Best time: May to October
Timing: 15 days Trek
Grade: Moderate / Difficult

The fantastic ice-covered Cordillera Huayhuash range is one of the world’s classic treks  Seven of Peru’s highest peaks rise from this dramatic massif, whose awesome beauty can be seen in the gripping adventure, film Touching the Void. The complete Huayhuash trek crosses seven high passes as we circle the entire range, with nearly continuous panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Yerupaja (6617m), the second highest mountain in Peru.


Day 1 – Arrive in Huaraz (3090m)
Day 2 & 3 – Acclimatization
Day 4 – Drive to the village of Llamac and set up our first camp (3300m). 5 – 6 hours drive
Day 5 – Climb easily to a wide pass where we have our first views of the big mountains – Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupajá. Return to our camp in Llamac (4 – 5 hours), or continue on to visit the Pre-Inca ruins of Pueblo Viajo (4200m) (7 hours).
Day 6 – Walk up the valley, following the Rio Llamac, passing through the villages of Pocpa and Pallca. Camp at Quartelhuain (4185m) 6 – 7 hours
Day 7 – In the morning we cross our first pass Punta Cacanan (4700m) then descend to our camp at the beautiful lake Laguna Mitucocha (4300m). 6 hours. From our camp we have close views of the huge peaks Ronday, Jirishanca, Ninashanca
Day 8 – We cross the Carhuac pass (4650m) then descend to our camp at the big lake Laguna Carhuacocha (4138m) 6 hours. From our camp we can see across the lake to the peaks and ice fields of Siula and the two peaks of Yerupajá. If the weather is good we can take an alternative and more demanding route via a 4800m pass, with great close views of Jirishanca Chica and passing by a beautiful deep blue lake.
Day 9 – Rest Day at Laguna Carhuacocha. Catch trout for dinner!!
Day 10 – We cross the Carnicero pass (4600m) which is not difficult, and make an easy descent to our camp at the isolated Lake Carnicero (also called Juraucocha). 5 – 6 hours
Weather permitting, and if you are feeling strong, we can take an alternative route which climbs to a 4800m pass, crossing above the glacier fed lakes of Siula and Quesillococha. 7 – 8 hours
Day 11 – We climb to the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4750m) from where you can look across to the Cordillera Raura and the snow topped Leon Huacanan peak. Then, we’ll skirt around the large lake Laguna Viconga before walking up the valley for ½ hour to set up camp (4480m). 6½ hours
Day 12 – Today we’ll cross our highest pass: Punta Cuyoc (5000m) then descend to the Huanacpatay valley where we have an easy walk to our camp in the afternoon (4330m) 5 hours
Day 13 – We’ll continue down the Huanacpatay valley, then traverse along a cattle path through into the lupine-filled Calinca gorgee. We’ll walk to the top of the Calinca gorge, then camp below the peaks of Sarapo, Carnicero, Jurau (4200m) 4 hours
Day 14 – Rest Day We can walk past the base camp of Siula Grande (As featured in Joe Simpson’s “Touching The Void”) to visit the glacial lakes of Sarapocha and Santa Rosa. Then walk around to Laguna Jurau, before dropping back down to camp for lunch. ½ day
Day 15 – We’ll walk back down Calinca gorge, turning off the trail just before the village of Huayllapa. From here we’ll climb steadily to our campsite high up on the flat Huatiac plains (4300m) 7 hours
Day 16 – A tougher day as we cross 2 passes. First a climb to Punta Tapush (4750m), then Punta Yaucha (4800m). During the descent the peaks of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupajá, Rasac and Sacra come into view. We’ll camp at the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (4066m) 8 hours
Day 17 – Rest Day – Trout fishing, or there are options for walks
Day 18 – An early start. We leave early, starting with a gradual climb to our final pass Pampa Llamac (4300m) from where we have our final views of the Huayhuash range. Then it is a long descent back to Llamac. 5 ½ hours. In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz for hot showers!!

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