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Peru Cordillera Blanca Trek

Trek Among the White Mountains in a Stunning Glacial Wilderness

 

Experience the extraordinary beauty of Peru's Cordillera Blanca on this high-altitude trek for experienced hikers. The stunning Cordillera Blanca is the highest tropical mountain range in the world, a glacial wilderness of translucent turquoise lakes, hidden waterfalls, and striking pinnacles. Hike through Huascarán National Park, with more than 40 peaks over 19,000 feet high linked by isolated valleys. Drink in vistas of sharply ridged peaks, including the remarkable "perfect" pyramid of Alpamayo. Challenging? Yes, but a fantastic, bucket-list triumph for those who choose to undertake it.

  • Feast your eyes on beautiful mountain scenery that rivals the Himalaya in scale

  • Cross seven mountain passes and camp at altitudes of 12,000 to 14,800 feet

  • Take in majestic mountain views at Huascarán National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Arrive:

Lima, Peru

Depart:

Lima, Peru

Price: from $5,495

Duration:

13 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-15 Guests

Min Age:

17 yrs

Activity:

Level 5

This is a very challenging trek with several consecutive days of strenuous hiking on rocky terrain, with elevations exceeding 15,000-feet. Physical excursion further challenged by basic camping conditions, and varying weather. Participants should look forward to a goal-oriented experience.
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  • Arrive in Lima

    Day 1

    Arrive at Lima airport early (we recommend arriving in Lima the day before) and meet an MT Sobek representative who will assist you with your land transfer to Huaraz around 6:30am. Later this evening, meet up with your group for a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Andino Club Hotel

    Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike to Huillcacocha Lake

    Day 2

    Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Cordillera Blanca as you travel into the mountains by bus. Begin your first acclimatization hike with a walk to Laguna Huillcacocha, aka Willcacocha (12,221') and continuing on to Lake Ararcocha (12,116'). Climb to 12,565' for breakthaking views of the Cordillera Blanca, the Santa River basin, and the city of Huaraz. Descend towards the villages of Purucuta and Quetscapu, then meet your bus for the drive back to Huaraz. Lunch en route and experience what is probably one of the best panorama views of the Cordillera Blanca range.

    Accommodation: Andino Club Hotel

    Activity: 4 hours/3.6 miles hiking with 2,051' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Trek in Huascaran National Park

    Day 3

    Depart by bus, stopping in the charming town of Carhuaz for a visit to the local market. Visit Campo Santo, site of the single worst natural disaster in the Andes. Today, it's a peaceful cemetery, with spectacular views of Huascarán, flower-filled gardens, and monuments honoring the dead. Enter Huascarán National Park, stop for a box lunch, then cross a pass of about 15,580' with a stunning panorama of the northern Cordillera Blanca. From the pass, hike downhill to camp at Vaqueria (12,136') - a short and easy warm-up for the next nine days.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 2 hours/2.5 miles hiking with 2,038' elevation gain

    Transportation: 4.5-hours private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Tuctu Pampa

    Day 4

    Begin your trek in earnest with an all-day hike down Quebrada Vaqueria (10,824'), passing near Colcabamba, then up the Tuctu Valley, passing small settlements and farmland. Camp at Tuctu Pampa (13,500'), with views of Taulliraju and Rinrijirca looming at the head of the valley and the massive wall of Chacraraju's east peak - all over 19,000 feet.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/9.2 miles hiking with 1,476' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Laguna Huecrococha

    Day 5

    Continue up the Huaripampa Valley on pre-Inca trails, with views of Contrahierbas behind us. Cross Pucaraju Pass (15,252'). If it's clear, take in beautiful views of Piramide, Paron, Chacraraju, and Huascarán. Continue on to Laguna Huecrococha, a lake situated at about 13,000', and camp nearby.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain & 1,116' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to the Jancapampa Valley

    Day 6

    Hike up to the village of Tingopampa, crossing the Tupatupa, a grassy pass at 14,380', and camp at Jancapampa (11,600'), one of the most beautiful valleys on the trek, situated below the Pucajirca massif. In the afternoon and evening, we'll likely enjoy the company of curious children of Tingopampa in camp who might come to visit before getting a good night's sleep in our lowest-altitude camp.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,700' elevation gain & 931' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to Huilca

    Day 7

    From Jancapampa, climb with ever-changing views of the immense glaciers of the east face of Pucajirca (19,844'). Continue climbing steeply through woods, across grassy meadows, and over glacially polished cliffs while enjoying an array of spectacular wildflowers. Make a steep ascent to the narrow Yanajanca pass (15,088'), then head downhill toward the small settlement of Huilca. Camp just below the pass at 14,000' with spectacular views of Pucajirca.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 8-9 hours/7.25 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain & 1,600' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Moyobamba

    Day 8

    Continue up Quebrada Tayapampa with beautiful views of the northeast face of Alpamayo (19,455') and the three peaks of Pucajirca in the distance. Ascend over a grassy pass, crossing a ridge, and camp at Moyobamba at 14,700'.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,667' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enjoy Views of Alpamayo

    Day 9

    Hike over Caracara Pass (15,800'), enjoying fantastic views of Alpamayo's cirque, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the Cordillera Blanca stretching southwards. After lunch, hike up to the moraine - about two hours roundtrip - and enjoy stunning views of Alpamayo's famed classic pyramid shape and the turquoise green lake below the peak. Camp at Jancarurish Valley at 14,000' and take in dazzling views of Alpamayo as the sun sets and rises.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 5 hours/5-7 miles hiking with 1,175' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to our Highest Campsite

    Day 10

    Begin a long ascent with about 50 vueltas (switchbacks) to arrive at Jatun Viento Pass (15,252'). Descend to camp at 14,800', our highest campsite, and a well-deserved rest.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 7 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,168' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach Huischca

    Day 11

    Hike 1.5 hours to our last and highest pass, Toro Pishtanan (15,908'). Descend to Cuillicocha Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in this area of the Andes, with its blue-green waters and view of the three peaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the background. Enjoy views of the Cordillera Negra, the snowless mountain range running parallel with the Cordillera Blanca to the west. Continue to Huischca (13,100') and camp near a modern aqueduct that has replaced an old Inca one.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with three-person tents and sleeping pads. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.

    Activity: 7 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,775' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Downhill to Hualacayan & Back to Huaraz

    Day 12

    Continue downhill to the ruins of Hualacayan and meet your van for the ride back to Huaraz. As you leave the mountains behind, see farmers working small plots of land overlooking the Huaylas Valley and the Cordillera Negra. After checking into the hotel in Huaraz, meet your group for a final farewell dinner in Huaraz.

    Accommodation: Andino Club Hotel

    Activity: 3 hours/4 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation loss

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to Lima & Depart

    Day 13

    Early morning you will be transferred 7-hours by land to Lima.

    Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Peru Cordillera Blanca Trek

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been designing pioneering trekking adventures in the Andes since 1969. We scouted the Cordillera Blanca in 1988.

Reason #02

This Ultimate Challenge adventure has been carefully designed to test your mettle in one of South America's most breathtaking mountain ranges.

Reason #03

We work with expert local guiding teams who have over 40 years' experience leading groups through the Cordillera Blanca.

Meet your guides

Sergio Fitch Watkins

Sergio Fitch Watkins

Sergio is a legendary trekking guide with over 40 years of experience and 300 trips to his name! Besides leading our expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina's Aconcagua, he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru. His recent expeditions include leading our 50th Anniversary Base Camp Trek, Chile's Dientes de Navarino mountains, and an epic hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Sergio has acquired a loyal following, and is one of our most respected guides.

Andre Labarca

Andre Labarca

André fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and has made it his home for the last 10 years. He has participated in more than ten mountain expeditions in the region, accomplishing many first ascents, including the summits of the North and South Towers of the Torres del Paine. André has a great interest in the development of sustainable tourism and is always looking for other regions to explore within Patagonia. André's love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

Activities

Hardcore, high-elevation hiking that rewards you with seldom-seen views of staggering mountain peaks.

Lodging

Comfortable camps with three-person tents and sleeping pads, bookended by stays in the comfortable Andino Club Hotel.

Climate

The Cordillera Blanca Mountains are cold in the mornings and evenings, often below 30F. Around noon temperatures reach 70F at 13,123 feet.

FAQ

Is this trek supported or do I have to carry all my gear?

This trek is supported by pack animals and porters to transport gear. But the weight limit is 30lbs of gear per person. All you'll need to hike with is a daypack.

When is the best time to go and what is the weather like?

Trekking season is April through October, with the best months to go being May through September. You can expect daytime temperatures in the 50s and 60s and nightime temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

What are the MTS camps like and will there be toilets?

We will be tent camping in roomy but basic 3-person tents, and will also have a dining tent and a toilet tent set up at each site.

What happens if I get altitude sickness?

We maximize altitude conditioning in the early part of the trek. However, there are no guarantees that youy will acclimatize. If you show signs of potential acute mountain sickness, you will descend and remain at comfortable altitudes. Our trip leaders always cary Oxygen for emergy use.

Can this trek be offered as a private trip?

Of course! We can run this trip with as little as 2 people. Give us a call to start planning your private adventure today.

Can I rent a sleeping bag?

Yes, you can rent a sleeping bag. Ask your Adventure Coordinator for details.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • May 23 - Jun 04, 2022
    $4,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 single supplement
    Available
  • Jun 27 - Jul 09, 2022
    $4,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 single supplement
    Available
  • Aug 08 - 20, 2022
    $4,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $6,695 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $6,395 per person double occupancy

8 to 15 guests from $5,895 per person double occupancy

2022 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $5,395 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $5,195 per person double occupancy

	

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.