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This trip takes us to the hearth of the Cordillera Huayhuash, The second highest tropical mountain range in the world. Landscape,Astrophotography trekker’s paradise is remote, wild and stunningly beautiful. This mountain range is home of Siula Grande mountain (6344m), where the book, and subsequent movie, told the harrowing tale of English climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, after summiting the Siula Grande. This version of trek crosses six high passes over 4500m and two higher than 5000m. We camp next to stunningly beautiful alpine lakes and in broad, grassy valleys with wildflowers and rushing alpine creeks. And all the time we are appreciating White Mountains above us with peaks at elevations above 5000 and 6000m Most of the nights between april to september it is perfect for astrophotography ,The end of the day and also the morning are perfect for sunset and sunrise photography, Also if you like some light paintng you will be so happy too
Trip Information
Grade: Strenuous
Length: 11 Days Walk
Distance: 120 Km
Maximum Altitude: 5000m
Average: 4200m
Season: April – October
Day By Day Itinerary

We susggest you to stay at huaraz at least 3 days in advance in order to justo to the altitude because during the hike you will reach up to 5000 meters.
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Day 1.- Huaraz –Chiquian -Cuartelhuain overnight

In the morning, we head south along the asphalt road for about two hours to Chiquian town. Way to this place, we will do a stop in a beautiful lockout to appreciate part of the Cordillera Huayhuash including Yerupaja, the second highest peak in Peru. Continuing our journey, we follow a dirt road towards to Llamac Village, the gateway of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Crossing Pocpa village and Pallca mining we approach the entrance of Rondoy valley at 4050m, it opens up into a rolling grassy area where we will have the first views of the snow- capped peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash. We set up our camp in Cuartelhuain at 4170m.
Driving time: Approx. 5 hours

Day 2: Quartelhuain – Cacananpunta Pass – Janca overnight

We slowly climb up to 4690m in the morning to cross the Punta Cacanan then, as we descend, we are rewarded with stunning views of the nearby peaks of Rondoy and Jirishanca. Our camp is situated at Janca Valley 4200m. In the afternoon, we can do a side trip up to Laguna Mitucocha 4250m where we will see Torrent Ducks and Andean Geese. 5 to 6 hours walk.

Day 3: Janca – Carhuac Pass – Laguna Carhuacocha overnight

Today’s pass, the Carhuac (4625m) is longer but not too steep, with splendid views of Yerupaja, at 6634m the highest mountain in the Huayhuash. Descending, we finally arrive at the rim of the hanging valley, from which we look down on a lake of deep turquoise. Our campsite below Lake Carhuacocha (4152m) faces an incredible vista of peaks and hanging glaciers: a view that proves you do not need 8000m peaks to have the most inspiring mountain scenery.
Hiking time: Approx. 5 / 6 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 9.75 km

Day 4.-Crahuacocha Siula Pass Huayhash overnight

Photographers are advised to wake up before dawn this morning to watch the sunrise over the Lake and Peaks from our campsite. The sun’s first rays catching the peak of Mt Yerupaja (6634m) certainly make the effort more than worthwhile. Today is a long gradual climb up a beautiful valley surrounded by the splendor of Yerupaja, Yerupaja Chico, Siula Grande, Jirishanca, Santa Rosa and Carnicero and past the lakes Gangrajanca, Siula and Quesillacocha. Then we climb steeply to the top of the rocky Siula Pass (4810m). Descend to Huayhuash Campsite (4340m) surrounded by other mountains such us Trapecio and three Jurua’s peaks.
Hiking time: Approx. 8 / 9 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 14km

Day 5.- Huayhuash- Trapecio Pass –Rampa Cuyoq Overnight

Continuing our trip, we will ascend 680m elevation to gain to reach the fourth pass and one of the highest pass in our trek called Trapecio Punta (5020m). From the top of the pass, we have excellent views of the peaks of Trapecio, Puscanturpa and some peaks of Cordillera Raura located to the south. It is quite a “breath-taking” view. Then, we follow a quite trail very steep and rocky descent for the first 250m and after that, we walk on old glacier moraine before reaching camp in a grassy valley below the spectacular peak of Cuyoc. Camp en pampa Cuyoc at 4511m.
Hiking time: Approx. 7 / 8 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 11.37 km

Day 6.- Pampa Cuyoq – Santa Rosa Pass-Cutatambo overnight

We start the days climbing very steep toward to Santa Rosa pass located at 5057m. A wonderful lockout from where we can appreciate some mountain such as Yerupaja, Siula Grande, Sarapo, Rasac, Jurau, etc. Then, we descend and then to Cutatambo camp located in Calinca valley at 4250m, not far from Joe Simpson’s base camp before his climb to Siula Grande. Splendid views of Sarapo, Carnicero and Trapecio.
Hiking time: Approx. 5 / 6 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 5.15 km

Day 7.- Cutatambo (Optional Day)

Optional hike or rest in the campsite.
A relaxing day to explore this dramatic area of glaciers and lakes or to explore Joe Simpson’s Base Camp. Chance to climb the Cerro Gran Vista, a panoramic lockout from where we can see some mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash.
We retrace our steps down the Sarapococha valley and drop to warmer climes of the cultivated valley of the remote village of Huayllapa (3577m), with beautiful views of the waterfalls. In the afternoon, we climb steeply again to spend the night at 4320m at Huatiac, a high grazing meadow under the shadow of Diablo Mudo, the ‘Dumb Devil’. This is probably the hardest day, with a tough afternoon, and often-hot weather.
Hiking time: Approx. 8 / 9 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 16.50 km

Day 8.- Cutatambo –Huayllapa-Huatiac Overnight.

We retrace our steps down the Sarapococha valley and drop to warmer climes of the cultivated valley of the remote village of Huayllapa (3577m), with beautiful views of the waterfalls. In the afternoon, we climb steeply again to spend the night at 4320m at Huatiac, a high grazing meadow under the shadow of Diablo Mudo, the ‘Dumb Devil’. This is probably the hardest day, with a tough afternoon, and often-hot weather.
Hiking time: Approx. 8 / 9 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 16.50 km

Day 9.-Huatiac –Punta Tapush Pass-Gashpampa Overnight

A very easy day as we cross the Punta Tapush pass (4770m), and then, we descend for approximately one hour to our next camp located in Gashpapampa at 4520m. From the campsite, we appreciate the sunset in the Mount Diablo Mudo.
Hiking time: Approx. 4 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 6.50 km

Day 10.-Gashpampa-Yaucha Pass-Juahuacocha Overinght .

We walk down to Angoshcancha valley with a forest of Quenual trees. Then we ascend to our eight and last pass. On to the steep and scree-covered Yaucha pass, at 4850m. On clear day, there are magnificent views of the highest peaks of the Huayhuash range and long-distance panoramas to the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Here is another good spot for sighting condors. A long descent brings us eventually to Laguna Jahuacocha, widely held to be the scenic gem of the whole range. Overnight at 4050m.
Hiking time: Approx. 4 / 5 hours
Hiking kilometers: Approx. 9.23 km

Day 11.- Jahuacocha-Mncapunta Pass-Pocpa-Chiquian-Huaraz.

With successfully completing our special version of this shortened Huayhuash trekking circuit, after breakfast we leave camp early for our return to Huaraz. We will ascend a steady but gradual climb up to Mancanpunta pass at 4550m and then, after a brief rest at this vantage point taking in the surrounding Andean ranges, we will descend a steep gravelly trail to Pocpa (3550m). In Pocpa, our private transportation awaits to transfer us back to Huaraz.
Hiking time: Approx. 5 / 6 hours
Hiking Kilometers: Approx. 11.50 km
Driving time: Approx. 4 hours.


Transportation from Huaraz to Llamac town.
Transportation back to hotel from Llamac town at the end of trek.
Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people)
Therms-Rest mattress, comes with Pillow.
Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
Trekking Leader, our leaders are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
Meals: Breakfast (11), lunch (12), dinner (11), and snacks.
A professional Quechua chef.
Emergency Horse, that escorts us during the trek (feel free to upload your personal items or ride)
Horses, and muleteers; to carry your personal items.
Duffle bags to put in your gears, which are carried by horses from camp to camp


Sleeping bags, you can get them rented from us, US$5 per day.
Hiking poles, you can get them rented from us, US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand.
Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs.
Tipping for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.
Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
Price per person


Travel insurance (and some copies).
Original Passport (and some copies)
4 season Sleeping bag -15ºC (or you can rent one from us).
Sleeping bag liner.
Backpack to carry your things.
Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
Ear Plugs.
Torch or headlamps.
Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
Sunblock and sunglasses.
Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
Hiking trousers.
Thermal underwear.
Hiking socks.
Water bottle or canteen.
American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).


We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 3 days before the trek departs and spend time doing day hikes to higher altitude, this will help with acclimatization to the new altitude. We can help organise day hikes for you.

Grading & Fitness

In order to get the most out of this trek you should be in good physical condition. It is not easy to grade the fitness level required for the treks, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as strenuous. We trek approximately five to eight hours per day with several long ascents and descents.
We encourage everyone to walk at their own pace, it is not a race and we want you to enjoy it. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest walkers and there is always a guide at the rear of the group. On the trek all personal belongings other than a day-pack are carried for you.

Flavio Huamani, Photo Tours Peru

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