• Join the ancient route of pilgrims to the Temple of Chavín
  • Experience age-old traditions and cultures
  • A memorable cultural mix with incredible panoramas
Difficulty
Moderate
50%
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!

Olleros village is located south of Huaraz at 3,450m and characterised by and rich in Alpaca rearing. The Olleros – Chavín circuit is an attempt at re-creating the busy route of the ancient Chavines. A route that connects the Huaylas and Conchucos Valleys, crosses the Cordillera Blanca with a single road from the west via the grassy Uquian Valley and pre-Inca road that leads to the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Blanca, terminating at the famous archeological Temple of Chavín (3,137m). The temple dates back to 1,200 AC and its interior has an impressive and complex network of paths and symbolic art carved into the stone, including the noteworthy Lanzón Monolítico and Cabezas Clavas. It’s considered a centre of Pilgrimage from one of the earliest civilisations in South America.

Note:  The suggested itinerary is provided for information only, because it can be modified to adapt to flight schedules, weather conditions or other unexpected events.

Day 1:  Huaraz / Olleros (3,450m) / Collotacocha Lake (4,090m)

7 – 8 hours / 15 km / elevation change  (+640m)

Depart Huaraz with private transport south toward Olleros (3,450m) (30km). Our trek start with a light ascent  along the banks of the Negro River, which has its source in the branches of the Rurec and Uquian Valleys. We pass the sites of Canrey Chico and Canrey Grande in a few hours we see mount Shacsha (5,632m). For 3-4 hours the trail continues through vegetated plain of the Uquian Valley, passing countless rustic dwellings. We arrive at the campsite (4,095m) alongside the Collotacocha Lake (4,000m). Mt Uruashraju (5,722m) is on the left side of the valley and our fellow neighbours is a local family for this night shared between man and nature.

Day 2:  Collotacocha Lake (4,090m) / Yanashallash Pass (4,700m) / Shonkoruri (3,800m)

8 – 9 hours /  16 km / elevation change  (+610m / -900m)

After an energising breakfast, we start our trek with a short ascent on a rocky trail up the right side of the valley that brings us to the the second plateau (4,440m) with grotesque rock formations stained in the beautiful colours of nature. The north face of Uruashraju (5,722m) makes the steep trail a bit easier. This final section of trail is paved with stones and built by the ancient Chavín pilgrims. After a 4-5 hour ascent, we arrive at the Yanashallash Pass (4,700m) with panoramic views of the valley that we’ve just left and the Shonko Valley. The descent into the Shonko Valley is with a winding trail for about 3-4 hours till we reach our campsite at 3,800m. We’ll pass the night here in the company of the local villagers.

Day 3:  Shonkoruri (3,800m) / Chavín (3,137m) / Huaraz

3 – 4 hours / 6 km / elevation change (-663m)

Today we continue the descent past small simple house of thatched straw…don’t worry about the children’s Hola! welcome; this is traditional and they feel like friends where they receive a caramel from the pilgrims. This trail/path takes us directly to the archeological complex of the Chavín Temple – an important pre-Inca culture that invites us to visit and learn more about it. From here we will later head to the village of Chavín and return to Huaraz with our private transport (4 hours).

Good to know
DIFFICULTY GRADE
Moderate
50%
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.

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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.