Cordillera Huayhuash trek via Trapecio Pass 9 or 8 Days
Timing: 9 Days (option for 8 days)
Grade: Very Hard
A shorter option for a Huayhuash Circuit Trek, featuring a spectacular high alpine crossing over Trapecio Pass at a breath-taking 5050m
It is important that you are well acclimatised to the altitude for this trek and that you have a very good level of fitness & endurance. You cross a high pass every day on this trek and the Trapecio Pass is an alpine crossing on at times an unmarked route and hiking over glacial moraine rock
The trek starts by driving direct from Huaraz at 3090m to Quartelhuain at 4200m which is an altitude gain of 1110m in a single day and on the first day hiking you climb to the directly top of a 4700m pass.
We recommend that you have three full days in Huaraz doing day hikes to progressively higher altitudes for this trek to reduce possibility of altitude related issues.
Day A: Arrive Huaraz (3090m)
Day B, C & D: Acclimatization days in Huaraz three days.
Day 1: Drive direct from Huaraz to the village of Llamac and then on to Quartelhuain where we set up camp in a wide grassy valley with rolling hills. 6 hours drive (4200m)
Day 2: In the morning we cross our first pass Punta Cacanan (4700m) then descend to camp on a flat plain close to the beautiful lake Laguna Mitucocha (4220m). 6 hours
Day 3: We cross the pass Paso de Carhuac (4650m) then descend to our camp at the big lake Laguna Carhuacocha (4150m) 6 hours.
Day 4: We spend an extra day at Laguna Carhuacocha and do a day hike up to the spectacular three Siula alpine lakes
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Day 5: We cross the pass Carnicero (4600m), and make an easy descent to camp at the enclave of Huayhuash 4330m (5 to 6 hours).
Day 6: From Huayhuash we climb towards our highest pass Trapecio at 5050m. The trail is mixed with some trails through mountain grasses and then unmarked routes across glacial moraine rock. At the pass we stop to enjoy stunning views of Trapecio, Puscanturpa and Cuyoc mountains and surrounding valleys and then descend on oraine rock past a turquoise glacial lake to camp Elefante in the Huanacpatay valley (3350m). A long day around 8 hours
Day 7: We continue down the Quebrada Huanacpatayand then climb steadily in the afternoon about 2 to 2½ hours to our campsite high up in the flat pasture of Huatiac (4350m) 8 to 9 hours.
Day 8: A tough day as we cross two passes – Pass Punta Tapush 4750m then Punta Yaucha (4800m). Descend to camp at the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (4150m) 8 hours.
Day 9: We leave early, starting with a gradual climb to our final pass Pampa Llamac (4300m) then it is a long descent back to Llamac. 5 ½ hours. In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz for hot showers!!
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