Alpamayo Classic Trek – 10 Days

Alpamayo, Perú




10 days

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4.07 by 3 reviews
  • Quality4.33
  • Amenities3.67
  • Services4.33
  • Price3.67


This is an interesting route because it affords the classic view of the north side of Alpamayo, which was voted “the most beautiful mountain in the world”. The trek wanders through beautiful landscapes composed of snow-covered peaks, lakes, and green Andean vegetation. It crosses many passes and visits a classic high Andean village, Colcabamba, whose inhabitants lead a traditional way of life maintaining their ancient customs. It is rated “difficult”, but rewards the traveler with a sense of wonder and discovery that will not soon be forgotten.


  • Transport: From Huaraz to the starting point of your activity, and from the finishing point of your activity back to Huaraz. We use prived transport, minivans, and other types of cars, depending on the size of the group.
  • Guide: Qualified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and basic English.
  • Cook: A professional cook who is trained to prepare healthy dishes in a hygienic manner.
  • Donkey driver: Is in charge of loading the donkeys, looking after them and guiding them.
  • Donkeys: The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of the group. You are allowed to bring up to 4 kg of personal belongings that will be loaded on the donkeys. You will only carry your daypack during the day.
  • Food: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
  • Equipment: Good quality high mountain tent, sleeping mattress, basic sleeping bag -2°, dining tent, table and chairs, toilet tent, first aid kit, cooking stove, dishes and cooking utensils.
  • Entrances fee: for the national park.


  • First breakfast, last dinner, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, medical treatment, travel insurance, tips, additional expenses as a result of leaving the trek early, additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation, bottled water (you drink water from the river).

What to Bring

  • Bag to load the donkeys with your personal belongings (plastic bag with zipper or garbage bag).
  • Small daypack
  • Sleeping bag if available
  • Walking poles if you have knee problems
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sun protection: sunscreen (factor 40 minimum), hat, sunglasses
  • Well used in mountain boots or trekking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing: t-shirts (quick-drying or merino wool recommended), trekking pants or leggings, sweater, wool trekking socks, underwear, long thermal underwear, fleece, gloves and hat
  • Waterproof jacket and pants / or rain poncho
  • Bottle of water and water purification tablets
  • Toilet paper, personal toiletries, small towel
  • Extra snacks and money

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Smoking Allowed

Tour Plan

At the indicated time after breakfast, pick up with a van at the hotel and departure to Vaquería 3700mm on the way we visit many towns located in the Callejón de Huaylas, below the Cordillera Blanca, towns such as Tarica, Carhuaz, Mancos and Yungay, from In this last town, we take a dirt road to the east side and after 2.5 hours we arrive at the Llanganuco lakes, where we see the Orqoncocha and Chinancocha (for English: male and female lakes respectively); we make a brief stop in this place to take the photos; then we continue to Portachuelo de Llanganuco pass 4767m / 15640 feet, from this viewpoint we have beautiful views of most of the main peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, mountains such as Chopicalqui, Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju, among others; then we go down and after 2 more hours we arrive at Vaqueria where we meet the Riders and their pack animal. Having carried all the lagguage on the pack animals; this first day we head to Paria 3800m / 12467 feet, for a trail through bushes we continue through the Huaripampa valley and arrive after 4 hours.
At the indicated time, after breakfast we leave for Tuctu 4200 m / 13780 feet. we reached this camp after 2.5 hours. After arriving at the camp, we walk to Punta Unión 4750 m / 15584 feet, this is an interesting viewpoint from where we can see the Santa Cruz valley and peaks such as: Taulliraju, Rinrihirka, Paria, etc. The visit to this viewpoint lasts around 4 hours (round trip).
This day, we leave at the indicated time as the previous days, we leave for Alto Pukahirka pass 4725m / 15502 feet, where we arrive after approximately 4 hours, from this pass we have beautiful views of Pukahirka, Taulliraju, Chacraraju, Paria and other mountains; After having made a rest, taken the photos, we go down for 3 more hours to Lake Huecrococha 3950 m / 12959 feet, where we will set up our tents.
After breakfast we depart towards the Tupa tupa pass 4400 m / 14436 feet, taking the trail that goes on the left side of the lake, we reach the pass after approximately 3.5 hours, then we descend to reach the Jancapampa valley, our camp will be located at 3700 m / 12139 feet, at the head of the valley below the Pucahirka Peaks.
This day we leave for the Yanajanca pass, where we arrive after 3.5 hours, from this pass we have splendid views of Mount Pucahirka and the Jancapampa valley; After having made a rest and having taken the photos, we descend for 3 more hours to arrive at Jankapampa where we will spend the night.
After breakfast, we start walking to the Mesapata pass 4600 m, then we go down to climb again to Kara Kara 4830 m, one of the highest passes of this circuit; From this pass we have beautiful views of the Alpamayo, Santa Cruz and Quitaraju hills; We reached this pass after about 5.5 hours. After having taken the photos, we go down to Jancarurish 4200m, where we arrive after 1.5 more hours, and where we will set up our tent.
Free day, for those who want to see the Alpamayo mountain more closely, we start along the route that takes us to the old base camp of Alpamayo (Jancarurish), we climb up a very steep moraine terrain, even in the last part we must climb small sections of rocks to reach the viewpoint, from this point we can see all the beauty of Alpamayo, considered as "The most beautiful mountain in the world", in Munich in 1974, we arrived there after 4 hours. After having taken the photos and a rest, we return by the same path, to our camp where we have lunch.
At the indicated time, we leave for the Ventuna pass 4770m / 15650 feet, we arrive around 4 hours, from this point we see the Milhuacocha and Pilanco mountains and part of the Cedros and Alpamayo valleys. After the stop we walk for 2 hours to reach the Osoruri camp 4500m / 14763 feet.
After breakfast we leave towards Llampapashillum pass 4850m/15912feet where we get about 4 hours then we go down to Cullicocha lake a nice lake located under Santa Cruz Mountain, after making a rest and taking the photos we go down for 2.5 further to Wishkash 4350 m / 14272 feet, where we will set up the last camp.
Last trekking day, at indicated time as the previous days, this day we go down for a zig zag path to Hualcayan 3250m where we get after approximately 4.5 hours. In Hualcayan wait for us a van that will take us back to Huaraz, where we arrive after 4 hours more.

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3 thoughts on “Alpamayo Classic Trek – 10 Days”

  1. 4.6

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    We always stay at here when in town. The location is great, staff is wonderful and we love the overall feel. Beautiful view from the here.

  2. 3.6

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    This is the best tour on the east coast! It was amazing how many places we visited and what great memories we made!

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    It is a great place to shop not too far from New York. We took the bus from Port Authority and traveled through the countryside to get there.

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