The roads to and from the Huascarán National Park are dirt roads and some sections of this road might be very bumpy in addition to winding sections in the ascent/descent to and from the Portochuelo Pass.
- There are no toilets along the trail at any point.
- Be aware that there may be some crossings of small rivers and streams that do not have any bridges but only large rocks serving as stepping stones.
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 Punta union at 4,750m. If you are coming from up from sea level or anything less than 2,500 meters, you should spend at least 2-3 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.
Recommendations for Best Seasons
All year around. The best time is from mid-April to late September or early October. April, May and June are the best months for lovers of flowers and green landscape. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also an excellent period for photographers (warm colours and clear blue skies are great!). From September to April you get a mixed sunny and pretty cloudy landscape.
The entire Cordillera Blanca has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 1.1° C (33.98° F). The climate is very unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. During the days it can vary from hot to very frigid temperatures, included rain and strong winds or snow over 4800 meters above sea level. It usually starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.