipment, phone calls, extra meals, drinks, tips and others of personal nature

INCLUSIONS

MB = Mountain Breakfast L* = Lunch on board L = Lunch D = Dinner
• Transfer Lima - Huaraz - Lima in public bus (non-stop buses with air conditioning, chemical toilette, TV, lunch on board, hostess)
• Private car transfers in Huaraz: bus station - hotel - bus station.
• Private car transfers to all starting and returning points to/from the hiking destinations
• Bilingual trekking guide.
• First class trekking services: Cook and full meal in the mountains, according to program.
• Donkeys and donkey drivers, and a Horse.
• Sleeping tents (for 2 or 3 persons each), kitchen, dinning and toilette tents.
• Air mattress.
• All cooking gear and dinning equipment.
• First aid group kit.
• Entrances fees to the National Park.
• Upon return from Huaraz transfer from the bus station to the hotel or to the airport.


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