Portrait of the Huayhuash Circuit

Huayhuash Circuit 8 days

   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: Huaraz - Llamac - Cuartelhuain   +

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: Cuartelhuain - Lake Carhuacocha   +

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: Lake Carhuacocha - Huayhuash Village   +

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: Huayhuash Village - Lake Viconga   +

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: Lake Viconga - Rinconado   +

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: Rinconado - Huatiac   +

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: Huatiac - Laguna Jahuacocha   +

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: Laguna Jahuacocha - Llamac - Huaraz   +

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.

What's included:   +

  • English speaking, professional mountain guide with many years guiding in Huayhuash; first-aid certified
  • Brief session before the trek
  • Private transportation to the start of the trek and back to Huaraz
  • Entrance and camping fees
  • First-aid kit, oxygen tank and horse 'ambulance'
  • 4 person, 4 season tent for every two persons
  • Inflatable pad & pillow
  • Toilet tent
  • Dinning tent with tables & chairs
  • All meals
  • Boiled water to fill your water container
  • Cook, horsemen and horses (can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff, apart from sleeping bag)

What's not included:   +

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (highly appreciated)

Reservations:   +

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

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