• More off the beaten track for a memorable trek
  • Experience the panoramas and wildlife that these valleys offer
  • Traditional trek with porters only
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!

The Cordillera Huayhuash is located 120km from the Pacific Ocean and 50km south of the Cordillera Blanca where the three regions of Huánuco, Ancash and Lima meet. It’s name Huayhuash comes from a Quechua word for a species of high altitude weasel. This is the second highest snow-covered tropical mountain range in the world after the Cordillera Blanca. It has more than 20 peaks of which 6 are higher than 6,000m, including Yerupaja (6,617m) the 2nd highest mountain in Perú; Siula Grande (6,340m) famous for the book and movieTouching the Void.

The expedition in this stunning cordillera is considered one of the most pristine and beautiful in the world and involves walking 140km at 4,300m or higher. The trail around the cordillera is always at the bases of beautiful snow-capped mountains, numerous lakes of glacial origin, small villages, landscapes and wild valleys. This is a high altitude trip and can be rigorous at times but worth the effort and sweat when you see what nature has in store for you here.

Fixed Departures 2016
August 23 to August 31

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 / Quillcayhuanca gate (3,844m) / Cuchilla (4,550m)

7 – 8 hours / 13.5 km / elevation change  (+706m)

Depart Huaraz to the Quillcayhuanca entrance (3,844m) of Huascarán National Park (15,5km / 1 hour). Our trek starts with almost no incline along the left side of the valley around the Quillcay River. Our views along this valley include waterfalls from both walls of the valley and the base of the snow-capped Andavite. After about 2 hours and 6.km, we pass the samll Pre-Inca enclosure of Nuevo Tambo. Reaching the fork in the Cayesh Valley, we follow the Tullpa Valley with a slight ascent to the Tullpacocha Lake at 4,300m, a lovely dark green colour.  After a short rest, we follow the trail between some bushes and scrub and ascend with a winding track to the Cuchilla campsite (4,550m).

Day 2:  Cuchilla (4,550m) / Huapi Pass (5,075m) / Cojup Campsite (4,310m)

7 – 9 hours /  6 km / elevation change  (+525m / –765m)

After our morning reenforcing meal, we ascend along the left side in a north-easterly direction. In single file via the grassy slope, we reach a small plain with an incredible view – after a short rest, we continue along the slope of mount Jatunmontepuncu (5,305m) until we reach the Huapi Pass at 5,075m and are rewarded with a breath-taking panorama of the white peaks among which we can recognise Ranrapalca (6,162m), Palcaraju (6,100m), Pucaranra (6,156m), Tullparaju (5,767m), Chopiraju (5,518m), San Juan (5,843m) and Huantsan (6,395m). Having taken our photos, we descend with a stony trail to the small plain of the Cojup Valley where the trail crosses a stream and we continue along the right side of the valley. Near the riverside, we set up camp for the night.

**In winter, equipment for snow trekking would be required for Huapi Pass.

Day 3:  Cojup Campsite (4,310m) / Cojup gate (3,837m) / Huaraz

4 – 5 hours /  9.5 km / elevation change (-473m)

After our final packing, we leave our campsite to descend via the Cojup Valley where the remains of the 1950’s flood has left its mark on the valley. The trail passes through bushy/scrubby areas and then open areas until we cross the river to continue on the left side. Here we continue through meadow/prairie covered in vegetation below granite cliffs glittering with small waterfalls sliding down both massive walls of the valley. Finally we arrive at the entrance to the Cojup Valley (3,837m) and packing our kit into the vehicle for Huaraz.

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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.

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