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Trekking in Cordillera Huayhuash

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb South America Andes trekking itinerary (Cordillera Huayhuash 2024):

Guided mountain trekking route in Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru
Easy trekking, Basic level

Day 1: Huaraz (3100 m) – Llamac (3300 m) – Cuartelwain (4100 m)

Transfer by comfortable bus to Cuartelwain, where we will set up our first camp. Walk to the East viewpoint

» Travel time: approximately 3-4 hours (bus)
» Camping: Cuartelwain (4100 m)

Day 2: Cuartelwain – Mitucocha (4200 m)

From Cuartelwain we begin the climb to the first pass of Cacananpunta (4700 m); then we go down the Yanka valley

» Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours.
» Camping: Mitukocha (4200 m.)

Day 3: Mitucocha – Carhuacocha (4150 m)

On this day we climb to the Caruac Pass (4650 m), from where we enjoy amazing views of Siula and Yerupaja.

» Hiking time: 5-6 hours
» Camping: Carhuacocha (4150 m)

Day 4: Carhuacocha – Huayhuash (4350 m)

On this day we climb along the river to the upper reaches of the Queropalca gorge, then continue to climb the Carnicero pass (4600 m), from where we will have a beautiful view of the Yerupaja mountain 6634 m (the second highest mountain in Peru), Siula Grande 6356 m (the mountain which was made famous by Joe Simpson after his dramatic climb that became the basis for his book and then for the movie Touching the Void.

» Hiking time: 5-6 hours
» Camping: Huayhuash (4350 m)

Day 5: Huayhuash – Viconga – Gunyog hot springs (4500 m)

On this day, the trail takes us to the southern tip of the Cordillera Huayhuash, from where we can climb the Huayhuash Pass (4700 m). This pass offers stunning views of the neighboring Raura mountain range, as well as magnificent views to the south. In the evening we relax at the Gunyog hot springs in the thermal water pools.

» Hiking time: 5-6 hours.
» Camping: Gunyog (4500 m)

Day 6: Gunyog – Cuyocpampa (4560 m) – San Antonio Pass (5050 m)

The goal of this day will be to cross the Cuyoc pass (5000 m), the highest point of the route. From the pass you can admire the view of the snow-capped mountains: Cuyoc, Puskanturpa, Trapecio, Siula, Yerupaja, Sarapo and Jurao.

» Hiking time: 5-6 hours.
» Camping: Cuyocpampa (4560 m)

Day 7: Cuyocpampa (4560 m) – Santa Rosa Pass (5070 m) – Huayllapa (3600 m)

On this day we will climb the Santa Rosa Pass 5070 m, then descend to Cutatambo and continue to the village of Huayllapa.

» Hiking time: 7-8 hours
» Camping: Huayllapa (3600 m)

Day 8: Huayllapa – Tapush Pass (4770 m) – Gaspapampa (4570 m)

On this day we climb the mountain towards the Punta Tapush pass (4700 m), from where opens a stunning panorama of the snow-covered Diablo Mudo massif x (5350 m).

» Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
» Camping: Gaspapampa (4560 m)

Day 9: Gaspapampa (4570 m) – Punta Llaucha Pass (4850 m) – Jahuacocha Lagoon (4100 m)

On this day, our path goes to the Llaucha Pass (4850 m), from where we will have an impressive view of the snow-capped mountains: Rondoy, Ninashanca, Irishanca, Yerupaja Chica, Yerupaja Grande, Rasac and Siula.

» Optional: Climbing Mount Diablo Mudo 5427 m (additional fee)
» Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
» Camping: Jahuacocha (4100 m.)

Day 10: Jahuacocha – Llamac (3300 m) – Huaraz

On the last day of the hike we will descend through the Huaylan Valley, which runs between Ichus and Quenuales, until we reach the town of Llamac; here transport will be waiting to take us to Huaraz.

» Hiking time: approximately 5-6 hours.

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Cordillera Huayhuash trekking Valle Circuit, Peru 2024":

1800 Euro* - standart group 5-10 participants
2500 Euro* - mini-group 3-4 participants
6500 Euro - private program for 1-2 participants

Price per person

You have to be ready for:

  • Camping life in the field conditions;
  • Carrying a 3-5 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -5°C on the altitude higher than 4000 m;


  • no medical contraindications to physical activity
  • general experience of hiking trips

The price includes:

  • English - Spanish speaking guide
  • cook
  • pack animals for transporting expedition cargo
  • alpine trekking insurance
  • registration and local permits for the route
  • use of a basic set of medications
  • common equipment (tents, kitchen and navigation equipment)
  • all transfers in accordance with the Program
  • 3 meals a day during the route - the menu is agreed upon with the participants
  • accommodation in hotels and campsites in accordance with the program
  • emergency satellite communication

Non included in the price:

  • transportation to the starting point of the program (Huaraz) and back
  • rent of personal equipment
  • clothing and footwear additional restaurant meals and drinks in Huaraz
  • using a satellite phone for personal purposes

Group capacity: 12

Guides: 2

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