• High altitude trek of nature and culture
  • Considered one of the most pristine and beautiful treks
  • Not easy, but worth every moment!
Difficulty
Difficult
75%
Reviews

Best tour company in all of peru!!!

We were in Peru for almost two months and they were by far the best service givers that we have experienced! They are very honest

Vallunaraju was hard work but so rewarding, the view from the top was really worth it!
I will remember my experience forever. Now I just want to attempt another summit!
Thank you Akilpo for your such an amazing thing and for giving me the best guide ever!

I will remember my experience forever. Now I just want to attempt another summit!
Thank you Akilpo for your such an amazing thing and for giving me the best guide ever!

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Lima -Huaraz (3,091msnm)

Bus north to Huaraz! Its a 400 kilometer trip that lasts approximately 8 hours and snakes up the Pan-american highway through the coastal desert to the north of Pativilca. The ascent begins until the Conococha Lake (4.080 msnm) to 230 km, in the background appear the imposing silhouettes of the first snow, its white walls adorned with fine ridges formations of ice and snow by way of narrow corridors that here they are called flutes. This spectacular area Is called the cordillera Huayhuash and to the north is the Cordillera Blanca. Huaraz is located at (3.091m) and with a population of around 100,000. It is by far the largest population of the area. The capital of adventure sports in Peru welcomes thousands of mountaineers and hikers with a desire to climb and explore the surrounding mountains every year. Nesteled between the Cordillera Blanca with its gleaming 5,000-6,000+ meter peaks  and the Cordillera Negra, lower in altitude but beautiful also sits Huaraz. On arrival we transfer directally to the hostel

Day 3: Huaraz –  Day 1- acclimatization

Today we explore the city of Huaraz and do a half day hike to the Laguna Willcacocha (3,745m) for an initial acclimatization.

Day 4: Huaraz – Day 2- acclimatization

Cordillera blanca

Day Trip to the famous Huascaran National Park. Today you can choose from many different day hikes we have on our list: Today you trek in the Cordillera Blanca!

Day 5: Huaraz- Conay (2,903m)/Hualcayan (3,139m)

5 -6hours / 15 k /elevation (+1046m)

Our old emerges from the city of Huaraz. We travel north in private transportation to Río Conay (2.903 m) /3.5 hours, passing by the city of Yungay and Caraz. Our car ride ends here, then the trekking begins with a slight descent until Huancarhuas (2.778 m) a small traditional village dedicated to agriculture. This is followed by a climb to the town of Hualcayã¡n (3.139 m) This is a nice mild day, convenient for get used to the elevation.

Day 6: Hualcayan-Wishcash (4,290m)/Laguna Cullicocha (4625m)

8-9hours /19 km /elevation  (+1486m)

Today is a more difficult section which has a nice long ascent. After a good meal in the morning, we start the day by heading up a a switchback trail, after a few minutes we can already see the horizon of the black mountain range and the Callejon de Huaylas valley with beautiful meadows and checkered with different local crops. We continue down the trail and descend to Wishcash (4.290 m), we take a short break to recoop our energy and beheld the first lagoon of Yanacocha that glitters in the background of the closed valley. Then after a little climb we arrive at the laguna Azulcocha that stems from the waters of the Cullicocha, after skirting the stony hillside we arrive at camp Cullicocha (4.625 m) awarded  with the views of huge peaks of the nevado Santa Cruz. Here the sunsets are spectacular and when the sky clears the white peaks are painted in beautiful range of colors that sparkle in the calm reflecting waters of the Cullicocha., don´t forget your camera!

Día 7: Laguna Cullicocha-paso Osoruri (4,860msnm) Ruina pampa (4,005msnm)

 7 – 8 horas /18 km  /19 km/elevation (+235m/– 855m)/ Maximum alltitude. (4860m)

We start our day bordering the laguna Cullicocha an impressive crystal blue, then on our gradual ascent we can see the snowy north Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz chico, Santa Cruz south and cross the pass ( (4.860 m) we continue and decend to the torupishtanan pass and glide along the road by the slopes of Vientunan (4.770 m). Looking back we can see the Nevado Milluaraju in the distance, we descend a long slope on a zigzag path to the Pampa Ruin,here we are in the the foothills of the valley and can see old terraces built from the ancestors of andean men and women .It is here that we camp for the night.

Day 8: Ruina pampa-Jancarurish (4,225msnm)

3 hours /10.5 km/elevation (+220m)

The journey continues to Jancarurich (4225m), a short day today with a slight ascent we head to the end of the valley, after a few kilometers you will gaze upon the summit of Nevado Alpamayo that glistens in the distance, after skirting the right skirt cedar valley we arrive at the camp Jancarurish and we settle in. The rest of the day we take a well-deserved rest.

Day 9: Jancarurish (4,225m)/Mirador de Alpamayo (4,880msnm)/Jancarurish.

  5- 6 hours/12 km /elevation (+/ -655mm) máximum altitude  (4,880m)

Output of the Jancarurish with direction to the Jancarurish lake (4300masl) direct their waters of the Alpamayo (5.947 msnm) rests under the rocky walls had emerald, after beholding the ascent back up to the Mirador of the Alpamayo (4.880 msnm), passing through a high plateau of abundant grass and adorned with unique plants in the area. On arrival we got an amazing view to the pyramid of ice and other mountains such as: santa cruz, Quitaraju, Jancarurish and Tayapampa and gaps, we will return to the camp Jancarurish

Day 10: Jancarurish (4,225msnm)/paso Cara cara (4,830msnm)/Huillca (4,000msnm)

7 – 8hours/12 km /elevation (+605 n+ m/-830m)

After leaving Jancarurish lake by the gorge we head north, we start with an ascend going left of the of the Jancarurish on a path through the Ichu grasslands as we climb in elevation to Cara Cara pass (4.830m) here we can admire the panoramic landscape. With a  last look at the Cedar Valley and we descend by the quebrada Moyobamba, here the valley narrows. Next we have to climb up to Mesapata pass(4.460 m)after a short ascent. Then we continue descending to the pampa del Valle of Tayapampa and take a quick detour to laguna Safuna (4.340 msnm).  Laguna Safuna has the color of a rich blue violet beneath the peaks of the snowy Pucajirca it is quite picturesque. Next we will return to the valley of Tayapampa and continue until Huillca (4,000 m)

Día 11: Huillca- paso Yanacon (4,610msnm)/Jancapampa (3,528msnm)

7 – 8hours/12 km /elevation (+610 m/-1082m)

Today we begin the hike observing andean features unique to the area and make our ascend by the Yanta Queñua, valley pastors of the place. After passing by a small plateau we see  rocky areas inhabited by vizcachas (small mountain rabbits). Now we sail up the steepest part of the ascent to Yanacon Pass (4.610 m) after a glimpse of fabulous scenery we descend toward the valley Yanajanca that shelters in its cliff Sactaycocha Lake surrounded by extensive vegetation, the trail comes to Jancapampa campsite. This is the plateau surrounded with distinctive houses and many large waterfalls that cascade to the bottom of the Nevado Pucarirca. Here is where we make camp for the night in a very unique natural amphitheatre.

Día 12: Jancapampa (3,528msnm)/Pomabamba (2,948msnm) y Huaraz

3a 4 horas/12 km /desnivel (-580m)

Hiking through the valley of Jancapampa leads us to Pomabamba. Now we  pass through an area  of attractive homes and rustic buildings after 3 or4 hours we arrive to the city of Pamabamba (2.948 m). At this point we have the opportunity to enter the thermal baths, later we return to Huaraz by bus.

Day 13: Return to Lima

Today you can do day tours (complimentary) before embarking on the journey to Lima. We drive the 8 hours to the capital and to transfer to the airport.

Good to know
DIFFICULTY GRADE
Difficult
75%
Transport

Road: private transport Trek: equipment transported by muleteer, mules and/or porters.

Accommodation

We camp in tents during the trek.

Meals

The food is prepared by our local chef. If you have restrictions or are allergic to any product. please inform us when booking your trip.

Options for Trek Extensions

**please speak to us about other versions/extensions of this trek as there are a variety of options to suit your capabilities and requirements.

The Program Includes:

  • Professional trekking guide
  • Camping equipment (tents & mattress)
  • Food during the trip
  • Entrance fee
  • Cook, porter, donkey driver & mules
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Transportation to and from excursion
  • First Aid, emergency oxygen & Radio

The Program does not Include:

  • Personal Equipment
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Does not include the first breakfast or last dinner.
  • Personal expenses and drinks in town
  • Other items not mentioned above

Best tour company in all of peru!!!

We were in Peru for almost two months and they were by far the best service givers that we have experienced! They are very honest

Vallunaraju was hard work but so rewarding, the view from the top was really worth it!
I will remember my experience forever. Now I just want to attempt another summit!
Thank you Akilpo for your such an amazing thing and for giving me the best guide ever!

I will remember my experience forever. Now I just want to attempt another summit!
Thank you Akilpo for your such an amazing thing and for giving me the best guide ever!

Yungay Campo Santo

Highly recommneded tour company. I’ve been traveling the world for 2 years and this is the one of best tour groups I’ve ever used. The trek Santa Cruz was recommended as I only had 4 days and was well organized and the food and companionship was first rate.

Akilpo Team 900

RECOMMENDATIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION

Acclimatisation: This is a difficult trek and is recommended for trekkers who have previous trekking experience and are physically in a good condition and fit. Acclimatisation before the trek is a must! The highest pass you will cross is Cuyoc at 4,950m with most of the trek above 4,000m. If you are coming from up from sea level or anything less than 2,500 meters, you should spend at least 3 days in Huaraz. Please see our 1-day hike programs  that would be useful in helping you adjust to the altitude. Note: We can put together a package that would include acclimatisation hikes/treks as well as a complete program with transport from Lima (return if preferred).

Recommendations for Best Seasons: The best time is from mid-April to late October, November. April, May and June are the best months for lovers of flowers. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also excellent period for photographers (warm colours and clear blue skies are great!). It starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.

Weather: The city of Huaraz has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 7.1° C (44.8° F). The dry season is between the months of May to September and mid-April and October.

Vaccines: No mandatory vaccines. Recommended the typhus, tetanus, hepatitis A and B.

Languages: Spanish & Quechua (we speak English as well)

Money: Nuevo Sol, but the US dollar is accepted at restaurants, shops, and service stations

Time Difference: GMT -05:00

Location: Peru is located on the western edge of South America bordering Chile (south) and Bolivia (to the southeast), Brazil (northeast), Colombia (north) and Ecuador (northwest).

The Cordillera Blanca is a chain of snowy mountains in the north of Peru, 400 miles (640km) from Lima.

MORE ABOUT HUARAZ

HUARAZ (population: 100,000) is the capital of the Ancash Region in the northern Callejón de Huaylas valley. The eastern skyline of the city is dominated by the impressive snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, much of which is in the Huascarán National Park. One of the landmarks is Perú’s tallest mountain, Huascarán towering up at 6,768m.

At an average altitude of 3,000 – 3,100m altitude, Huaraz is also the base for most of the mountain activities like trekking and climbing in the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash.

Cuy (guinea pig) is one of the regional specialities although you’ll also find many cebicherías (fish and seafood). Being a base for many tourists, quite a variety of restaurants and bars have sprung up everywhere. Feel free to ask us about what’s the latest/trendiest spots.

TRAVEL TO/FROM HUARAZ

By Road:  Several bus companies serve the route between Lima and Huaraz as well as between Chimbote and Huaraz. Travelling from the south of Perú, connect with a bus service from Lima (about 8 hours). From the north, the best is to connect with a bus service from Chimbote (about 4-5 hours)

By Air:  Daily flights from Lima to Huaraz/Huaraz to Lima are now available. Keep in mind that there are luggage restrictions with 15kg limit per passenger and 5kg hand luggage. The flight is about 50 minutes and a taxi (about S/25 – $8.00) can then get you to Huaraz city, more or less a 20 minute ride. For further information visit the airline site at LC Peru

GETTING AROUND HUARAZ

A range of transport options are available within Huaraz and also for getting to and from the outlying areas and villages.  The most obvious are the little ‘moto’s’ that will take you anywhere (in the day) for S/1.50 (about $0.40 – 0.50). Taxis (cars) are generally in the region of S/3-4 (about $1-1.20). Commonly used by most residents in Huaraz are the different collectivos, cars and minibuses – these are also the cheapest and will pretty much get you anywhere you want to get to.