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)