OLLEROS TO CHAVIN

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Time: 3 days

Grade: Easy / Medium

This trek is great for children!

Our trek Olleros to Chavin trek combines 3 days of trekking through a remote area of the Cordillera Blanca removed from the busier tourist circuits and where local people still live a traditional way of life. The trek finishes at the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar which was the centre of the Chavín culture existing from around 1000 to 300 BC. The site of Chavín de Huántar is an incredible feat of engineering, with most of the construction being built underground in an extensive labyrinth of interconnecting chambers and tunnels.

This trek is suitable for everyone, from experienced hikers looking to escape the busy trails, to less experienced hikers and is an ideal trek for families with children

Day 1: We start from the village of Olleros half an hour drive from Huaraz city, and hike gently up the valley to camp at Sacracancha 4080m. 8kms 5 hours walking

Day 2: Cross the pass Yanashallash which is not steep, where we stop at the top to admire a beautiful small lake and the mountains and then descend to camp at Shongo 4088m. 13kms 7 hours

Day 3: We pass through several villages where we meet local children, eventually descending to Chavin 3150m. 4 to 5 hours. We spend the afternoon having a guided tour of the Chavin de Huántar archaeological site, and then return to Huaraz by our private van in the early evening.

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Cordillera Huayhuash 12 DAYS

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Time: 12 days

Grade: Hard

This is a shorter version of our classic 15 day trek and essentially follows the same route, only not taking in the visit to Siula Grande Base Camp.

Hikers are treated every day to awe inspiring views of rugged snow capped peaks, glacier and large crystal blue lakes.

Although the walking is not difficult, we grade this circuit as hard because of the length of the trek, the number of nights sleeping above 4000m and the number of high passes to cross.

Day 1: Drive from Huaraz to the village of Llamac to set up camp 3300m. 4 to 5 hours drive.

Day 2: Follow the river Llamac, hiking gradually up the valley to camp in open grassy countryside at Quartelhuain 4200m 6 hours

Day 3: Cross our first pass Punta Cacanan 4700m then descend to camp at a large lake Laguna Mitucocha 4220m. 6 hours.

Day 4: We climb steadily to our next pass Paso de Carhuac 4650m to camp at trout filled Laguna Carhuacocha 4150m 6 hours. At the head of the lake are the giant peaks of the Huayhuash – Yerupaja, Jirishanca & the famous Siula Grande.

Day 5: We spend an extra day at spectacular Carhuacocha. Hike up to visit the three lakes of Siula, take an easy walk around Carhuacocha lake, go trout fishing or have a rest day and enjoy your mountain surroundings.

Day 6: There are 2 options: A gradual ascent on a good path to cross Pass Carnicero 4600m (5 to 6 hours) or a more demanding alternative Siula Pass (4800m) 6 to 7 hours. We camp by the small Laguna Carnicero 4300m

Day 7: We pass through the small settlement of Huayhuash where a few farming families live and then climb to yet another pass Portachuelo de Huayhuash 4750m. We descend past a large lake Viconga where we often see large herds of Llama and Alpaca to camp at 4480m 6½ hours. There are natural hot spring baths near the camp – enjoy your first hot bath for several days !!

Day 8: We should be well acclimatised now and ready to cross our highest pass of the trek, Punta Cuyoc 5000m. The descent is initially steep but is then easier and we and camp in large open valley Quebrada Huanacpatay 4300m 6 hours.

Day 9: Follow down the valley Quebrada Huanacpatay to the large mountain village of Huallapa. In the afternoon we need to climb through a steep sided valley to a high camp in the pasture at Huatiac 4350m 6 hours

Day 10: A tough day as we cross two passes Pass Punta Tapush 4750m, then Punta Yaucha 4800m. Descend to camp at the beautiful lake Laguna Jahuacocha 4150m 8 hours.

Day 11: An extra day at Laguna Jahuacocha which must be one of the most beautiful sites in the Huayhuash. Climb up Cerro Amarrillo Peak 5000m, visit Soltera Cocha Lake, hike up the pass Sambunya 4750m OR take a rest and try trout fishing.

Day 12: The final pass Pampa Llamac 4300m and a long descent to Llamac. 5½ hours. Return to Huaraz in our private van.

TREKKING CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH 14 DAYS

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On our 14 day Full Circuit Trek we hike to the top of a high pass from where we have awe inspiring views of The Siula Grande Glacier and can see the route that Joe Simpson crawled along in his epic battle for survival (ref the book & movie “Touching The Void”

Although not difficult, the length of the trek, the number of nights sleeping above 4000m and the number of high passes warrants a grade of hard.

Day 1: Drive from Huaraz to the village of Llamac to set up camp 3300m. 4 to 5 hours drive.

Day 2: Follow the river Llamac, hiking gradually up the valley to camp in open grassy countryside at Quartelhuain 4200m 6 hours

Day 3: Cross our first pass Punta Cacanan 4700m then descend to camp at a large lake Laguna Mitucocha 4220m. 6 hours.

Day 4: We climb steadily to our next pass Paso de Carhuac 4650m to camp at trout filled Laguna Carhuacocha 4150m 6 hours. At the head of the lake are the giant peaks of the Huayhuash – Yerupaja, Jirishanca & the famous Siula Grande.

Day 5: We spend an extra day at spectacular Carhuacocha. Hike up to visit the three lakes of Siula, take an easy walk around Carhuacocha lake, go trout fishing or have a rest day and enjoy your mountain surroundings.

Day 6: There are 2 options: A gradual ascent on a good path to cross Pass Carnicero 4600m (5 to 6 hours) or a more demanding alternative Siula Pass (4800m) 6 to 7 hours. We camp by the small Laguna Carnicero 4300m

Day 7: We pass through the small settlement of Huayhuash where a few farming families live and then climb to yet another pass Portachuelo de Huayhuash 4750m. We descend past a large lake Viconga where we often see large herds of Llama and Alpaca to camp at 4480m 6½ hours. There are natural hot spring baths near the camp – enjoy your first hot bath for several days !!

Day 8: We should be well acclimatised now and ready to cross our highest pass of the trek, Punta Cuyoc 5000m. The descent is initially steep but is then easier and we and camp in large open valley Quebrada Huanacpatay 4300m 4½ hours. Option: to climb Pumarinri this day (5320m)

Day 9: We stay an extra day at Huanacpatay & hike steeply up to the Pass Cerro Antonio (4788m). From the pass we have the most stunning views of the trek, we can see Siula Grande Base Camp and Siula glacier and several small jewel blue lakes. From the pass we can see clearly the route that Joe Simpson followed when he crawled down Siula Glacier and over the rock moraine to Siula Base Camp. We descend back to our camp in Huanacpay to enjoy afternoon tea in the camp

Day 10: Follow down the Huanacpatay Valley to the mountain village of Huallapa. In the afternoon we need to climb through a steep sided valley to a high camp in the pasture at Huatiac 4350m 7 to 8 hours

Day 11: A shorter day which is appreciated after the hard day yesterday. Cross the Pass Punta Tapush 4750m to Laguna Susucocha and Cashpapampa 4500m 3 to 4 hours.

Day 12: Cross the pass Punta Yaucha 4800m to camp at one of the most beautiful sites in the Huayhuash, Laguna Jahuacocha 4150m 4 hours. Option: to climb Diablo Mudo this day (5350m)

Day 13: An extra day at Laguna Jahuacocha. Climb up Cerro Amarrillo Peak 5000m, visit Soltera Cocha Lake, hike up the pass Sambunya 4750m OR take a rest and try trout fishing.

Day 14: The final pass Pampa Llamac 4300m and a long descent to Llamac. 5½ hours. Return to Huaraz in our private van