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Alpamayo to Pomabamba Trek

Timing: 7 days trekking (option for 8 days)
Grade: Moderate to Hard

The focal point of the trek is the famous Alpamayo pyramid, once voted the most beautiful mountain in the world as well as the pristine lake Laguna Cullicocha

For people who do not have time to do a full Alpamayo Circuit Trek (10 to 13 days) or who do not wish to be trekking and camping for so many days – we offer this shorter version for an Alpamayo Trek of 7 days, finishing at Jancapampa and then driving back though the town of Pomabamba with its thermal baths and over the amazing Punta Olimpica Pass and through the tunnel at the top of the pass to finally return to Huaraz.

This trek goes up high quickly on the first days of trekking – good acclimatisation is required and we recommend three full days in Huaraz acclimatising

Day 1: Drive 5 hours to Hualcayan 2900m. On the way we have visits to Yungay where there is a memorial to the thousands of people killed in the 1970 earthquake, and then the colourful local market at Caraz.

Day 2: Climb steadily in a zig zag path from Hualcayan to Wishcash 4300m. 4 to 5 hours hiking

Day 3: Continue upwards to the spectacular lake Laguna Cullicocha 4850m at the base of massive Santa Cruz mountain. A long descent to camp at Ruinapampa 3800m. 8 hours


Laguna Cullicocha and Santa Cruz Mountain

Day 4: An easy day, walking gently up valley to Cruze Alpamayo camp 4150m. 3 to 4 hours from where we appreciate the majesty of the pyramid Alpamayo mountain


OPTION Extra day: We can stay another night at Cruze Alpamayo Camp. Climb up the moraine to the lake Laguna Jancarurish for close up views of Alpamayo or continue upwards towards Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m). 5 to 6 hours return

Day 5: Climb to the often windy pass Cara Cara 4830m from where we have more fantastic views of Alpamayo and the lakes, then traverse to another pass Mesapata 4500m and before descending to camp at Lake Safuna 4200m 7 hours.
Good photo from Cara Cara Pass here?

Day 6: From Safuna to another pass Paso Pucajirca 4600m and camp in the open grassy valley of Jancapampa 3600m 7 hours. There are a lot of farming families living in the valley and we meet many curious local children.


Jancapampa Camp

Day 7: An early start with a long road trip of 10 or 11 hours from Jancapampa Camp back to Huaraz. We pass through the towns of Pomabamba (thermal baths) and then San Luis and then climb up to the pass Punta Olimpica at 4735m. On the top of the pass we pass through an amazing 1380m road tunnel and we have a great view of Contrahierbas mountain and its glacier field then we travel down the Ulta Valley where we have more mountain views of Matteo, Ulta, Chopicalqui and Huascaran. Arrive in Huaraz around 4pm to 5pm



Punta Olimpica Tunnel

Another Option: You can choose to stay a relaxing night in the delightful town of Pomabamba, enjoy the thermal baths there and then continue the drive to Huaraz next day



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If you know, tell us the approximate dates that you would like to be trekking and the number of people in your group, as well as if you prefer a private trek or would be happy to join with other people.


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