Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the World

Repertory Trip: Next Offered June 3-20, 2019 & August 11-28, 2019


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

Days 1-4
Huaráz / Wilcahuain / Lake Churup

From Lima, we head to Huaráz, where Huascarán (22,205'), Peru’s highest peak, dominates the skyline. Our visit to the ruins of Wilcahuain grants us insights into this fascinating pre-Inca culture, while a hike to Lake Churup helps us acclimatize for the days ahead.

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Days 5-8
Cordillera Huayhuash / Carhuacocha

Ascending through subtropical zones and mountain passes, we’ll enter the remote eastern flanks of the Huayhuash massif. Following an ancient Inca trail, we’ll discover Carhuacocha, a radiantly blue glacial lake at 13,600 feet.

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Days 9-13
Cordillera Huayhuash / Laguna Jurau

From the village of Huayhuash, set at a lofty 14,200 feet, we’ll cross three high mountain passes between glaciated pinnacles, and camp at Laguna Jurau, nestled in a cirque of massive snow peaks.

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Days 14-18
Jahuacocha / Huaráz

The trail to our magnificent lakeside camp crosses Yaucha Pass (15,900') with incredible views of Rondoy and Ninashanca. Depart on Day 18.

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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


Length: 18 days
Cost From: TBA  
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 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=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