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Day 1: Canyoning

Canyoning (descending rock walls and waterfalls with ropes) is one of the most exciting day activities to do in Huaraz. It is ideal for new arrivals who are not yet acclimatized and want to have an easier but still adrenaline-filled activity for the day. Today we descend three waterfalls between 18 and 27m.

Day 1: Huaraz – Yungay - Hualcayan

We drive north from Huaraz, descending the vast Callejon de Huaylas valley by its paved road. We first stop to visit the memorial Campo Santo in Yungay, the town completely destroyed by a rock, ice and mud slide which came from the flanks of Huascaran during the 1970 earthquake. There is also time for a visit to the busy market in the small town of Caraz. Then we take an unpaved road up into the mountains to our first camp at Hualcayan village (2900m).

Driving time: 5 hs.

Day 2: Hualcayan - Wishcash

Today we set off on a steady, continuous climb, swiftly gaining altitude as we zigzag up to our next camp at Wishcash (4300m), perched high up the mountainside. From here we have terrific views west across the Callejón de Huaylas to the Cordillera Negra, and at night we can see the twinkling lights of the villages high up in the hills.

Hiking time: 5 hs.

Day 3: Wishcash - Ruinapampa

It is a tough day as we climb on a generally good zigzagging path to the crystal blue Laguna Cullicocha (4650m). From here we enjoy a magnificent panorama with the summits of Santa Cruz (6259 m) rising steeply at the opposite end of the lake. As we continue our ascent towards our first mountain pass, Osoruri (4850m), our views of the surrounding lakes and peaks get better and better. We descend and climb again to the Vientunan Pass (4770m) before embarking on a long switch-back descent to the depths of the Quebrada los Cedros valley. We pass the terraced fields surrounding Alpamayo and soon after reach our camp at Ruinapampa (4050m).

Hiking time: 9 hs.

Day 4: Ruinapampa - Cruze Alpamayo

This morning we trek for a few hours on almost flat terrain up the beautiful Cedros valley. On the way we see some ruined structures and ancient standing stones. The spectacular pyramid form of Alpamayo (5947m) comes into view to the southeast. Then we climb up the nearby moraine overlooking the stunning glacial lake of Laguna Jancarurish for close-up views of the Alpamayo and Jancarurish (5601m) peaks. Alternatively, we may venture to Alpamayo basecamp. Tonight we will camp at Cruze Alpamayo (4150m).

Hiking time: 4 hs.

Day 5: Extra day at Cruze Alpamayo

We spend another night at Cruce Alpamayo camp to appreciate the beauty of Alpamayo. You can climb up the nearby moraine overlooking the Laguna Jancarurish for close-up views of the Alpamayo and Jancarurish peaks (3 hour return trip from the camp). If you feel energized, you can continue to Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m) (5 hours return trip from the camp). If you prefer, you can simply rest in camp.

Day 6: Cruze Alpamayo – Cara Cara Pass – Safuna

Today we first cross the Los Cedros River and climb steadily to our next pass Cara Cara (4830m). This is the continental divide; all rivers running west head for the Pacific and those running east eventually reach the Atlantic, via the Amazon. From here, there are great views back to the peaks of Alpamayo, Jancarurish, Quitaraju (6036m) and the Laguna Jancarurish. We descend to a plateau and spend two hours on an easy traverse to a second, lower pass Mesapata (4500m), before dropping to our camp at Safuna in the Quebrada Tayapampa (4200m).

Hiking time: 8 hs.

Day 7: Safuna – Jancapampa

Today we start by crossing the Huillca plateau, one of few locations in the Cordillera Blanca where alpacas are found in abundance. We ascend a narrow valley to a rocky pass, Pucajirca (4600m), from which we are treated to awesome views of the snowcapped peak of Pucajirca Norte (6046m). From here we have a short descent on steep scree, but it soon levels out as we continue down a shrub-filled valley flanked by quenual (polylepis) forest. We pass the beautiful tree-fringed Laguna Sactaycocha and continue our descent through rich vegetation to the broad Quebrada Jancapampa valley. We camp near the head of the valley (3600m). Directly behind camp we have views of a huge hanging glacier and waterfalls cascading down a vast horseshoe of cliffs hundreds of meters high. A lot of farming families live across the valley, and we have the opportunity to meet the friendly local people and the curious, happy children who call the valley home.

Hiking time: 7 hs.

Day 8: Jancapampa - Tupatupa - Huecrococha

Today we trek past adobe house villages and cultivated fields, climbing first gradually, and then more steeply, to the Tupatupa pass (4400m), from where we have views of the big peaks of the Pucajirca/Rinrijirca massif to the west. Our trail descends via a small mountain lake into the broad Tuctubamba valley that we follow downstream before making a short half-hour climb to our campsite beside Laguna Huecrococha (3950m).

Hiking time: 7 hs.

Day 9: Huecrococha - Tuctubamba

We flank the north shore of Laguna Huecrococha then begin a long, gentle traverse of the steep, forested Huecrococha valley. At the valley head, the ascent steepens and zigzags to the Alto de Pacaraju Pass (4650m). At certain times of the year the lupins that cover the hillsides are in flower, and the scent can be intoxicating. From the pass we have magnificent views of many peaks including the jagged Taulliraju (5830m), which towers over the pass. A rocky descent brings us to the open Quebrada Huaripampa valley and our camp at Tuctubamba (3950m).

Hiking time: 7 hs.

Day 10: Tuctubamba - Portachuelo Pass - Cebollapampa

An easy, relaxing walk through the lower Huaripampa valley takes us through the scattered hamlet of Huaripampa. Here we pass several farm houses and encounter a lot of local people. We then climb for an hour to the settlement of Vaqueria (3600m). Our vehicle will be waiting in Vaqueria to take us over the Portachuelo Pass (4767m), from which we enjoy an awesome panorama featuring several of the giant peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. These include Huascaran, Huandoy and Chopicalqui. The stunning, turquoise Llanganuco lakes can also be seen lying almost a kilometer below. We descend via a steep zig zag road to the beautiful famous lake Llanganuco where we camp at the base of Pisco at Cebollapampa (3850m).

Hiking time: 5 hs. / Driving time: 2 hs.

Day 11: Rest Day at Cebollapampa Camp

Day 12: Cebollapampa – Pisco Base Camp

From Cebollapampa we hike up on a good path to the Base Camp of Pisco (4500m). There is a refugio where you can buy drinks and hot food. If you are a novice climber, we can organize some basic instruction in the afternoon. Before going to sleep early, we have time left to check our climbing equipment and get ready for the next day.

Hiking time: 2.5 hs.

Day 13: Base Camp – Summit – Base Camp

Early in the morning at 01:00 am we start hiking up around 3.5 hours over rocky path to get the glacier. Here we put our climbing equipment on to start climbing up to the summit. After climbing up for about 1 hour we get to a wall of 40m and 50° of difficulty. We continue 2.5 hours more and reach the summit (5750m). We enjoy the nice views of different mountains such as: Artesonraju, Alpamayo, Caraz, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha, Chacraraju, Brogui, Huandoys and a splendid turquoise lake 69 lake. After a few minutes we go back down to the Base Camp (4500m).

Day 14: Base Camp – Huaraz

Today we descend to Cebollapampa for about 2 hours, where a bus will be waiting for us to bring us back to Huaraz.

Hiking time: 2 hs. / Driving time: 3 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: 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. Donkeys carry equipment to Base Camp and back but you need to carry your own personal gear.
  • Food: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
  • Equipment: Good quality high mountain tent, sleeping mattress, ropes, carabiners, dining tent (depending on group size), table and chairs, toilet tent, first aid kit, cooking stove, dishes and cooking utensils.
  • Entrances fee: for the national park.

What is not included

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
  • Mountain backpack (40 Litres)
  • Sleeping bag (-25 C)
  • Walking sticks if you have knee problems
  • Plastic mountain boots
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • 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
  • Down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Gore-Tex gloves
  • 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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