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Trekking Alpamayo Cedros Trek Huaraz - Cordillera Blanca

Alpamayo Cedros Trek - 9 days:

Strenuous trek but wellworth the effort!
This trek goes through many rural villages and shows beautiful mountain scenery. Highlight is the Northface of Mount Alpamayo, considered by many as the most beautiful mountain in the world.
Depending on the chosen route, chosen trailend and side-treks, the trek can take anything from 7 to 12 days
We describe the 7-day version from Vaqueria to Hualcayan. Alternatively we can also arrange to return to Cashapampa through the Santa Cruz Valley (10 days) or to Carhuaz through the Ulta Valley (12 days).
The Cedros(start) and Alpamayo Valley are a lot less visited than any other Valley in the region. You'll meet very few people on the way and if you don't happen to go in July or August, you might have the trail and campsites for your own. (not considering local people of course)

Duration: 8 to 12 days
Highest Altitude: 4.860 m (15.945 ft) (Punta Osoruri)
Difficulty: Moderate

Alpamayo Cedros Trek altitude chart
Alpamayo Cedros Trek altitude chart

Day-per-day itinerary

Tent       Breakfast       Lunch       Dinner

Day 1
  • Transport Huaraz - Vaqueria (3600 m). Hike to Huaripampa (4100 m).
  • Distance: 150 km (transport). Hike 13 km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours

  • Day 2
  • Huaripampa - Pucaraju Pass (4640 m) - Huecrococha (4000 m).
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours

  • Day 3
  • Huecrococha - Tupa Tupa Pass (4360 m) - Jancapampa (3600 m).
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Walking time: 5 hours

  • Day 4
  • Jancapampa - Yanacon Pass (4610 m) - Huillca (4000 m).
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Walking time: 6 - 7 hours

  • Day 5
  • Huillca - Mesapata (4460 m) and Cara Cara Pass (4830 m) - Jancarurish (4100 m).
  • Distance: 14 km.
  • Walking time: 6 - 7 hours

  • Day 6
  • Jancarurish - Viewpoint Alpamayo (4300 m) - Jancarurish
  • Distance: 2 km.
  • Walking time: 2 hours

  • Day 7
  • Jancarurish - Ruinapampa (4050 m).
  • Distance: 8 km.
  • Walking time: 3 hours

  • Day 8
  • Ruinapampa – Vientunan- (4770 m) and Osoruri Pass(4860 m) - Huishcash (4250 m).
  • Distance: 15 km.
  • Walking time: 6 - 7 Horas

  • Day 9
  • Huishcash - Hualcayan (3100 m). Transport Hualcayan - Huaraz.
  • Distance: 8 km. Transportation: 150 km.
  • Walking time: 3 hours

  • Included:
    • Private tours: our price system guarantees your departure and only with your team members.
    • Private tourist transport from/to your ho(s)tel.
    • English speaking official guide.
    • Cook.
    • Donkeys & Donkey drivers. Approx. 15 kg per client.
    • Good and varied food (vegetarian option, see FAQ below for more info) .
    • All camping equipment and cooking/eating utensils.
    • 3 or 4 Season sleeping tents. (3 person tents with additional fly storage for every 2 clients, Salewa, Mountain Equipment Coop, Northface, .)
    • Thermarest self-inflatable mattresses.
    • Emergency Horse. (>6 people, 2 horses).
    • All entrance fees.
    • First aid kit & oxygen bottle.
    Not Included:
    • Additional beverages or meals in villages.
    • Breakfast on the 1st and dinner on the last day.
    • Return or abortion otherwise as planned itinerary: transport & possible accommodation costs (also for staff)
    • Personal mountain equipment such as trekking shoes, rain/wind jacket/pants, hat, gloves, sunglasses etc.
    • Sleeping bag (more info)


    Can we book on-site?
    The quality of the tours sold in Huaraz (99%) are not at the level of our minimum requierements (general quality, proper payment of staff, sudden extra costs, unwanted surprises, ...). In order to organize a trek properly, get one of the better guides etc. it is very much recommendable to book well in advance. Needless to say that left-over guides, cooks,… are not usually the best.

    Hotels, bus before/after trek?
    We can also organize transfers, hotels in Huaraz or other cities, packages in the rest of the country etc. If you would prefer more services, from the airport in Lima for example or a complete Peru travel package, please let us know.

    Can you accommodate food sensitivities?
    Our cooks are used to dealing with vegetarians. However, other clients and staff may have a conventional diet. Meals are prepared in the same tent and scents of meals can not be avoided. if you do not want to eat your meal in the same tent with clients having a conventional diet, please inquire about a private tour.


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