Cordillera Blanca's Huayhuash Trek


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Huayhuash is world-class, no doubt. Glacier peaks of Cordillera Blanca surround you with stunning landscapes and lakes everywhere you look. This is a lesser known trekking destination that we wish to stay out of the radar because the beauty is spectacular and we want to selfishly enjoy the scenery without the typical tourist crowd. With that said, you're in for a major treat as we trek for 10 days in this so-called Peruvian Alps. Discover the other side of Peru where the sky meets the numerous snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. A true gem for a Peak Explorer!


Duration: 18 Days
Starts in: Lima
Ends in: Lima
Group Size: 12-16
Difficulty: 4/5

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Peak Explorations

Peak Explorations is a social enterprise that offers affordable treks and tours for those who seek a different kind of adventure while making the planet a better place.

Additional Information

Here's the biggest perk: When you join us, you are supporting our mission to make the trekking tourism industry inclusive of women as guides.  This trek will be led by a local female guide (a rare occurrence) and I will also be your trip leader for a back to back all women empowerment experience; hence, normalizing the women's roles and status in the industry.

What is a scouting trip?  It's when Peak Explorations' founder, Marinel (Brown Gal Trekker) scouts new trails and destinations to promote local sustainable tourism in mountain regions where hiking is a prominent activity before we officially market the trek/tour.  As such, joining this trip entails minimal cost for those who attend.  The itinerary is new and therefore requires attendees to be more adventurous as anything goes.  We do all the research and create the logistics so you can enjoy but at the same time you'd need to have an open mind as our operators are new to us so we are testing the waters so to speak.




Arrive in Lima. Stay overnight in a hotel in Lima.  

Bus to Huaraz; overnight in Huaraz (3052 m)

Practice Hike: Laguna Churrup (4450 m)  

Practice Hike: Laguna 69 (4650 m)

Day 1 of Huayhuash
We drive 3.5 hours to start of trek. Camp at Matacancha (4150 m)

Day 2 of Huayhuash
Matacancha - Cacanampunta (4700 m) - Laguna Mitucocha (4300 m)
Hike time: 4 hours

Day 3 of Huayhuash 
Mitucocha - Punta Carhuac Pass (4640 m) - Laguna Carhuacocha (4200 m)
Hike time: 3 hours

Day 4 of Huayhuash
Carhuacocha - Trekking Siula Pass (4950 m) / Laguna Quesillococha - Huayhuash (4450 m)
Hike time: 6 hours

Day 5 of Huayhuash
Huayhuash - the village of Portachuelo de Huayhuash - Laguna Viconga / Hot Springs (4400 m) 
Hike time: 4 hours

 DAY 10
Day 6 of Huayhuash
Laguna Viconga - Punta Cuyoc Pass (5020 m) - Elefante Camp (4450 m) or Huanacpatay (4350 m)
Hike time: 7-8 hours

DAY 11
Day 7 of Huayhuash
Huanacpatay - Village of Huayllapa (3600 m) - Huatiac Camp (4290 m)
Hike time: 6 hours  

DAY 12
Day 8 of Huayhuash
Huatiac - Punta Tapush (4800 m) - Cashpapampa Camp (4500 m)
Hike time: 9-10 hours

DAY 13
Day 9 of Huayhuash
Cashgapampa - Llaucha Pass (4750 m) - Laguna Jahuacocha (4066 m)
Hike time: 4 hours

DAY 14
Day 11 of Huayhuash
Jahuacocha - Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) - Village of Pocpa (3600 m)
Transfer to Huaraz 
Hike time: 5 hours
Drive time: 3 hours

DAY 15
Rest day in Huaraz

DAY 16
Return to Lima by bus.

DAY 17
Free day in Lima

DAY 18
Fly home


This trek is STRENUOUS given the high altitude, the possible low temperatures and the early start times for some days. You must be physically fit, in good health, and preferably with recent backpacking/hiking experience. NOTE: Consulting with your doctor prior to joining the trip is recommended.  It is highly suggested that you familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking.   A completed & signed Liability Waiver form and travel insurance to cover 100% trip cost, emergency medical and evacuation are REQUIRED to join this trip.  After completing your trip booking and deposit, you will be required to purchase the required travel insurance by the trip balance due date.  Failure to obtain adequate travel insurance will result in cancellation of your booking and loss of trip deposit.


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