HUAYHUASH CLASSIC TREK
The objective of this trip is simple: to get in touch with one of the wildest and most beautiful Cordilleras in Peru. Rather than approaching it timidly, we suggest you, after having seriously prepared your acclimatization thanks to days of discovery of the Cordillera Blanca star from Huaraz, to complete its complete tour in 9 days.
It is one of the least known mountain ranges in the world and yet it is considered one of the most beautiful in South America. It stretches over 30 km, but its appearance is particularly compact and vertical. During this route, we cross 7 passes between 4600 and 5000 m altitude. Approaching the giants of the Cordillera is worth it, but once you reach the top of a pass, a
string of mythical peaks are revealed in front of you: Mituraju (5,750 m), Rondoy (5,870 m), Jirishanca ( 6,094 m), Yerupaja (6,617 m, considered the most difficult climb in the region), Yerupaja Chico (6,089 m), Yerupaja Sur (6,500 m) and finally Siula Grande (6,344 m), famous for having been in 1985 the theater of the tragedy of Joe Simpson (see the film “the suspended death”).
Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking
About the tour:
Upon your arrival by bus in Huaraz, welcome by our representative and transfer to your lodge in the village of Marcara. Dinner included and night in Marcara.
In the morning, transfer by vehicle to the Conococha pass, then, branch off to the villages of Chiquian then Llamac. This transfer will allow us to grasp all the geographic complexity of the region. We will leave the high pampas of Conococha to plunge into the inter-Andean valleys after Chiquian before regaining altitude and finally approaching the cordillera. At Llamac, we then follow the right bank of the Rio Llamac to arrive at our first camp at Quartelhuain (4,170 m) where we meet our team of muleteers. Installation of the camp, free time at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and night at the camp.
Driving time: around 5.5 hours
Breakfast at the camp. We will start the day of trekking with a slow climb until we reach the Col de Cacanan (4,690 m). We are exactly on the watershed line between the Pacific and Atlantic sides. In the descent from the pass we can observe the source of the Rio Marañón, one of the longest tributaries of the Amazon River. We pass by the Jancahuayi and Janca estancias. Going up the Janca River, we reach Lake Mitucocha (4,270 m), dominated by the 6,094 m of the impressive Nevado Jirishanca glacier. Night in camp at the edge of the lagoon. The place is ideal for observing the Andean birdlife. Dinner and night at the camp.
Walking time 6:00
Elevation: + 520 m, - 420 m
Breakfast at the camp. Today we hike in Wayac Valley, and gradually climb to Yana Pass (4,630m), then we gradually descend into Yanayana Valley to Carhuacocha Lagoon (4,138m). Installation of our bivouac at the edge of the lagoon. From our camp, we can see the eastern slopes of the majestic peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash: Yerupaja (6,617 m), Jirishanca (6,094 m), Mituraju (5,750 m). The setting is ideal for resting, enjoying the environment, or fishing for trout with our cook for dinner... Dinner and night at the camp.
Walking time: 5:00 a.m.
Elevation: + 420 m, - 512 m
Breakfast. We walk at the foot of a collection of peaks over 6,000 meters (Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Siula Grande) which seem within reach. We pass along the edge of three lagoons with glacial green or blue waters that contrast with the snow-capped peaks that overlook them. The summits are revealed one after the other. Through the ichus (Andean straw), we climb a fairly steep hill until the passage of the Siula pass (4,830 m) before approaching our descent to the Quesillococha lagoon, in a valley invaded by rocky blocks then joining a large peat plain. We follow the Huayhuash river and finally arrive at a place called Huayhuash (4,360 m) where we set up our camp. Dinner and night at the camp.
Walking time: 6:00 a.m.
Elevation: + 662 m, - 470 m
Ascensdemos al paso Santa Rosa por camino de rocas calcáreas. Desde el paso el panorama de las cumbres de Huayhuash no deja sin palabras, Yerupajá, Siula Grande, Sarapo, Rasac y cadena de los Rosario. Vamos hacia ell ago Jurau de color turqueza. Largo descenso hasta el Pueblo más típico de la Cordillera Huayhuash Huayllapa 3500 m.
Breakfast. A milder day, with moderate gradients. We leave the Pampa de Cuyoc to follow the tortuous course of the Rio Huayllapa and continue our tour of the cordillera to the west. Gradually the climate becomes more temperate and we will discover, shortly before our arrival in Huayllapa, the rural and agricultural activity of the inhabitants of this large Andean town. We will establish the camp near the village (3490 m). Dinner and night at the camp.
Walking time: 6:00 a.m.
Elevation: - 1,010m
Breakfast. The well-marked path at the exit of the village allows us to quickly go up to the heights of the Huayhuash cordillera. We leave behind Huatiaq to continue our ascent to Tapush Pass (4,770 m). On our right, the Diablo Mudo summit proudly dominates the valley in which we will dive to reach the Gashpampa camp, established near a magnificent forest of quenuales (or polylepis, a tree endemic to the central Andes and protected). Setting up camp (4,500 m) and end of the day free. Dinner and night at the camp.
Walking time: 7h00
Elevation: + 1,280 m; - 270m
Breakfast. In the early hours of the morning we leave the camp to begin our climb, still watched by the Diablo Mudo in the background, to the Llaucha pass (4,850 m), the last obstacle before baculer on the northern part of the massif. At the pass, a dazzling panorama awaits us, one of the most striking of our journey. In front of us the most beautiful west faces of the peaks that we could observe earlier from the Mitucocha and Carhuacocha lagoons. Two hours of descent later and we will arrive at the Jahuacocha lagoon camp (4,050 m). Dinner and night at the camp.
Walking time: 6.5 hours
Elevation: + 350 m, - 800 m
Jahuacocha Lagoon Camp
Breakfast. The ideal location of this ultimate camp invites exploration. We can choose either to go to the Rondoy pass, at 4,750 m, to observe the string of peaks more closely (Jirishanca, Rondoy, Siula...), or try to reach the Rasaq or Barrosa lagoons at the foot of the giants. . In any case, a last day rich in discoveries awaits us to punctuate this trek. Return to the Jahuacocha lagoon camp. Dinner and night at the camp.
Walking time: 6.5 hours
Elevation: + 800 m, - 800 m approximately (regardless of the option chosen)
Early breakfast. We will be able to observe our last sunrise over the majestic Andean peaks of the Huayhuash mountain range, then descend along the Jahuacocha river, finally a last pass will await us, the paso Llamac (4,250 m), before descending to the village of Llamac (3,250 m), arrival point of our trek. Return by private vehicle and transfer to the hotel in Marcara. Dinner included.
Walking time: around 5.5 hours
Differences in height: + 250 m; - 1000m
Transfer Marcara > Huaraz for your return bus to Lima.
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Includes and does not include
- Upon your arrival in Huaraz, welcome by our team and transfer to your lodge in Marcara (40 minutes)
- Day 12, transfer by private vehicle to the Huaraz bus terminal
- 2 nights in a lodge in Marcara, half board, double room basis (single room supplement, contact us)
- Transport by private vehicle from Marcara to Huayhuash and back from Llamac at the end of the trek
- A qualified French-speaking trekking guide, specialist in Huayhuash, and his assistant from 8 participants
- Meals mentioned. Varied and energetic. Hot morning and evening, snacks at noon.
- The cooker
- The nights mentioned in bivouac
- The entries of Huayhuash (which go to the communities)
- The muleteers and their mules transporting collective equipment and personal effects
- Collective camping equipment:
- 3-person tents (North Face V25 type or equivalent) spacious for two people, kitchen tent, mess tent, toilet tent,personal foam mattresses, kitchen utensils
- First aid kit: responsibility of the guide
- Oxygen bottle(s)
Rescue horse saddled in case of emergency