Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking & Hiking
Enjoy a Peru trekking & hiking adventure in the company of our professional local guide and trek crew. Peru trekking offers a unique experience, combining the delights of hiking around spectacular mountains and lakes with superior personalized service. Our trek crews take great pleasure in sharing the magic of their world with you and they will consider you to be their special guest and friend.
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Treks & hikes listed on the website are just some of our most popular options.
Our descriptions of treks are a summary only; CONTACT US for a detailed description, trek information and prices.
We can also “tailor” make a special trek to suit your requests or plans, just let us know what you would like to do.
Good acclimatisation to the altitude is important before starting any trek. We recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least two days before your trek starts so that you have time to start acclimatising. We can recommend and organise suitable day hikes to help with the acclimatisation process.
See our Day Hikes in the Cordillera Blanca page for options
During treks we use donkeys to carry camping & cooking equipment, tents, food and your personal bag. You only carry a light day pack with camera, snacks, water bottle, warm jacket etc.
Our guides and crew are very experienced and know how to manage trekking at altitude. We always walk slowly, take plenty of rest breaks and make sure that you have plenty of boiled water to drink.
See our SERVICES page for a full description of services that we offer.
Cordillera Blanca vs Cordillera Huayhuash
We are often asked what is the difference between the two regions or which is better for trekking in.
Both areas are very spectacular but different and it is impossible to compare them. Both have amazing snow capped mountains and glaciers that you hike by very close to & both have continuous breath taking hikes up to high passes with incredible views on most days of the treks.
The Cordillera Blanca valleys are steep sided and more narrow. Each valley you cross into has a unique microclimate with a different look, often different plants & flowers. Some areas are forested with low forest and other areas are more open valleys with grasslands. There is more diversity of plants, flowers and trees in the Cordillera Blanca than the Huayhuash. More local people live around the Cordillera Blanca and there are more villages and small farms on the areas bordering the National Park. You will meet more local people on some Blanca treks than in the Huayhuash.
The Cordillera Huayhuash is more open with wide valleys and expansive open grasslands. There is less diversity of plants and trees, although you still do find pretty wild flowers in most places and there are scattered areas of high altitude quenuoa trees. There are more big lakes in the Huayhuash & many of them contain trout. Many of the campsites are by a lake. There are fewer local people living around the trek circuit, just some small farms and a few homes scattered around the lakes. The only villages are Llamac at the start of the trek (where our donkey drivers live) and a couple of other villages close to the trek circuit.
Travel time to the Huayhuash is greater with minimum 5 hours journey to the start of the trek then back to Huaraz after the trek finishes.