Huayhuash Alternative 9D/8N
- Tour Type: Trekking
- Departure city: Lima, Perú
- End city: Lima, Perú
- Price: $1290 USD
- Per person for 4 travellers (Inc. all taxes)
The Cordillera Huayhuash is located in the central highlands, in the Andes of Peru, covering part of the territories of three provinces: Bolognesi (Ancash), Lauricocha (Huanuco) and Cajatambo (Lima).
Huayhuash is catalogued as the most beautiful Andean trek in the world for its wide diversity of mountains and lakes located between 10,827 ft (3300m) to 16,404 ft (5000m).
|Key Tour Data
|Trekking Aternative Classic 9D8N
|Cordillera Blanca which corresponds to three departments of Peru: Lima / Huaraz / Huánuco.
|Total tour time:
|9 days (from Lima to Lima)
|Total walking distance:
|33 miles (53km)
|9,967 ft (+), 8,360 ft (-)
|4 of 7
|16,404 ft (5000m)
|11,483 ft (3500m)
This trekking has as its starting point the city of Huaraz (Capital of the Anchash Region), located about 255 miles (410km) from the city of Lima (Capital of Peru), about 08 hours by bus, there are no frequent commercial flights.
Touring the entire Cordillera Huayhuash could probably take up to three weeks taking into account the experience of the adventurer; however there are already some predetermined routes, called “classic routes” that cover the most emblematic places such as the Cutatambo valley, which is located below the mountain “Siulá Grande”, the place where the story of Joe Simpsons “Touching the void” was triggered, among other imposing peaks such as: Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Yerupajá, Cuyoc, Diablo Mudo, Rasac, Sacra, etc. You can also appreciate several lakes such as: Mitucocha, Carhuacocha, Atoqsahyco, Viconga, Jahuacocha, Solteracocha etc, etc.
Because we know that you are made in mountain, in this adventure we will walk approximately 65 miles (105km) for a period of ten days of pure trekking.
Highlights Huayhuash Alternative
- The most beautiful trekking in the world.
- See Peru’s most emblematic snow-capped mountains.
- See the most impressive lakes of Peru.
What you get
9 nights Accommodation
3N nights hotel (in the town of Huaraz), 6 nights camping.
Travel easily from A to B (Bus)
6 Breakfsat, 5 Lunch, 6 Dinner, 5 Snack(s) in the walking.
Professional bilingual guide (End-to-end accompaniment throughout your tour package)
Handy extras and accessories (Sleeping bag / tent / mat)
What is not included
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Accommodation in Lima
- Travel insurance
- Meals in the city
- Personal expenses
- Single accommodation (available on request)
Day A: Transfer Lima 0 ft (0m) – Huaraz 10,007 ft (3050m)
Departure Time: Usually in the afternoon
Today you will be picked up at your hotel in Lima (Capital of Peru) between noon and 12:00 noon. Please be fully prepared with all your personal gear and have consumed your lunch before boarding our transportation.
We will go to the bus terminal to board the bus that will take us to the city of Huaraz (08 hours); we will arrive late at night and we will leave you at your hotel so you can rest and the next day make your acclimatization hike.
Activity: Eight hours of bus transportation.
Day B: Acclimatization Day: Querococha Lagoon – Chavin Temple
Today will be a day of acclimatization in the city of Huaraz, we will take a walk towards the archaeological site of Chavin, about two hours from the city of Huaraz, in the district of Chavin de Huantar, we will activate ourselves with a day of culture and nature.
Departure: 09:00 am. – Return: 08:00 pm.
Leaving the city of Huaraz 10,171 ft (3100m), we will pass through the towns of Recuay, Ticapampa and Cátac.
Visit the Great Temple of Chavin that reflects the greatness of our ancestors: The Lanzon of Chavin and the nailed heads.
After lunch we will visit the Chavin National Museum.
Activity: Today we walk very little, but we learn a lot about the Chavín culture.
Day C: Huaraz 10,007 ft (3050m) – Cuartelwain 13,681 ft (4170m)
The night before make sure to make all the necessary preparations for the great adventure that begins today.
Today we leave Huaraz between 12:00 noon to head towards the town of Cuartelwain which will be the beginning of our great adventure, but previously we will make a stop for lunch.
We will take you by bus (04 hours) to the town of Cuartelwain, where we will spend the rest of the day as acclimatization to start the trekking the next day.
Activity: Transfer by bus to the starting point of the trekking.
Day 1 of 5: Cuartelwain 13,681 ft (4170m) – Mitucocha 13,878 ft (4230m)
Early after breakfast we start our hike with an ascent of 1,804 ft (550m) to the Cacanapunta pass where from the top we will observe the first part of a wonderful panorama that awaits us the following days; then we descend and take an almost flat path with small ascents that will take us to our first objective, the famous Mitucocha lagoon 13,878 ft (4230m). From our camp we will have close views of the huge peaks Ronday, Jirishanca, Ninashanca.
Difficulty: We start with a moderate ascent, but then everything is flat until Mitucocha.
Day 2 of 5: Mitucocha 13,878 ft (4230m) – Carhuacocha 13,576 ft (4138m)
This morning we start our hike for about 3 hours to reach the Carhuac pass 15,256 ft (4650m), from this place we will have one of the best views of the mountains Yerupaja Chico, Yerupaja and Siula; continuing the way down for about two hours more we will arrive at the Carhuacocha lagoon where we will install our tents on its banks under the impressive peaks of Yerupaja Grande, Yerupaja Chico and Jirishanca; to hopefully wait for sunrise and appreciate that famous view of mountains of fire.
Difficulty: We will have interesting climbs and descents surrounded by the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Day 3 of 5: Carhuacocha 13,567 ft (4138m) – Huayhuash 14,206 ft (4330m)
Today we expect a day of important physical effort, we will walk an average of 8.7 miles (14km) with 2,461 ft (750m) of positive slope and 1,804 ft (550m) of descent, on the way we will visit three emblematic lakes (Qanrajancacocha, Siulacocha and Quesillococha), this always accompanied by the view of Hirishanca Chico, Yerupaja and Siula, after reaching the viewpoint of the lakes we continue our journey to the Huayhuash camp.
Difficulty: Today will be a day of much physical effort, many climbs, but the panoramic view of the mountains will make us forget all the fatigue.
Day 4 of 5: Huayhuash 14,206 ft (4330m) – Viconga 14,436 ft (4400m)
We begin the hike ascending by the Portachuelo pass 15,256 ft (4.650m) from where we can appreciate the Cordillera Raura and the snowy peak León Huacanan, then we border part of the Viconga lagoon and walk through a small valley until we reach the Viconga camp 14,436 ft (4400m), there we will find some hot springs.
Difficulty: Moderate ups and downs.
Day 5 of 5: Viconga 14,436 ft (4400m) – Lago Surasaca 14,357 ft (4376m)
This day our way takes a different detour to those who make the classic circuit of ten days, this time we head towards the pass Portachuelo de Viconga 15,912 ft (4850m) where we arrive after 3 hours of walking approximately; from this point we observe very closely the snowy of the Cordillera Raura among them: Cuajadajanka, Quesillojanka, Pucacalle, among others. After a rest we continue with our tour this time we descend to the Surasaca lagoon 14,357 ft (4376m), located under the snowy Santa Rosa 18,537 ft (5650m), where we arrive after about three hours of walking at a leisurely pace, this is where we will camp to return to Lima the next day.
Difficulty: Slight ups and downs, but at this point the body is already somewhat exhausted..
Day D: Surasaca 14,357 ft (4376m) – Churín – Lima 0 ft (0m)
After breakfast we board a vehicle to transfer to Lima, on the way we pass the towns of Oyón and Churín. We arrive in Lima after a 4.5 hour trip approximately. In Lima transfer to the hotel, and this is the end of this incredible dream adventure.
Activity: Today we only use the bus to return to our hotel in Lima.
Visa and passport information
Citizens of the United Kingdom, citizens of Western Europe, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities do not require a visa. If you have any doubts, please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.
Once your reservation is confirmed, we guarantee that the price will not increase, regardless of the circumstances. Before booking, please make sure you have read our important Information About tour prices.
It is a condition of booking with Made In Mountain that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to take out adequate travel insurance and to ensure that you have read and understood all the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake during the tour, including all optional activities. Your insurance policy should fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country.
In case of medical emergencies, illness or injury your insurance should cover the entire duration of your vacation. If you are trekking at high altitude, make sure there is no upper altitude limit that may limit or exclude coverage for your trip.
In this adventure you will reach 5000 meters above sea level, a cold climate typical of the Peruvian Andes, and during most of the day you can reach temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, especially in the mornings and nights.
This trip is at an altitude where there is a risk of being affected by acute mountain sickness (AMS), a common and generally harmless condition caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen concentration. While the itinerary has been specifically designed to allow your body to acclimatize gradually, the rate of onset and severity, as well as the altitude at which AMS develops, can vary greatly among individuals; being physically fit offers no special protection. If symptoms develop during your trip, you should report them to your Made In Mountain leader immediately.
Travelers with heart or lung conditions, anemia, asthma, high blood pressure, or who are taking the birth control pill should seek advice from their primary care physician and specifically mention the maximum altitude the trip reaches (refer to the trip itinerary). Bring your travel notes to your medical appointment so that your physician has all the details of your trip.
You should have adequate travel insurance for your trip. Make sure that your insurance policy covers you up to the maximum altitude indicated above.
Important for trips to the Huayhuash Cordillera
In the high season of visitors from April to October (Andean summer) our reservations sell out quickly, so we recommend that you book your vacation well in advance of your planned travel date, at least 4 to 5 months in advance when possible.
About flight delays
Made In Mountain does not currently include international flights from your home city in its itineraries, so it is very important that you schedule your arrival in Lima, Peru 1 or 2 days prior to the start of your tour to avoid delays with your itinerary.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and you should inquire before traveling.
At present, in the current year 2022, the Peruvian Government requires to show the vaccination card for access to public places.
In Peru, in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, no other vaccines are mandatory, but we recommend protection against typhoid fever, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on malaria, dengue fever and Zika virus. Take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites, which include mosquito repellent, as well as long pants and long-sleeved shirts to cover up when necessary.
About camping tents
You will be assigned a space in a shared tent of two, three or four people as organized by the main guide, but if you want more privacy and want a personal tent, this will have an additional cost of $ 60 dollars in total for the ten days of camping (equivalent to $ 10 dollars per day).
If you come as a couple or with friends, a private tent can be assigned to you depending on availability, so it is very important that you book your tour well in advance.
If you bring your own accessories and tent we can transport you to each campsite at no additional cost.
Food in camping
The food is varied, prioritizing good nutrition to keep you active throughout the trip.
Your tour leader will contact you to ask you about your dietary preferences.
Travel Lima – Huaraz – Lima
To move from the city of Lima to Huaraz (round trip) you will board a bus from the bus terminal, our partners are recognized agencies that meet all safety protocols, biosecurity and the best comfort.
You will always be accompanied by your tour leader at all times from your hotel in Lima, round trip.
Basic services in Huaraz
Huaraz is a small city in the process of development so it can not be compared to the hotel and gastronomic offer of cities like Lima or Cusco; however we always make the best effort to give you the best comfort and food when you are in this place; you will have good internet access and amenities with primary services; our partners are among the best you can find in that city. You can find more information about Peru here.
Drinking water is provided. Tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will purchase large water containers so you can refill your bottle.
Lodging, meals, flights or additional services
If you have problems booking your accommodation, meals, or any additional services in Lima, we can assist you, it is only important that you make your tour reservations well in advance.
Remember that any additional service that is not included in this tour will have an additional cost.