snow peaks in the cordillera huayhuash mountains of peru

Snowy summits of the Huayhuash

Jagged 6,000-meter snow peaks dominate the Cordillera Huayhuash, one of the most remote and spectacular mountain ranges in the world. Our trek makes a complete circle around the range, with campsites at jewel-blue alpine lakes.

Photo by Andrea Heckman

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Cordillera Huayhuash

Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the World
Repertory Trip: Next Offered August 2-19, 2015 & June 5-22, 2017 & August 6-23, 2017

Cordillera Huayhuash route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4295  
Length: 18 days
Arrive: Lima, Peru
Depart: Lima, Peru
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 12 nights full-service camping
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 12-day trek on moderate to strenuous trails, 4-7 hours a day, altitudes of 11,000-16,400 feet
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Highlights

  • Challenging trek circling the towering, ice-draped Huayhuash—one of Peru’s most dramatic mountain ranges
  • Exploration Day at Carhuacocha to a remote alpine lake
  • Savor panoramic views from atop seven breathtaking passes
  • Full service camping, including a comfortable dining tent


I would expect nothing less than excellent from WT, and I was not disappointed.Bill F.—Sherwood, AZ

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  It will be several years before this journey is offered again. Now is the time to go!

The spectacular ice range of the Cordillera Huayhuash is renowned for its knife-edged 20,000-foot peaks that attract mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. Seven of Peru’s highest mountains rise from this dramatic massif, whose landscape of glaciated spires and iridescent lakes is simply surreal. On our magnificent trek you’ll circle the range, crossing seven high passes with near-constant panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Yerupaja (21,759’), the second highest mountain in Peru, and the icy fang of Jirishanca (20,099’). Along the way, our spectacular campsites and special Exploration Day allow you to discover the many mountain-ringed turquoise lakes that bejewel the Huayhuash. Vast blue skies and a profusion of edelweiss and purple lupine create the ultimate alpine paradise.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Huaráz / Wilcahuain / Lake Churup

From Lima, we head north to Huaráz, where Huascarán (22,205’), Peru’s highest peak, dominates the skyline. Our visit to the Huari ruins of Wilcahuain grants you insights into this fascinating pre-Inca culture, while a hike across glacial moraine to Churup, a lake at the base of the Churup Glacier, helps you acclimatize for the days ahead.

Days 5-8
Cordillera Huayhuash / To Carhuacocha

From the pretty village of Llamac, you’ll ascend through a subtropical habitat, crossing mountain passes to enter the remote eastern flanks of the Huayhuash massif, watching for condors soaring overhead. Following an ancient Inca trail, you’ll discover radiantly blue Carhuacocha, a glacial lake teeming with trout at 13,600 feet, below the impressive ice walls of Jirishanca and mighty Yerupaja.

Days 9-13
Cordillera Huayhuash / To Laguna Jurau

Passing through the traditional village of Huayhuash, set at 14,200 feet, we bring you across three high mountain passes between glaciated pinnacles. On Day 12, we reach our spectacular camp at Laguna Jurau, nestled in a cirque of massive snow peaks.

Days 14-18
Jahuacocha / Huaráz

The trail to our magnificent lakeside camp at Laguna Jahuacocha crosses Yaucha Pass (15,900’) with incredible views of Rondoy and Ninashanca. We say goodbye to the Huayhuash on our final hike back to the village of Llamac. Return to Huaráz and depart via Lima on Day 18.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

This trek is Level 6, Very Strenuous. Most hiking is between 10,000 and 15,000 feet, but there are several passes over 15,000 feet to cross and one pass of 16,400 feet. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. The group will spread out along the trail during our 6-8 hours of hiking. Trail conditions can be primitive, and there is much up-and-down hiking (often 2,000- to 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day). We are in the high Andes, and mountain weather is always fickle, so there will be days when it may be cold. The days can also be brilliantly sunny but nights are always cold at these altitudes. It is expected that each participant be in excellent health and physical condition. We recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical condition for the trip. The most important factor in deriving the maximum enjoyment from your trip is a spirit of adventure.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered only every two to five years. This journey will not be offered again for several years. Now is the Time to Go!

2015
Aug 2-19, 2015  Peter Boehm
2017
Jun 5-22, 2017
Aug 6-23, 2017

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4295 (13-15 members)
$4595 (10-12 members)
$4895 (7-9 members)
Single supplement: $390
Forced single supplement: $390
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and in top quality tents on trek
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Camp staff, group camping and cooking equipment
  • Land transportation
  • Airport transfers as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, meals specified as “on your own,” airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Lima, Peru. For more detailed information, including any transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

Meeting Place:
Lima, Peru
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:

Lima, Peru (airport city code: LIM)
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Departure:

Lima, Peru
Date: Day 18

Suggested Airport for Departure:

Lima, Peru (airport city code: LIM)
Suggested departure time: after 6:00 pm

Casa Andina Private Collection—Miraflores

Casa Andina Private Collection—Miraflores

Day 1 (1 night), Lima, Peru

The Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores has spacious rooms and an excellent location with easy access to the lively Miraflores district. From ...
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Hotel Club Andino

Hotel Club Andino

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights),
Day 17 (1 night), Huaraz, Peru

A 10-minute uphill walk from the main plaza, the Swiss-owned Hotel Club Andino is the best available in the remote mountain town of Huaraz. It ...
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Cordillera Huayhuash Trek Camps

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek Camps

Days 5 to 16 (12 nights), Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru

On the trail, you are accompanied by our experienced team of trail guides, and all your gear is carried for you (leaving you free to hike with just ...
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Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport (Day Room)

Day 18, Lima, Peru

Very conveniently located right across the Lima international airport, this hotel is just a two- minute walk across the street from the terminal, ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Peter Boehm

Peter Boehm is German-born but says, “I have Latin blood running through my veins.” Pete has guided in Peru and across South America since 1984. He arrived as a traveler and became one of the first to trek many of Peru’s then unexplored Inca trails. With countless captivating stories about his adventures along these remote routes, Peter still notes, “The best moment on a trip? Every time I arrive into Machu Picchu—goosebumps! In Peru we are so lucky to have such a great mix of nature and culture.” With decades of experience, Peter has longtime relationships with many friends in the villages along the trail (our guests have called him “the Mayor of the Sacred Valley”). He is endlessly good-natured and shares his insights and local connections with trip members with great enthusiasm. “I can really be and feel with WT clients—it is never superficial traveling together.”

Upcoming Trips:

Cordillera Huayhuash, August 2-19, 2015
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, September 4-12, 2015
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, October 5-13, 2015
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, December 26, 2015-January 3, 2016
Hiker’s Journey to Machu Picchu, May 7-15, 2016
Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca, June 4-20, 2016
Hiker’s Journey to Machu Picchu, July 21-29, 2016
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, September 1- 9, 2016
Hiker’s Journey to Machu Picchu, September 21-29, 2016
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, October 14-22, 2016
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, December 26, 2016-January 3, 2017

Client Testimonials:


Could not have asked for a better guide than Peter. He was so much fun, knowledgeable, patient, and kind. He was one of the reasons we enjoyed this trip so much. A. K., Chicago, IL Peter’s experience, with the Peruvian culture, the trek, and with people in general, shone through. He is organized and through. Best of all, his love of adventure and for his job was apparent to everyone and in everything he did. P. S., Arlington VA The trip of a lifetime! I have taken over 5 adventure trips and Peter Boehm is by far the best leader I have encountered. Lee W., Atlanta, GA Peter was amazing. He truly made the trip special. I always felt safe, taken care of, and informed. He’s the best. Ann C., Salcantay to Machu Picchu Peter was a great guide, He created a wonderful atmosphere for the group to interact in. He was a lot of fun yet instilled confidence that everything was taken care of. Malin W., Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Peter was the best leader. He worked hard to take care of all the details along with interacting with everyone with great humor. Gordon W., Salcantay to Machu Picchu Peter Boehm is a great leader, on top of everything and even attentive to small details to make everyone more comfortable. Leland and Susan F.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We can’t say enough about Peter Boehm. An absolute delight to be with. Cheryl P., South Deerfield, MA I've taken numerous trips with other companies. Not one had a guide the equal of Peter. He is the best. Susan G., Pittsburgh PA
Hiker’s Journey to MP
We so appreciated Peter Boehm's extra efforts to acquaint us with Peruvian culture and art by introducing us to his friends and his own deep connection to the country. Jane E., Laguna Niguel CA
Hiker’s Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter is a great leader. He is an asset to your company. James S., West Chester PA
Hiker’s Journey to MP
Peter made this trip happen! His attention to all our needs and many other little details along the way allowed us to experience a wonderful journey! Pat B., Delta, BC
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter's enthusiasm for the people, history, and countryside of Peru was infectious. I truly enjoyed his leadership. Stephen H., Denver, CO
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We can't sing Peter's praises enough. He is a very knowlegable, personable and enthusiastic trip leader, and his obvious joy in sharing the culture and history of Peru with us made the trip very special. He is one in a million! Mark T., Oak Harbor, WA
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter's enthusiasm and pure delight with the Inca antiquities was so infectious there was no way anyone could not have a great time! Nancy T., Oak Harbor, WA
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter is outstanding. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and boundless energy made the trip extra special! Amy S., St Petersburg, FL
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
We called Peter the 'mayor of the Sacred Valley' as he knew everyone everywhere. Marsha B., New York, NY
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter is the perfect trip leader. He is caring, funny, enthusiastic, and passionate about Peru. Anne V., Amherst, MA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peter was absolutely fantastic: enthusiastic, kind, funny, and highly knowledgeable. He was the best guide and trip leader I have ever had anywhere. Paul G., Amherst, MA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peter was amazing. He made the trip! Can't imagine having another leader. He took care of every detail and his knowledge of the Incan civilization is remarkable. Christine W., Encino, CA
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter was a fantastic traveling companion. He was knowledgeable and did a great job getting us where we needed to go, while making sure we were learning and experiencing along the way. He was entertaining, informative, and educated, and made such a difference on this trip. Karin R., Hinsdale, IL
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
I was amazed at how many people randomly approach Peter EVERYWHERE and treat him like long lost family. It speaks volumes. Leatrice F., West Stockbridge, MA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peter seems to know everybody and has a lot of friends who love and respect him very much. As a consequence we were treated very nicely and as friends, too, which left a lasting and positive experience. Anna K., Northfield, IL
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter was a superb guide, very knowledgable, engaged, fun, and took fabulous care of all of our needs. His strong relationships made the trip extraordinary. Nancy P., Issaquah, WA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peter has an in-depth knowledge of his subject: the culture, archaeology, and the terrain of the country we were traveling in. From the moment I was met at the airport until the last day, he worked effortlessly at making everyone at ease. He is naturally gifted to work with people. Ghislaine I., New York, NY
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter is a wonderful person. His knowledge of the area, people, and culture is outstanding. It was amazing how well known and respected he is by the locals. He is a fabulous guide and friend. Sean C., Carmel, IN
Peru Private Journey
Peter's love of the area and friendship with many of the local people we encountered added so much to our experience. Pat L., Ottsville, PA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peter was the maestro of a perfectly orchestrated trek. Bill S., Boiling Springs, PA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peter is a master storyteller, brilliant at choreography and strategy, yet well skilled in the logistics. He made the experience complete and special for each of us. Joan G., Portola Valley, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peter did a great job showing us the ‘real’ Machu Picchu. Knowledgeable about history, passionate about the culture, and so connected, which made it so much more fun. Jon L., Los Gatos, CA
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Peter is absolutely the key to this wonderful trip, making what we saw meaningful and yet fun. His personality, energy, and commitment showed through in his interactions with the participants, assistants (at all locales and levels), and even with passersby (most of whom he seemed to know by name). Hans L., Superior, CO
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
What a joy to be with Peter. He has great knowledge, connections, insight, humor, willingness, was tuned in to each trip member, and did all things with a kind heart. He made the trip what it was and enabled us to have rare and unique experiences that otherwise would we would not have access to. He is the top of the cream of the crop in our hearts and mind, and we are truly grateful. Barbara C., Tempe, AZ
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

Peru

Cusco and Machu Picchu Extension

Exploring the Realm of the Incas

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Walking
6 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

I would expect nothing less than excellent from WT, and I was not disappointed. Bill F., Sherwood, AZ Well thought out and well executed. Keep it up! Don J., Montara, CA This is the best trip I have done so far. I really loved the scenery, the rigors of the hikes, and the peace of being away from crowds. Maeve O., Walnut Creek, CA
A spectacular and fun trip! Trish K., Berkeley, CA Can't say enough about this trip. It was wonderful and challenging. Kris H., Eagle River, AK