Huayhuash Circuit trek

PER-01 / 18-day trip / Grade: T3-T4

Huayhuash Circuit Trek

The Huayhuash circuit a world-class trek in one of the most fantastic natural mountain sceneries in the planet! The complete loop crosses several passes above 4500 m and a couple that tops out at over 5000 m. The range has some famous summits like: Siula Grande (Joe Simpson’s book and film: “Touching the Void”), Jirishanca and Yurupaja. All of them dramatically steep and isolated, something characteristic of Huayhuash’s peaks. This is a high altitude itinerary with long distances to be cover, but with the reward of visiting a remote place with few people and lots of wild nature!

Day 1 Arrival in Lima, Peru
Day 2 Lima – Huaraz (3005 m)
Day 3 Puka Ventana (3500 m)
Day 4 Churup lake (4485 m)
Day 5 Huaraz – Llamac (3300 m)
Day 6 Matacancha (4100 m)
Day 7 Mitucocha Lake (4130 m)
Day 8 Carhuacocha lake (4080 m)
Day 9 Carhuacocha lake – Rest day
Day 10 Huayhuash (4230 m)
Day 11 Viconga (4400 m)
Day 12 Guanacpatay camp (4200)
Day 13 Cutatambo camp (4120 m)
Day 14 Cutatambo camp – Rest day
Day 15 Huatiac camp (4270 m)
Day 16 Jahuacocha camp (4100 m)
Day 17 End of trek – Back to Huaraz
Day 18 Huaraz – Lima & departure
Day 1

Arrival in Lima, Peru
Pick up at airport and transfer-in to hotel in Lima.
Night in hotel.

Day 2

Lima – Huaraz (3005 m)
After breakfast, transfer to bus terminal for tourist public bus to Huaraz. The bus ride takes about 8 hours, depending on the traffic leaving Lima. The road trip goes along the pacific coast, heading north and then eastwards up the Andes. The first sight will be the Huayhash Range, before heading back north where the first summits of the Cordillera Blanca will appear. The road starts to descend towards the city of San Sebastian de Huaraz, locally known just as Huaraz. Huaraz is the capital of the Anchash region and is located in the spectacular Cajon del Huaylas valley, between the Cordillera Negra on the West side and the Cordillera Blanca on the East side, with the highest mountain in the country in the background: Huascaran (6768 m).
Huaraz is the main departing point for mountain activities, both to the Cordillera Blanca and Huashuash range; therefore it is considered the Peruvian “Chamonix”. The city has a wide offer of services as: restaurants, accommodations, grocery stores, gear shops and guide services.
Upon arrival in Huaraz, transfer to the hostel.
Night in hostel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Puka Ventana (3500 m)
Morning meeting with the trekking guide for instructions and detailed information on the mountain activities. After the logistical arrangements, headout for the acclimatization hike to Puka Ventana (3500 m) “Red Window” in Huaraz outskirts from where you will get astounding views of the entire Cordillera Blanca from north to south.
Ascent: 500 m / Descent: 500 m / Highest Altitude: 3500 m / Activity duration: 3-4 h
Included meals: Breakfast, picnic

Day 4

Churup lake (4445 m)
This day hike is one of the classic acclimatization itineraries in the Cordillera Blanca. The Churup peak is located close to Huaraz and can be seen from town. It is ideal to gain a good amount of altitude in a day and return back to Huaraz to sleep low. From Huaraz transfer (1:30 h) to Pitec’s trailhead (3660 m), from this place a very well maintained handmade trail begins its ascent following a ridge that gains altitude quite fast. Soon the handmade trail turns into a mountain trail, as it takes the northern side of the Churup River valley. The ascent gets steeper from this point and a bit demanding. Once on a wide plateau, a well deserved rest, before climbing up the last section where a bit of very easy scrambling secured by a good set of wires lead to a easy last section ending by the shores of the lake at 4445 m. The rocky lake’s shores are a great spot to have a bite while enjoying the amazing sight to the Churup peak. For those who want to challenge themself, it is possible to hike further up 45 minutes to the Churupita lake, right on the moraine (please check this possibility with your guide, as sometimes it is not accesible). The descent follows the same trail and takes an average time of 1,5 h. The transport back to Huaraz.
Night in hostel.
Ascent: 605 m / Descent: 605 m / Highest Altitude: 4445 m / Activity duration: 5-6 h / Distance one-way: 3,1 Km.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 5

Huaraz – Llamac (3300 m)
Morning departure from Huaraz and a long transport day (5 h) to Llamac by dirt road. Afternoon to relax and explore the town and its surroundings.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 6

Matacancha (4100 m)
This section follows the road from Llamac to Matacancha by the Pocpa road.
Ascent: 800 m / Highest Altitude: 4100 m / Activity duration: 5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 7

Mitucocha Lake (4130 m)
Hike starts with an ascent to the Cacanampunta Pass (4750 m) and then descends to Mitucocha Lake (4130 m).
Ascent: 650 m / Descent: 620 m / Highest Altitude: 4750 m / Activity duration: 6-7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 8

Carhuacocha lake (4080 m)
Trekking: From Mitucocha Lake (4130 m) to Yerupajá Pass (4800 m) and descend to Carhuacocha lake (4080 m). There are two options for the route – a gradual easy pass on the main trail or an off-trail adventure on steeper terrain with a beautiful lake and a high rocky pass.
Ascent: 670 m / Descent: 720 m / Highest Altitude: 4800 m / Activity duration: 6 – 7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 9

Carhuacocha lake – Rest day
One of the more beautiful vistas of all the campsites in the Huayhuash, Carhuacocha also a great place to fish, take a day hike to one of the lakes below Jirishanca, visit with the locals, or rest!
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 10

Huayhuash (4230 m)
Trekking: From Carhuacocha lake (4080 m) – Cajón Lake – Siulapunta Pass (4850 m) – Huayhuash (4230 m). Most people take the off-trail route, passing three differently colored lakes and winding below the peaks of Yerupaja and Siula. There is an option to follow the donkeys up a more gradual and less scenic pass, and re-convene in the camp of Huayhuash.
Ascent: 770 m / Descent: 620 m / Highest Altitude: 4850 m / Activity duration: 7 – 8 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 11

Viconga (4400 m)
Trekking: From Huayhuash (4230 m) – Viconga (4400 m). Hotsprings on client’s account in the evenning.
Ascent: 230 m / Highest Altitude: 4400 m / Activity duration: 6 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 12

Guanacpatay camp (4200)
Trekking: From Viconga (4400 m) over Huayhuash trek’s highest pass – Cuyoc pass (5000 m) – and descend to Guanacpatay camp (4200).
Viconga to Guanacpatay: You’ll hike over the highest pass in the Huayhuash circuit, reaching 5000 m of altitude. A beautiful side trail is passable on foot, while the donkeys follow a different trail, taking you just below a glacier then down to camp.
Ascent: 600 m / Descent: 800 m / Highest Altitude: 5000 m / Activity duration: 7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 13

Cutatambo camp (4120 m)
Trekking: From Guanacpatay camp (4200) – San Antonio Pass (4950 m) – Passing close to Joe Simpson´s campsite and descending to Cutatambo camp (4120 m). Guanacpatay to Cutatambo (where the alpine epic ‘Touching the Void’ unfolded): There is a more difficult off-trail option over the Santa Rosa pass and down into the gorgeous valley below, or you may follow the donkeys around the valley floor and back up to the campsite.
Ascent: 750 m / Descent: 830 m / Highest Altitude: 4950 m / Activity duration: 7-8 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 14

Cutatambo camp (4120 m) – Rest day
Rest Day in Cutatambo. Beautiful day hike options up to Laguna Sarapococha or to the col called “Gran Vista” (Great View) if you have the energy to make the climb. With stunning views in all directions, this valley is one of the less-visited and most visually rewarding in the range.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 15

Huatiac camp (4270 m)
Trekking: From Cutatambo camp (4120 m) descend to Huayllap village (3500 m) and then ascend to Huatiac camp (4270 m).
Ascent: 770 / Descent: 620 m / Highest Altitude: 4270 m / Activity duration: 7 – 8 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 16

Jahuacocha camp (4100 m)
Trekking: From Huatiac camp (4120 m) – Tapush Pass (4800 m) and descend to Jahuacocha camp (4100 m).
Ascent: 680 / Descent: 700 m / Highest Altitude: 4800 m / Activity duration: 6 – 7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 17

End of trek – Back to Huaraz
Trekking: From Jahuacocha camp (4100 m) to Pampallamac Pass (4600 m) and descend to Llamac village (3000 m). End of trek – pick up and transfer back to Huaraz for a hot shower, a good meal, and a well-deserved night in your hotel! Transfer back to Huaraz (5 h)
Ascent: 500 / Descent: 1600 m / Highest Altitude: 4600 m / Activity duration: 4 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Celebration Dinner

Day 18

Huaraz – Lima & departure
Transfer-out to Huaraz’s bus terminal for a tourist public bus to Lima (8 h). Upon arrival in Lima, there will be a transfer to the international airport (30 min) for the international flight departure.
End of services.
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English speaking professional Trekking guide from Day 3 to 17
  • Entrance fees to local communities fees
  • Assistant guide during the Huayhuash’s trek for big size groups
  • Private transfer: airport – hotel – bus terminal – hotel in Huaraz – bus terminal – airport in Lima
  • Transfer in public bus from Lima to Huaraz and back
  • Private transportation in the mountain area
  • 1 night in shared double rooms in Lima
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms in Huaraz
  • Quality mountain tents – 2 pax per tent – from Day 4 to 16
  • Group common campsite equipment
  • Pack animals for group campsite equipment, food and pax personal gear
  • Emergency horse for evacuation
  • Cook during the trek
  • Complete mountain First Aid kit and oxygen for emergency porpoises
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic and international flights
  • Personal camping equipment
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

LIMAHotel Señorial or similar

HUARAZHostel La Casa de Zarela or similar



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