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Trekking the Huayhuash Circuit

Trekking the Huayhuash Circuit

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Take in the glacial alpine scenery along the Huayhuash circuit, challenge yourself and conquer high-altitude mountain passes, sleep in tents under the stars in the remote wilderness.

Comparable to the Himalayas and the Rockies in terms of snow-capped alpine beauty, Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain climber's dream come true. Located in one of the most remote sections of the Andes, our abbreviated version of the circuit asks a lot from those who trek it. Rest assured that your mountain guide has all the expertise, equipment, and encouragement needed to get the most out of these majestic peaks. Great on its own, this trip gets even better when paired with a Machu Picchu trek or any other Peru-based adventure.

Day 1: Lima
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Suyay 2 (or similar)

Day 2: Lima/Huaraz
Travel north by bus to the alpine city of Huaraz, surrounded by the stunning snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Residencial NG (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Huaraz
Enjoy a free day to acclimatize to the altitude. There are ample opportunities for optional activities like exploring the city, biking in the mountains, or heading into Huascaran National Park. Relax in the evening at a café and soak in the natural scenery.
Free Time: Free day to acclimatize to the altitude or try one of the many optional activities.
Accommodation: Hotel Residencial NG (or similar)

Day 4: Huaraz/Cuartelhuain
Travel by private vehicle into Huascaran National Park, gaze out the window and enjoy the Andean scenery passing by. Arrive at Cuartelhuain, the camp for the night (4,200m/13,780 ft).
Transport: Enjoy the ride through Huascaran National Park. Stop to view Puya Raimondi trees, distantly related to pineapples, these strange plants are worth a second look. Snap some photos at Yanashayash pass before taking a break in Huallanca village.
Free Time: Relax to prepare for the high altitude trek that starts the following day.
Meal(s): Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Cuartelhuain/Loma Ollocuyoc
Begin seven days of trekking with an expert mountain guide along the challenging and spectacular Huayhuash circuit. Hike in the alpine wilderness to make your way to Cacananpunta Pass to see a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys, rivers and mountains.
Activity: Leave early and head for Cacananpunta Pass (4,690m/15,387 ft) providing a spectacular view of the valleys and mountains. Trek on to Janca campsite (4,250m/13,944 ft) and arrive around lunchtime. This is a shorter day, to help with acclimatization, take a break or trek to the nearby Lake Mitucocha in the afternoon.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Loma Ollocuyoc/Laguna Carhuacocha
Continue the trek along Laguna Mitucocha with Mt Yerupaja, Mt Rondoy and Mt Ninashanca towering in the background as you pass through Carhuacocha Pass.
Activity: Trek along Laguna Mitucocha to Carhuacocha Pass (4,650m/15,256 ft) along a gradual incline. Enjoy views of Mt Yerupaja, the highest peak in Huayhuash. Descend into the hanging valley and peer into turquoise Lake Carhuacocha. The campsite for the night is just below the lake at 4,130m/13,550 ft with stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Laguna Carhuacocha/Cordillera Huayhuash
Trek through Siula Pass, with its towering peaks and glacial lagoons of varying shades of turquoise and blue, you'll be hard-pressed to find a place more beautiful.
Activity: Today it is a long, gradual climb out of the valley with the impressive Mt Yerupaja as a beautiful backdrop. Followed by a steep, rocky climb up to the Siula Pass (4,800m/15,784 ft), made famous by Joe Simpson on his fateful hike. Descend down to the campsite for the night Huayhuash campsite (4,400m/14,436 ft).
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Cordillera Huayhuash/Huanacpatay
Continue the trek upwards to the highest point of the trek, Trapecio Punta Pass. Continue on to the camp for the night below Mt Puscanturpa.
Activity: Trek to the highest point of the trek at Trapecio Punta Pass (5,000m/16,404 ft). Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Trapecio and Mt Puscanturpa in the south. Descend down to the grassy camp at Quebrada Cuyoc (4,600m/15,092 ft) below Puscanturpa peak.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Huanacpatay/Huantiac
Descend into the Huanacpatay valley, enjoy views of waterfalls in the distance en route to Huantiac camp, a high altitude meadow in the shadows of Mt Diablo Mudo.
Activity: Descend into the Huanacpatay valley and enjoy the noticeable change to a warmer climate in this cultivated valley. Continue on to the isolated village of Huayllapa, stopping en route to marvel at waterfalls in the distance. In the afternoon, climb steeply to reach Huantiac Camp, a high altitude meadow at (4,350m/14, 272 ft) hidden in the shadow of Diablo Mudo Mountain. This is a tough afternoon, especially when temperatures are high.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Huantiac/Laguna Jahuacocha
Descend into Angoshcancha valley passing through quenoal forest before climbing up to Yaucha pass. Enjoy beautiful views and keep an eye out for condors on the way to Laguna Jahuacocha.
Activity: Descend down into Angoshcancha valley, through the scraggly quenoal forest. Head back up a steep incline to Yaucha pass (4800m/15748 ft). On a clear day, there are magnificent views of the highest peaks of the Huayhuash range and long-distance panoramas to the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. This is a good place to spot the majestic condor. Head back down to Laguna Jahuacocha, thought to be the scenic gem of the whole range (4,050m/13,827 ft).
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Laguna Jahuacocha/Chiquian
Ascend to the last pass of the trip, Shullca Pass (4550m/14928 ft), take in one last view of the stunning Andean ranges before descending to Pocpa to meet the transfer to Chiquian.
Activity: After breakfast, leave camp early to tackle the last incline of the trek up to Shullca Pass (4,550m/14,928 ft). Take in the Andes for one last time before descending down the gravel path to Pocpa (3,500m/11,483 ft). Relish in the sense of accomplishment after completing this challenging trek while awaiting the transfer to Chiquian.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Los Nogales (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Chiquian/Lima
After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle back to Lima for the night and for some well-deserved rest and a hot shower.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Suyay 2 (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Lima
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Meals Included
10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners

Public bus, private van, hiking.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Trek the Huayhuash circuit with a local guide (7 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Hotels (5 nts), camping (7 nts).

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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