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Trekking North of Peru
Trekking North of Peru

Trekking Tours in Northern Peru

Amazing Trekking Tours visiting Glacial Peaks, Misty Mountains and Ancient Kingdoms of Northern Peru

Dates- May to November

Prices - from €65 per person per day

Accommodation - hotels from €30 per person per night (sharing)

The Cumbres Verdes (Green Peaks) are well known to the local spanish Granadinos as they are very close to the Granada ring road (20 mins), so access is easy. In spite of this the walking is quiet and unspoilt and has a certain attraction missing in the higher and wilder Sierra Nevada. Lush green valleys fight with arid badlands for possesion of the land and this gives varied and interesting scenery and views.

Walking grades (days)
3x Moderate 1x Challenging

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Travel North West from Peru’s capital, across the driest desert on Earth and you’ll encounter the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash, our planet’s highest and most dramatic tropical mountain ranges. In the Cordillera Blanca scores of mighty 6000m peaks rise above glacier carved valleys and azure lakes, forming a rugged mountainous backbone to the east of the regional capital of Huaraz, our base in a truly unique region. Join us in an adventure to a land that’s a unique and formidable paradise for trekkers and climbers alike.

The equally impressive and more remote range of the Cordillera Huayhuash – scene of Joe Simpson’s magnificent tale of mountaineering fear and survival, Touching the Void- provides one of the finest trekking circuits not only in South America, but worldwide. This is a rugged and magical landscape, a compact ‘island’ of high peaks rising from already impressive high plains and foothills. To truly appreciate this region you have to walk its high passes and see for yourself it’s near vertical glacier clad faces.

Trekking Itineraries - Cordillera Huayhuash Trek or Cordillera Blanca Alpamayo Circuit?

In the itineraries given below you can either choose to complete the Cordillera Huayhuash Trek or the Cordillera Blanca Alpamayo Circuit. These itineraries can be adjusted to suite your interests. If these circuits are too long, many shorter treks can also be arranged so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Optional Extensions for after the Mountain Trekking?

Had enough of the mountains yet? Why not extend your odyssey and join us on an adventure to Peru’s far north, to a huge, mysterious pre-Inca city, rising from misty cloud forests on the edge of the Amazon Basin. This is the ancient citadel of Kuelap, little visited but truly magnificent in scale. In the cloud forested wilderness you will also find strange mummies at the Laguna de los Condors, burial towers and sacred sites on remote hill tops. The little known indigenous cultures in this part of Peru were great powers more than a thousand years before the emergence of the Incas.

Getting there - the first 3 days

Day 1: In Lima
Arrive in Lima, Peru’s huge, sprawling colonial capital. We can meet you at the airport for a taxi transfer to your hotel in Miraflores, a short walk from the Pacific Ocean. This is a free day or relax or explore as you wish. Depending on your time of arrival you might well have time to walk to the coast or explore Lima’s colonial ‘old city’.

Day 2: Bus or Plane to Huaraz (Arrive in Huaraz)
Today we will travel by comfortable intercity bus the city of Huaraz – crossing a section of the barren Atacama Desert, before heading into the central Peruvian Andes. The bus usually takes about 7-8 hours on generally good roads. Flights may also be arranged – and the flight to Huaraz takes only about 1 hour but is considerably more expensive. (Circa US$150 pp). Please enquire if you’re interested in this option.

Day 3 Acclimatization Day in Huaraz (Visit to Chavin de Huantar optional)
Today you have the option of exploring the 2500 year old fortress of Chavin de Huantar – an incredible temple structure boasting strange carved heads and a remarkable system of tunnels and water channels. Although around a 4 hour bus journey from Huaraz each way this site is remarkable and well worth exploring. A visit to Chavin also offers a good acclimatisation day, getting out and about and having a casual walk at just over 3000m above sea level. You can also just relax and explore Huaraz and its surrounds at your own pace.

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Day 4 : Huaraz to Llamac via Chiquián by road
We drive from Huaraz to Chiquiàn, enjoying distant views of the awesome Huayhuash range from afar. From Chiquián we descend to a cactus-and-scrub environment and continue to the village of Llamac (3300m) where we set up our first camp. 4 to 5 hours drive. Camp is a short distance from the village.

Day 5: Hike from Llamac to Quartel Huain
We walk gradually up the Quebrada Llamac valley along the course of the Rio Llamac, passing through the small villages of Pocpa and Pallca. In 2005 a new road between Llamac and Quartel Huain was completed, and for much of the way we follow this rarely-used road; the scenery is so interesting and beautiful that the road is barely noticed anyway.

Today is a relaxing hike with no steep ascents; it is also an extremely valuable extra acclimatisation day before crossing our first pass tomorrow. Beyond Pallca, the way opens up into a wide U-shaped grassy valley with rolling hills and flanked by broad expanses of quenual (polylepis sp.) forest. We camp at Quartel Huain (4200m).

Approx 18kms - 6 to 7 hours walking

Day 6: Quartel Huain to Laguna Mitucocha via Cacanan Punta pass
This morning we cross our first pass, Cacanan Punta (4700m). Here, at the Continental Divide, we sometimes observe the Andean Condor flying overhead. We descend to the Jalca plain and on to our camp at the beautiful Laguna Mitucocha Lake (4220m), located at the foot of the stunning Jirishanka Grande peak, and those of its neighbours Rondoy and Ninashanca. If you have the energy, there’s the option this afternoon of walking around the lake or up to one of the nearby hanging valleys. Please note that it may not be possible to camp on the shores of the lake – this is to protect local peoples grazing rights. If we can’t camp at the lake shore we choose a location about 15 minutes walk away.

Approx 12kms - 6 hours

Day 7: Laguna Mitucocha lake to Laguna Carhuacocha lake, via Punta Carhuac Pass
We flank the Jalca floodplain then ascend south to the Paso de Carhuac pass (4650m). From here an awesome panorama suddenly comes into view; a row of Huayhuash giants: Yerupajá Grande, the second highest mountain in Peru is 6634m, Yerupajá Chico(6121m) and Siulá Grande (6344m), of “Touching the Void” fame. From here we descend to our camp at the large Laguna Carhuacocha lake (4150m), with the chance en route of spotting Viscacha rodents among the moronic debris. From our camp we look directly up the lake to the peaks and ice fields of the famous Siula Grande, Yerupajá Grande and Chico and Jirishanka Chico.

Approx 12kms - 6 hours

Note: If the weather is good and you are feeling strong, we can take an alternative and far more demanding route between the Laguna Mitucocha and Carhuacocha lakes via a 4800m pass, with great close-up views of Jirishanca Chica and a beautiful deep-blue high lake. There is no track to follow on the alternative route, and a short section of scrambling on rock has to be negotiated, so we only use this route for very fit and experienced trekkers.

Day 8: Free Day at Laguna Carhuacocha for Rest or Day Hike
We spend an extra night in this idyllic spot to enjoy our spectacular surroundings. You could take a half-day hike around the lake, maybe taking in a hanging valley at the foot of Jirishanka Chico, or a day hike up to the three glacial fed lakes at the base of Siula Grande. Alternatively, have a rest day or catch some trout for dinner!

Day 9: Laguna Carhuacocha lake to Huayhuash or Laguna Carnicero lake
We leave Laguna Carhuacocha behind heading east, then turning up a side valley, ascend southwards towards the Paso Carnicero pass (4600m). It is not a difficult climb, although we will still feel the altitude. We make an easy descent to camp either at the isolated Laguna Carnicero (or Juraucocha) lake (4400m) or 30 minutes further on at another camp among a sprinkling of local farm homes in the open Huayhuash valley (4330m)

Approx 12kms - 5 to 6 hours

Note: Weather permitting, we can take the alternative, more demanding and spectacular route via the glacial lakes of Siula and Quesillococha at the foot of Siula Grande, which then ascends, steeply at times, to a 4800m pass. The views of the mountains and glaciers during the ascent are very close and spectacular, and we often see avalanche ice floating in the lakes. The descent to Laguna Carnicero and Huayhuash takes us across - or around - a vast flood plain of “cushion grass”. Those with sharp eyes may spot the graceful, elusive Vicuña - wild relative of the Alpaca - which live in this region. 7 to 8 hours

Day 10: Huayhuash or Laguna Carnicero to Viconga camp
We climb to the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4750m) on a steady gradient. From here, looking southeast, we see a new collection of nearby snow peaks; this is the Cordillera Raura range and the nearby snow peak of Leon Huacanan. We descend to and skirt around the large Laguna Viconga lake – look out for Alpacas - before walking up the valley for ½ hour to set up camp (4480m). There are some, al fresco open air hot springs near Viconga, so a hot bath could certainly be appreciated!

Approx 12kms - 6½ hours (Bring a swimsuit + 5 soles entrance fee)

Day 11: Viconga Camp to Quebrada Huanacpatay Valley via Punta Cuyoc
Today we cross our highest pass, Punta Cuyoc, with a sustained uphill hike of 2 to 3 hours to a breathtaking 5000m. The panoramas here are wonderful: to the southeast we see the sharply serrated ridge of the Cordillera Raura, and to the north, several of the giants of the Huayhuash range are seen from a new perspective. Sarapo (6127m) is also seen for the first time. The initial 50m of the descent is quite steep and loose, becoming easier as we continue descending quickly to the broad Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, where we stop for lunch. We then have a relaxing and easy hike down the valley to our camp (4300m).

Approx 10kms - 6 to 7 hours

Day 12: Huanacpatay Valley to Huatiac Camp, via Huayllapa Village
This is a hard day because we have a sustained climb to camp late in the day. We begin by resuming our descent of the Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, culminating in a steep switchback drop off the Huanacpatay valley before turning west into the agricultural Quebrada Huayllapa valley (the first sign of crops for over a week). We continue until, just before the tiny village of Huayllapa (the first since Llamac and last before we return to Llamac), we begin a hard climb in the afternoon of about 2 to 2½ hours to our campsite high up on the flat pasture of Huatiac (4350m).

Approx 15kms - 7 hours

Day 13: Long Day Huatiac to Laguna Jahuacocha lake, via the Tapush & Yaucha Passes
A long, tough day today sees us cross two passes but you will be well acclimatised and feeling fit by now. First we complete the climb to the Punta Tapush pass (4750m), then descend past Laguna Susucocha for 1 to 1½ hours before turning east and climbing again to the Punta Yaucha (4800m) pass. During the descent the peaks of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupajá, Rasac (6017m) and Sacra come into view. We follow the Quebrada Huacrish valley to its confluence with the Quebrada Jahuacocha valley and descend on zigzags to our picturesque camp at the head of the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (4150m). Across the lake from our camp we enjoy one of the best panoramas in the Andes; the west face of the highest peaks in the range rising dramatically skyward. Here you can see Jirishanca, Yerupajá Grande with its vast snaking glacier, Yerupajá Chico and Rondoy.

Approx 20kms - 8 hours

NOTE / Alternative: If you are feeling tired or struggling with altitude, there is an alternative option to make this longer day into two short days. There is a camp site between the two passes by a small lake at a campsite named Cashpapampa. You would need to delete the extra day spent at Laguna Jahuacocha. Discuss with your guide the evening of day 12 when you arrive at Huatiac

Day 14: Extra Day at Laguna Jahuacocha
We stay at Jahuacocha for a well deserved rest day and maybe some trout fishing. You may choose to take an optional day hike to Laguna Solteracocha (4120m), a moraine-enclosed glacial lake beyond Jahuacocha, and then further towards Punta Sambuya pass (4750m) at the base of Nevado Rondoy peak for some truly awesome close-up views of Yerupajá, Jirishanka and Rondoy. Or if you want a more demanding hike, we can climb up Cerro Amarrillo peak (5000m) for views over the whole Huayhuash range and down into Quartel Huain where we camped on our second night. The latter is a tough day hike and on the top you walk along an exposed section of ridge. There is also a short section of the descent on shingle scree, but it is worth the effort for the breathtaking views.

Day 15: Walk from Jahuacocha to Llamac via the Llamac pass. Drive to Huaraz
After an early start and gentle descent for an hour, we start our gradual climb to the final pass, Pampa Llamac (4300m), from where we have our final views of much of the Huayhuash range. Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac.

Approx 14kms - 5½ to 6 hours

In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz and your hotel for that long-awaited hot shower!! We arrive in Huaraz at about 06:00pm.

Hiking Hours & Kms Hiked:

Hiking hours are estimated times including rest breaks and lunch stop. Times are for our average groups based on past experience. Some people may be much faster and others slower. Kms hiked are estimated. Trek Roads: Access roads to and from treks are generally dirt mountain roads (not paved) and in some places can be bumpy. Road travel times are slower than you may expect for the kms travelled.

Day 16: Return to Lima or head North
Return to Lima or head north to Chiclayo to begin you’re exploration of Chachapoyas, it verdant cloud forest and incredible archaeological sites – many of which were ancient by the time the Incas came to power.

The itinerary described here is for the 12 day trek. There are options to do the same route in 10 or 11 days. Contact us for further details

Cordillera Blanca Alpamayo Circuit

Day 4: Drive to Cashapampa. Hike up the Santa Cruz valley to Llamacorral
From Huaraz we drive along the broad Callejón de Huaylas valley to Caraz, then up to the village of Cashapampa (2900m). 97kms and 3 hours driving. Approaching Cashapampa we have our first view of Nevado Santa Cruz, an imposing pyramidal snow peak. We begin our trek with a steady ascent through the lower Santa Cruz valley, following a tumbling river as we go. The first 2 hours are through a steep-sided gorge, with the going occasionally tough as the continuous ascent and usually hot conditions take their toll. By early afternoon, however, the gradient begins to level out and the valley to open out onto cooler puna grasslands as we approach our first camp, close to the river at Llamacorral (3750m).

Approx 8 ½ kms - 5 hours

Note: Today can be a demanding first day for those lacking in fitness or acclimatisation.

Day 5: Llamacorral to Taullipampa, with optional Arhuaycocha side trip
Today we enjoy an easier day’s walk up the open valley to our camp at Taullipampa (4250m). The direct route takes about 4 hours. The going is mostly flat as we pass two lakes (Laguna Ichiccocha and the larger Jatuncocha), with the final hour to Taullipampa camp mostly uphill. During the day’s hike, the neighbouring peaks of Quitaraju (6,040m) and the famous Alpamayo South Face (5,947m) come briefly into view. An optional, and recommended, side trip from Quisuar up a zigzagging trail takes you to the hanging Arhuaycocha valley and beyond to Alpamayo Base Camp and Laguna Arhuaycocha. This optional detour allows closer views of Alpamayo (once voted the world’s most beautiful mountain), Artesonraju (6,025m) and Quitaraju, before traversing via a little-used track to our Taullipampa camp. Our camp is situated almost at the base of the beautiful Taulliraju snow peak, and is surrounded by others, including Paria, Artesonraju and Rinrijirca (5,810m). Approx 8kms direct Llamacorral to Taullipampa.

4 hours hiking or add 1 to 3 hours extra if hike towards Alpamayo Base Camp

Day 6: Taullipampa to the Tuctubamba via Punta Union pass
From Taullipampa camp, we ascend steadily on a good path for some 2½ to 3 hours, gradually nearing the continental divide at Punta Union pass (4750m). Most will feel some shortness of breath on the approach, as the altitude takes its effect; consequently we aim to take our time. From the pass we enjoy stunning views of several snow peaks, including Rinrijirca, Pucajirca (6050m), Artesonraju and the nearby Nevado Taulliraju (5830m), a towering, jagged presence. Looking back down the Santa Cruz Valley, we see Lake Jutuncocha in the distance. From the pass it is a descent sometimes steeply down the trail to camp at Tuctubamba (4200m).

Approx 9kms - 6 hours

Day 7: Tuctubamba to Laguna Huecrococha, via Pass Alto de Pucaraju
We climb steeply on a rocky trail to the top of the Alto de Pacaraju Pass (4650m). At the pass there are magnificent views of many peaks and at 5830m the Nevado Taulliraju mountain towers over us. We then have a long descent - initially on switchbacks, then on a sweeping path - down through lupin covered hillside and quenual (polylepis sp.) forest to camp at a small lake, Laguna Huecrococha, at 3950m.

Approx 7 ½ kms - 7 hours

Day 8: Huecrococha to Jancapampa, via Tupatupa Pass
After a short initial descent, we climb gradually, then more steeply to the Tupatupa pass (4400m), with views back to several big snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, including Pucajirca Norte (6050m), and then descend to camp at the top of a wide valley at Jancapampa (3600m). Directly behind camp we have views of a huge hanging glacier releasing waterfalls down a broad, horseshoe-shaped wall of granite hundreds of metres high. A lot of farming families live in the valley, and we will be visited at camp by some of the friendly local people and curious, happy children.

Approx 12kms - 7 to 8 hours

Day 9: Jancapampa to Safuna via Pucajirca pass
We start with a long climb - gradual in parts, steeper in others - up a forested valley with occasional clearings, to the beautiful Laguna Sactaycocha Lake. From here, now amid grassy shrubland, we climb steeply to the top of the rocky Paso Pucajirca pass (4600m). On a clear day, the awesome Pucajirca Norte can be seen rising steeply to the southwest. We descend to camp at Safuna in the Quebrada Tayapmapa (4200m), passing a large Alpaca flock at Huillca. A long day.

Approx 14kms - 7 to 8 hours

Day 10: Safuna to Cruce Alpamayo via Mesapata and Cara Cara Passes
We cross two passes today. The first is via a gradual, grassy ascent to the Mesapata Pass (4500m). We then enjoy a long traverse, skirting around swamp lands, and continue with a steep climb to the high and sometimes windy Cara Cara Pass (4830m). From here we get our first great views of the pyramid shaped Alpamayo (5947m), its neighbouring peaks Jancarurish and Quitaraju (6036m), and Laguna Jancarurish lake directly below us. We descend to camp below the majestic Alpamayo at the camp named Cruce Alpamayo (4150m).

Approx 10kms - 7 hours

Extra day Cruce Alpamayo for Rest or Side Trips and to Enjoy Panoramas

Day 12: Cruce Alpamayo to Plataforma de Valle Dos Cedros
Tomorrow is a hard day so today we take it easy with a relaxing hike, initially descending down the valley Quebrada Dos Cedros for 2 hours to Ruinapampa before a final hour of uphill hiking on a zigzag path to our secluded campsite on a plateau away from the main trail (4200m). From the camp we can admire the jagged peaks of Milluacocha & Tayapampa.

Approx 7kms - 3 hours

Day 13: Plataforma de Valle Dos Cedros to Laguna Cullicocha, via Vientunan & Osoruri passes
This is a hard day with two big passes to cross. We start with a long climb towards the south on a well-used trail to the Paso Vientunan pass (4770m). We then descend for about 150 metres and climb again to a second pass, Paso Osoruri (also called Cullicocha) (4860m). As we begin our descent, there are fabulous views of the surrounding mountains, especially the magnificent triple summit of Santa Cruz (6259m). We camp at the crystal blue Laguna Cullicocha Lake (4650m); from camp we have a phenomenal view of Santa Cruz at the top of the lake.

Approx 9kms - 6 to 7 hours

Day 14: Long descent to Hualcayan village. Vehicle to Huaraz
It’s a long downhill from here all the way from Laguna Cullicocha via switchbacks and traverses to the last, long zigzag track down to the village of Hualcayan (2900m).

Approx 11kms - 5 to 6 hours

Our private van will be waiting for us at Hualcayan to drive us about 4 hours 116kms back to Huaraz.

Day 15: Return to Lima or head north
Return to Lima or head north to Chiclayo to begin you’re exploration of Chachapoyas, its verdant cloud forest and incredible archaeological sites – many of which were ancient by the time the Incas came to power.

The itinerary described here is for the 11 day trek. There are options to do the same route in 10 or 11 days. Contact us for further details

Time and When to Trek in the Peruvian Andes

The best months for trekking are May to September. This is the period when the weather is generally more settled (although we can never guarantee good weather in the mountains & weather can change rapidly).

May and September are shoulder months with fewer other trekkers on the trails than the period June to August. May is at the end of the rainy season, the weather is often improving with often clear skies, everything is fresh and green following the rains and there are lots of wild flowers. September is at the end of the season, often there is very good weather for trekking and it can be more relaxing with fewer large groups around.

NOTE: That weather conditions in the Andes are changing. Whereas in the past there was a defined wet & dry season, this is now not so much the situation. There can be periods of unsettled weather with cloud and rain at any time, even in the months so-called the “dry months” of June to August and you do need to be prepared that there may be some bad weather at any time.


All trekking in the Huaraz area is demanding on the body because you are above 4000m for almost the entire length of the treks and you go up to high altitudes quickly after you depart from Huaraz. It is important to be well acclimatised to avoid possible altitude related illness.

Altitude symptoms vary but can include headache, nausea or vomiting, breathlessness, lack of appetite, stomach problems, extreme lethargy and lack of energy, inability to sleep from mild to severe in extent. In extreme cases pulmonary or cerebral oedema are possible

We do recommend that you arrive in Huaraz 2 full days before the trek departs to help you become acclimatised to the altitude. It is advisable to have two full days in Huaraz to recover from your travel and do day hikes to higher altitude to help with acclimatisation before departing for the trek. We can organise day hikes for you.

Grading and Fitness

Trek & climb grading and walking times are average estimates only for people of good fitness and who are well acclimatised to the altitude. Some people will be faster and others will find it more difficult and be slower. The effects of altitude do make the trekking & climbing much harder than a similar trek closer to sea level and different people adjust to the altitude in a different timeframe.

You need to have good fitness and be able to hike a sustained and at times steep uphill for up to 3 hours to the top of the high passes without distress and manage the long descents down from the passes to be able to enjoy these treks, and also be able to manage several nights sleeping in tents in sometimes cold conditions.

Hiking days can be long – up 6 to 8 hours for people who are hiking slowly, so good fitness is necessary.

NOTE that most trekking options in the Cordillera Blanca & Huayhuash should be considered to be physically demanding owing to the altitude (you are above 4000m for the duration of the treks) and the mountainous nature of the terrain. Trails are often steep – both ascending and descending and can be slippery & rocky in places. Trails are not specifically constructed paths and they are not maintained, they are dirt trails also used by animals and are uneven underfoot in places.

If you do not think you can enjoy this type of trekking, let us know and we can suggest some easier options.

Travel Options from Lima to Huaraz

Tourist Bus

Tourist bus is a non-stop service, there is an on board toilet and a light lunch is served. There are VIP seats available which are equivalent to first class seats, are extra large, have extra leg room & are reclining. Bus journey is around 9 hours.

Private Mini Bus

A private service in mini-bus can be arranged for an extra charge: please contact us if you would like this option.

Internal flights from Lima to Huaraz

Please bear in mind the following

IMPORTANT: This airline is not always reliable and does change the flight schedule, times of the flights or even the days of the week it will fly with little or in some cases no notice. We cannot recommend using the flight service unless you have some extra time in your itinerary which will allow you to adjust your travel plans at late notice (either fly on another day or travel by bus) should the airline change the scheduling of your flight. The aircraft is Dash 8 with 37 seats. Luggage allowance is only 15 kgs of hold luggage and 5 kgs of hand luggage. Excess luggage is charged at US$1.80 per kg

IMPORTANT: Once tickets are issued the date of travel cannot be changed without payment of an extra fee. In NO circumstances can the name of the passenger be changed. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If you miss your flight due to ANY circumstances, a new ticket must be purchased. You can buy tickets direct on line at: www.lcperu.pe

We can also buy tickets if you do not wish to buy direct on line, but we need to charge a BOOKING FEE of approx. US$15 per ticket One Way / US$20 per return ticket. We would buy the cheapest tickets on sale for you available at the time of purchase. The price includes one hour wait at airport for delayed flight. There is a small extra charge for waiting for a delayed flight in excess of one hour. Repeated trips to the airport in the case of extensive flight delays or cancellations will be charged as an extra transfer.

Dates and Prices

Dates 2017

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Available from May to September (on both treks). Please enquire

Prices 2016

€2950 per person (based on a group of 8 sharing)

Enquire for 2017 prices

On the Trek - Price Includes

You will be accompanied by a professional tour leader, a qualified trekking guide, a cook, a donkey driver and donkeys, and assistants. Donkeys carry your main luggage and all the food, tents and equipment. You only carry a day pack with raincoat, warm jacket, hat and gloves, water bottle, snack, camera, sunscreen etc. On day trips you only need to carry a day pack and the above equipment.


  • Comfortable upper mid-range hotels in Huaraz and Lima
  • Comfortable bus transport to and from Huaraz from Lima
  • Professional Tour Leader throughout the journey: Fluent English and Spanish speaker
  • Qualified & licensed trek guide: English speaking
  • Cook during the trek
  • Assistants to guide & cook (porters) while trekking
  • Donkeys and donkey drivers on the trek
  • Rescue horse on the trek
  • Meals (breakfast, all snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, large dinner) during the trek
  • Client Tents while trekking – roomy double tents / twin share
  • Single tents if requested available (extra charge applies, please request if wanted, limited number available)
  • Dining tent with table and chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent, tents for crew while walking
  • Thermo rest sleeping mattress whilst trekking
  • First Aid Kit
  • All cooking equipment, plates, cups, utensils etc
  • Private trek transport in a well maintained vehicle
  • Huascaran National Park Ticket
  • Cordillera Huayhuash community camping fees
  • Lima & Huaraz airport transfers


  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights
  • Lima & Huaraz airport or bus-station transfers
  • Meals and drinks in the city (other than breakfast in hotels)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Repatriation back to Huaraz if departing trek early
  • Extra hotel nights due to program changes
  • Cost associated with Confirmation of flights
  • Cost associated tracking lost luggage with airlines


  • Costs associated with lost luggage & reconfirmation of flight tickets
  • Excess luggage charges (Tourist bus charge one Nuevo sole per kg excess over 20kgs)
  • Private travel, trek & mountaineering insurance
  • All rescue & evacuation costs if departing the trek early for any reason, including but not limited to personnel, transport, equipment, medical & additional accommodation costs
  • Additional costs associated with any change of program for any reason
  • Additional hotel nights requested for any reason

Gear List

Donkeys carry your main trek bag with your sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc. You need to provide your own trek bag (see gear list below). Please keep weight to 15kg maximum in your trek bag. Pack all belongings and sleeping bags inside waterproof plastic liners or bags inside your trek bag.


  • Sleeping Bag – a good quality 4 season sleeping bag. Night time temperatures can fall to as low as: Alpamayo circuit treks – as low as minus - 8 to - 10 degrees °C Huayhuash Treks – as low as - 8 to -10 degrees °C. These are night time air temperatures. The ground temperatures will be MUCH colder and your sleeping bag needs to have a warmth rating warmer than the minimum estimated air temperature. We recommend good quality brand sleeping bags with a MINIMUM warmth rating of - 15 °C to ensure you can stay warm in your tent at night on the coldest nights. People who naturally feel cold at night will need warmer bags & may need a bag rated to around - 20 °C
  • Sleeping bag liner (recommended – to keep the inside of your bag clean)
  • Day backpack – to carry your things for the day. Raincoat, warm fleece, lunch, water bottle, camera etc
  • Large trek bag or backpack – to carry your main gear on donkeys. A sports bag, divers gear bag or duffle or a soft frame backpack are good. (a hard suitcase is not suitable)
  • Line backpacks and trek bags with waterproof plastic liner to keep belongings dry if there is rain OR pack all your belongings into waterproof plastic bags inside your trek bag
  • Hiking boots (Comfortable and well worn in)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Waterproof raincoat and overtrousers
  • Warm wool or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Water bottle 2lts recommended (needs to be able to take hot water) OR a camelback
  • Trainers or sports sandals for wearing around the camp
  • Fast drying trekking trousers or shorts (NOT jeans)
  • Tee shirts or fast dry hiking shirts for walking in
  • Thermal underwear (long underpants & long undershirt), or microfleece garments
  • Fleece top for walking in
  • Down Jacket (recommended) or Thick warm fleece jacket to wear at night (it can be VERY cold, especially in the Cordillera Huayhuash)
  • Fleece Trousers (to wear at night)
  • Socks – for walking, and warm pairs for at night
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Small towel (compact, fast drying trekking towels are a good option)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & lipscreen
  • A small bottle of hand disinfectant, for hand washing during the hiking day
  • Earplugs are a good idea!
  • Small roll of duct tape
  • Insect Repellent
  • Head torch and spare batteries + bulb
  • Camera + spare batteries. Plus keep in mind that batteries in digital cameras become flat very quickly in cold, high altitude surroundings. Bring fully charged spare batteries for the trek
  • First Aid Kit – if you not sure what to bring ask your doctor. We carry a basic first aid kit for accidents and emergencies, but you’ll also need own personal kit and medicines. There are some drugs available that can help with acclimatization and for treating mild altitude sickness symptoms (e.g. Diamox) and for stomach problems – ask your doctor
  • Water purification tablets or liquid
  • A good book/novel is good idea
  • A roll of toilet paper to carry in your day pack
  • A swimsuit for enjoying the thermal baths on the Huayhuash Circuit


  • Travel Clothes
  • A lockable bag – you can leave extra gear you don’t need on the trek in your hotel in a lockable bag for safekeeping
  • Money belt or pouch
  • A few spare pens or pencils are nice to carry – to give kids you meet on the way
  • Copies of passports and travel insurance certificates (you need to carry a copy of your passport on the trek). You can leave the originals in your hotel whilst on the trek

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