Hike the full circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash trek, which offers some of the most stunning mountain views in South America.
High mountain passes and glaciated lakes accompany you every step.
High-quality local trekking team, with fantastic guide, cook and support staff.
Trek with a backpack only as pack animals carry the heavy camping gear.
High Andean plant, animal and birdlife to observe en route.
Positive contribution to local communities with camping and entry fees included.
The Huayhuash trek was a very cool and exciting trip. We saw some unbelievably beautiful sights. Sights I still can't comprehend! Some ascents were quite steep, but the views were very rewarding.
The guide took his job very seriously and made sure we had everything we needed. He gave us very clear instructions every day. He looked out for our safety, as well.
The meals were great! The cook Manuel really went out of his way to cook special meals for us, something different every day. It was delicious and nutritious. We were impressed how he could do this with such little resources.
The equipment provided (tent, mats, mountain gear) was in good quality. Everybody really worked hard and was very skillful.
So, all in all, a very good experience. I really like the trips and service of Andean Trails. Thanks again!
K.Barnhoorn, Huayhuash trek
Arrive Lima, transfer in, hotel in Lima.
Transfer to bus station for first class bus to Huaraz (8 hours), transfer to hotel (B)
Acclimatisation day. Hotel (B)
Day walk to Laguna Churup, 4,500m. Hotel Huaraz (B,L)
Drive to Matacancha (5 hours approx). Camp at 4100 m (B,L,D)
Trek from Matacancha to Laguna Mitacocha , trek 5-6 hours, camp at 4,150m (B,L,D)
Laguna Mitacocha to Laguna Carhuacocha, trek 5-8 hours, camp at 4,180m (B,L,D)
Laguna Carhuacocha to Huayhuash, trek 5-8 hours, camp at 4,330m (B,L,D)
Huayhuash to Viconga, trek 5-6 hours, camp at 4,400m (B,L,D)
Viconga to Guanacpatay, over highest pass of 5,000m, trek 5-7 hours, camp at 4,200m (B,L,D)
Guanacpatay to Huatiac or to Laguna Sarapo, trek 6-8 hours, camp at 4,300m (B,L,D)
Rest day (B,L,D)
Hike to Huatiac, below the Tapush pass. Trek for 5-7 hours. Camp at 4600 meters. (B,L,D)
Hike to Jahuacocha over the Tapush pass, trek 6 hours, camp at 4,060 m (B,L,D)
Jahuacocha to Llamac, drive to Huaraz, hotel (B,L)
Bus to Lima, arrive early evening, end of services (B)
All in-country transport during the trip, including transport to and from the Lima airport, first-class bus tickets between Lima and Huaraz, hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Huaraz, professional English-speaking guide for acclimatisation activities and climbs/treks, professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the trek, park entrance fees, communal camping & cooking equipment, donkeys or llamas and porters where applicable, tents, sleeping mats (foam), cook tent, dining tent, tables, chairs, and bathroom tent (where applicable), first aid kit.
International flights (we are happy to quote), other meals, snacks and drinks, any equipment hire, personal expenses, tips, laundry and sleeping bag.
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20th Aug 2020 - From $2360 / £1966.666588
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The highlight of our holiday was the amazing trek and being in such a remote location surrounded by the most majestic, beautiful mountains. It was absolutely awesome.
Accommodation: It was great in Lima and comfortable in Huaraz with a fantastic rooftop breakfast!
Food: The food on the trek was excellent - we are vegetarian and the cook (Estaban) provided us with delicious, creative and beautiful food throughout and plenty of it. He was like a magician, conjuring up the loveliest food whilst camping in a remote setting.
Guide: Our trek guide (Yunmer) was great. He was extremely informative, had a great sense of humour and was really enthusiastic. He helped carry Jane's water and bag at times - not that we asked him to. He insisted! I have recently had my collarbone plated and he was keen to relieve me of the burden of carrying anything to heavy.
Trek staff: Our donkey / horse driver (Gusman) was brilliant, hard working and quietly helped around camp, setting up, taking down and moving us from one home to the next. The trekking team as a whole were exceptional, really supportive and kind and worked really well together.
Overall organisation was excellent. We felt we were in good hands and looked after well both before and after the trek.
Acclimatising: Acclimatisation walk around Huaraz with Rodolfo was a perfect start to the holiday. Rodolfo is extremely reliable, efficient, well informed and a lovely person. It was great to gain a little insight into the people and culture of the region.
The acclimatisation walk to Laguna Churup with David was another fantastic day. David has been living in the mountains for many years and shared some of his experience and knowledge with us as we surveyed the landscape of peaks, glaciers and lakes.
Benefitting local communities: The local people benefit from the presence of tourists as we provide them an income. Visiting tourists encourages everyone to look after and help maintain this pristine environment- those in the remote communities and also our own trekking team. Visiting tourists also need to respect this. The local people were very grateful that we visited them and also very grateful to Andean trails for their support. They encouraged us to return or send other friends and family. We had some great interactions with our little team and a lot of fun. Sharing our time with these lovely, charming people was very special and we felt that they benefitted as well as us.
Overall: We would strongly recommend anyone who loves nature, being outside and has a sense of adventure to do it.
It is a very special, magical place. Having seen people undertaking the trek unsupported, we felt that having a supported trek was perfect for us as we could really enjoy just being there.
Jane & Greg Windsor, Aus, Sep 2019
» Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, Circuit Walk
The Santa Cruz – Ulta trek was good acclimatization training for Huayhuash and we were glad we did this trek first. The four young Americans with us were good company.
The high camp below Yanayaku Pass across from Contrahierbas and the pass itself, and the earlier close-up sight of Alpamayo from the base camp side were the scenic highlights for us on this short trek.
Huayhuash is in a different league scenically and physically. It is really spectacular. It’s also not for the beginner trekker. We really liked our own small trip and flexibility we had in altering things with Rodolfo’s suggestions and knowledge.
Rodolfo was absolutely terrific in every way. He is an excellent organiser and guide and very worldly in his knowledge and views.
So all in all we are very happy with AT and your on-ground operations in Peru. Again, Rodolfo was terrific in Huaraz and on the trail.
T Leverington, Australia, 2017
» Santa Cruz Trek
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