Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

Tackle one of the world's most spectacular mountain circuits in the Cordillera Huayhuash, a small yet magnificent range that's richly glaciated, steep, and dramatic. 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 meters 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.

  • Challenge yourself with 11 days of high-altitude hiking, including seven mountain passes over 15,000 feet on this historic MT Sobek circuit

  • Take in the magnificent scenery of snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, and native wildlife of the Cordillera Huayhuash

  • Explore Peru's beautiful colonial capital of Lima, including the impressive Larco Museum

  • Arrive: Lima, Peru
  • Depart: Lima, Peru
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Group Size: 6-15 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Lima

    Arrive at Lima airport in the evening and make your way to your hotel for the night. The hotel links directly to Jorge Chavéz International Airport, and is easy to navigate to. Tonight is yours to relax and recover from your flight, or perhaps order room service.

  • Day02

    Drive to Huaraz

    Meet your MT Sobek representative in the hotel lobby for a 6:30am transfer to Huaraz, where we'll have lunch at the Hotel Andino before an afternoon of leisure to help acclimatize to this higher elevation. Later, meet with the group for a welcome dinner.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Andino
    • Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Hike to Huilcacocha Lake

    Transfer to Huillcacocha Lake (12,303') and set out on your first acclimatization hike surrounded by astounding views of the white-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Along the way, meet and interact with the local Quechua people who still wear colorful, traditional Andean clothes. Pass close to their traditional adobe houses and see how they have lived for countless centuries. Climb to a spectacular viewpoint and stop for lunch before descending back down to the lake via a different route with beautiful views of the valley below.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Andino
    • Activity: 5 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 2,051' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Explore Huascaran National Park

    After breakfast, travel into Huascaran National Park and discover the unusual beauty of the Puya Raimondi trees, relative of the pineapple and the largest member of the bromeliad family. Continue to Yanashayash pass, then onward to Cuartelwain (13,779'), your camp for the night.

  • Day05

    Cross Cacanampunta Pass & Trek to Janca

    Start the day crossing the Cacanampunta Pass (15,387') at the northern end of the range, keeping an eye out for Andean condors soaring overhead. From here, descend through a multicolored landscape to the beautiful, flat, and grassy campsite at Janca (13,943'). This is a short walking day to aid our acclimatization, but if you're still feeling energetic, you can take the short walk to Lake Mitucocha in the afternoon.

  • Day06

    Hike Scenic Mountain Trails to Lake Carhuacocha

    Today's pass, the Carhuac (15,091') is longer but not too steep, with splendid views of Yerupaja (21,765'), the highest mountain in the Huayhuash. Descending to the rim of the hanging valley, look down on a lake of deep turquoise. Our campsite below Lake Carhuacocha (13,549) 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.

  • Day07

    Full-Day Hike to Siula Pass

    Wake up before dawn if you'd like to watch the sun rise over the lake. The sun's first rays catching the peak of Mount Yerupaja (21,765') certainly make the effort more than worthwhile. After breakfast, set off on a long but gradual climb up a beautiful valley surrounded by the snowcapped peaks and serene glacial lakes. Then, climb steeply to the top of the rocky Siula Pass (15,748') before descending to your camp for the night (14,271').

  • Day08

    Hike to the Viconga Thermal Bath

    Start your day with a gradual, three-hour climb towards the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (15,589'). 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 (14,435'), a natural hotsprings, and your camp for the night.

  • Day09

    Climb to Cuyoc Pass

    Tackle a long, challenging day ascending the highest pass on the trek, Cuyoc Pass (16,404'). 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 Cuyoc (14,763).

  • Day10

    Hike to Calinca Valley

    Descend and then turn up the Sarapococha Valley to reach lakes Jurau and Sarapococha (14,704'). Set up camp in Calinca Valley (13,450'), 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.

  • Day11

    Climb to Huantiac

    Retrace your steps down the Sarapococha Valley and drop to warmer climes, continuing to the remote village of Huayllapa (11,811), with beautiful views of the waterfalls. In the afternoon, climb steeply again to spend the night at Huantiac (14,271'), a high grazing meadow under the shadow of Diablo Mudo (the 'Mute Devil'). This is probably the hardest day, but tomorrow will be shorter and easier.

  • Day12

    Cross Punta Tapush Pass

    Enjoy an easy day crossing the Punta Tapush pass (15,583'), then descend to camp near Lake Susucocha (14,763'). Watch the sun set in the Mount Diablo Mudo.

  • Day13

    Hike to Beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha

    Walk down to Angoshcancha Valley, with its forest of quenual trees, then ascend to the steep and scree-covered Yaucha pass (15,748'). 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. After a long descent, reach Laguna Jahuacocha (13,451'), 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.

  • Day14

    Enjoy a Rest Day at Camp

    Take a break from hiking in the indescribably beautiful setting of Laguna Jahuacocha. Enjoy the abundant bird life, spotting puna ibis, Andean geese, and more. There are some fine walks nearby, and you can choose to explore the area more if you wish.

  • Day15

    Return to Huaraz

    After breakfast, depart early to return to Huaraz. Ascend a steady but gradual climb up to Shullca Pass (14,763') and take a brief rest, taking in the surrounding Andean ranges. Then, descend down a steep, gravelly trail to Pocpa (11,482') to meet your private transportation to transfer back to Huaraz.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Andino
    • Activity: 5-6 hours/7 miles hiking with 1312' elevation gain & 3281' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day16

    Return to Lima & Depart

    Early morning you will be transferred by land to Lima. Most U.S.-bound flights depart in the evening, so a day room is reserved at Wyndham Costa del Sol to rest before meeting your international flights.

    • Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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  • AvailableJul 11 - 26, 2020
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

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 for our 50th anniversary.

Reason #02

Our experience in Peru is legendary and you will be in the company of expert guides who have over 20 years' experience leading groups through the Andes.

Reason #03

This trip is perfect for active adventurers who seek a strenuous alternative to the Salkantay Route or Cordillera Blanca, and who longs to sleep under the stars.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Strenuous circuit trek in Peru's spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash, with 11 days challenging hiking in the mountains above 16,000 ft.

  • Lodging

    Camping in remote and scenic spots high in the Andes, with comfortable hotel stays at the beginning and end of the trip.

  • Climate

    Trekking season is May - September, the driest time of year. There is a drastic temperature difference between cloud cover and sun. Be prepared for wind, rain and cold, especially at higher elevations.

FAQ

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

    This trek is fully supported! From pack animals and porters to transport our gear, you'll only have to carry your daypack.

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

    The Huayhuash is pristine wilderness camping at its best. This means 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 design our treks to maximize altitude conditioning in the early part of the trek. We'll carry a Gamow bag (hyperbaric chamber), oxygen and satellite phone.

  • What is the highest elevation that will be reach?

    The maximum altitude is 16,400'.

  • Can I travel to Huaraz earlier?

    Yes, you can travel a few days earlier. Check with us as flights do not operate every day.

  • How cold will it get?

    This is a high altitude trek. It can get between 15 to 20'F. June and July are the coldest months but also the most clear to enjoy the views of the mountains.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

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    Jul 11 - 26, 2020
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Aug 01 - 16, 2020

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$4,995.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $500.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner (at hotels)
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival airport transfer in Huaraz and departure airport transfer in Lima

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Arrival airport transfer in Lima and departure airport transfer if outside of Day 16
  • Optional travel protection

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  • "We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek."

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  • "I've taken six MT Sobek trips and they have all exceeded my expectations. The staff, the food, the logistics and the communications have always been exceptional. Thank you for being my "go to" adventure travel company!"

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