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Peru Cordillera Blanca Trekking Tour

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, with 27 peaks over 19,000 feet, linked by isolated valleys. Hike through a glacial wilderness of translucent turquoise lakes, hidden waterfalls, and striking pinnacles, and keep an eye out for vicunas and soaring condors. 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.

14 Days

From: $4,995

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

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Highlights


  • 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

Peru Cordillera Blanca Trek

Start: Huaraz, Peru  End: Huaraz, Peru

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Huaraz

    Day 1

    Arrive at Huaraz-Anta airport and meet your MT Sobek guide for a private van transfer to the hotel in Huaraz. Rooms have been booked from the night before so you are able to check in immediately on arrival this morning and have a restful day to begin acclimating to the altitude (10,000'). This evening, meet up for a welcome dinner.

    There is currently one daily flight that departs Lima at 7:00 am and arrives Huaraz at 8:10 am (subject to change). We recommend arriving Lima the previous day and overnighting at the convenient Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel before taking the morning flight to Huaraz. You are also welcome to book the flight from Lima to Huaraz for a day or more early, to allow more days to acclimate or explore on your own.

    Accommodation: Andino Club Hotel

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Discover the Ancient Center of Chavin de Huantar

    Day 2

    Continue your acclimatization with a day trip from Huaraz to the monumental site of Chavin de Huantar, one of the oldest archaeological sites you can visit in Peru - first inhabited as early as 1500 BC! Nestled at 10,500 feet, between the eastern and western ranges of the Andes, this complex of temples, terraces, and underground mazes belonged to the Chavin culture, who pre-dated the Inca by over 2,000 years. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, Chavin was a gathering place for worshipers from around the region. Admire the pyramidal temple and buildings of the ceremonial center, with outstanding examples of zoomorphic stone carvings. Step inside recently uncovered passages of underground tunnels, and visit the small on-site museum that houses artifacts found at the site including carved stone figurines and musical instruments.

    Accommodation: Andino Club Hotel

    Activity: 3-hour guided visit to archaeological site

    Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike to Ararcocha & Huilcacocha Lakes

    Day 3

    Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Cordillera Blanca as you travel into the mountains by bus, then hike to two pristine Andean glacial lakes. This is a great acclimatization hike to help you adjust to the thinner air and prepare you for more challenging future hikes. From Rumichuco Bridge, ascend toward Ararcocha (12,116') and Huilcacocha (12,221') Lakes, boasting some of the best panorama views of the Cordillera Blanca range, including the highest peak in the Cordillera Blanca — Mount Huascaran - whose glacier-topped pinnacle sits at 22,204 feet! After a hearty lakeside lunch, meet your bus for the drive back to Huaraz.

    Accommodation: Andino Club Hotel

    Activity: 4 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 2746' elevation gain & 121' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Huascaran National Park

    Day 4

    Check out of the hotel in Huaraz and depart by private vehicle, 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 Huascaran National Park, stop for a box lunch, then cross a pass of about 15,580' with a stunning panorama of the northern Cordillera Blanca. Here you'll leave the Pacific side of the range and begin a descent on the Amazon side. From the trailhead, 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

    Activity: 1-1.5 hours/1.8 miles hiking with 1,627' elevation loss

    Transportation: 4.5-hours private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Tuctu Pampa

    Day 5

    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 (13,451'), 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

    Activity: 6-7 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 2,627' elevation gain and 1,247' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Laguna Huecrococha

    Day 6

    Continue up the Huaripampa Valley on pre-Inca trails, with views of Contrahierbas behind you. Cross Pucaraju Pass (15,252'). If it's clear, take in beautiful views of Piramide, Paron, Chacraraju, and Huascaran. Continue on to Laguna Huecrococha, a lake situated at about 13,000', then camp slightly below the lake, in the Tuctupampa Valley at 12,588'.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Activity: 7 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,788' elevation gain & 2,785' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to the Jancapampa Valley

    Day 7

    Hike up to the village of Tingopampa, crossing the Tupatupa, a grassy pass at 14,274', and camp at Jancapampa (11,640'), 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

    Activity: 7-8 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1,916' elevation gain & 2,805' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to Huilca

    Day 8

    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 (15,134'), then head downhill on the Pacific side toward the small settlement of Huilca. Camp just below the pass at 13,123' with spectacular views of Pucajirca.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Activity: 8-9 hours/7.2 miles hiking with 3,786' elevation gain & 2,273' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Moyobamba

    Day 9

    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 at 14,553', crossing a ridge, and camp at Moyobamba at 14,783'.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,053' elevation gain and 397' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enjoy Views of Alpamayo

    Day 10

    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, those who wish can hike up to the moraine — about two hours roundtrip, over scree — and enjoy stunning views of Alpamayo's famed classic pyramid shape and the turquoise green lake below the peak. Camp at 13,599' and take in dazzling views of Alpamayo as the sun sets and rises.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Activity: 6 hours/4.7 miles hiking with 1,552' elevation gain and 2,297' elevation loss; optional side trip 2 hours/1.6 miles hiking with 508' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to our Highest Campsite

    Day 11

    Begin a long ascent with about 50 vueltas (switchbacks) to arrive at Jatun Viento Pass (15,623'). Descend to camp at 14,947', our highest campsite, and a well-deserved rest.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Activity: 6-7 hours/6.1 miles hiking with 2,740' elevation gain and 1,627' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach Huischcash

    Day 12

    Hike 1.5 hours to your last and highest pass, Toro Pishtanan (15,977'). Descend to Cullicocha 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 Huischcash (13,100') and camp near a modern aqueduct that has replaced an old Inca one.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Activity: 7 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,549' elevation gain and 3,347' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Downhill to Hualacayan & Back to Huaraz

    Day 13

    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/3.8 miles hiking with 286' elevation gain and 3,061' elevation loss

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Huaraz

    Day 14

    Take an early morning group transfer back to Huaraz-Anta airport and begin your journey home.

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


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

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

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

Dates & Prices


  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2025

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 17.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

10 guests from $4,995 per person double occupancy

7 to 9 guests from $5,195 per person double occupancy

6 guests from $5,295 per person double occupancy

5 guests from $5,695 per person double occupancy

3 to 4 guests from $6,195 per person double occupancy

2 guests from $6,495 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


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.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

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 for hotels, restaurants, and drivers
  • 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 camp staff
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Ian L.

Ian L.

Ian is a British-Peruvian guide and an outdoor enthusiast with many interests, including photography, archaeology, and trekking in the Andes. His spirit, enthusiasm, and knowledge make Ian an ideal guide for exploring the enchanting and ancient wonders of Peru. He will enrich your experience in one of the world’s most interesting countries! Ian also speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Manolo L.

Manolo L.

Manolo is one of Peru’s most skilled adventure travel guides, with more than 30 years of experience leading treks and whitewater rafting trips. A resident of Cusco, Manolo is well versed in the rich history of the Andes and the classic trekking routes that trace the footsteps of the Inca trade paths. His knowledge of the region, people, and traditions immensely enrich the travel experience. He is fluent in English as well as Spanish, and conversant in Quechua—the historic language of the Incas—and he has a gift for instilling confidence in every trekker.

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This is a great acclimatization hike to help you adjust to the thinner air and prepare you for more challenging future hikes. From Rumichuco Bridge, ascend toward Ararcocha (12,116\') and Huilcacocha (12,221\') Lakes, boasting some of the best panorama views of the Cordillera Blanca range, including the highest peak in the Cordillera Blanca — Mount Huascaran - whose glacier-topped pinnacle sits at 22,204 feet! After a hearty lakeside lunch, meet your bus for the drive back to Huaraz. 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Begin a long ascent with about 50 vueltas (switchbacks) to arrive at Jatun Viento Pass (15,623\'). Descend to camp at 14,947\', our highest campsite, and a well-deserved rest.

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Hike 1.5 hours to your last and highest pass, Toro Pishtanan (15,977\'). Descend to Cullicocha 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 Huischcash (13,100\') and camp near a modern aqueduct that has replaced an old Inca one.

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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.

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Take an early morning group transfer back to Huaraz-Anta airport and begin your journey home.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated 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.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

3-hour guided visit to archaeological site

Day 3

4 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 2746' elevation gain & 121' elevation loss

Day 4

1-1.5 hours/1.8 miles hiking with 1,627' elevation loss

Day 5

6-7 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 2,627' elevation gain and 1,247' elevation loss

Day 6

7 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,788' elevation gain & 2,785' elevation loss

Day 7

7-8 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1,916' elevation gain & 2,805' elevation loss

Day 8

8-9 hours/7.2 miles hiking with 3,786' elevation gain & 2,273' elevation loss

Day 9

5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,053' elevation gain and 397' elevation loss

Day 10

6 hours/4.7 miles hiking with 1,552' elevation gain and 2,297' elevation loss; optional side trip 2 hours/1.6 miles hiking with 508' elevation gain & loss

Day 11

6-7 hours/6.1 miles hiking with 2,740' elevation gain and 1,627' elevation loss

Day 12

7 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,549' elevation gain and 3,347' elevation loss

Day 13

3 hours/3.8 miles hiking with 286' elevation gain and 3,061' elevation loss

Accommodations


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

MT Sobek Camp – Cordillera Blanca, Peru
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.

Andino Club Hotel
Andino Club Hotel

Surrounded by lush gardens, the Andino Club Hotel offers panoramic views of the Callejon de Huaylas mountain range. Each room is comfortably outfitted with modern amenities, including Wi-Fi, LCD TV and a hairdryer.

Weather


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

 
May
Jul
Aug
Huaraz 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Huaraz
72
41
72
37
73
38
Huascaran National Park 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Huascaran National Park
57
26
57
22
58
23
Lima 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Lima
72
62
67
59
66
58

FAQs


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 nighttime 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 you will acclimatize. If you show signs of potential acute mountain sickness, you will descend and remain at comfortable altitudes. Our trip leaders always carry oxygen for emergency use.

What is the minimum age for this trip?

The minimum age for this private trip is 17 years old.

Can I rent a sleeping bag?

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

Do you offer any extensions?

Yes! Ask one of our Trip Consultants or Adventure Coordinators about our pre- or post-trip extension options:

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