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

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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.

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 15 DAYS

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Time: 15 days

Grade: hard trek

The Circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the classic trekking circuits of the world. The Huayhuash is a compact, rugged range, and includes the second highest peak in Peru – Yerupajá Grande – 6634m. Every day on the trek hikers are treated to awesome close views of snowcapped peaks, glaciers and blue trout-filled lakes. There are no less than 8 passes to cross, the highest at 5000m. Our 15 day trek features a visit to the Base Camp of Siula Grande, made famous by the epic Joe Simpson book and the film “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: A demanding climb 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. The descent is steep at times and we traverse above Laguna Jurau to camp in the Quebrada Calinca at Cutatambo 4100m 5 to 6 hours. A demanding but fantastic days hiking.

Day 10: We visit the base camp of Siula Grande (Joe Simpson – “Touching The Void”). We can clearly see the route that Joe followed crawling down the glacier and across the moraine rocks to reach the campsite.

Day 11: Follow down the valley Quebrada Calinca 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 7 hours

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: The final pass Pampa Llamac 4300m and a long descent to Llamac. 5½ hours. Return to Huaraz in our private van