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Trekking Olleros Chavin Trek Huaraz - Cordillera Blanca

Olleros Chavin Trek - 3 days:

Easy 3-day trek from Olleros to Chavin, one of the most important archeaological sites in Peru, which we of course visit on the third day.
The steady gradual climb towards the Yanashallash Pass makes the trek rather easy to conquer. The main tempel in Chavin is dated back to 1200 BC and ist the most important pre-inka culture in Peru. (As a comparison: Machu Picchu is from ca. 1470 AD!) This trek combines adventure with culture and is relatively short. This combination makes it a very popular trek in the Huaraz region.

Duration: 3 days
Highest altitude: 4.700 m (15.420 ft) (Punta Yanashallash)
Difficulty: Easy

Olleros Chavin Trek altitude chart
Olleros Chavin Trek altitude chart

Comment: Chavin de Huantar (normally visited on day 3) is closed on Mondays. If your tour start on a Saturday, you would have three options: leave out the visit (you can see part of the site partly from the outside and complete from the trail leading to Chavin), do the trail backwards (the 1st day would be quite a steep uphill) or ultimately, change your travel date.

Day-per-day itinerary

Tent       Breakfast       Lunch       Dinner

Day 1
  • Transport Huaraz - Olleros (3450 m). Hike to Sacracancha (4080 m).
  • Distance: 30 km (Transport). Hike 15 km.
  • Walking time: 5-6 hours

  • Day 2
  • Sacracancha – Yanashallash-Pass (4700 m) - Shongopampa (4088 m).
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Walking time: 5-6 hours

  • Day 3
  • Shongopampa - Chavin de Huantar (3140 m).
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Walking time: 3,5 - 4 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. 12 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.


    „Private room with a view“ – from your private tent!
    Homely get-together in the group tent – we are always excellently taken care of by our staff.
    Camp at Shongopampa (4088 m).
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