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.
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.
— Kris H., Eagle River, AK
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.
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.
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.
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.