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Trekking Huayhuash Trek circuit - Cordillera Huayhuash

Huayhuash Trek - 10 days:

It's no longer a secret ... one of the prettiest mountain ranges in the world!

Trek with moderate difficulty: the whole circuit are 10 days hiking. Depending on the desired start and finish point, the trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash can be anything from 3 to 18 days. Our recommendation for the whole circuit is at least 10 days.

Few years ago Huayhuash was known to be hard to get to and very few people were doing the circuit. Due to improved roads and the success of the movie Touching the Void (Joe Simpson, Siula Grande is here) Huayhuash has known an enormous increase in visitors. In the 2005 high season we've had more clients doing the Huayhuash circuit then the — so far — better-known Santa Cruz Trek.

Duration: 3 to ca. 18 days
Highest altitude: 5.000 m (16.404 ft) (Punta Cuyoc)
Difficulty: difficult

Huayhuash Circuit Trek altitude chart
Huayhuash Circuit Trek altitude chart

Day-per-day itinerary

Tent       Breakfast       Lunch       Dinner

Day 1
  • Pick up from hotel in Huaraz & Transport to Quartelhuain.
  • Hike to Mirador Asiac.

  • Day 2
  • Quartelhuain – Cacanan Punta-Pass (4.700 m) - Mitucocha .

  • Day 3
  • Mitucocha - Punta Carhuac pass (4,650 m) - Carhuacocha.

  • Day 4
  • Carhuacocha - Siula Pass (4,830 m) - Huayhuash (Huayhuash village).

  • Day 5
  • Huayhuash - Portachuelo Pass (4,795 m) - Lake Viconga
  • Visit the hot springs (entrance not included, approx. 10 Soles per person)

  • Day 6
  • Viconga - Punta Cuyoc (5,000 m, the highest point of the trek) - Huanacpatay.

  • Day 7
  • Huanacpatay - San Antonio Pass - Huayllapa - Huatia.

  • Day 8
  • Huatia – Punta Tapush (4.750 m) – Susucocha - Cashpapampa.

  • Day 9
  • Cashpapampa – Jahuacocha (optional: ascent of Diablo Mudo, 5,350 m).

  • Day 10
  • Jahuacocha - Llamac.
  • Transport back to the hotel in Huaraz

  • - 9 days: Day 1 you don't go to the lookout Asiac, instead start the trek to Mitucocha on the 1st day.
    - 11 days: same itinerary allowing a rest day with/without side treks during the trek.

    • 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 for every 2 clients)
    • 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.


    Diablo Mudo (5350 m) from the pass Llaucha Punta (4850 m).
    Our crew (donkey drivers with their donkeys) on the Huayhuash-circuit.
    One of the numerous mountain lakes on the Huayhuash-circuit: Laguna Carhuacocha.
    Ascent to Diablo Mudo (5350 m), an „easy“ mountain over 5000 m.
    Diablo Mudo, brilliant viewpoint for the highest peaks of Cordillera Huayhuash.
    Lagunas Quesillacocha, Siulacocha, Gangrajanca; in the background Mt. Jirishanca (6094 m).
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