One of the Great Alpine Hikes in the World

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


The phenomenal ice range of the Cordillera Huayhuash is renowned for its knife-edged 20,000-foot peaks and deep azure lakes. Seven of Peru’s highest mountains rise from this striking massif,  and it was here that gripping mountain drama Touching the Void took place. Ours is a world-class trek that makes a complete circle of the range, crossing seven high passes with near-constant panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Yerupajá (21,759’), the second highest mountain in Peru, and the icy fang of Jirishanca (20,099’). We only offer this adventure every two years—now is the time to go!

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: $4795  
Arrive: Lima, Peru
Depart: Lima, Peru
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 12 nights full-service camping
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners (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