The spectacular ice range of the Cordillera Huayhuash is full of knife-edged 20,000-foot peaks that attract adventurers from around the world. Our magnificent trek circles this dramatic range, crossing seven high passes with sweeping panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Yerupajá (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 turquoise lakes that bejewel the Huayhuash region. Vast blue skies and a profusion of edelweiss and purple lupine add to the allure of this 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 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.
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.
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.
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.