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Our treks visit the Cutatambo valley, which is situated below the mountain “Siula Grande”, the real-life setting of Joe Simpson’s famous story, “Touching the Void”. Among the many prominent peaks visible on the trek are Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Yerupajá chico, Yerupajá, Cuyoc, Diablo Mudo, Rasac, and Sacra. We also pass the lakes, Mitucocha, Carhuacocha, Atoqsahyco, Viconga, Jahuacocha, and others. This route is also a great option because it affords the opportunity to experience the great diversity of flora and fauna in the region. The classic Cordillera Huayhuash trek is considered one of the top ten trekking circuits in the world.


ITINERARY

Day 1 Huaraz – Matacancha

You are picked up from your hotel and we head south of Huaraz crossing the villages of Chiquian and Llamac. During our drive we pass traditional Andean towns with typical Quechua homes and rich farm land. After 6.5 hours of driving we arrive to our first campsite Matacancha (4150m). Before dinner you have some time to explore the area around the campsite and get ready for the next day.

Driving time: 6.5 hs.

Day 2 Matacancha - Cacananpunta Pass – Carhuac pass – Laguna Carhuacocha

Today we start hiking early and we reach Cacananpunta Pass (4700m) after 2.5 hours. We hike back down to 4500m always enjoying views over Jirishanca (6126m) and Rondoy (5883m). Then we hike 2.5 hours up to Carhuac Pass (4650m) from where we have good views of the beautifully stunning peaks of Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca. From this vantage point, we descend to our next campsite at Carhuacocha Lake (4100m). On this campsite we have mountains all around us: Yerupaja Grande (6634m), Yerupaja Chico (6515m), Siula (6356m), Jirishanca (6126m).

Hiking time: 9 hs.

Day 3 Laguna Carhuacocha – Punta Carnicero – Huayhuash

We continue our trek and follow the river around 3.5 hours to reach Punta Carnicero (4600m). On the way down we see the snow peaked mountains of the southern Cordillera Huayhuash. Our next campsite is in Huayhuash (4350m).

Hiking time: 8 hs.

Day 4 Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass – Laguna Viconga

Today we have a gradual climb for approximately 3 hours ascending up towards the Portachuelo pass (4750m). From this beautiful vantage point we then descend along the valley as we pass next to grazing llama and sheep then walk beside the large Viconga Lake, where our next campsite is (4500m).

Hiking time: 6 hs.

Day 5 Laguna Viconga – Cuyoc Pass – Huanacpatay

Today is a long and challenging day as we ascend the highest pass on the trek, Cuyoc Pass (5000m). We ascend up the trail to reach the pass and enjoy the marvelous views of the surrounding high mountains before descending over a rocky section then hike along the valley to camp at Huanacpatay (4300m).

Hiking time: 9 hs.

Day 6 Huanacpatay – Tupush Pass – Gashpapampa

Today we see a beautiful waterfall and hike to the village of Huayhuash, where they grow potatoes, wheat and lupines. Then we hike up 7 hours to reach Tapush pass (4800m) and 1 hour down to our next campsite Gashpapampa (4600m). This is the highest campsite of the trek.

Hiking time: 9 hs.

Day 7 Gashpapampa – Laguna Jahuacocha

We enjoy a beautiful hike through the westside of the range. We see Yerupaja Grande (6634m), one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the Andes. We descend through lupines along the valley to our final camp at Jahuacocha Lake (4150m). We camp overnight beside the lake enjoying the views of the majestic mountains surrounding us.

Hiking time: 7 hs.

Day 8 Laguna Jahuacocha – Llamac Pass – Huaraz

We complete our trek today by hiking down the Jahuacocha valley for about 45 minutes and then ascend to the Llamac Pampa pass (4300m) with its great close up view of the Huayhuash mountain range as a back drop. After resting here and enjoying the close views of the peaks and taking some great panoramic photos, we make a long descent to the Llamac village where our transport is waiting to take us back to Huaraz.

Hiking time: 6 hs.
Driving time: 5 hs.

What is included

  • Transport: From Huaraz to the starting point of your activity, and from the finishing point of your activity back to Huaraz. We use prived transport, minivans, and other types of cars, depending on the size of the group.
  • Guide: Qualified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and basic English.
  • Cook: A professional cook who is trained to prepare healthy dishes in a hygienic manner.
  • Donkey driver: Is in charge of loading the donkeys, looking after them and guiding them.
  • Donkeys: The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of the group. You are allowed to bring up to 4 kg of personal belongings that will be loaded on the donkeys. You will only carry your daypack during the day.
  • Food: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
  • Equipment: Good quality high mountain tent, sleeping mattress, basic sleeping bag -2°, dining tent, table and chairs, toilet tent, first aid kit, cooking stove, dishes and cooking utensils.
  • Emergency horse: 1 horse will accompany the group for emergency purposes.
  • Food: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

What is not included

Entrance fee of 220 Soles, first breakfast, last dinner, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, medical treatment, travel insurance, tips, additional expenses as a result of leaving the trek early, additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation, bottled water (you drink water from the river).

What to bring
  • Bag to load on the donkeys with your personal belongings (plastic bag with zipper or garbage bag)
  • Small daypack
  • Sleeping bag if available
  • Walking sticks if you have knee problems
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Sun protection: sunscreen (factor 40 minimum), hat, sunglasses
  • Well-worn in hiking boots or trekking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes: t-shirts (quick dry or merino wool recommended), trekking trousers or leggings, sweater, woolen trekking socks, underwear, long thermal underwear, fleece, gloves, hat
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers / or rain poncho
  • Water bottle and water purification pills
  • Toilet paper, personal toiletries, small towel
  • Extra snacks and money
  • Missing something? We can provide you with everything you need for a great days expeditions, Please check each trip for detailed pricing information or contact us for a customized trip and you can fully enjoy!!

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