Join the ancient route of pilgrims to the Temple of Chavín and experience age-old traditions and cultures
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).
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Huaraz / Olleros (3,450m) / Collotacocha Lake (4,090m)
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.
7 – 8 hours trek / 15 km / elevation change (+640m)
Collotacocha Lake (4,090m) / Yanashallash Pass (4,700m) / Shonkoruri (3,800m)
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.
8 – 9 hours trek / 16 km / elevation change (+610m / -900m)
Shonkoruri (3,800m) / Chavín (3,137m) / Huaraz
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).
3 – 4 hours trek / 6 km / elevation change (-663m)
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The program includes:
- Professional and bilingual internationally certified mountain guide
- All meals during the expedition
- Private transportation round trip
- Camping equipment
- Cooking equipment
- Entrance fees to Huascarán National Park
- Cook & assistants
- Donkeys and muleteers / mountain assistants
The program does not include:
- Climbing equipment
- Personal equipment
- Personal expenses & tips
- Travel Insurance
- Items not mentioned above in “Includes”
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- 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.
It is important to do a few days of acclimatisation day treks before embarking on this stunning yet difficult trek. If you have just arrived from another high altitude location and you’re well acclimatised, discuss with us the feasibility of doing it on your first full day.
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.
**Note: List of required equipment for the trekking expedition. Please confirm with us which items are included in the price.
**For more equipment lists and the Equipment Rental Catalogue – click on EQUIPMENT
- LED headlamp
- Trekking poles
- Trekking backpack
- Day pack
- Duffel bag
Camp & Cooking
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag liner
- Sleeping mattress
- Kitchen/dining tent
- Stove & gas/fuel
- Cooking utensils
- Expedition crates
- Trekking boots
- Waterproof trousers
- Fleece jacket
- Down jacket
- Rain/Hardshell jacket
- Rain poncho
- Light liner gloves
- Hardshell/insulation gloves
- Beanie/wool hat
Available for purchase
*subject to availability
- AA and AAA batteries
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets
- Cooking gas
- Light liner gloves
- Beanie/wool hat
- Stainless steel flask