Huayhuash Classic Trek – 8 días

Cordillera Huayhuash, Perú




8 days

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The complete walk of the Cordillera Huayhuash is the classic route of the region. Making a complete loop around the entire range, it crosses several spectacular passes over 4,600m, two of which are over 5,000m.

Our treks visit the Cutatambo valley, which is located below the “Siula Grande” mountain, the real life setting of the famous Joe Simpson story, “Touching the Void”. Among the many prominent peaks visible on the trek are Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Yerupajá chico, Yerupajá, Cuyoc, Diablo Mudo, Rasac, and Sacra. We also pass through the lakes, Mitucocha, Carhuacocha, Atoqsahyco, Viconga, Jahuacocha, and others. This route is also a great option because it provides the opportunity to experience the great diversity of flora and fauna in the region. The classic Cordillera Huayhuash trek is considered one of the ten best trekking circuits in the world.


  • Transport: From Huaraz to the starting point of your activity, and from the end point of your activity back to Huaraz. We use private 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.
  • Muleteers: It is in charge of loading the donkeys, taking care of them and guiding them.
  • Donkeys: The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of the group. You are allowed to bring up to 4kg of personal belongings to be loaded onto the donkeys. You will only carry your backpack 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, bathroom tent, first aid kit, stove, crockery and kitchen utensils.
  • Emergency horse: 1 horse will accompany the group for emergency purposes.
  • Food: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.


  • Entry of 220 soles, 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 rescue or emergency 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-shirt (quick-drying or merino wool recommended), trekking pants or leggings, sweater, wool trekking socks, underwear, long thermal underwear, fleece, gloves, 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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Accepts Credit Cards
Smoking Allowed

Tour Plan

You will be picked up from your hotel and we head south of Huaraz crossing the towns of Chiquian and Llamac. During our trip we pass through traditional Andean villages with typical Quechua houses and rich farmland. After 6.5 hours of driving, we reach our first camp Matacancha (4150m). Before dinner, you will have time to explore the surroundings of the campsite and prepare for the next day. Driving time: 6.5 hours.
Today we start walking early and arrive at Paso Cacananpunta (4700m) after 2.5 hours. We walk back to 4500m always enjoying the views over Jirishanca (6126m) and Rondoy (5883m). Then we walk 2.5 hours to the Carhuac Pass (4650 m) from where we have good views of the beautiful impressive peaks of Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca. From this point of view, we descend to our next camp at Lake Carhuacocha (4100m). In this campsite we have mountains around us: Yerupaja Grande (6634m), Yerupaja Chico (6515m), Siula (6356m), Jirishanca (6126m). Hiking time: 9 hours.
We continue our walk and follow the river for about 3.5 hours to reach Punta Carnicero (4600m). On the way down we see the snowcapped mountains of the southern Cordillera Huayhuash. Our next camp is in Huayhuash (4350m). Hiking time: 8 hours.
Today we have a gradual ascent of approximately 3 hours ascending towards the port of Portachuelo (4750m). From this beautiful vantage point, we descend along the valley as we pass the llama and grazing sheep and then walk alongside the large Viconga Lake where our next camp (4500m) is. Hiking time: 6 hours.
Today is a long and challenging day as we ascend to the highest pass of the trek, Paso Cuyoc (5000m). We ascend the trail to reach the pass and enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding high mountains before descending onto a rocky section and then walk along the valley to camp at Huanacpatay (4300m). Hiking time: 9 hours.
Today we see a beautiful waterfall and walk to the town of Huayhuash, where they grow potatoes, wheat and lupins. Then we walk up to 7 hours to reach the Tapush pass (4800 m) and 1 hour to our next camp Gashpapampa (4600 m). This is the highest camp on the trek. Hiking time: 9 hours.
We enjoyed a beautiful hike up the west side of the range. We see Yerupaja Grande (6634m), one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the Andes. We descend through lupines along the valley to our final camp at Lake Jahuacocha (4150m). We camp overnight by the lake enjoying views of the majestic mountains that surround us. Hiking time: 7 hours.
We complete our trek today by walking through the Jahuacocha valley for about 45 minutes and then ascend to the Llamac Pampa pass (4300m) with its great up-close view of the Huayhuash mountain range as a backdrop. After resting here and enjoying the close views of the peaks and taking some great panoramic photos, we make a long descent to the town of Llamac where our transport awaits us to take us back to Huaraz. Hiking time: 6 hours. Driving time: 5 hours.

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3 thoughts on “Huayhuash Classic Trek – 8 días”

  1. 3.8

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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. 4.2

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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!

  3. 3.6

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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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