Huayhuash Circuit

   Huaraz, Peru
   130 km
   3500 to 5400 meters

About the Journey:

The Huayhuash Circuit is an 8 day trek through the most breaktaking part of the Peruvian Andes. Along the journey you will climb the peaks of the largest mountains in the range, and pass by beautiful lakes, meadows, and traditional Quechua villages. The area is still considered to be unexplored so if you are looking for a more intimate and remote trek, then this journey is for you. The altitude is not to be taken lightly though, you will be above 4000m for the majority of the trek, so you will want to make sure you are properly acclimated before the trek. This trek is not to be missed at it was rated the second most beautiful trek in the world by National Geographic.

* Note: The altitude can be a problem for beginner hikers. It is recommended that you have experience with high altitude treks before going on this trek.


Day 1:

We will depart early morning from Huaraz to drive to the start of the trek in Llamac. We will then follow the Quero River to Cuartelhuain for about five hours where we will camp for the night.

Day 2:

We will rise early today as we are going to ascend to the Cacananpunta Pass (4,700m) This pass is incredible and will offer a panoramic view of the valley and surrounding snow-capped peaks. We will then descend to Lake Carhuacocha where we will camp for the night.

Day 3:

We will rise early to start the climb to Carnicero Pass (4,600m). The Carcinero Mountain is called “the Butcher” for the many fatal attempts to climb the summit. As we continue our journey, we will see the terrain change from lush green to dry black rock. We’ll hike about six or so hours today until we reach the village of Huayhuash where we will set up camp for the night amidst herders of Alpaca and Vicunia.

Day 4:

This morning we will hike over the Portachuelo de Huayhuash Pass (4,750m). We’ll have the opportunity to see some of the more remote snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Raura. We will hike for a total of five hours before arriving to Lake Viconga where we will set up camp and enjoy the natural hot springs for the night.

Day 5:

Today we will climb up to the Cuyoc Pass (5,000m), the highest point in out journey. We will have incredible views of the surruonding peaks and glaciers. After the pass, we will descend to set up camp at Rinconado.

Day 6:

This morning is a much easier hike than yesterday. We will hike down through the valley until we reach Huayllap, from where we will gradually climb until we reach Huatiac where we will set up camp for the night.

Day 7:

Today we will ascend the Punta Yaucha Pass (4,800m). If we are lucky, we will be able to see some condors from the pass. We will then descend to Laguna Jahuacocha where we will camp for the night.

Day 8:

Today we will trek from Laguna Jahuacocha back to the village of Llamac. We will pass through the Cordillera Huayhuash one last time before ending our journey. Our private transportation will take us from Llamac back to Huaraz.


Once your payment is done, you spot will be automatically reserved. However, please keep in mind that we require at least three people for any departures to be confirmed. For more information please visit our Cancellation Policy

What's Included:

A Reputable Guide:

All of the guides at Runnatrip are English speaking (fluently, not casually) and are officially certified guides which is important because a lot of tour operators will use non-certified guides because it is cheaper. Our guides are experts in these treks and will make you feel both safe and welcomed. You have the option to meet your guide in our office prior to your trek so you can learn more about what you should expect on your journey. This is very much encouraged, but not required.


Transportation is included from your hotel to the start of trek and from the end of trek to plaza de armas. This is usually a private van. Treks that include Machu Picchu also include the cost of the train ticket into the ruins.

All Fees:

All entrance/trek fees are covered. You are good if you bring no cash at all. However, tip is always appreciated by the guides/porters.

Evacuation Plan & Safety:

There will be at least one horse just in case of accidents, so people can be evacuated fast. We will also have a first aid kit and oxygen tank with us as well.

All Food and Water:

The mules will be carrying all of the food we will need during the trek. The food is typical camping food like soup, noodles, chicken, beans, rice, fruits, tea and coffee. We will also boil clean water to drink each morning and evening, but be sure to bring your own container.

Camping Equipment:

We will also be providing tents and sleeping mats, tables (varies between treks), chairs, and cooking equipment. Each night we will set up a community tent where we will have dinner and enjoy each other’s company before we head off to bed/go our separate ways for the night.

Porters/cookes/mules to carry the equipments and handle logistics. (depending on the trek, mules can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff (your tent will already be carried)).

What to Bring:

Comfortable and moisture wicking clothing, hiking boots, sleeping bag, toilet paper, trekking poles, lightweight sandals (to hang around campsite), bottle/container for water.

What Not to Bring:

Jeans, heavy books, laptop, knives, drugs, alcohol, and babies.

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