by PROJECT CORDILLERA
Cordillera Blanca, Perú
Situated at 3,400 meters above sea level, the Trans-Cordillera Blanca Huascaran Circuit winds through numerous local pueblos, climbs across mountain passes, and features some of the most breathtaking, panoramic scenery in Perú.
Traveling over dirt and paved roads, riders can explore an abandoned mine and get up close and personal with glaciers and towering walls of sheer ice. This trip is not for the faint of heart as a series of climbs and descents, elongated curves, and switchback climbing trails make for some serious physical challenges.
This is mountain biking at its finest through some of the most impressive mountain scenery in the world. Over the course of 5 days, you’ll bike various challenging trails through the mountains and even have time for a hike to the magnificent Laguna Churup, a stunningly blue lake in Huascaran National Park.
The journey begins with Eucalyptus forests and pre-Incan ruins await you on the first day of your mountain biking expedition. Not to mention, you can rest your sore muscles at the Monterrey hot springs, a delight for any mountain biker. You’ll complete acclimatization rides to ensure you adjust to the high altitude appropriately before embarking on longer rides.
To make the expedition more comfortable, riders will be followed by transport to ensure safety, transport camping gear and provide meal preparation.
Customized options are available, including fully-inclusive travel itineraries, expedition services only, independent expedition support, and/or simply hiring a leading guide.
HUARAZ - MONTERREY - HUARAZ
First acclimatization ride from Huaraz through green fields, eucalyptus forests, and pueblos (3,250 m) featuring pre-Incan ruins. After a picnic lunch, continue at leisure to the hot springs at Monterrey and back to Huaraz.
Distance Cycled: 20 km.
Featuring magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca. You'll be able to identify Chopicalqui, Muruaraju and Caullaraju, among so many others. Camp on the shores of a wild mountain lake.
Distance Cycled: 24km
Ride Time: 3-4 hours
Altitude: 3100m - 3725m
CORDILLERA BLANCA - LAGUNA CHURUP
Ride downhill from Huaraz and then put the bikes in the car to arrive at Pitec, and start 5-6 hours of hiking to Laguna Churup. Laguna Churup is at the foot of the 5000m glacier Nevado Churup. After hiking back, you can downhill ride or take the car back to Huaraz. Overnight in the hotel.
Distance Cycled: 25km
Ride time: 2-3 hours
Altitude: 3100m - 4450m
PUNTA OLIMPICA PASS - HUARAZ
Begin biking in Carhuaz (2,650 m) to the Huascarán Circuit. Throuhg the village of Shilla (2910 m). Break for a drive to Quebrada Ulta. From here, cycle to Punta Olimpica Pass (4890 m) at the feet of Contrahierbas, Ulta and Huascarán. Return to Huaraz.
Distance Cycled: 45km
Ride time: 6-8 hours
Altitude: 3100m - 4890m - 2850m.
PASO PORTACHUELO - LAGUNA CHINANCOCHA
Travel through the Santa River valley via Quebrada Llanganuco - Cruze Cebollapampa (3850 m) where you'll start biking to Paso Portachuelo (6650 m). Ride downhill to Laguna Chinancocha and Orcococha (3800 m). Return to Huaraz.
Distance Cycled: 32km
Ride Time: 4-5 hours
Altitude: 4200m - 4890m - 2900