• Vistas of some of the highest peaks in the Cordillera Blanca
  • High altitude camping
  • Trek a little visited area
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!

We start from the village of Olleros, known for achieving success with the raising Llamas that remain a singular characteristic of the Andean man. The trail is entered via the Rurec Valley floor that’s traversed by a river that has its source at the Tararhua Lake. Later during the trek, we cross over the Yararua Pass with spectacular panoramas that include the surrounding mountains. The serene and blue Rajucolta Lake (or Tambillo) is surrounded vegetation to the foot of mount Huantsan (6,395m). The biodiversity of the Andean flora and fauna that is combined in the Rajucolta Valley makes nature an even greater part this trip.

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) / Quebrada Rurec (4,250m)

7 – 8 hours / 15 km / elevation change  (+800m)

Our expedition starts from the city of Huaraz, departing with our private transport in a southerly direction to the village of Olleros (3,450m). We pack our backpacks to start ascending through the valley to the entrance of Quebrada Rurec. The trail leads across the plains between the two huge rock walls, partially covered in vegetation, to the campsite in the deep valley.

Day 2:  Quebrada Rurec (4,250m) / Tararhua Lake (4,480m) / Tararhua Campsite (5,000m)

7 – 9 hours / 19 km / elevation change  (+750m)

After breakfast we start our walk ascending to Tararhua Lake at 4,480m with its rich colours and an area overlooking glaciers that invite us to a well-earned rest. Continuing from here, we ascend some until we get to our campsite at 5,000m.

Day 3:  Tararhua Campsite (5,000m) / Yararua Pass (5,200m) / Rajucolta Lake (4,250m)

8 – 9 hours / 18 km / elevation change (+200m / -950m)

Today our trek takes us along a cliff path hardly visible, up to the Yararhua Pass at 5,200m. As always, this bit of hard work is rewarded with stunning views below the imposing mountain Huantsen which at 6,395m is the third highest in the Cordillera Blanca. That’s not all, we also have views of the other peaks like Rurec, Alpichpunta, Uruashraju, Cashan and Huamash. Trekking further, we descend into the Rajucolta valley with its high wall until we finally reach Rajucolta Lake.

Day 4:  Rajucolta Lake (4,250m) / Quebrada Pariac (3,727m) / Huaraz

4 – 5 hours / 12 km / elevation change (-523m)

The outstanding coloured Rajucolta Lake surrounded by greenery that characterises the valley, with its vizcachas and other animals bids us “Adios”. During our final trek we can appreciate the views and natural beauty of this valley till we reach Onqki at 3,727m from where we return to Huaraz with our private transport.

Good to know
DIFFICULTY GRADE
Difficult
75%
Transport

Equipment will be transported by mules. Personal items will be carried by you in your day-pack.

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.

Winter Trek Equipment

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

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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