Cordillera Huayhuash – Mini-Huayhuash Trek – 4 Days

Then the shortened 4 day Mini-Huayhuash trek allows you to experience an abbreviated version of the longer trek; while not compromising on the stunning views.

As an aside; this route is a little more demanding than the more classic Santa Cruz trek route. Hence; it is considered to be suitable for novice trekkers and hikers; however ensuring that a program of acclimatisation is followed properly before departure. During the trek you will be rewarded with a series of glacial lakes and snow capped nevadas along the way.

This 4 day route includes a warm-up trek to Marian Village as part of the program.

Follwoing then; it’s important to note that there are many route variations lasting from 3-7 days. Some itineraries require a long drive to the trailhead at Queropalca; before getting into the Cordillera Huayhuash to begin the trekking.

This 4 Day trek is centred around the incredible Jahuacocha Lake area; considered one of the most scenic places in alpine trekking, to trek and camp out.

Along the route; you’ll see the important sights of the Cordillera Huayhuash; hit the Rondoy Valley, scale the impressive Sambunya Pass and experience the natural beauty of Jahuacocha Lake.

Trek Facts

SEASON: April to November.
ALTITUDE: 3300 – 4760 meters above sea level.
RATING: Moderate
WEATHER: Warm to hot in the daytime / temperate cold at nights.
TREKKING TIME: 5 to 8 hours a day.

Day 1
Half Day Trek - Marian Village Hiking
A relaxing and easy short hike to the delightful small village of Marian. Starting from Huaraz, you'll walk through the newly developed suburb of Nueva Florida and then follow quiet local paths passing by small farms and poblados for 40 minutes for about an hour to the village of Marian which is tucked in underneath the mountains behind Huaraz. From the village plaza there is an amazing view of the massive snow covered mountain of Ranrapalca. Grade: Easy 3 to 4 hours hike Maximum altitude = 3500m Hiking distance approx. = 5km
Meals included: Lunch
Day 2
Huaraz – Pocpa – Rondoy Valley
At 7:30 we start the tour, driving to the south – east through the Andean Villages Conococha, Chiquian, Llamac and Pocpa, after 4 hours we will get to the starting point of the trek, at 3500m. stars the hike to Rondoy 4050m, from where we will have the view of the mountains, Minapata, Ninashjanca and Rondoy, it takes around 4 hours walk.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Rondoy – Sambunya Pass – Jahuacocha Lake
After breakfast we climb to our highest point of the tour, Sambuya Pass 4780m, it is a trail pretty hard up but worth, because from the top you have an amazing view to the most important and highest peaks of the range, and see lakes Solteracocha and Jahuacocha, we will descend from and alternative trail to have better a view of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Jahuacocha – Pampallamac Pass – Llamac –Huaraz
Starts descending a Little bit though the valley to after go up to our last pass Pampallamac, having the last view of the range with the stoning Yerupaja 6634m. to after descend 1000m. to the village Llamac. From here you'll take private transport back to Huaraz.
  • Accommodation Recommendation: Santa Cruz Hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Info

Breakfast x 3
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
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.

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  • Briefing one day before the trek.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure.
  • 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available).
  • Drinking water along the trek.
  • Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers).
  • Chef (assistant chef for larger groups).
  • Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks.
  • Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers.
  • Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times).
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person).
  • These are provided by your guide at your briefing.
Not Included
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the hot springs.
  • Inflatable mattresses, pillow & sleeping bag. (If you don’t want to bring your own, you can hire these from us).
  • Tips for guides and field staff.
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