Quicayhuanca Valley Trek
This trek takes in some of the most scenically dramatic and little-walked valleys of the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range. The trek route takes us past two jewel-like glacial lakes and also provides excellent opportunities for watching Condors. There are superb mountain views throughout. The walk includes a hike to the beautiful Laguna Churup Lake at 4450m/14599ft.
This trek can also be done in 3 days excluding the hike up to Laguna Churup Lake.
Length: 4 Days / 3 Nights Hike
Distance: 35 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4900m/16076ft
Season: All year round
Day 1: You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive, passing small villages of Unchus and Llupa to Pitec 3880m/12729ft (1 hour drive). There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. While our staff sets up camp at Pitec, we start our hike to Laguna Churup 4450m/14599ft Lake. Today’s walk is on a well formed trail up to Laguna Churup. 5 to 6 hours walk.
Day 2: An easy walk up the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca Valley to camp at the head of the valley at Cruce de Cayesh 4100m/13451ft at the foot of Andavite mountain (4 hours hike). In the afternoon we can hike into the Quebrada Cayesh valley, which offers very close views of the snow-capped mountains San Juan, Cayesh and Chopiraju.
Day 3: We ascend gradually to an awesome lookout that offers great views of Nevados San Juan, Tullparaju, Pucaranra Mountains and beautiful glacial lakes. We return down to camp. 6 to 7 hours walk.
Day 4: Return down the valley to Pitec where the car will be waiting to take us to Huaraz. 3 hours hike and 1 hour drive.
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Rodolfo did an awesome job from start to finish. The level of professionalism and care that was given each and every one of us was just beyond words. John & Donna, Australia