Best of Huaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash
Best of Huaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash: Some of the most famous mountains in the Cordillera Huayhuash—Yerupajá, 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.
THE BEST OF THE CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH
- 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.