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 June 1-18, 2015 & August 2-19, 2015

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

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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
Jun 1-18, 2015  Peter Boehm
Aug 2-19, 2015  Holly Wissler

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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Extension Costs
Cusco and Machu Picchu Extension
   from: $2795

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.).

Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

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

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 ...
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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.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Peter Boehm

Departure Dates: June 1-18, 2015

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 ...
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Holly Wissler

Departure Dates: August 2-19, 2015

Holly Wissler, a musician and ethnomusicologist, is one of our most experienced and gifted Trip Leaders, drawing upon her many years of trekking and living in Peru and Nepal. Holly is deeply passionate about Andean culture and music, the topic of her PhD in ethnomusicology and the focus of two ...
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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