• A trek packed with superb scenery and wildlife
  • Adventurous trek up a glacier over 5,000m altitude
  • Traditional trekking 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!

A demanding trek inaccessible to pack animals with porters carrying our equipment in their place. This trek offers a different and exciting adventure to high altitudes and first hand experience of trekking on a glacier. the eco-systems on this route are just packed with native wildlife like Andean antelope species, Vizcacha, Condor and much more, not to mention the snow-capped peaks, glistening colourful lake and valleys which all combine to make this a trek of superb beauty and adventure.

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 (3,844m) / Quebrada Tullpa (4,150m)

7 – 9 hours / 14 km / elevation change  (+376m)

The adventure starts with the departure from Huaraz with private transport in an easterly direction, passing through picturesque areas like Pitec to entrance of Huascarán National Park at Quillcayhuanca. We enter the plateau along the left side of the river that continues to where we get valley splits into the Tullpa and Cayesh Valleys. We continue via the Tullpa Valley (4,220m), the location of our first camp at the bottom of the snow-capped Tullparaju mountain. There is another optional camp at 4,545m altitude which is a further 1.5 hour ascent – this reduces the amount we have to ascend tomorrow.

Day 2:  Quebrada Tullpa (4,150m) / Huapi Pass (5,075m) / Quebrada Cojup (4,425m)

7 – 9 hours / 19 km / elevation change  (+925m / –650m)

After breakfast, we finish packing with the help of the porters and head off to the left up a steep trail where we might come across some antelope. Today is a long 4-5 hour ascent to the Huapi Pass at 5,075m with views that make the hard trek worthwhile. From here we not only have views of various mountains like Ranrapalca, Ocsapalca, Chincchay, Tullparaju, Andavite, Huanstan etc. but also lakes and valleys around us. Continuing, we descend into the Cojup Valley at 4,380m to our campsite with steep slopes around us.

Day 3:  Quebrada Cojup (4,425m) / Ishinca Pass (5,350m) / Ishinca Base Camp (4,380m)

8 – 9 hours /  18-19 km / elevation change (+925m / -970m)

This day the trek continues along a cliff path after which we’ll pass the Perolcocha Lake (4,886m) with its solemn colours. Wading through the edges of the lake, we eventually arrive at Ishinca Pass (5,350m) via a glaciar with the help of crampons and rope. Impressive views await us here of the mountain range. Crossing over to the other side of the pass, the Ishinca Valley trail takes us to our next campsite – the base camp for Ishinca mountain. The descent is about 2-3 hours.

Day 4:  Ishinca Base Camp (4,380m) / Collon (3,450m) / Huaraz

5 – 6 hours / 15.5 km / elevation change (-930m) /

After enjoying a brilliant dawn and packing our equipment, we descend via the Ishinca Valley with the trail on the right side  and dry on the banks of the Ishinca River with its murky turquoise waters. After the prairie/open area gives way to much more lush vegetation and Queñual forest and other thick bush until we get to the valley entrance. 3 hours later we pass through the valley entrance and continue through cultivated areas to the village of Collon (3,450m). We return from here to Huaraz with our private transport (approximately 1 hour).

Good to know
DIFFICULTY GRADE
Difficult
75%
Transport

Private transport to start and from end of trek. Porters for tents etc as this route is inaccessible to pack animals.

Accommodation

We will sleeping in tents at night.

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.

Glacier Trek Equipment

These items can be rented from Akilpo prior to the trek. Check all equipment beforehand with your guide.

Options for Trek Extensions

*Ascent of Ishinca peak from the Ishinca Pass (1x day more) *Speak to us about creating custom extensions for your expedition.

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.