The Cordillera Huayhuash (pronounced why-a-wash) is home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery found anywhere on Earth.
With several peaks exceeding 6,000m (19,690ft) within a stone's throw from the trail, the Huayhuash Circuit offers a uniquely close-up experience and striking views of towering mountains in all directions. The circuit can be completed in 5 - 18 days. Whichever way it's undertaken, this is a truly mesmerizing high altitude trek.
Entering the Huayhuash you'll experience a real 'wild west' atmosphere, and the sensation of remoteness deepens the more days you spend on the circuit. The trail is challenging with around one high pass each day, but is interspersed by peaceful descents towards beautiful, untouched glacial lakes.
During the best time to go, between April and September, calm sunny days will leave you in one of the world's more peaceful places. Be it windy and cold or calm and sunny, the hot springs at Viconga are always a very welcome resting spot.
Reaching the glacier of Cuyoc at the 5,000m (16,400ft) pass is a certain highlight, as is visiting the village of Huayllapa, a bustling community deep in the mountains. With good reason, this trek is often listed as one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world.
"With interesting itineraries amidst some of the finest scenery the Andes has to offer, their [Project Cordillera] sustainable trips which help support local Andean communities are highly recommended."
- Neil Pike, Author of “Peru’s Cordilleras Blanca & Huayhuash: a Hiking & Biking Guide”
While in Peru, don't miss Pachamanca, a traditional dinner guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Gather up and drive south of the Callejón de Huaylas to Chiquian and Quartelhuain. The trail begins with an ascent to Cacananpunta pass (4,700m) before descending to our campsite at Laguna Mitococha.
Climb to Carhuac pass (4,650m), appreciating views of the stunning peaks of Jirishanca and Yerupaja. Descend to our campsite at Laguna Carhuacocha.
You can either follow the donkey trail up a gradual route to Punta Carnicero pass (4,600m) or take the more demanding route towards Siula pass (4,800m) but to be rewarded by truly magnificent views of the three turquoise lakes at the foot of Siula peak.
Ascend to Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4,750m) with stunning views of Trapecio, Sueroraju and the Puscanturpas peaks. Arrive at camp in Viconga with an optional soak in the thermal baths of the same name.
Ascend the challenging Cuyoc pass (5,000m), with face-on views of this glaciated double peak. After dropping into the Huanacpatay Valley, a steep hike to San Antonio viewpoint (4,850m) is rewarded by the best mountain panoramas of the circuit. Hike a little further to our Huanacaptay campsite.
Descend the valley and pass through the village of Huayllapa before climbing to our campsite at Huatiac.
Scale a pair of 4,800m passes, with your efforts rewarded by majestic views of the surrounding peaks including Yerupaja, Jirishanca and Rondoy. Camp lakeside at Laguna Jahuacoha.
Rest day, so you can sit back and appreciate the vista. There are opportunities to climb to Laguna Solteracocha, observe a variety of striking Andean birds or enjoy some local culinary delights.
Depart early via the Pacllón Valley and descend to the village of Llamac where transport will return you to Huaraz around 5pm. Check into your hotel for a hot and well-deserved shower. Meet again for a celebratory feast that evening.
This is a 3-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.
This is a 8-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.