Best time: May to September
Timing: 12 days trekking
Grade: moderate / difficult

The fantastic ice range of the Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the classic Peru trekking circuits of the world. 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 near continuous panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Yerupaja (6617m), the second highest mountain in Peru.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Huaraz (3090m).
Day 2 & 3: Acclimatization days in Huaraz.
Day 4: Drive to the village of Llamac and set up our first camp (3300m). 4 to 5 hours drive. We’ll camp near the village football field.
Day 5: Walk up the valley, following the Rio Llamac, passing through the villages of Pocpa and Pallca. After Pallca the way opens up into a wide grassy valley with rolling hills.
Day 6: In the morning we’ll cross our first pass: Punta Cacanan (4700m) then descend to our camp at the beautiful Lake Mitucocha (4220m).
Day 7: We’ll cross the Paso de Carhuac pass (4650m) then descend to our camp at the big  Carhuacocha Lagoon (4150m). From our camp we’ll be able to see the peaks and ice fields of Siula and the two peaks of Yerupajá, directly across the lake.
Day 8: Rest Day at Carhuacocha Lagoon, take a half day hike around the lake, or visit Siula Lake. Catch trout for dinner!!
Day 9: We’ll cross the Carnicero Pass (4600m) and make an easy descent to our camp at the isolated Carnicero lake 4300m. Weather permitting, we can take an alternative more demanding route, which climbs to a 4800m pass, the views of the mountains and glaciers from here are very close and spectacular.
Day 10: We’ll climb to Portachuelo Pass (4750m) from where you look across to the Cordillera Raura and the snow-topped peak Leon Huacanan.  We’ll make camp near Viconga lake, where there are hotsprings. 4480m
Day 11: We cross our highest pass: Punta Cuyoc (5000m) then descend to our next camp at Huanacpatay ravine (4300m)
Day 12: We’ll continue down the Huanacpatay raviine. We then climb steadily to our campsite high up in the flat pasture of Huatiac (4350m)
Day 13: A tough day as we cross two passes today. First we climb to the Punta Tapush Pass 4750m then pass by Laguna Susucocha before climbing again to Punta Yaucha Pass (4800m).  Finally we’ll descend to our next camp at Laguna Jahuacocha (4150m)
Day 14: We´ll stay at Jahuacocha for the day. You can climb up Cerro Amarrillo Peak 5000m for views over the whole Huayhuash range.  Or you may prefer to take an easier walk to visit Soltera Cocha Lake or take a rest and try some trout fishing.
Day 15: 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

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