THE GRAND MOUNTAIN JOURNEY OF THE ANDES
- Dramatic mountain scenery
- A challenging trek in the Andes
- Peru’s remote valleys & villages
- Quechua Indian culture
- Sightseeing around Huaraz
The Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain range in the Andes of Peru. Aligned north to south, the main range of some twenty peaks stretches for approximately 15 miles, with a subsidiary range of smaller peaks stretching out to the west for approximately 9 miles. Six of the peaks exceed 6,000 meters. Included among them are Yerupajá (6617m), the second highest mountain in Peru (behind Huascarán at (6,768m) and Siula Grande (6,344m).
Trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash is considered quite a challenge and is undoubtedly far more demanding than the famous Inca Trail in the south of Peru. Fewer people trek the Huayhuash than the nearby Cordillera Blanca. Most of the walking, and most of the campsites, are above the 13,000 feet / 4,000 meters tree line, so the landscape appears rugged and mountainous, affording views over very wide areas. The area is noted for its spectacular glacial lakes and hot springs. Condors, llamas, alpacas and viscachas roam the land sometimes within eyesight. Trekking is almost always undertaken in the dry winter months of April to November with the town of Huaraz acting as the “Gateway to the Huayhuash”.
The Cordillera Huayhuash Trek in Peru is part of our Worldwide Adventure Tours Series. We are able to arrange this trek beginning on any date during the months of April through November for a group of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1. Arrive in Lima.
Day 2. Drive to Huaraz. 10,140 feet.
Day 3. Day trip acclimatization to Huillcacocha Lake.
Day 4. Day trip acclimatization to Llanganuco.
Day 5. Drive to Cuartelhuain.
Day 6. Cacananpunta Pass & Mitucocha. 13,940 feet. Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours.
Day 7. Carhuasc Pass & Lake Carhuacocha. 13,550 feet. Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours.
Day 8. Siula Pass & Huayhuash. 14,270 feet. Hiking time: 8 to 9 hours.
Day 9. Trapecio Pass & Huanacpatay. 13,940 feet. Hiking time: 8 to 9 hours.
Day 10. Huantiac & Diablo Mudo. 14,270 feet. Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
Day 11. Yaucha Pass & Laguna Jahuacocha. 12,740 feet. Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
Day 12. Pocpa, Chiquian & Drive to Huaraz. Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours. Driving time: 4 hours.
Day 13. Drive to Lima, transfer to airport and depart.