Trekking the Huayhuash Circuit

Comparable to the Himalayas and the Rockies in terms of snow-capped alpine beauty, Perus Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain-climbers dream come true. Located in one of the most remote sections of the Andes, the range asks a lot from those who trek it. Rest assured that your CEO has all the expertise, equipment, and encouragement needed to get the most out of these majestic peaks. Great on its own, this trip gets even better when paired with a Machu Picchu trek or any other Peru-based adventure.

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Duration: 13 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127160
Starts: Lima, Peru Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will visit
  • Lima
  • Lima



Day 1: Lima

There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.

Additional Notes:
Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Lima/Huaraz (1B)

Travel north by bus to the alpine city of Huaraz, surrounded by the stunning snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

Local bus (8.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Huaraz

Enjoy a free day to acclimatize to the altitude. There are ample opportunities for optional activities like exploring the city, horseback riding or biking in the mountains. Relax in the evening at a café and soak in the natural scenery.


Day 4: Huaraz/Chiquián

Transfer by private vehicle to the small Andean village of Chiquián to prepare for the trek ahead.

Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 110km)


Day 5: Chiquián/Laguna Jahuacocha (1B, 1L, 1D)

The days are spent in remote, high-altitude wilderness, surrounded by alpine scenery including snow-capped peaks, immense glaciers, emerald glacial lagoons, and mountain vegetation.

Nights are spent camping under the stars. Several very high altitude passes are traversed, challenging the best of hikers ready to push themselves for the ultimate reward of unmatched remote mountain scenery unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek


Day 6: Nevado Yerupajá/Nevado Rondoy (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through Rondoy Pass where the Huayhuash peaks are breathtakingly close and make for spectacular scenery. On the way to the campsite, descend past Soltera Cocha, a vibrant turquoise glacial lake.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek


Day 7: Nevado Rondoy/Loma Ollocuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head towards Cacananpunta Pass to see a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys, rivers and mountains.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek


Day 8: Loma Ollocuyoc/Laguna Carhuacocha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue the trek along Laguna Mitacocha with Mt Yerupaja, Mt Rondoy and Mt Ninashanca in the background as you pass through Carhuacocha Pass.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek


Day 9: Laguna Carhuacocha/Cordillera Huayhuash (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through Siula Pass, with its towering peaks and glacial lagoons of varying shades of turquoise and blue, you'll be hard-pressed to find a place more beautiful.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek


Day 10: Cordillera Huayhuash/Loma Ollocuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through Trapecio Punta Pass en route to camp at Quebrada Cuyoc for the night.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek


Day 11: Loma Ollocuyoc/Guanacpatay (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start the descent from Quebrada Cuyoc to Guanacpatay.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek


Day 12: Guanacpatay/Lima (1B)

After breakfast, finish the trek by descending to the village of Cajatambo. You'll be picked up and transferred by private vehicle back to Lima for the night and for some well-deserved rest and a hot shower.

Included Activities:
Huayhuash Circuit Trek

Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 300km)


Day 13: Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Huayhuash Circuit with an expert mountain guide (8-day)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (5 nts), camping (7 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
    • Public bus, van, hiking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local mountain guide on Huayhuash trek
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take in the glacial alpine scenery along the Huayhuash Circuit
  • Challenge yourself conquering the high-altitude mountain passes
  • Sleep in tents under the stars in the remote wilderness.