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Peru Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking Tour

Epic Mountain Passes & Unspoiled Glacial Wilderness of the Andes


Tackle one of the world's most spectacular mountain circuits in the Cordillera Huayhuash, a compact yet magnificent range that's richly glaciated, steep, and dramatic. Six of Peru's highest mountains rise from this striking massif, and it was here that the gripping memoir and film 'Touching the Void' took place, portraying the memorable tale of climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, the first mountaineers to scale Siula Grande. This classic, multi-day trek in the Peruvian Andes is challenging but rewarding, with unequalled views of its turquoise glacial lakes, jagged, snow-capped peaks, and stunning hanging glaciers that extend thousands of feet from the peaks. Let our experienced team of mountain guides support you in this trek of a lifetime through remote and rugged terrain — a bucket-list adventure for hardcore hikers.

16 Days

From: $5,495

Join a Special Follow the Leader Departure with Andre Labarca on the June 15, 2024 or Sergio Fitch Watkins on the August 3, 2024

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Highlights


  • Challenge yourself with 11 days of high-altitude hiking, including eight mountain passes over 15,000 feet
  • Take in the magnificent scenery of snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, hot springs, and native wildlife of the Cordillera Huayhuash
  • Acclimate first with three days in the mountaineering center of Huaraz, with short hikes and a visit to the pre-Inca site of Chavin de Huantar

Peru Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Start: Lima, Peru (Huaraz in 2025)  End: Lima, Peru (Huaraz in 2025)

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

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Lima & Transfer to Huaraz

    Day 1

    Arrive at Lima airport early (we recommend arriving in Lima the day before). Transfers to Huaraz depend on your travel dates. For departures through June 30, 2024, transfer together ~8 hours by private van or bus from Lima to Huaraz, enjoying a box lunch en route. For departures starting July 1-August 30, 2024, take a 7:00 am commercial flight from Lima to Huaraz. In 2025, guests book their own flight to and from Huaraz, together with international flights, and the tour starts with an airport transfer on arrival in Huaraz. All groups enjoy a welcome dinner in Huaraz this evening.


    Accommodation: Hotel Andino – Huaraz, Peru

    Transportation: 8-hour private van transfer or 1-hour flight transfer (July 1 2024 onwards)

    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: Hotel Andino – Huaraz, Peru

    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: Hotel Andino – Huaraz, Peru

    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 Chiquian & the Cordillera Huayhuash

    Day 4

    Starting out in the early morning, enjoy a 2-hour transfer south along a paved road to the town of Chiquian. Stop at a vista point to admire views of the Cordillera Huayhuash including Yerupaja, the second highest peak in Peru. The last section of the drive is on a dirt road towards the village of Llamac, gateway to the Cordillera Huayhuash. Past the village of Pocpa and the Pallca mine, arrive at the entrance of the Rondoy Valley at 13,287 feet. Here, the scenery opens up into rolling grasslands, dominated by the snow- capped peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Set up camp in Cuartelhuain at 13,772 feet.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike over Cacananpunta Pass to Lake Mitucocha

    Day 5

    Begin your trek in earnest, ascending up and over the Cacananpunta Pass (15,367') at the northern end of the range, keeping an eye out for Andean condors soaring overhead. This is the Continental Divide, and from this point on, rain that falls on the western slopes flows to the Atlantic and rain that falls on the eastern slopes flows to the Amazon. From here, descend through a multicolored landscape to the beautiful, flat, and grassy campsite at Janca (13,923'), not far from Lake Mitucocha. Marvel at the turquoise waters reflecting the Ninashanca, Rondoy, and Jirishanca peaks. This is a short walking day to aid acclimatization, but if you're still feeling energetic, you can take the short walk to Lake Mitucocha in the afternoon.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,853' elevation gain & 1,719' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike over Carhuac Pass to Lake Carhuacocha

    Day 6

    Today's pass, the Carhuac (15,174') takes a bit longer but is not too steep, with splendid views of Yerupaja (21,765'), the highest mountain in the Huayhuash. Descending to the rim of a hanging valley, look down on the crystalline blue-green waters of Lake Carhuacocha. Tonight's campsite below the lake (13,710') offers an incredible vista of peaks and hanging glaciers, proving you don't need 26,000-foot peaks to have the most inspiring mountain scenery.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,270' elevation gain & 3,064' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike over Siula Pass to Huayhuash Camp

    Day 7

    Wake up before dawn if you'd like to catch the sunrise over the lake. The sun's first rays catching the peak of Yerupaja certainly make the effort more than worthwhile. After breakfast, set out on a long but gradual climb up a verdant valley, surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of Yerupaja, Yerupaja Chico, Siula Grande, Jirishanca, Santa Rosa, and Carnicero. Also pass a series of pristine and crystal clear lakes - Gangrajanca, Siula, and Quesillacocha. Then, climb steeply to the top of the rocky Siula Pass (15,866'), before descending to Huayhuash Campsite (14,281'), where you'll sleep nestled at the foot of Mount Trapecio and the three peaks of Jurua.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 8-9 hours/8.6 miles hiking with 3,032' elevation gain & 2,047' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to the Viconga Thermal Bath

    Day 8

    Start your day with a gradual, three-hour climb towards the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (15,675'). From this beautiful vantage point, descend along the valley, passing grazing llama and sheep. After a walk beside the large Viconga Lake, take a short climb up to reach Viconga Thermal Baths (14,327'), a natural hotsprings, and your camp for the night.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 6-7 hours/7.2 miles hiking with 1,759' elevation gain & 1,634' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to Cuyoc Pass

    Day 9

    Tackle a long, challenging day ascending to Cuyoc Pass (16,558'). Stop to take in the marvelous views of the surrounding high mountains before descending down over a rocky section. Finally, hike along the valley to camp at Pampa Cuyoc (14,862').

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 6-7 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 2,342' elevation gain & 1,693' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike over Santa Rosa Pass to the Calinca Valley

    Day 10

    Start the day's trek with a very steep ascent to Santa Rosa Pass, the highest pass on the trek (16,617'). Take in incredibly panoramic views of snowcapped peaks, then start the descent into the Calinca Valley. Set up camp for the next two nights at Cutatambo Camp (14,068'), not far from the base camp of author Joe Simpson before his climb of Siula Grande that resulted in the 1988 book, 'Touching the Void.'

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 5-6 hours/4.2 miles hiking with 2,067' elevation gain & 2,743' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enjoy a Rest Day at Camp

    Day 11

    Take a break from hiking and enjoy the dramatic setting of icy glaciers and crystalline lakes. There are some fine walks nearby, and you can choose to explore the area more if you wish - take a short walk to the base camp of Joe Simpson, or climb the Cerro Gran Vista, a panoramic lookout over the peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 5 hours/5.3 miles optional Cerro Gran Vista hike with 2,064' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to the High Meadow of Huatiac

    Day 12

    Retrace your steps down the Sarapococha Valley and drop to warmer climes, continuing to the cultivated lands belonging to the remote village of Huayllapa (11,797'), with beautiful views of alpine waterfalls. In the afternoon, climb steeply again to spend the night at Huatiac, a high grazing meadow at 14,101 feet, under the shadow of Diablo Mudo, the 'Mute Devil'. This is probably the hardest day, but tomorrow will be shorter and easier.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 8-9 hours/10.2 miles hiking with 3,031' elevation gain & 2,831' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross Punta Tapush Pass

    Day 13

    Enjoy an easy day crossing the Punta Tapush Pass (15,715'), then descend approximately one hour to camp at Gashpapampa (14,947'). From the campsite, take in a glorious sunset behind Mount Diablo Mudo, weather permitting.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 4 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,775' elevation gain & 784' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike over Yaucha Pass to Laguna Jahuacocha

    Day 14

    Trek down to Angoshcancha Valley, with its forest of quenual (paper bark) trees, then ascend to steep and scree-covered Yaucha Pass (15,912'). On a clear day, you'll get magnificent views of the highest peaks of the Huayhuash range and long-distance panoramas to the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. This is also another good spot for sighting Andean condors. After a long descent, reach the indescribably beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha, which lies beneath the glacier-covered west faces of Jerupaja, Jirishanca, Rasac, Rondoy, and El Toro and is widely held to be the scenic gem of the whole range. Overnight at 13,372 feet.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6.2 miles hiking with 1,525' elevation gain & 3,517' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb Mancanpunta Pass, Descend to Pocpa & Return to Huaraz

    Day 15

    After breakfast, depart early to return to Huaraz. Ascend a steady but gradual climb up to your ninth and last pass: Mancanpunta Pass (15,000') and take a brief rest, taking in the surrounding Andean ranges. Then, descend a steep, gravelly trail to Pocpa (11,427') to meet your private transportation to transfer back to Huaraz.

    Accommodation: Hotel Andino – Huaraz, Peru

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5.8 miles hiking with 1,801' elevation gain & 3,622' elevation loss

    Transportation: 4.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to Lima & Depart

    Day 16

    Transfers from Huaraz to Lima depend on your travel dates. For departures ending before June 30, 2024, transfer together ~8 hours by private van or bus from Lima to Huaraz, enjoying a box lunch en route. For departures ending July 1-August 30, 2024, take an 8:45 am commercial flight from Huaraz, arriving Lima 9:35 am. In 2025, guests book their own flight from Huaraz to Lima, together with international flights, and the tour ends with a morning transfer from our Huaraz hotel to the Huaraz airport.

    Transportation: 8-hour private van transfer or 1-hour flight transfer (July 1 2024 onwards)

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek first led commercial treks in the Cordillera Huayhuash back in 1982. Due to popular demand we've taken it out of the vault and are operating it again.

  • Test your mettle in one of South America's most breathtaking mountain ranges, perfect for those seeking a superlative trekking challenge away from the crowds.

  • We work with expert guiding teams who have over 30 years' experience leading groups through the Andes.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2024

Scheduled Dates


Price is per person, double occupancy in USD.

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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9 to 10 guests from $4,595 per person double occupancy

7 to 8 guests from $4,995 per person double occupancy

5 to 6 guests from $5,695 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 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
  • 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.

Andre L.

Andre L.

André is an accomplished mountaineer who has dedicated over 25 years to climbing and exploring the Peruvian and Patagonian Andes ranges. He grew up in central Chile and fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and made it his home for 20 years before recently moving to Chile's Araucania region. In over ten mountain expeditions in Patagonia, he accomplished many first ascents, and has climbed the Paine towers in Chile and Alpamayo in Peru. A very enthusiastic guide, André’s love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

Sergio F.

Sergio F.

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.

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Starting out in the early morning, enjoy a 2-hour transfer south along a paved road to the town of Chiquian. Stop at a vista point to admire views of the Cordillera Huayhuash including Yerupaja, the second highest peak in Peru. The last section of the drive is on a dirt road towards the village of Llamac, gateway to the Cordillera Huayhuash. Past the village of Pocpa and the Pallca mine, arrive at the entrance of the Rondoy Valley at 13,287 feet. Here, the scenery opens up into rolling grasslands, dominated by the snow- capped peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Set up camp in Cuartelhuain at 13,772 feet.

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Begin your trek in earnest, ascending up and over the Cacananpunta Pass (15,367\') at the northern end of the range, keeping an eye out for Andean condors soaring overhead. This is the Continental Divide, and from this point on, rain that falls on the western slopes flows to the Atlantic and rain that falls on the eastern slopes flows to the Amazon. From here, descend through a multicolored landscape to the beautiful, flat, and grassy campsite at Janca (13,923\'), not far from Lake Mitucocha. Marvel at the turquoise waters reflecting the Ninashanca, Rondoy, and Jirishanca peaks. This is a short walking day to aid acclimatization, but if you\'re still feeling energetic, you can take the short walk to Lake Mitucocha in the afternoon.

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Today\'s pass, the Carhuac (15,174\') takes a bit longer but is not too steep, with splendid views of Yerupaja (21,765\'), the highest mountain in the Huayhuash. Descending to the rim of a hanging valley, look down on the crystalline blue-green waters of Lake Carhuacocha. Tonight\'s campsite below the lake (13,710\') offers an incredible vista of peaks and hanging glaciers, proving you don\'t need 26,000-foot peaks to have the most inspiring mountain scenery.

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Wake up before dawn if you\'d like to catch the sunrise over the lake. The sun\'s first rays catching the peak of Yerupaja certainly make the effort more than worthwhile. After breakfast, set out on a long but gradual climb up a verdant valley, surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of Yerupaja, Yerupaja Chico, Siula Grande, Jirishanca, Santa Rosa, and Carnicero. Also pass a series of pristine and crystal clear lakes - Gangrajanca, Siula, and Quesillacocha. Then, climb steeply to the top of the rocky Siula Pass (15,866\'), before descending to Huayhuash Campsite (14,281\'), where you\'ll sleep nestled at the foot of Mount Trapecio and the three peaks of Jurua.

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Start your day with a gradual, three-hour climb towards the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (15,675\'). From this beautiful vantage point, descend along the valley, passing grazing llama and sheep. After a walk beside the large Viconga Lake, take a short climb up to reach Viconga Thermal Baths (14,327\'), a natural hotsprings, and your camp for the night.

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Tackle a long, challenging day ascending to Cuyoc Pass (16,558\'). Stop to take in the marvelous views of the surrounding high mountains before descending down over a rocky section. Finally, hike along the valley to camp at Pampa Cuyoc (14,862\').

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Start the day\'s trek with a very steep ascent to Santa Rosa Pass, the highest pass on the trek (16,617\'). Take in incredibly panoramic views of snowcapped peaks, then start the descent into the Calinca Valley. Set up camp for the next two nights at Cutatambo Camp (14,068\'), not far from the base camp of author Joe Simpson before his climb of Siula Grande that resulted in the 1988 book, \'Touching the Void.\'

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Take a break from hiking and enjoy the dramatic setting of icy glaciers and crystalline lakes. There are some fine walks nearby, and you can choose to explore the area more if you wish - take a short walk to the base camp of Joe Simpson, or climb the Cerro Gran Vista, a panoramic lookout over the peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash.

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Retrace your steps down the Sarapococha Valley and drop to warmer climes, continuing to the cultivated lands belonging to the remote village of Huayllapa (11,797\'), with beautiful views of alpine waterfalls. In the afternoon, climb steeply again to spend the night at Huatiac, a high grazing meadow at 14,101 feet, under the shadow of Diablo Mudo, the \'Mute Devil\'. This is probably the hardest day, but tomorrow will be shorter and easier.

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Enjoy an easy day crossing the Punta Tapush Pass (15,715\'), then descend approximately one hour to camp at Gashpapampa (14,947\'). From the campsite, take in a glorious sunset behind Mount Diablo Mudo, weather permitting.

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Trek down to Angoshcancha Valley, with its forest of quenual (paper bark) trees, then ascend to steep and scree-covered Yaucha Pass (15,912\'). On a clear day, you\'ll get magnificent views of the highest peaks of the Huayhuash range and long-distance panoramas to the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. This is also another good spot for sighting Andean condors. After a long descent, reach the indescribably beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha, which lies beneath the glacier-covered west faces of Jerupaja, Jirishanca, Rasac, Rondoy, and El Toro and is widely held to be the scenic gem of the whole range. Overnight at 13,372 feet.

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After breakfast, depart early to return to Huaraz. Ascend a steady but gradual climb up to your ninth and last pass: Mancanpunta Pass (15,000\') and take a brief rest, taking in the surrounding Andean ranges. Then, descend a steep, gravelly trail to Pocpa (11,427\') to meet your private transportation to transfer back to Huaraz.

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Transfers from Huaraz to Lima depend on your travel dates. For departures ending before June 30, 2024, transfer together ~8 hours by private van or bus from Lima to Huaraz, enjoying a box lunch en route. For departures ending July 1-August 30, 2024, take an 8:45 am commercial flight from Huaraz, arriving Lima 9:35 am. In 2025, guests book their own flight from Huaraz to Lima, together with international flights, and the tour ends with a morning transfer from our Huaraz hotel to the Huaraz airport.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 5. This is a very challenging trek with consecutive days of strenuous hiking on rocky terrain, generally between elevations of 13,000-16,000 feet (and two high passes around 16,600 feet). Overnight camps are at elevations of ~13,300-14,800 feet. Physical exertion is 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 5

5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,853' elevation gain & 1,719' elevation loss

Day 6

5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,270' elevation gain & 3,064' elevation loss

Day 7

8-9 hours/8.6 miles hiking with 3,032' elevation gain & 2,047' elevation loss

Day 8

6-7 hours/7.2 miles hiking with 1,759' elevation gain & 1,634' elevation loss

Day 9

6-7 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 2,342' elevation gain & 1,693' elevation loss

Day 10

5-6 hours/4.2 miles hiking with 2,067' elevation gain & 2,743' elevation loss

Day 11

5 hours/5.3 miles optional Cerro Gran Vista hike with 2,064' elevation gain & loss

Day 12

8-9 hours/10.2 miles hiking with 3,031' elevation gain & 2,831' elevation loss

Day 13

4 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,775' elevation gain & 784' elevation loss

Day 14

5-6 hours/6.2 miles hiking with 1,525' elevation gain & 3,517' elevation loss

Day 15

5-6 hours/5.8 miles hiking with 1,801' elevation gain & 3,622' elevation loss

Accommodations


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

Hotel Andino – Huaraz, Peru
Hotel Andino – Huaraz, Peru

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.

MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash
MT Sobek Camp Cordillera Huayhuash

Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with four-person tents (one tent for every two travelers, or one tent per single traveler) and sleeping pads. Sturdy 3-season-plus tents each have 61 sq.ft. of floor space and an interior height of 60 inches. Delicious food is served each night, and guests can enjoy a selection of authentic Peruvian fare in the separate dining tent, equipped with solar energy lamps, standard-height table, and folding stools, before retiring to their tents for a good night's rest in the beautiful Cordillera Huayhuash.

Weather


The Cordillera Huayhuash Mountains are cold in the mornings and evenings, often below 30ºF. Around noon temperatures can reach 70ºF.

 
Jun
Aug
Cordillera Huayhuash  
High
Low
High
Low
Cordillera Huayhuash
57
22
58
23
Huaraz 
High
Low
High
Low
Huaraz
72
37
73
38
Lima 
High
Low
High
Low
Lima
67
59
66
58

FAQs


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

This trek is fully supported by pack animals and porters to transport gear (weight limit 30 lbs of gear per person). You'll only have to carry your daypack.

What are the camps like and will there be toilets?

You will be tent camping in roomy but basic 4-person tents (one tent for every two travelers, or one tent per single traveler), with 3-inch-thick Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro sleeping pads. Talented chefs prepare delicious food each evening and morning, and a supply of potable water is provided.

Porters and pack animals carry camping supplies and trek ahead to set them up prior to our arrival at each site, along with a dining tent with table and folding stools, kitchen tent, and hand washing stations. Each campsite has permanent bathroom structures with flush toilets, and porters also carry a separate tent with chemical eco-toilet that can be used if necessary. Field staff take care of packing out all waste, separating out organic from non-organic waste and disposing of it responsibly.

What happens if I get altitude sickness?

We maximize altitude conditioning with 3 days in Huaraz before beginning 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 highest elevation that will be reached?

The maximum altitude is 16,617 feet at Santa Rosa Pass on Day 10.

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 50-60°F and nighttime temperatures in the 30-40°Fs.

Can I rent a sleeping bag?

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

Can this trek be offered as a private trip?

Of course! We can run this trip with as few as 4 people. Give us a call to start planning your private adventure today.

Do you offer any extensions?

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

Highlights of Lima (3 days/2 nights)
Paracas and the Nazca Lines (3 days/2 nights)
Peruvian Amazon at Tambopata (4 days/3 nights)
Hiking Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu (7 days/6 nights)

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

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