Nevado Mateo (5150m)

 

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It’s one of the few mountains which combines scenic beauty and easy access

Mateo is a day climb in the Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz is a challenging glacier walk. To take part on this adventure you need to have good physical condition and need to be well acclimatized to the altitude before attempting to climb this little but spectacular peak that provides fantastic mountain views of some of the biggest mountains of the range such as Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Contrahiervas, Ulta, Hualcan and many others.

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Alpamayo circuit

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Timing: 12 or 13 days

Grade: Medium / Hard

The Cordillera Blanca must provide one of the most varied landscapes for trekking and climbing in the world. There are more than 50 peaks of 5700m of higher, including the highest mountain in Perú Huascarán at 6768m and also the beautiful pyramid of Alpamayo which has been voted the most beautiful mountain the world. There are blue lakes, high passes, glaciers, awesome vertical walls and spectacular campsites. Our trek passes by all these features.

PROGRAM FOR THE FULL CIRCUIT:

Day 1: Drive 5 hours to Hualcayan 2900m. On the way we have visits to Yungay where there is a memorial to the thousands of people killed in the 1970 earthquake, and then the colorful local market at Caraz.

Day 2: Climb steadily in a zig zag path from Hualcayan to Wishcash 4300m.4 to 5 hours hiking

Day 3: Continue upwards to the spectacular lake Laguna Cullicocha 4850m, then cross the first pass Paso Osoruri 4750m. A long descent to camp at Ruinapampa 3800m. 8 hours.

Day 4: An easy day, walking gently up valley to Cruze Alpmamayo camp 4150m. 3 to 4 hours

Day 5: Extra night at Cruze Alpamayo Camp to appreciate the stunning views of Alpamayo. Visit Laguna Jancarurish or Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m).

Day 6: Climb to the often windy pass Cara Cara 4830m from where we have more fantastic views of Alpamayo and the lakes, then traverse to another pass Mesapata 4500m and before descending to camp at Lake Safuna 4200m 7 hours.

Day 7: From Safuna to another pass Paso Pucajirca 4600m and camp in the open grassy valley of Jancapampa 3600m 7 hours. There are a lot of farming families living in the valley and we meet many curious local children

Day 8: We pass by many adobe farm houses, sheep, cattle and horses while climbing up to the pass Pass Tupatupa 4400m and descend to camp beside the small lake Laguna Huecrococha (3950m). 7 hours

Day 9: Pass Alto de Pucaraju 4650m from where we have breathtaking views of the mountain Taulliraju, then a steep descent to camp in a lovely quiet valley at Tuctubamba (4250m). 7 hours

Day 10: We enjoy our spectacular mountain surroundings by spending an extra night at Tuctubamba camp. We can take a day hike joining onto the famous Santa Cruz trail and climbing to the pass Punta Union 4750m from where we have grand views of the Santa Cruz Valley, or take a rest day and enjoy the sun at camp.

Day 11: At first we walk easily down the Huaripampa Valley passing through farming settlements and villages to Colcabamba. We then climb gently to camp by a stream at Molino Pampa in the Quebrada Keshu 3600m. 6 to 7 hours.

Day 12: A short day where we climb steadily upwards to a high campsite on a plateau perched on the mountainside called Avalanche Campsite at 4650m. 4 hours. Spend the afternoon watching avalanches crash down from the glacier on the opposite side of the valley

Day 13: A climb of around 2 hours to the high and narrow pass of Punta Yanayacu (4850m) where we have close views of the glaciers on Nevado Contrahierbas and the massive peaks of Chopicalqui and Huascarán. Then descend to Quebrada Ulta where our van will be waiting to return us to Huaraz

*FOR THE 12 DAY TREK, WE DELETE ONE OF THE REST DAYS

Santa cruz – Ulta trek

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Timing: 6 or 7 days

Grade: Medium / hard

An extension and more demanding alternative to the traditional Llanganuco Santa Cruz Trek. From the Quebrada Huaripampa where the Classic Santa Cruz Trek finishes we continue on for two more days to a high mountain plateau campsite at Avalanche Place , then cross a second spectacular pass” Paso Punta Yanayacu” (4850m) and finish our trek in the beautiful Quebrada Ulta hiking close to Huascaran the highest mountain in the Cordillera Blanca.

A tremendous shorter trek with great variety, and an excellent warm up for a climbing trip

Day 1: Drive Huaraz to Cashapampa & Trek to Llamacorral

Drive to Cashapampa 2800m 3 hours. Hike continuously upwards through the Santa Cruz river canyon to camp at Llamacorral 3750m 5 hours.

Day 2: Llamacorral to Taullipampa

An easier day hiking in a wide, open valley to Taullipampa 4250m. Today we have our first views of the famous Alpamayo mountain.4 hours.

(Extra Day Optional) You can stay at beautiful Taullipampa Campsite an extra day. Hike up to Alpamayo Base Camp for close views of Alpamayo, or to the small Artesonraju Lake or climb up Centillo Peak (5000m)

Day 3(or 4): Cross Punta Union Pass to Paria

Climb steadily up for 2 to 3 hours to the pass Punta Union 4750m then descend to camp in a secluded valley away from the main trail at Paria 3850m. 7 hours.

Day 4 (or 5) : Paria to Molino Pampa

At first we walk easily down the Huaripampa Valley passing through farming settlements and villages to Colcabamba. We then climb gently to camp by a stream at Molino Pampa in the Quebrada Keshu 3600m. 6 to 7 hours.

Day 5 (or 6): Molino Pampa to Avalanche Camp

A short day where we climb steadily upwards to a high campsite on a plateau perched on the mountainside called Avalanche Campsite at 4650m. 4 hours. Spend the afternoon watching avalanches crash down from the glacier on the opposite side of the valley.

Day 6 (or 7): Cross Paso Yanayacu Pass to Quebrada Ulta / Return to Huaraz

A climb of around 2 hours to the high and narrow pass of Punta Yanayacu (4850m) where we have close views of the glaciers on Nevado Contrahierbas and the massive peaks of Chopicalqui and Huascarán. Then descend to Quebrada Ulta where our van will be waiting to return us to Huaraz.

Santa cruz – Llanganuco trek

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Timing: 4 or 5 days

Grade: Medium

A popular shorter trek in the Cordillera Blanca. Its popularity is due to the spectacular mountain views, crystal blue lakes and the challenging pass Punta Union at altitude 4750m. An amazing variety of scenery in only 4 or 5 days and an achievable high mountain trek for any people with a love of the outdoors & reasonable fitness level.

This is a great trek to combine with the a 4 or 5 day trek to Machu Picchu for those people who would like to see a wide variety of scenery in the Peruvian Andes with only limited vacation time . It is also an excellent trek to acclimatize for climbing.

Day 1: Drive Huaraz to Cashapampa & Hike to Llamacorral

Drive to Cashapampa 2800m 3 hours. Hike continuously upwards through the Santa Cruz river canyon to camp at Llamacorral 3750m 5 hours.

Day 2: Llamacorral to Taullipampa

An easier day hiking in a wide, open valley to Taullipampa 4250m. 4 hours.

Day 3 (or 4): Punta Union Pass to Paria

Climb steadily up for 2 to 3 hours to the pass Punta Union 4750m then descend to camp in a secluded valley away from the main trail at Paria 3850m. 7 hours.

Day 4 (or 5): To Vaqueria – Llanganuco & Return to Huara

Follow easily down the valley Quebrada Huaripampa passing through farming settlements and villages, and then a short climb to the road end at Vaqueria 4 to 5 hours walk. Our private van will take us over the pass Portachuelo 4767m, passing the famous Llangunuco Lakes and then to return to Huaraz.

Santa cruz mini trek

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Timing: 3 Days
Grade: Medium to Hard

This is a special mini trek along the famous Santa Cruz Llanganuco Circuit especially for those travelling with limited time available, but still wanting to experience the splendor of the Cordillera Blanca mountain scenery.
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The trek offers amazing mountain scenery with spectacular views of snow covered mountains, vertical rock walls, crystal blue lakes and the challenging pass Punta Union at altitude 4750m, all condensed into 3 days.
This is a medium-demanding trek, suitable only for fit people who are already well acclimatized. It is an ideal trek to combine with treks and tours to other areas of Peru or as extra acclimatization for climbing.

Day 1: Drive to the famous Llanganuco Lakes, and then on to the settlement of Vaqueria (3600m) where we start trekking. A relaxed gradually ascending hike through the agricultural settlements of the Huaripampa valley, then we enter the wilderness of the Huascaran National Park and camp in a secluded hidden valley at Paria (3900m) 5 hours

Day 2: A sustained climb up to a narrow notch in a granite wall which is the pass over the Divide, Punta Union (4750m). The massive snow capped mountain of Taulliraju dominates the skyline and we also see Rinrihirca and Quitaraju mountains, and in the distance we glimpse blue Jatuncocha Lake. After admiring the views and taking photos, we take an easy zig zag trail down to our camp in a meadow at Taullipampa (4254m) 6 to 7 hours.

Day 3: We make a short detour to hike up for views of the famous Alpamayo Mountain, once voted to be the most beautiful mountain in the world. We then have a long but easy downhill hike on a good trail next to a tumbling river to the village of Cashapampa (2900m) 6 to 7 hours where our private vehicle will be waiting for us & we return to Huaraz

Note: Special Interest

If you choose to do this trek, you will be helping and contributing to improving the economic situation for the local people of the villages of Colcabamba and Vaqueria at the start and end of the trek.

Because of unfair local politics, the donkey drivers from these villages are not permitted to work on any treks other than those starting from Vaqueria. The work as donkey drivers is a vital source of cash income for the people who live in these villages, and without this work they have very little cash with which to improve their lives and educate their children.

Quebrada Quillqueyhuanca

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Time: 3 days
Grade: Easy / Medium

With options for 4 days or a harder trek

A great short trek into a beautiful valley away from some of the other busy trekking trails. Ideal as acclimatisation for climbing and suitable for families or for those looking for an easier hike or camping trip while still experiencing magnificent mountain scenery. Features views from glacial fed high mountain lakes.

Easy Option
Day 1: A relaxing hike up the valley Quebrada Quillqueyhuanca to camp at Olivos 4250m. 4 hours. In the afternoon we can hike into the valley Quebrada Cayesh where we have close views of mountains and glaciers.
Day 2: A hike up to the lake Laguna Tullpacocha 4350m where we often see ice from the glacier floating in the lake. Return to camp at olivos.

Day 3: An easy walk down the valley, and return to Huaraz.

*OPTIONS: Make a more demanding 3 day trek or a moderate to hard 4 day trek by hiking up to Laguna Churup 4485m or to hike up to a high pass crossing into the Cojup Valley at around 4800m.

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.