Trek the Cordillera Huayhuash (Huayhuash Range)

Trek the Huayhuash Range is the second highest tropical mountain chain in the world; after the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), immediately to the north. Even though it is located 120 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean; the crest forms part of the Continental Divide of South America.

Running from north to south, the main zone has some twenty summits within about 25km, with a secondary mountain change of summits of lower elevation toward the west that is about 15km long.

This trek diverges from the traditional Huayhuash circuit route & is more technically and physically challenging than the normal circuit. Typically the circuit can take anywhere between 8 – 14 days to complete and there are smaller mini circuits available too.

Six of the largest peaks are higher than 6,000 meters. Among the nevadas, Yerupajá (6,617 m) stands out – it is the second highest mountain in Peru (after Huascarán, at 6,768 m). Also of note is Siula Grande (6,344 m), which achieved fame through the book and subsequent film “Tocando el Vacio“ (Touching the Void) by mountaineer Joe Simpson.

This area also hosts dozens of glacial lakes of incomparable beauty. The closest towns are Chiquián (3,400m) and Cajatambo (3,375m)

Day 1
Huaraz - Transfer Cordillera Huayhuash - Camp Matacancha (4150 m)
Starting out early you'll transfer by private transport via the Santa Valley across the Pachacoto Bridge, then continue on the mountain road in Puja Raimondi National Park (4,780 m) to Huarapasca Pass. Along this road we see giant plants in the form of a candle which flourish only in the south of the Cordillera Blanca. At the top of the pass, you’ll see the Pasto Ruri glacier. Continuing over 2 more passes to the village of Matacancha (4,150 m) in the Huayhuash region, the starting point of the trekking circuit. Meet with the team of guides, the mule drivers (and their burros) and first camp.
  • Overnight Camp (-/L/D)
Day 2
Matacancha - Trekking to Cacanampunta (4700 m) - Laguna carguacocha (4640m)
First day of trekking: Climb the steep slope of Matacancha to Cacanampunta Pass (4,700 m), which forms the continental divide between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and the spectacular open views of the wild mountains of Huayhuash, in particular the peaks of Rondoy and Jirishanca. Descent over wide fields and a beautiful camp at Laguna Mitococha (4300 m).
  • Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Day 3
Carguacocha - Trekking to Punta Siula Pass (4840 m) – Camp huayhuash (4200 m)
An inviting climb to Punta Carhuac Pass (4,650 m) and descent over smooth rolling grasslands to Carhuacocha Lake (4,200 m), one of the best campsites on the route. If there is no wind, we’ll see the peaks of rock and ice (Jirishancas and Yerupajá Grande y Chico) reflected on the surface of the calm waters. At the lake live indigenous farmers - with their permission we may get to catch fresh trout for dinner!
  • Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Day 4
Camp Huayhuash - Trekking Pass Trapecio (4850 m) / Camp Elefante Pampa (4250 m)
Heading to the highest pass, Trapecio 4850m / 16,040 ft, you'll arrive after around 3 hours of trekking. This pass is located between Cuyoc and Pumarinri mounts, from this point we have nice views of the Cordillera Raura and part of the Cordillera Huayhuash also. From the pass we descend to Guanacpatay valley and we set our campsite at 4400 m / 14,436 ft, after to have walked down around 1.5 hours.
  • Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Day 5
Camp Elefante – Trekking - Huayllapa (3600 m)
At indicated time after breakfast we depart for Huayllapa village 3500 m / 11 483 ft, we take the path near to the river and walk down for around 3.5 hours through the valley of the same name among native trees and shrubs of the region, getting in Huayllapa we can get some sodas and beers.
  • Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Day 6
Huayllapa (3600 m) – Trekking - Cashgapampa (4500 m)
At times the climb is steep and strenuous, under the steep glaciated cliffs of the high massif of Raju Collota to Punta Tapush Pass. Once again, magnificent views, including Nevado Diablo Mudo (Silent Devil) (5,350 m), tomorrow’s destination for the ambitious and physically strong climbers among us. Short descent from the pass north to Susococha Lake (4,600 m) and a little farther to Cashgapampa Camp (4500 m).
  • Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Day 7
Cashgapampa - Trekking to Llaucha Pass (4750 m) - Laguna Jahuacocha (4066 m)
Those climbing Diablo Mudo (5223 m) begin very early and will have a long day. From the north side on the last steepest slopes, some with “penitentes“, we’ll use crampons, ice axe and harness. The feeling of success at reaching 5000m, and awesome views in the true sense of the word, Diablo Mudo is a well-deserved reward for the effort. The huge wild mountains of Huayhuash are laid out in front of you. A descent to the camp still follows the long route to Jahuacocha Lake. Option: Trekking without climbing Diablo Mudo. Short descent from Cashgapampa, turning into Angocancha Gorge (4350 m) and ascent to Yaucha Pass (4750 m), where we again stop and enjoy the impressive view. Steep descent toward the northeast in Huacrish Gorge (4,066 m), leading to Jahuacocha Lake (4066 m). Camp on the edge of the lake, with a view dominated by Rondoy, Jirishanca and Yerupajá.
  • Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Day 8
Jahuacocha - Trekking to Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) - Village of Pocpa (3600 m); Transfer to Huaraz 
Last day of this trek. Climb the last pass - Jahua Punta - and a long descent to the camp in the village of Pocpa. In this village we finish our great adventure filled with so many experiences. Here we leave our team of mule drivers and burros. Our private transport is waiting to return to the capital of Andes mountaineering, Huaraz.
  • Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

Tour Info

Breakfast x 7
Lunch x 8
Dinner x 7
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.
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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  • AGMP Mountain Guide - UIAGM for climbs, hiking and acclimatization trekking.
  • Peruvian qualified and experienced local guide/s
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park and community Huayhuash
  • Cooks and helpers
  • All meals during the tour
  • Donkey driver and donkeys
  • Camping tents (2 persons)
  • Porter for Nevado Tocllaraju
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Transport public bus or Domestic flight
  • Airline LC-Peru
  • Hotels as required
Not Included
  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips
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