Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Trek
Peru, Trek & Walk, 21 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €3,075 (land only) - from $3,540 (land only)
Trek with Val
Our Huayhuash trips are led by Val Pitkethly, long-time KE leader and Andean specialist. Val is an expert on the area, knows the local people and the best trekking routes.
- One of the `Classic Walks of the World`
- Superb high-level Andean trekking holiday
- The scene of Jo Simpson`s book, `Touching the Void`
- Experience indigenous Quechua Indian culture
- Off the beaten track trekking holiday in Peru
Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash, together with its larger and better-known northern neighbour, the Cordillera Blanca, provides arguably the best trekking and climbing in the whole of South America and the perfect area for a high level trekking holiday. The compact massif of the Huayhuash is famed for its dramatic mountain scenery, typified by fluted ice faces and knife-edge ridges. A stunning high-level trail makes an improbable circuit of this mountain group and provides trekking on a Himalayan scale. The area of the Huayhuash is also abundant in mineral wealth and every year new mining roads appear in the mountains. Our local knowledge and contacts in this area from more than 14 years of continuous operation, mean that we can adapt and maintain a flexible itinerary to avoid these roads. Presenting a rewarding challenge to regular hillwalkers, KE’s unique variation of this classic trek crosses a succession of high passes and takes us into remote valleys for views of Peru’s highest peaks, including Yerupaja (6634m) and Huascaran (6768m). We also visit Siula Grande, scene of Joe Simpson’s 'Touching the Void' epic. Towards the end of the trek, there is the option to make the straightforward ascent of Cerro Jyamy (5200m), which affords views of the entire range. With superb campsites beside green glacial lakes and the charming company of our Quechua Indian crew, this trip offers a fantastic South American experience.
Is this holiday for you?
This trekking holiday in the remote high valleys of the Cordillera Huayhuash involves a variety of trekking conditions, ranging from good trails between villages in the sparsely inhabited high valleys on the perimeter of the Huayhuash, to steep paths across scree on the approach to the highest passes on our route. It is possible that the highest passes may have a light covering of snow. This is a remote area, and the trekking is sustained and challenging on account of its overall length and the high alpine terrain, together with the many high passes on our route. The days are often long, with walking times of 7 hours plus. As there are so few trekkers on the route, the trails are often rocky and ill-defined making for more difficult walking. Please note that a considerable amount of time is spent at altitudes in excess of 4500m. We have allowed time for acclimatisation prior to setting off on trek from Huaraz and there is 1 rest / exploration day built into the itinerary.