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Amazing Cordillera Huayhuash – 6-day short trek

Cordillera Huayhuash – short trek

06 Days / 05 Nights

Huayhuash is one of the most isolated mountain ranges of the world, with overwhelming views of glistening vertical walls of ice, rock and snow.

The colorful waters of the beautiful lakes found in this circuit reflects the bizarre Yerupajá (6634 m.), Jerupajá Chico (6121 m.), Jirishanca (6094 m.), Rondoy (5879 m.), Sarapo (6127 m.), Siulá Grande (6344 m.), and Siulá Chico (6265 m.) among others.


Our comfortable vehicle takes us via the Pan American highway along the pacific ocean coast, across sand deserts and through coastal valleys to Pativilca. Here we take the Pativilca – Huaraz highway and drive up into the Andes until we reach Conococha Lake (4,100 m.a.s.l). Scenic mountains capes announce our arrival to the Callejón de Huaylas Valley between the Cordillera Negra (black mountain range) and the Cordillera Blanca (white mountain range).

We continue to Huaraz (3,100 m.a.s.l), the “Capital of Mountaineering and International Friendship.”

We stayed overnight at our hotel in Huaraz City.

We drive up across the Santa River Valley where we admire the magnificent Cordillera Blanca (white mountain range), perennially snowed peaks; in the way crossing the typical towns of Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac.

We arrive at the Conococha lake where we observe migratory andean birds like the flamingo or Parihuana which nest in the lake during their migration. From here we can observe the impressive Cordillera Huayhuash. We descend to Chiquian town (3,400 m.a.s.l), and continue to drive until Cuartel Huain and after a short hike we set our camp (4, 100 m.a.s.l).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

This morning, we hike ascending Sanbunya Pass (4750 m), we admire the magnificent snowed peaks of Rondoy (5,870 m.a.s.l), Hirishanca (6,094 m.a.s.l)  y Yerupajá (6,634 m.a.s.l) y Ratzac (6,017 m.a.s.l).

After descending, we arrive at turquoise Jahuacocha Lake, one of the jewels of the Cordillera Huayhuash. We set up our campsite at 4,050 m.a.s.l. We have the opportunity to enjoy the regional fauna, among them varieties of andean ducks, andean ibis, and high altitude flora.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


In the morning we leave Jahuacocha passing along lupinus tree. We admire the Hirishanca iced peak, and the beautiful Jahuacocha and Solteracocha lakes. We arrive at the beautiful Rasac Cocha Lake (4,650 m.a.s.l) in the base of an impressive glacier. After lunch we return to our camp in Jahuacocha.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Today we pass along some small patches of forests of the endangered Queñua tree, one of the few species of trees that grow at this altitude. The Queñua tree has been heavily used since colonial times for its fine quality in producing the world’s best organic charcol, posing a challenge to its preservation.

We are fortunate to observe the mountain scape scenery of both, the Cordillera Huayhuash and the Cordillera Blanca while we have a long descent to Llamac (3300 m), where our car will be waiting to transfer us to Huaraz, and our hotel Breakfast.

Lunch included.

After a relaxing breakfast we will take our transfer to bus station, carrying with us unforgettable memories of our experiences. Regular bus from Huaraz to Lima

Breakfast included.

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What’s included:

  • Hotel in Huaraz.
  • Transfer Lima – Huaraz – Lima in regular bus (non-stop buses with air conditioning, chemical toilette, TV, lunch on board, hostess).
  • Private car transfers in Huaraz: bus station – hotel – bus station.
  • Private car transfers to all starting and returning points to/from the hiking destinations.
  • Bilingual trekking guide.
  • First class trekking services: Cook and full meal in the mountains, according to program.
  • Donkeys and donkey drivers, and a Horse.
  • Sleeping tents (for 2 or 3 persons each), kitchen, dining and toilette tents.
  • Air mattress.
  • All cooking gear and dining equipment.
  • First aid group kit.
  • Entrances fees to the National Park.
  • Upon return from Huaraz, transfer from the bus station to the hotel or to the airport.

Not included:

  • Hotels in Lima.
  • Dinners in town.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses: camping gear, specific medicines equipment, phone calls, extra meals, drinks, tips and others of personal nature.

Important information:

What to pack?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climates like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers).
  • Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long and short-sleeved shirts.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moist, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

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Prices from USD based on double occupancy.

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