Cordillera Huayhuash Treks
The Cordillera Huayhuash has been nominated in many publications as one of the “classic” trekking circuits of the world.
The Huayhuash is a compact, rugged range, and includes the second highest peak in Peru – Yerupajá Grande – 6634m and also Siula Grande made famous by Joe Simpson in his book “Touching The Void” and in the subsequent film. Every day on the trek hikers are treated to awesome close views of snow capped peaks, glaciers and blue trout-filled lakes.
We offer a range of treks from a full circuit of 15 days including a visit to Siula Grande Base Camp to a “mini” Huayhuash trek of 8 days.
CLIC on the treks listed below for descriptions.
CORDILLERA BLANCA TREK PROGRAMS
14 – 15
10 – 11
Inca Royal Road to Cordillera Huayhuash trek
12 - 13
4 - 5
Moderate to Hard
(horse trek option)
“Taylor Made” Huayhuash Trek
Trek Grading & Fitness
Trek grading and walking times are average estimates only for people of average to good fitness and who are well acclimatised to the altitude.
Some people will hike much faster, and others much slower. The effects of altitude do make the hiking much harder than a similar trek closer to sea level and the effects of altitude vary from person to person.
You need to have average to good fitness and be able to climb a sustained steep uphill for 2 to 3 hours without distress and manage long descents down from the passes, and be comfortable sleeping in tents in sometimes cold conditions for several days to enjoy these treks
Note: That most trekking options in the Cordilleras Huayhuash should be considered to be physically demanding owing to the altitude (you are above 4000m for the duration of the treks) and the mountainous nature of the terrain. Trails are often steep on these treks – both ascending or descending and can be slippery & rocky in places.
It is a common comment from clients that they found the hiking to be harder than they were expecting. This is usually due to the effects of altitude which invariably leaves people feeling less energetic than they would on similar hikes at lower altitudes.
If you do not think you can enjoy this type of trekking, let us know and we can suggest some easier options
Trek Starting Point:
Cordillera Huayhuash full circuit treks can be started from the village of Llamac (3300m) or from Quartelhuain (4200m).
It is approximately 4 to 5 hours drive 156kms from Huaraz to Llamac and a further 18kms on to Quartelhuain.
Groups that start from Llamac will hike to Quartelhuain on Day 01 of hiking which is valuable as an extra acclimatisation day. Groups that start from Quartelhuain will drive direct from Huaraz to Quartelhuain and camp the night there at 4200m. It is particularly important that clients are very well acclimatised to the altitude if starting treks from Quartelhuain. To drive from Huaraz at 3070m to Quartelhuain is an altitude gain of 1130m in a single day, and the first day hiking you climb to the top of a 4700m pass. You need to have at least three full days in Huaraz doing day hikes to acclimatise to start a Cordillera Huayhuash trek from Quartelhuain