Cordillera Huayhuash Trek Via Trapecio

Hike one of the most beautiful trekking circuits in the world. This is the most dramatic high altitude trek in the Peruvian Andes with magnificent views of the mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash such as Yerupaja 6634m/21765ft being the second highest mountain in Peru, Siula Grande, Jirishanca, Carnicero, Trapecio. The dramatic and beautiful glacial lakes and valleys of the range provide memorable campsites and good trout fishing. Andean condors are seen more often in the Huayhuash than on other Peruvian treks, attesting to the area’s remoteness.

Trip Information
Grade: Strenuous

Length: 9 Days Walk
Distance: 120 Km
Maximum Altitude: 5000m/16404ft
Average: 4200m/13779ft
Season: April – September

Day 1: Huaraz – Chiquian – Llamac – Pocpa – Quartelhuain

You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley. There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. We drive through many rural villages until we reach our camp at Quartelhuain 4150m/13615ft. 5 hours drive.

Day 2: Quartelhuain – Cacananpunta Pass – Janca Valley 
We slowly climb up to 4690m/15387ft in the morning to cross the Punta Cacanan then, as we descend, we are rewarded with stunning views of the nearby peaks of Rondoy and Jirishanca. Our camp is situated at Janca Valley 4200m. In the afternoon, we can do a side trip up to Laguna Mitucocha 4250m/13780ft where we will see Torrent Ducks and Andean Geese. 5 to 6 hours walk.

Day 3: Janca – Carhuac Pass – Laguna Carhuacocha 
We ascend towards Paso Carhuac 4630m/15190ft pass from where we have splendid views of Nevados Carnicero, Siula, Yerupaja, Jirishanca Peaks. We then descend to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Carhuacocha 4150m/13615ft. 5 hours walk.

Day 4: Carhuacocha – Siula Punta Pass – Huayhuash 
We ascend towards Paso Siula Punta 4850m/15912ft pass with nice views of the surrounding mountains and crossing above the glacier fed lakes of Siula and Quesillococha. From the pass we descend to our camp at Huayhuash 4350m/14271ft passing a beautiful lake and always enjoying views of the great mountains of the range. 8 hours walk.

Day 5: Huayhuash – Trapecio Punta Pass – Cuyoc  
We ascend towards Paso Trapecio Punta 5000m/16404ft pass from where we have close-up views of Nevado Trapecio Mountain. We then descend to our camp at Cuyoc 4500m/14763ft. We will see lovely glacial lakes as we go down to the campsite. 7 hours walk.

Day 6: Cuyoc – Huayllapa 
We descend Quebrada Huanaqpatay valley for 4 to 5 hours to our camp at the little village of Huayllapa 3650m/11972ft. 

Day 7: Huayllapa – Tapush Punta Pass – Gashpapampa 
We slowly climb up to 4770m/15649ft in the morning to cross Punta Tapush Pass, we then descend to Gashpapampa 4500m/14763ft. 7 hours walk.

Day 8: Gashpapampa – Llaucha Punta Pass – Laguna Jahuacocha Lake
We descend before ascending towards Paso Llaucha Punta 4850m/15912ft pass, with fantastic views of the mountains of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Rasac and Sacra. We then descend to our last camp at the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha 4050m/13287ft lake. 4 hours.

Day 9: Jahuacocha – Pampa Llamac – Llamac – Huaraz 
Today is our final day of trekking, with one last climb up to Paso Pampa Llamac 4300m/14107ft. We can enjoy our final views over the range before descending steadily down to Llamac. Here we meet our transport and drive back to Huaraz. 5 hours walk and 4 hours drive.

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We have had a great experience in Cordillera Huayhuash with Huaraz Treks and Climbs. Everything was extremely organized, the food was amazing and everybody ready to help. It is a beautiful trek with amazing views. We will sure miss Huayhuash! Alexandre & Marcela Tordin, Brazil