CIRCUIT HUAYHUASH 14 DAYS
The Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the most spectacular ranges in the Peruvian Andes. It was a region that attracted worldwide attention following Joe Simpson's graphic account of his ascent of Siula Grande in his book 'Touching the Void'. This full circuit trek is the best way to fully appreciate the sheer scale of these snowcapped summits including Yerupaja, the second highest mountain in Peru. Our trip includes ample time for acclimatisation in the Cordillera Blanca and Huaraz before spending 14 days crossing high passes - all in the vicinity of 5000m. Each day provides an ever changing backdrop of soaring peaks including the distinctive needle like peak of Jirishanca and the impressive summit of Yerupaja at 6640m. At night we camp in tranquil locations alongside glacial lakes or alpine meadows in this unrivalled corner of the Andes.
On trek we are supported by a cook team, arrieros (donkey drivers), a rescue horse and a local guide as well as the trek leader. We camp in roomy two person tents. A typical day would be to wake at 6am with a cup of tea in the tent, breakfast in the mess tent and away before 8am. Trekking is best before the heat of the afternoon. A lunch stop at around 12 noon with perhaps the chance for a brief siesta. Arrival in camp is usually around 3-3.30pm in time for afternoon tea. After sorting camp out, we are relaxed and ready for the main meal of the day at about 6pm.
Day 01: Huaraz / Transfer to Llamac / Cuartelhuain Camp (4150mt) Camp
In the morning we will pick up you at your hotel with our private transportation to drive south Huaraz on the paved way until chiquian town, then we will continue driving until reach cuartelhuain camping spot on the way we will pass Llamac– pocpa village, the last one is gateway of Cordillera Huayhuash, at the camp site we will meet with our donkey-driver and donkeys, as soon as we arrive the camp we will have the first view of snow- capped peaks of rondoy, ninashanca & hirishanca Overnight camp at cuartelhuain
Day 02: Cuartelhuain / Trekking Cacanan Pass (4700mt) / Laguna Mitucocha Camp (4300mt) Camp
Two options for the route, a gradual easy pass on the main trail or an off-trail adventure on steeper terrain with a beautiful lake and a high rocky pass.
Day 03: Laguna Mitucocha / Carhuac Pass (4650mt) / Laguna Carhuacocha Camp (4150mt) Camp
We cross the pass Paso de Carhuac (4650m) then descend to our camp at the big Carhuacocha Lake (4150m). From our camp we look directly up the lake to the peaks and ice fields of Siula and the two peaks of Yerupajá.
Day 04: Extra day at Laguna Carhuacocha at (4150mt)
Rest Day at Carhuacocha Lake, take a half day hike around the lake, or visit Siula Lake. Catch trout for dinner.
Day 05: Laguna Carhuacocha / Trekking Carnisero Pass (4800m) / Huayhuash Camp (4750mt) Camp
Most people take the off trail route passing three differently colored lakes and winding below the peaks of Yurupaja and Siula.
Day 6: Huayhuash / Trekking Portachuelo Pass (4750mt) / Laguna Viconga Camp (4395mt) Camp
We descend past Viconga Lake, often the haunt of donkeys and time to relax in the natural hot springs at viconga.
Day 07: Laguna Viconga / Trekking Cuyoc Pass (5000m) / Yanapampa Camp (4450mt) Camp
You’ll hike over the highest pass in the Huayhuash circuit, reaching 5000 meters of altitude. A beautiful side trail is passable on foot while the donkeys follow a different trail and descent to quebrada Guanacpatay. And camp in Yanapampa to 4450m
Day 08: Yanapampa / Trekking San Antonio Pass (5050m) / Cutatambo Camp (4100mt) Camp
Challenging climb over Cerro San Antonio (5050mt) our highest pass. Breathtaking views to Siula Grande base camp and Siula glacier. Steep descend to camp at Cutatambo.
Day 09: Rest day at Cutatambo.
One of the more beautiful vistas of siula Grande (Joe Simpson – explorer) and visit the glacial lakes of Sarapocha and Santa Rosa
Day 10: Cutatambo / Trekking to Huatiac Camp (4300m) Camp
Today will be easy hiking through the valley downwards until reaching the village of Huayllap (3700m). We continue the trek climbing gradually up a narrow valley to reach the pastures of Huatiac (4300m). We will set up camp here for the night. Walking time is 4-5 hours.
Day 11: Huatiac / Trekking Tapush Pass (4750mt) / Gashgapampa Camp (4500mt) Camp
We leave Huatiac in the morning and continue our hike crossing the Tapush Pass (4800m). We set up camp at Gashgapampa (4400m) from where we will start early in the morning our climb to the mountain summit of Diablo Mudo (5350m). Walking time is 4-5 hours.
Day 12: Gashgapampa / Ascend to Diablo Mudo Summit (5350mt) / Laguna Jahuacocha Camp (4150m) Camp
We will continue our trek and cross the Punta Yaucha (4800m) before descending to the spectacular Lake of Jahuacocha (4400m). This lake nestles between a great number of snow-capped mountains with cloud piercing peaks such as Jirishanca, El Toro (6100m), Yerupaja, Siula Grande, Rondoy (5885m) and Sarupo (6127m) and cascading glaciers. This is arguable the best campsite of the trek.Walking time 5-6 hours.
Day 13: An extra day at Laguna Jahuacocha
Make a half day hike to solteracocha, where we will have the most breath-taking view surrounded by huge towering pecks
Day 14: Laguna Jahuacocha / Trekking Pampa llamac Pass (4300mt) / Descent to Llamac / Transfer to Huaraz
In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz for hot showers.
IN THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Qualified trekking Guide
- Experienced Cooks
- Assistants for larger groups
- Donkey drivers and Donkeys
- Meals (breakfast, all snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, large dinner) during the trek
- All Cooking Equipment, plates, cups, utensils etc
- Tents (personal tent, dining tent with table and chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent)
- Single tents available on request
- Private Transfer during the trekking
- First Aid Kit
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flight
- Transfer airport Lima to Hotel
- Hotels in Lima / Huaraz
- Bus Lima / Huaraz / Lima
- Personal Equipment of Trekking
- Tour acclimatization
- Huayhuash community fees US$75 per person
- Meals and drinks in the city