Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Trek
Peru, Trek & Walk, 21 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,495 (land only) - from $3,320 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Lima. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only services begin with the overnight stay in the group hotel in Lima.
Day 2: Boarding our comfortable bus, we make the long drive across the Punta Conococha (4100m) to the town of Huaraz (3091m), where we check in to the group hostal.
Day 3: We have a sightseeing and acclimatisation day in Huaraz, with the option of an easy 2-hour walk above the town. We will also visit the local craft market. Overnight in our hostal accommodation.
Day 4: Another acclimatisation day, with the option to make the 5-hour round trip towards a viewpoint near Quebrada Llaca (4200m), for views of Huascaran and other impressive peaks. Hostal.
Day 5: Heading south, after driving through Chiquian to Quero, we meet our trek crew and start walking as far as Marhuay where we camp in the grounds of the school.
Day 6: Today, we ascend beside the Rio Radiash and enter the Quebrada Radiash where we make camp (4170m). After lunch there are a few ridges that we can investigate for those with energy to spare.
Day 7: Diverting from the main Huayhuash trail, we cross two high passes, Punta Milau (4660m) and Punta Sacsa (4750m). Descending from this pass, we camp at Quartlehuin (4200m). Fantastic views of Yerapaja, Rondoy and Jirishanka today.
Day 8: We cross the Cacanampunta (4700m) pass and descend into Quebrada Caliente before entering a tributary valley which leads to Laguna Mitacocha (4200m). We set up camp below the lake at Janca. This striking glacial-blue lake is famous for its bird life, including Andean geese and ibis.
Day 9: We climb to the next pass, the Carhuac (4650m) and have views of Siula Grande from a nearby hill. We then descend to a camp at 4200 metres above Laguna Carhuacocha and beneath the impressive peaks of Yerupaja and Jirishanca.
Day 10: A long day, with a choice of routes via Punta Suila (4800m) or Punta Carnicero (4600m) to reach the small hamlet of Huayhuash. Camp. (4300m).
Day 11: For the next 3 days, we use our local knowledge to deviate from the 'normal route' and seek out the very best of the 'hidden' Huayhuash. We climb to cross the Portachullo de Huayhuash (4750m) and then descend to a camp below Trapecio (4500m).
Day 12: A steep ascent leads to Punta Trapecipo at 5000m where we have superb views of the Huayhuash and Rata peaks. We have various options from this pass to ascend other viewpoints before descending to our camp (4500m).
Day 13: We have the option of travelling down the Quanacpatay valley or crossing another pass to reach our next camp at Cototambo (4230m) from where we have a fantastic view of Siula Grande, and the chance of seeing condor and vicuna.
Day 14: A day for rest, exploration or contingency. There is the option of trekking up to Siula Grande basecamp or even higher to the crest of Passo Seria (5200m). A second night at our campsite in the Quanacpatay Valley.
Day 15: We trek down the valley to the village of Huyapplla and the ascend to reach Whatia, below Punta Tarpush (4800m). Camp at Whatia.
Day 16: Today, we cross the Punta Tarpush (4800m) and have the option to ascend Cerro Jyamy (5000m) from the pass. Views from the summit extend to Huascaran and the distant Cordillera Blanca. Descend to a lakeside camp. (4500m).
Day 17: After an initial descent, we trek up to the Punta Jahuacocha (4850m). There is the option of a short scramble from here to a peak with magical views of the Huayhuash range. A steep descent then leads to the lovely camp at Whacrish (4350m).
Day 18: We have the option to cross another pass to reach Jahuacocha, or take the more direct route with the crew. The campsite at Laguna Jahuachocha is one of the most beautiful in the whole of South America!
Day 19: Today we cross the final pass of the route, the Punta Llamac (4500m) and then descend to the village of Llamac (3250m). Here we say goodbye to our trek crew and meet our vehicles for the 5 hour drive back to Huaraz. Arriving in Huraz we check into our hotel and there will be time for a quick clean up before dinner and a soft bed!
Day 20: After an early start we set off for the drive back to Lima where we check into the group hotel.
Day 21: KE Land Only services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided between 9.00am and 10.00pm on this day.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.