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Cordillera Huayhuash circuit
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Huayhuash circuit

The Huayhuash circuit - with its splendid glaciated peaks, pristine green valleys and turquoise, trout-filled lakes - is considered to be one of the most beautiful treks in the world. The range is located 115km south of Huaraz and is only 30km long. The small area is dominated by the giant icy summits of Yerupaja (6634m) - Peru’s second highest mountain, Jirishanca (6094m), Trapecio (5644m), Rondoy (5870m), Cuyoc (5550m) and many more. Less frequented than the neighbouring Cordillera Blanca, the Cordillera Huayhuash is a real hidden treasure, offering the visitor the chance to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Peruvian Andes in complete peace and quiet.

The 165km-long trek crosses over many high passes, the highest of which is 5079m. It is important to be well acclimatized, physically fit and in good health.

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Itinerary:


Day 1: Drive from Huaraz to Cuartelwayin (4170 m). Duration: 7 hours

Day 2: Trek from Cuartelwayin to Mitucocha (4230 m) via Cacanan Pass (4690 m). Duration: 7 hours

Day 3: Trek from Mitucocha to Caruhacocha Lake (4138 m) via Carhuac Pass (4820m). Duration: 6 hours

Day 4: Rest day at Caruhacocha Lake.

Day 5: Trek from Caruhacocha Lake to Huayhuash (4345 m) via Siula Pass (4834 m). Duration: 8 hours

Day 6: Trek from Huayhuash to Viconga (4350 m) via Portachuelo de Huayhuash Pass (4785 m). Duration: 6 hours Possibility of leaving to Cajatambo or Churín in case of emergencies.

Day 7: Trek from Viconga to Huanakpatay (4490 m) via Cuyoc Pass (5000m). Duration: 7 hours
Possibility of climbing Mount Pumarinri (5465 m).
Day 8: Trek from Huanakpatay to Cutatambo (4265 m) via San Antonio Pass (5079m). Duration: 7 hours

Day 9: Rest day at Cutatambo. Long walk in the area of the lagoons Santa Rosa, Siula and Viewpoint of Mount Siula Grande (6344m).

Day 10: Trek from Cutatambo to Huatiaq (4255 m) via Huayllapa Village (3500 m). Duration: 7 hours

Day 11: Trek from Huatiaq to Gashpapampa (4600 m) via Tapush Pass (4750 m). Duration: 6 hours

Day 12: Trek from Gashpapampa to Jahuacocha Lake (4090 m) via Yaucha Pass (4885 m). Duration: 6 hours Possibility of climbing Mount Diablo Mudo (5400 m).

Day 13: Rest day at Jahuacocha Lake. Long walk to Solteracocha Lake.

Day 14: Trek from Jahuacocha Lake to Llamac, via Macrash Pass (4275 m). Drive back to Huaraz. Duration: 8 hours

 

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