Alpamayo circuit trek 10 days

Alpamayo circuit trek 10 days

Best time: May to October
Timing: For 16 days
Grade: moderate / difficult

The Cordillera Blanca provides one of the most varied landscapes for trekking and climbing in the world.

There are more than 50 peaks of 5700m of higher, including Huascarán at 6768m – the highest mountain in Peru and also the beautiful pyramid-shaped summit of Alpamayo. There are blue lakes, high passes, glaciers, awesome vertical walls and spectacular campsites.

The 13-day Alpamayo circuit trek is followed by a moderate climb to the summit of Ishinca mountain 5530, The trek will provide you a good acclimatization and fitness ready for the ascent of the beautiful Ishinca Peak


Day A: Arrive in Huaraz
Day B & C: Huaraz / Acclimatization walks.
Day 1: Drive 5 hours to Hualcayan 2900m. Visits to Yungay & Caraz market
Day 2: Hualcayan to Wishcash 4300m. 4 to 5 hours hiking
Day 3: Hike up to Laguna Cullicocha 4650m, cross Cullicocha Pass (4950) then Osoruri Pass 4750m. Camp at Ruinapampa 3800m. 8 hours.
Day 4: Ruinapampa to Cruze Alpamayo 4150m. 3 to 4 hours.
Day 5: Extra night at Cruze Alpamayo Camp. Visit Laguna Jancarurish or Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m).
Day 6: Climb to pass Cara 4830m then traverse to Mesapata Pass 4500m and camp at Safuna. 4200m. 7 hours
Day 7: Safuna to Pucajirca Pass 4600m. and camp at Jancapampa 3600m. 7 hours
Day 8: Cross Tupatupa Pass 4400m and camp beside Laguna Huecrococha 3950m. 7 hours
Day 9: Cross Alto de Pacaraju Pass 4650m to camp at Tuctubamba 3950m. 7 hours
Day 10: An extra night at Tuctubamba. Day trip to the Punta Union Pass 4750m or rest day
Day 11: To the village of Colcabamba then to camp at Molino Pampa in Quebrada Keshu 3600m. 7 hours
Day 12: A steady climb to a high campsite called Avalanche Campsite at 4650m. 4 hours
Day 13: Cross Punta Yanayacu Pass 4850m, then descend to Ulta ravine. Return to Huaraz
Day 14: Transfer to collon at 3500m. by private bus, where we will meet the donkey drivers, then we hike all the way along the wooded Ishinca Valley, and onto a lovely open mountain area for about 5 hours. The elevation at base camp is 4350m.
Day 15: Base Camp – Summit Ishinca(5530m) – Base Camp
Start hiking up to the glacier at around 2 am for about 3 and a half hours, then we’ll put on our climbing gear to climb up the glacier for about 3 hours until we reach the summit (5530m). After enjoying stunning views of mountains such as Tocllaraju, Urus, Ranrapalca and other peaks we will return to Base Camp.
Day 16: Base Camp – Huaraz,
Start walking down the Ishinca valley at 9:00am until we reach Collon from where we’ll drive back to Huaraz.
Day 17: Return to Lima

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