Superb scenery and wildlife and an adventurous trek over a glacier at 5,000m+ altitude
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.
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Huaraz / Quillcayhuanca (3,844m) / Quebrada Tullpa (4,150m)
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.
7 – 9 hours trek / 14 km / elevation change (+376m)
Quebrada Tullpa (4,150m) / Huapi Pass (5,075m) / Quebrada Cojup (4,425m)
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.
7 – 9 hours trek / 19 km / elevation change (+925m / –650m)
Quebrada Cojup (4,425m) / Ishinca Pass (5,350m) / Ishinca Base Camp (4,380m)
Today 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.
8 – 9 hours trek / 18-19 km / elevation change (+925m / -970m)
Ishinca Base Camp (4,380m) / Collon (3,450m) / Huaraz
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).
5 – 6 hours trek / 15.5 km / elevation change (-930m)
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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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Many of the access roads to and from the Huascarán National Park are dirt roads and some sections of these road might be very bumpy in addition to winding sections in the ascents/descents.
- 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.
- Ice and snow trekking equipment is required for the crossing of at least one high altitude pass.
At least two acclimatisation day hikes are recommended before embarking on this trek. Do not underestimate the difficulty of this trek.
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
Climbing & Trekking Gear
- Mountaineering/mixed boots
- Trekking boots
- 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
- Hard-shell trousers
- Softshell trousers
- Rain/waterproof trousers
- Fleece jacket
- Down jacket
- Rain/Hardshell jacket
- Beanie/wool hat
- Light liner gloves
- Primaloft mitts
- Hardshell/insulation gloves
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