Cordillera Blanca Traverse
Unlike the classic trekking of the Cordillera Blanca (the highest Tropical Cordillera on the planet) with its respective transversal valleys, this type of itinerary crosses the Cordillera Blanca from its east to west slope. It allows you to enjoy the view of the Conchucos alley, gradually reaching the Contrahierbas 4100 Refuge. The highest point is the Punta Unión pass, 4750 m, after several days of gradual acclimatization. Descent through the mythical Alpamayo.
Period: May- November.
Trekkings Cordillera Blanca
About the tour:
Transfer to the hotel 3 ***.
Transfer to the bus terminal in the direction of Huaraz. The route runs along the Pacific coast, large desert areas and frequent fog, then it is the ascent to the Conococha pass (+4100 m) where we appreciate the Cordillera Blanca with good weather. Arrival to Huaraz. Hotel.
8 hours by bus.
Mini trek through the Cordillera Negra, ascent to the balcony 3700 m. to appreciate Cordillera Blanca. Return to the Hotel.
Route to the south. We pass through the cities of Recuay and Catac where we fork in to the east. Pass very close to the Querococha lagoon (3890 m) then the Kawish tunnel at 4500, descent towards the town of Chavín de Huantar. Visit the ruins of this ancient pre-Columbian civilization of about three thousand years, classified as World Heritage by Unesco. The remains are still impressive with a very large ceremonial square with concentric stairs, an imposing temple in the shape of a trunk pyramid and an impressive network of galleries, columns and porticoes. 2 hours of approximate visit. Then we continue our route. Pass through the towns of Huari and Acopalca and climb towards the Purhuaycocha lagoon where we set up our first camp.
6h by bus.
Start of our trekking. We circle the lake on the left side, then a progressive climb up to a balcony for one last view of the Purhuaycocha lagoon. We continue our ascent to our camp on a plain at 4230 m.
5 to 6 h on the way. M = +650 m.
Very wild stage: we climb a path for 2h30 up to an altitude of 4500 m, to the right of the Perlilla snow-capped mountain. From the pass beautiful views of the Cordillera. Descent by a path to the confluence of the Tayancocha ravine (valley).
5 to 6 h on the way. M = 400 m. D = 600m.
Día tranquilo de descenso agradable a Chacas por el sendero bien marcado hasta la aldea alejada de Chacas. Instalación en albergue y visita de esta comunidad importante del Callejón de Conchucos, de su iglesia y la escuela de Artesanía Don Bosco y las esculturas creadas por la ONG Matto Grosso.
3 à 4 h de Camino. D = -500 m.
Descent by vehicle to the north of Chacas, passing through the town of Sapchá, then up to the town of Huecroncocha. Camp setup.
2h by car. M = +100m
Increasingly steep rise. We pass the Tapush pass 4060 m. In front of us the Chacraraju and the Chopicalqui, then we appreciate the east faces after having admired the south and west faces from Huaraz. Regular climb in this extraordinary landscape to the Contrahierbas 4100 refuge, in the city of Yanama.
6 to 7 h on the way. M =+ 400m. D = -50m.
Descent to Yanama 3400m. Extraordinary view of the Chacraraju, Pirámide and Taulliraju peaks. A new opportunity to discover the rural life of the villages far from the mountain range, notably with potato crops in the town of Yanama. Arrival to a Colcabamba canyon and then up to Huaripampa.
6 hours on the way. M = 100 m. D = 500m.
We climbed the Punta Unión pass to recover the western slope of the mountain range towards the Santa Cruz ravine, the Hatuncocha and Taullicocha lagoons and the snow-capped peaks of Taulliraju, Rinrihirca 5810m, Artesonraju 6025m and Paria 5600m. Descent to Ichiccocha 3850m and installation of the camp.
6 hours on the way. M = +1050 m. D = - 950 m.
We continue to descend the Quebrada Santa Cruz next to a beautiful river with clear waters surrounded by vegetation and some impressive mountains until the arrival of Cashapampa. End point of the trekking. Return by private bus to Huaraz.
4 hours on the way. M=0m. D = -950 m.
Night in hotel in Lima. 8h by bus.
Airport transfer. End of services.
Includes and does not include
- Transfers Apto – Hotel IN OUT – Transfer Hotel – IN OUT bus station
- Bus tickets Lima – Huaraz IN OUT
- 3 hotel nights in Huaraz with breakfast – 2 hotel nights in Lima IN OUT
- Entrance fee Huascarán Park
- Private transfers during acclimatization days.
- Trekking guide in Spanish/English/French
- Tents 3 two-person stations.
- Foam mattresses.
- Mountain cook and all the kitchen material.
- 3 meals each day (breakfast + lunch + dinner). Tea in the afternoon, snack for the route
- Horses/donkeys for the transport of collective material and client luggage.
- Horse with saddle for emergencies.
- Dining tent, kitchen tent, bathroom tent, folding chairs and tables.
- Complete trekking kitchen equipment.