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HUAYHUASH PHTOGRAPHY TREK VIA VICONGA HOT SPRINGS 12D/11N

Grade: Very Hard :PLEASE FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP MAKE SURE TO CHOOSE NIGHTS WIT NO MOON
Highest Point: 5000m
The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit has been nominated in several guidebooks as one of the classic trekking circuits of the world.The Huayhuash is a compact, rugged range of jagged, vertical summits, including the second highest peak in Peru, Yerupajá Grande (6634m), as well as half a dozen other peaks above six thousand metres.Every day on this trek, hikers are treated to awesome views of towering snow capped peaks,glaciers and turquoise-blue trout-filled lakes. There are 8 passes to cross on this spectacular trek,the highest (Cuyoc) at 5000m. Cuyoc Pass 5000m this trek it is perfect for landscape ,Astrophotography treks .

The Cordillera Huayhuash is among the most beautiful mountain chains in the world. Located in the Peruvian Andes and measuring a mere 30km in length; this mountain range is an incredible compact cluster of enormous icy towers surrounded by cascading rivers, turquoise lakes, and with a great diversity of flora and fauna. On her last trip in Peru, Cath gave herself the mission to create an exclusive itinerary for landscape photographers looking to capture remote and lesser known areas of the Peruvian Andes. With the help of our team, she was able to experience and create a trip designed to access the best viewpoints of the trek at sunrise, sunset, or night.

This is the only photography workshop on the market that offers such incredible and exclusive photography opportunities on the Huayhuash. On top of helping you achieve great shots, Be sure to come back home with epic shots and great memories.

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.
Ask for you amazing day trips around huaraz with amazing views.

Day 1: Welcome to Peru! 

Welcome to Lima – the capital city of Peru! Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to our hotel in Miraflores. Feel free to explore during the day taking in the vibrant culture or we can set it up any photograpy tour too, the shopping, and the world class dining. We’ll meet as a group in the lobby in the evening for introductions and to have a nice welcome dinner together. Your Explorer with your photography  guide will review the upcoming week .

Accommodation: Hotel, Lima

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Lima Huaraz by Bus! 

It’s an easy morning before we board our bus for the long drive north to Huaraz. Settle in with a good book, podcast, or get to know your new Photograpers  !

Transfer Time: Approximately 7.5 hours

Accommodation: Hotel, Huaraz

Meals: B, L

Day 3: Hike to Rajucolta Lake.

GOOD MORNING MOUNTAINS! Today we drive southeast of Huaraz to Huascaran National Park for approximately 2 hours. Along the way, you’ll catch glimpses of Cashan (18,654′) and Shacsha (18,710′). You’ll also see traditional adobe houses, local Quechua people wearing their traditional clothes, and colorful farmlands with wheat, lupine and potatoes.

From the gate, we start with a gradual path following a grassy trail along the mountain stream up to a beautiful glacier lake (13,944′) just below the majestic Huantzan Mountain (20,981′), the second highest mountain in the Cordillera Blanca. Break out the camera and capture all the Glamour Shots before just melting onto the ground in complete awe.

Driving Hours: 4 Hours

Hiking Hours: 5 Hours

Accommodation: Hotel, Huaraz

Meals: B, L

 

Day 4: Huaraz Queropalca Carhuacocha.

We leave early in the AM for the day-long drive (approx. 8 hours) which will head south from Huaraz, then east across the southern end of the Cordillera Blanca, crossing a couple of high passes of 14,000’/4268m & 15,350’/4680m respectively, then dropping into the lower slopes below the Cordillera Huayhuash. We will see the jagged glacier-covered summits of Rondoy (19,255’/5870m) and Ninashanka (18,390’/5607m) at the northern end of the Cordillera Huayhuash and this will set the tone for the rest of the trip. These are spectacular and imposing peaks! We will have lunch at Huanuco Viejo ruins and stretch our legs a bit before continuing onto the town of Queropalca (12,464’/3800m), Our first day is officially underway! We arrive to the trailhead and made our way towards first nights camp. Here we can practice astro shooting and set the pace for the next few days

Our first night as way to just to the altitude we will try to photography to the milky way core over the lake.(B,L,D)

Day 5: Carhuacocha Lake

 

The sun lights up the summits of these peaks so an early riser will get the most out of it. Breakfast will be available early enough but if you want to get up before dawn to get the shots, we will have hot drinks for you before the main meals are prepared. As the sun rises the peaks get more illuminated and the photo ops keep coming so there are plenty of nearby vantage points where different perspectives will provide a varied palette of colors, shapes and scenes to fill your frame with. We will break camp today and have a easy day because we will stay another night at this amazing place for aother landscape ,nightscape the idea it is to tr to photograph the mlky way core reflection at the Carhuacocha lake  (B,L,D)

 

Day 6: Carhuacocha – 3 Lakes

The sun lights up the summits of these peaks so an early riser will get the most out of it. Breakfast will be available early enough but if you want to get up before dawn to get the shots, we will have hot drinks for you before the main meals are prepared. As the sun rises the peaks get more illuminated and the photo ops keep coming so there are plenty of nearby vantage points where different perspectives will provide a varied palette of colors, shapes and scenes to fill your frame with. We will break camp today and have a very short trek to the 3 Lakes region a couple of hours up the valley so that we are prepared for the sunset today and the sunrise in the morning. There will be time to relax as well as hike in the area to scout out locations for sunset and to get closer to the peaks that are above our heads and dominate the valley views with their reflections in the three inter-connected alpine lakes. Lunch at camp. This is a stunning location and we will make sure to extract the most out of it. We will choose a perfect location for the sunset before dinner. Dinner and overnight camping. (B,L,D)

Day 7: 3 lakes Carnicero Lake

We leave 3 lakes  behind heading east, then turning up a side valley, ascend southwards towards the Paso Carnicero pass (4600m). It is not a difficult climb, although we will still feel the altitude. We make an easy descent to camp either at the isolated Laguna Carnicero (or Juraucocha) lake (4400m) or 30 minutes further on at another camp among a sprinkling of local farm homes in the open Huayhuash valley (4330m)
Approx. 13kms 7 to 8 hours .

(B,L,D)

Day 8: Huayhuash lake Carnicero lake to Viconga Camp

We climb to the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4750m) on a steady gradient. From here, looking southeast, we see a new collection of nearby snow peaks; this is the Cordillera Raura range and the nearby snow peak of Leon Huacanan and on the north east we see Puscanturpa mountain. We descend to and skirt around the large Laguna Viconga lake – look out for Alpacas – before walking down the valley for ½ hour to set up camp near the natural hot springs of Viconga (4400m). After enjoying afternoon tea at camp a visit to the al fresco open air hot springs could certainly be appreciated!
Approx. 12kms 6½ hours.

(B,L,D)

Day 9: Viconga Camp to Quebrada Huanacpatay Valley via Punta Cuyoc

Today we cross our highest pass, Punta Cuyoc, with a sustained uphill hike of 3 hours to a
breathtaking 5000m.Cuyoc Pass The panoramas here are breathtaking: to the southeast we see the sharply serrated ridge of the Cordillera Raura, and to the north, several of the giants of the Huayhuash range are seen from a new perspective. Sarapo (6127m) is also seen for the first time. The initial 50m of the descent is quite steep and loose, becoming easier as we continue descending quickly to the broad Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, where we stop for lunch. We then have a relaxing and easy hike down the valley to our camp (4300m).
Approx. 14kms 6 to 7 hours.

(B,L,D)

Day 10: Huanacpatay Valley to Huatiac Camp, via Huayllapa Village

This is a hard day because we have a sustained climb to camp late in the day. We begin by resuming our descent of the Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, culminating in a steep switchback drop off the Huanacpatay valley before turning west into the agricultural Quebrada Huayllapa valley (the first sign of crops for over a week). We continue until, just before the tiny village of Huayllapa at 3500m (the first since Llamac and last before we return to Llamac), we begin a hard climb in the afternoon of about 3½ hours to our campsite high up on the flat pasture of Huatiac (4350m).Approx. 15kms 7 hours.

(B,L,D)

Day 11: Huatiac – Jahuacocha lake, via the Tapush Yaucha Passes

A long, tough day, today sees us cross two passes. First we complete the climb to the Punta Tapush pass (4750m), then descend past Laguna Susucocha for a 1 to 1½ hours before turning east and climbing again to the Punta Yaucha (4800m) pass.
Huatiac to Tapush Pass During the descent the peaks of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupajá, Rasac (6017m) and Sacra come into view. We follow the Quebrada Huacrish valley to its confluence with the Quebrada Jahuacocha valley and descend on zig-zags to our picturesque camp at the head of the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (4150m). Across the lake from our camp we enjoy one of the best panoramas in the Andes; the west face of the highest peaks in the range rising dramatically skyward. There are Jirishanca, Yerupajá Grande with its vast snaking glacier, Yerupajá Chico and Rondoy.
Approx. 20kms 8 hours.

(B,L,D)

Day 12: Jahuacocha to Llamac via the Llamac pass. Then back Huaraz

After an early start and gentle descent for an hour, we start our gradual climb to the final pass,Pampa Llamac (4300m), from where we have our final views of much of the Huayhuash range.Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac.
Approx. 14kms hiking 6 to 7 hours
In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz and your hotel for that long-awaited hot shower!! We arrive in Huaraz at about 06:00pm.

(B,L)

INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL

Private Transportataion 

Transfer in out Lima Huaraz

professional photographer guide

Hotel 3 nights 1 Lima 2 Huaraz

2 way bus tickets Lima Huaraz Lima
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.
Our Tour Guides is also professional photograper Guide Specialist with History ,Flora and Fanura of Peru, 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

NOT INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL

Sleeping bags, you can get them rented from us, US$8 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

TREK GEAR LIST

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.

Tripod

Several batteries per 9 days

Remote control

Filters

wide angle lenses

Telephoto lenses
Camera.
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).

Acclimatization

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.

Price:2022 Per Person in Usd$

1 person:     US$5400.00 per person

2 people:     US$5100.00 per person

3 people:     US$4500.00 per person

4 people:     US$4300.00 per person

5 people:     US$4100.00 per person

6 people:     US$3900.00 per person

7 people:     US$3750.00 per person

8 people:     US$3550.00 per person

9 people:      US$3350.00 per person

10 people:   US$3150.00 per person

 

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