Best of Huaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash

Best of Huaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash: Some of the most famous mountains in the Cordillera HuayhuashYerupajá, Rasac, Hirishanca, Ninashanca, and Rondoy – stand out against the rugged backdrop of the Andes. There are beautiful meadows surrounded by deep mountain gorges; and with peaks that reach above 6,000 m (19,685 ft). Following then; this trek program requires a week of trekking; crossing a high pass (Paso de Carhuac 4,650m), plus a day’s drive in the car and a couple of transit days. Then you’ll also have time to explore Huaraz while in transit.

After all; serious alpinists head for the trekking mecca of Huaraz to experience some part of the Cordillera Huayhuash. The Huayhuash is normally less-travelled than the Cordillera Blanca, due to its distance from Huaraz and its incredible difficulty (it ranks among the most demanding hikes in the Americas).

Glaciers and a glut of peaks above 6000m are on the menu; as are a spattering of sparkling mountain lakes, and there’s the added appeal of it being a round-trip trek, which facilitates good planning.


  • Season: April to November
  • Distance: 74 Km
  • Altitude: 3200 – 4760 meters above sea level
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Weather: Warm to hot in the daytime / cold at night
  • Trekking time: 5 to 8 hours a day approx.
Day 1
Arrive Lima - Transfer to Huaraz
On arrival into Lima you'll transfer to Huaraz by bus or plane.
  • Overnight: Huaraz
  • Hotel Recommendation: Hotel San Sebastian
Day 2
Lake Willacocha - Full Day - Moderate - 4700m
You wind up through the scattered villages of the mountain. The trail itself is rugged and beautiful with some uphill sections, but is a fairly moderate ascent. The Lake is very pretty, and the views of the Cordillera Blanca are fabulous. On return we'll take you back to your hotel.
  • Altitude - 4700m
  • Distance - 6 km
  • Time Trekking - 4-5 hrs
  • Overnight: Huaraz
  • Hotel Recommendation: Hotel San Sebastian
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Laguna 69 - Full day - Hard - 4,500m
Laguna 69 is a beautiful mountain high lake nestled under the mountains in the Demanda Valley. Travelling by our private vehicle car from Huaraz past the beautiful Llanganuco Lakes and then to Cebollapampa (3850m) which is the starting point to climb Pisco. (2 ½ hours drive). You start the walk by following the valley for some 40 minutes, then climb continuously on a zig zag track for about 2 hour 40 minutes to Laguna 69, a beautiful lake of the most brilliant blue colour (4500m). The lake is surrounded by the mountains Chacrarju and Pisco which leave reflections on the lake. On the return walk you look directly towards the mountains Huascaran, Chopicalqui and Yanapaccha. The hike from Cebollapampa to Laguna 69 & return is about 5 ½ hours. On the car journey we stop at the beautiful turquoise and light blue twin lakes of Llanganuco - one lake female and one lake male. The lakes lie between the mountains of Huascaran and Huandoy and are surrounded by groves of ancient quenual trees.
  • Altitude - 4500m
  • Distance - 10-11 km
  • Time Trekking - 8 Hours
  • Overnight: Huaraz
  • Hotel Recommendation: Hotel San Sebastian
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Huaraz - La Union - Queropalca.
Driving in our private bus for some 5 or 6 hours 230kms from Huaraz to Huanuco Pampa (3736m). Along the way we have our first distant views of the breathtaking Cordillera Huayhuash. Stopping to take in the amazing views and marvel at the vastness of the surrounding countryside. We'll set up camp at Huanuco Pampa, near the Inca ruins of Huanuco Viejo which we spend the afternoon visiting. The site was an important Inca settlement, probably a tambo major stopover point and storage site - built on the main Cuzco-Quito route. The site covers several hundred hectares and substantial ruins remain, including the main temple Usnu, accommodation for the Inca elite, women’s quarters and a garrison, not to mention private quarters and baths for the visiting Inca. Continuing to drive for 3 to 4 hours from Huanuco Viejo to Queropalca village 3800m where we'll camp for the night
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Queropalca - Carhuacocha lake
In Queropalca you'll meet our donkey drivers & mules to start the trek with a gradual ascent on a gentle gradient to Laguna Carhuacocha (4200m). From this camp we have astonishing views across the lake to the Yerupaja Grande, Yerupaja Chico (6121m), Jirishanca and Siula Grande. This is the first sighting you'll get of the vast expanse of the Cordillera Huayhuash
  • Approx. 11kms hiking
  • 4 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Carhuacocha - Siula punta lookout - Carhuacocha.
Staying another night at Carhuacocha to enjoy the mountain surroundings. We'll take a day hike up a side valley past the base of Yerupaja and Siula Grande. Here you'll discover 3 glacial lakes, all unique in that each has a different shade of blue or green. Occasionally there are avalanches coming from the glaciers into the lakes. Note: It is possible to continue by hiking a circuit up past the Siula Glacier to a pass at 4800 metres, returning along an unmarked trail through a high hidden valley where you can glimpse wild vicuña grazing, before a descent back to Laguna Carhuacocha (a total 8 hours for the day). Alternatively, you may prefer a gentler day trout fishing or resting at the spectacular campsite
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Carhuacocha - Mitucocha
Climbing to cross the first Pass - Paso de Carhuac 4650m & camp at another lake Laguna Mitucocha 4250m - 5 hours. A relatively steady ascent on a good path takes us to Punta Carhuac (4650m) pass, with excellent opportunities en route to spot the elusive Viscacha rodent, endemic to the high Andes. From here, weather permitting, we will enjoy excellent views of the Yerupaja and Siula Grande peaks. Descending, with grass underfoot, to the Janca plateau we'll trek south-east to reach tonight’s camp at another large, trout-filled lake; Laguna Mitucocha (4250m). After lunch, you'll have the option of walking around the lake. From our camp we have incredible panoramic views of the sheer face of Jirishanca (6094m) and Jirishanka Chico.
  • Approx. 12kms
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Mitucocha - Rondoy valley
In the morning, continuing anti-clockwise across puna grasslands (paramo) and crossing the pass at Cacanan Punta (4700m). You'll descend to the Quebrada Cuncush, a broad valley flanked by immense expanses of quenual forest, and pass a collection of crofts known as Quartelhuain, the site of tonight’s camp (4350m).
  • Approx. 12kms
  • 6 to 7 hours.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Rondoy - Jahuacocha Lake
Today is a long traversing ascent to the Rondoy Pass (4750m). From here enjoying yet more awesome views of the nearby peaks, the highest Huayhuash peak, Yerupaja (6634m), as well as Rondoy and others, dominating the panoramic views. The descent from the pass takes us first past a stunning, milky-blue glacial lake, Solteracocha, and then along the shore of the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha to our beautiful camp at the head of the lake (4150m).
  • Approx. 14kms
  • A harder day - 7 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Jahuacocha - Llamac - Huaraz - Final night or Back to Lima
After an early start and gentle descent for an hour, you'll start a gradual climb to the final pass, Pampa Llamac (4300m), from where we'll take in our final views of the Huayhuash range. Then it is a reasonably long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac. Approx. 14kms hiking 5½ to 6 hours In Llamac our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz and your hotel for that long-awaited hot shower! Arriving into Huaraz at about 06:00pm. From here you can either stay another night or begin the journey back to Lima. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Info

Breakfast x 9
Lunch x 9
Dinner x 6
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Accommodation in Huaraz – x3 nights
Transfers to Hotel
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Airport transfers (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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  • Hotels in Huaraz - nights 1,2,3
  • Private transportation to and from locations
  • All activities as outlined
  • National park entrance fees
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Mountain Cook
  • Camping equipment
  • Arriero & Mules
  • Last day - traditional Pachamanca lunch
Not Included
  • Sleeping bags& inflatable mattresses (to hire)
  • Domestic flights or internal buses (can be included)
  • Any additional hotel nights
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