In this route we also include a side trip to the base of Siula Grande, location of the famous mountaineering story as told in the book by Joe Simpson “Touching the Void”. Each night we set up camp in remote locations alongside alpine meadows and brilliant blue glacial lagoons in this unrivalled corner of the Andes. For the lover of high mountain regions, it would be hard to beat this exceptional trek. Furthermore we climb two non-technical peaks, Diablo Mudo (5229m) and Pumrarinri (5465m).
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. / Hiking time: 0 hs.
Day 2: Matacancha – 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 – 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 the village of Huayhuash (4350m).
Hiking time: 8 hs.
Day 4: Huayhuash – Laguna Viconga
Today we have a gradual climb for approximately 3 hours ascending towards the Portachuelo pass (4750m). From this beautiful vantage point we 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). There are some hot springs near Viconga, bring your swimsuit!
Hiking time: 6 hs.
Day 5: Climb Pumrarinri - Huanacpatay
We leave at 4am and follow the path towards Punta Cuyoc for 1.5 hours then turn off the path and walk steeply uphill for 40 minutes until we come to the rocky ridge of Pumrarinri. We climb up the rocky ridge to the glacier where we put on crampons and rope up. We climb the northeast face to the summit for about 2 hours. The climb is steady, but occasionally steep although technical. From the summit descend back the same way and cross the pass Punta Cuyoc (5000m). Then we descend to the valley Quebrada Huanacpatay and camp (4330m).
Hiking time: 11 hs.
Day 6: Huanacpatay – Cerro San Antonio – Cutatambo
Today we climb to a pass on Cerro San Antonio (4800m). This is a demanding day with some steep hiking. After 2 hours we are on the top of the pass, with fantastic views of all the giants of the Cordillera Huayhuash and the 3 lakes Sarapococha, Santa Rosa and Jurau. We can also see the Siula Glacier which Joe Simpson crawled down in his epic battle for survival, and we see Siula Base Camp quite clearly in the distance. The descent is initial steep, but safe, on scree for around 100m. Then we follow a cattle trail winding down to Lake Jaurau and finally to our camp in the Quebrada Calinca at Cutatambo (4100m).
Hiking time: 6 hs.
Day 7: Cutatambo – Side trip to laguna Sarapococha – Cutatambo
After breakfast we start walking straight up to the viewpoint of the famous movie scene “Touching the Void”. We see where Joe Simpson tried to climb Suila Grande mountain. Then we return back to Cutatambo camp.
Hiking time: 7.5 hs.
Day 8: Cutatambo – Huactiac
We start hiking through the Quebrada Calinca valley around 4 hours along the river Huallapa until arriving to the village of Huallapa. Then we continue climbing up 3 hours to the camp site of Huatiac (4500m). From there we have a beautiful view to the Diablo mudo mountain.
Hiking time: 7 hs.
Day 9: Huactiac – Punta Tapush Pass – Cashpapampa
We hike up 2 hours to Punta Tapus pass (4800m). Then we descend past Susucocha lake (4500m) before reaching our flat campsite at Cashpapampa (4500m).
Hiking time: 4 hs.
Day 10: Cashpapampa – Climb Diablo Mudo – Jahuacocha
We leave at 4am and walk steady uphill on a path for 1.5 hours. Then we have a steep ascent for about 2 hours until we reach the ridge of Diablo Mudo. We follow the ridge for about 40 minutes and then access the glacier via some loose scree. We put on crampons and rope up, then climb steadily up the glacier. Sometimes the guides will cut steps, but the going is not difficult and we should reach the summit after 3 hours on the ice. The descent is via a different route; we descend to the Huacrish Valley. The first section is on ice, followed by 40 minutes of descent on rock then scree. Then it gets significantly easier as we join a path through the meadows of the Quebrada Huacrish valley. We join the main path and proceed to hike down the entire valley to its confluence with the Quebrada Jahuacocha valley and descend on zig-zags to our picturesque camp at the head of the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (4150m).
Hiking time: 11 hs.
Day 11: Extra rest day at Jahuacocha (Optional)
We stay at Jahuacocha for some rest and relaxation and maybe a touch of trout fishing. You may take an optional day hike to Laguna Solteracocha, a moraine-enclosed glacial lake beyond Jahuacocha, and then further towards Punta Sambuya pass (4750m) at the base of Nevado Rondoy for some truly awesome close-up views of Yerupaja, Jirishinka and Rondoy. Or if you want a more demanding hike, we can climb up Cerro Amarillo peak (5000m) for views over the whole Huayhuash range.
Day 12: Jahuacocha – Llamac Pass – Llamac – Huaraz
After descending for an hour, we start our gradual climb to the final pass Llamac (4300m), from where we have our final views of the Huayhuash range. Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac. From there we drive 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: 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 5 kg of personal belongings that will be loaded on the donkeys. You will only carry your daypack during the day.
- Emergency horse: 1 horse will accompany the group for emergency purposes.
- Food: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
- Equipment: Good quality high mountain tent, sleeping mattress, basic sleeping bag -2°, dining tent, table and chairs, first aid kit, cooking stove, dishes and cooking utensils.
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).
- 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
- Plastic mountain boots
- Ice axe
- Head torch (with spare batteries)
- Down jacket
- Waterproof jacket and trousers (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Gore-Tex gloves
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!!