There is no doubt that the hike in “La Cordillera de Huayhuash” is one of the best in the world! It is located in the mountain range of the Andes to the south of the White Mountain range, with an extension of 30 km (18.6 miles). Huayhuash mountain range is an incredible but compact group of huge ice mountains surrounded by dozens of rivers, turquoise lakes and a great diversity of flora and fauna. Here we will see the impressive Yerupajá (6634m // 21,765 ft.), the second highest mountain in Peru and the even more incredible, Siulá Grande (6336m // 20,787 ft.), a mountain famous for being the stage of Joe Simpson’s epic survival story, “Touching the void”. If you love hiking, this is one of the experiences in Peru that cannot be missed!
Our journey will start at the city of Huaraz, where our people will be waiting to depart towards Matacancha. On the way, the guide will give the proper explanations for the trip. We will be able to see the snowy mountains of Rondoy (5870 m // 19,258 ft.) and Ninashanca (5605 m // 18,389 ft.). This day there is no hiking; we will arrive to Matacancha, have our proper dinner and rest for the day in a camp. Overnight in Matacancha.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will start our hike going uphill to cross the Cacananpunta pass (4700 m // 15,419 ft.). We will be able to have a clear view of the Pucacocha lake (4494 m // 14,744 ft.). We start a descent through the Janca valley towards our first camp at Mitucocha Lake. Arrival to Mitucocha, rest and dinner. Overnight in the camp.
We depart early in the morning towards Carhuac pass, located at 4650 m or 15,255 ft.
From here, we have an impressive view of the the second highest mountain in Peru: Yerupajá (6634 m // 21,765 ft.). Also, we will see the Yerupajá Chico (6121 m // 20,082 ft.) and the Siulá Grande (6336 m // 20,787 ft.), a mountain famous for being the stage of Joe Simpson’s epic survival story, “Touching the void”.
We start a descent to our next camp, at the shores of the Carhuacocha Lake, with the possibility of seeing the elusive Vizcachas (Andean rodents) enjoying the tranquility under the rays of the sun.
Arrival to the camp with a direct view to the lake and the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Siula, Yerupajá and Jirishanka. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
We initiate our fouth day with a good breakfast and following the direction of the river and begin the ascend towards el Carnicero Pass located at 4600 m or 15,091 ft.
From there, we will have an excellent view of the mountains Yerupaja and Siula.
Descent to our next place to camp: Huayhuash. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast departure towards the southern end of the Huayhuash Mountain range and start the ascention to the Portezuelo pass, located at 4750 m or 15,853 ft.
From here we will be able to appreciate an excellent view of the mountain range of Raura and Huayhuash. Also, the Puscanturpa (5430 m // 17,814 ft.), and the southeast face of Trapecio (5000 m // 16,404 ft.).
We start the descent and visit the Putcka thermal baths, a place to relax our sore feet and knees at hot spring pools.
Arrival to Viconga lake, place for our dinner and camp for the night.
Our sixth day will be a challenge. After breakfast we will start a long ascend (around 3 hours) towards the highest pass of the experience: Punta Cuyoc at 5000 m or 16,404 ft.
At our arrival to the pass we will be able to enjoy the splendid views; to the southeast the more complete Raura mountain range; to the north several of the gigantic peaks of the Huayhuash mountain range and the Sarapo (6127 m // 20,101 ft.) that appears in our sight for the first time.
A quite steep descent will until we will arrive to a wide valley, where the terrain will improve, we will stop for lunch and rest there.
We will resume our walk to our next camp in Huanacpatay. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will begin to walk down the Huanacpatay valley towards the town of Huallapa.
In this place we will do the payment of the camp and continue towards our next place for the night: Huatiac. Time to enjoy the views of the mountain ranges.
Arrival to Huatiac, dinner and overnight at the camp.
After breakfast, we depart and start the ascention to the Tapush pass, located at 4750 m or 15,853 ft.
On our way we will be able to appreciate the Diablo mudo or “Mute Devil” (5427 m // 17,805 ft.), the beautiful lake underneath and the mountain range in the distance.
Descending through the valley we will visit the Susucocha lake and continue to arrive to Rinconada, the place for our next dinner and camp.
Overnight in Rinconada camp.
After breakfast, we depart and start the ascention to the Yaucha pass, located at 4800 m or 15,748 ft.
At the pass we will be able to appreciate a large part of the Huashuash mountain range and the summit of the majestic Yerupaja. With a little more luck we might see the bird considered the king of the Andes: The condor.
Descending through the valley we will see the beautiful Jahuacocha lake and the Jirishanca.
Arrival to Jahuacocha, dinner and overnight at the camp.
After breakfast, we start the last day of the experience walking down the Huayllan ravine, saying goodbye to the beautiful view, landscapes, and the diversity of flora and fauna that we could witness on our journey.
After passing between Ichus (native plant of the Andes) and Quenuales (native tree of the Andes) we will reach the town of Llamac.
Our transportation will be waiting there to take us back to the city of Huaraz.
Arrival to Huaraz and end of our services to continue to another destination or side trips.
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