Timing: 10 days (options also for 9 days)
The Huayhuash circuit 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 views of snowcapped peaks, glaciers and blue trout-filled lakes. There are no less than 8 passes to cross, the highest at 5000m.
Although the hiking is not difficult or technical, the length of the trek and the number of high passes warrants a grade of Hard.
Day 1: Drive from Huaraz to Quartekhuain to set up camp at 4200m 6 hours
Day 2: Cross our first pass Punta Cacanan 4700m then descend to camp at a large lake Laguna Mitucocha 4220m. 6 hours.
Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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.
Day 8: 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 09: 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 10: The final pass Pampa Llamac 4300m and a long descent to Llamac. 5½ hours. Return to Huaraz in our private van
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