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Highlights

  • 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Lima. Transfers from Lima Airport are provided during the day.
  • Drive to Huaraz (3091m), taking in a section of the Pan American Highway.
  • Acclimatisation day in Huaraz (3091m).
  • Additional acclimatisation day around Huaraz.
  • Drive to Quero, meet support crew. Short walk to Marhuay (3700m) for first night camping.
  • Trek from Marhuay to the Valley of the Condors (4170m).
  • Trek over two passes, the highest - Punta Sacsa (4750m), to camp above Quartlehuin (4200m).
  • Trek across the Cacanampunta Pass (4700m) to Janca below Laguna Mitacocha (4200m).
  • Trek to the spectacular camp at Laguna Carhuacocha (4200m).
  • Trek to Huayhuash Village (4350m).
  • Using local routes we trek to camp below Trapecio (4500m).
  • Trek across the Punta Trapecio (5000m) past azure lakes to camp at (4500m).
  • Trek to Cototambo at the end of the Quanacpatay Valley (5000m).
  • Contingency day or rest day. Optional walk to Siula Grande Base Camp.
  • Trek to the foot of the Punta Tarpush (4800m).
  • Trek to camp at 4500m, optional ascent of Cerro Jyamy (5000m).
  • Trek to Punta Jahuacocha (4850m), maybe see some Condors. Descent to Quebrada Whacrish camp (4350m).
  • Trek to Laguna Jahuacocha either directly or via a high pass.
  • Cross the final pass, Punta Llamac (4400m), descend to the road head. Drive to Huaraz.
  • Drive to Lima.
  • Departure day. Lima Airport transfers are provided during the day time.
2017
Sat 27 May - Fri 16 Jun Code PHH /01/17/ Adult$3,705 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PHH /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 27 May and departs on Fri 16 Jun
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes group nights in Lima only (n/a in hostal in Huaraz)
  • Single Tent $295
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  • Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PHH /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 08 Jul and departs on Fri 28 Jul
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes group nights in Lima only (n/a in hostal in Huaraz)
  • Single Tent $295
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  • Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PHH /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 05 Aug and departs on Fri 25 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes group nights in Lima only (n/a in hostal in Huaraz)
  • Single Tent $295
2018
Sat 26 May - Fri 15 Jun Code PHH /01/18/ Adult$3,705 Status Available Book now
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  • Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PHH /01/18/
  • This tour begins on Sat 26 May and departs on Fri 15 Jun
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes group nights in Lima only (n/a in hostal in Huaraz)
  • Single Tent $295
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Lima, Peru. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Lima Chavez International airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Lima. Transfers from Lima Airport are provided during the day.

    Meet at the group hotel in Lima, situated in the modern Miraflores district of the city. A complimentary airport transfer is provided for all clients arriving in Lima between 9am and 10pm. We meet our trip leader who will give an informal briefing on the days ahead. KE Land Only services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Drive to Huaraz (3091m), taking in a section of the Pan American Highway.

    An early morning departure for the 8-hour drive in a comfortable bus to the town of Huaraz, which is the capital of the district known as Ancash. Our route follows the Pan American Highway to Pativilca, where we head inland, climbing from sea level to the pass called Punta Conococha at an altitude of 4100 metres in just 3 hours driving. From the pass, we have our first views of the peaks of the Huayhuash. Dropping down from the pass, we continue to Huaraz, where we check in to the Hostal Columba which is a beautiful old Hacienda owned by one of the oldest families in Huaraz. Altitude: 3091 metres.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Acclimatisation day in Huaraz (3091m).

    A sightseeing and acclimatisation day in Huaraz. An easy 2-hour walk above the town, either taking a picnic or returning to town for lunch. We can also take the opportunity to visit the local craft market, which is set up each evening along the main thoroughfare of the Luzuriaga. The best goods on offer are excellent, locally made woollen and leather items.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Additional acclimatisation day around Huaraz.

    Today we have the option to make the 5-hour round trip to a viewpoint, Quebrada Llaca, which will provide us with fantastic views of lots of impressive peaks: Ranraopalca, Vallunaraju, Oschapalca and a host of other peaks in the area. Return to Huaraz.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Drive to Quero, meet support crew. Short walk to Marhuay (3700m) for first night camping.

    Leaving Huaraz and heading south, we make the 2 hour drive to the small town of Chiquian (3400m). We now follow a rough road with good views of Yerupaja, the highest peak of the Huayhuash and the second highest in Peru. Crossing the low point of the entire route at the Cora Bridge (2700m), we continue driving to Quero (this depends on the state of the new road) where we meet our arrieros and burros. On this part of our route it can be very hot - up to 25°C. From here, we trek to Marhuay (3700m) where we camp in the grounds of the school.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek from Marhuay to the Valley of the Condors (4170m).

    From our camp, we begin a gradual ascent alongside the Rio Radiash to enter the Quebrada Radiash, where we make camp (4170m). Before lunch, there are a couple of hills above camp to tackle to assist with further acclimatisation.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek over two passes, the highest - Punta Sacsa (4750m), to camp above Quartlehuin (4200m).

    This diversion from the main Huayhuash trail takes us into some pretty wild country, making a gradual ascent to the first of two passes, Punta Milau (4660m). From the pass, we descend a short distance and then re-ascend and follow a rising traverse where we continue to the second pass, Punta Sacsa (4750m). From the pass we descend to our lunch spot From here we have a short ascent over a small ridge and from here a long descent then takes us to camp at 4200 metres, set near to the stone corals of Quartlehuin, which is home to some of our trekking crew. Fantastic views of Yerapaja, Rondoy and Jirishanka.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek across the Cacanampunta Pass (4700m) to Janca below Laguna Mitacocha (4200m).

    Today we cross the pass known as Cacanampunta, at an altitude of 4700 metres. This pass is at the northern extremity of the Huayhuash range and also marks the continental divide, with all rivers to the east flowing away towards the Amazon Basin. A short steep hike on a zig-zag trail takes us up to the pass. After a rest stop at the top, we descend to the broad valley known as the Quebrada Caliente and then turn into a tributary valley that leads to Laguna Mitacocha (4200m). We set up camp at Janca, below the lake. An impressive ring of peaks rises up to the south of our camp, with the largest and most striking being Jirishanca (6126m). In the afternoon there is time to explore the area. The glacial blue lake is famous for its bird life, with flocks of Andean geese and ibis. With luck our crew will have had time to catch some trout for dinner.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the spectacular camp at Laguna Carhuacocha (4200m).

    We descend from our camp to the Quebrada Caliente and follow the broad grassy valley in a south-easterly direction until we are obliged to begin our climb up to the next pass, the Carhuac (4650m). There are close-up views of the rounded summit snowfields of Yerupaja (6634m) from the crest of the Carhuac. The pass itself is an excellent area for fossils and for those with extra energy there is a small hill nearby which affords dramatic views of Siula Grande (a peak made famous by Joe Simpson’s best-selling book, `Touching the Void`). On our descent to our overnight stopping place at Laguna Carhuacocha, there are excellent panoramic views of many of the Huayhuash peaks. We camp above the lake at 4200 metres. This spectacular camp is the best on the east side of range, lying beneath the stunning peaks of Yerupaja and Jirishanca. We may use our spare day here, depending on acclimatisation, weather and the general welfare of the group.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Huayhuash Village (4350m).

    We have a choice of routes today. The first option follows a rough trail to cross a steep pass to Punta Suila (4800m) via some lakes with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Alternatively we can follow the normal route across the Punta Carnicero (4600m), which is situated between Laguna Atocshaicho and the peaks of Trapecio and Carnicero, 'The Butcher'. Both routes make for a long but spectacular day’s trekking. On the way, we are likely to encounter local shepherds and their flocks in high valleys reminiscent of the European Alps. We camp at the small hamlet of Huayhuash at an altitude of 4350 metres. This valley is home to herds of vicuna, a wild cousin of the alpaca and llama.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Using local routes we trek to camp below Trapecio (4500m).

    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. Leaving behind the few huts and corrals that make up the seasonal settlement of Huayhuash, we begin a steady ascent to a pass above the village. From this pass, we have superb views of the peaks of the Cordillera Raura that lie to the south of us. From the pass we descend to our camp (4500m) below Trapecio.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek across the Punta Trapecio (5000m) past azure lakes to camp at (4500m).

    A steep two hour ascent from our camping place will bring us to the crest of the Punta Trapecipo, at 5000 metres, with the reward of brilliant views of the Huayhuash to the north and the Raura peaks to the south. The hanging glaciers of the peaks are just above us. We have the option of ascending a small hill to 5170 metres for tremendous views of Siula Grande and Sarapao - some of the best views on the trek. After stopping to admire the views, we descend the scree slopes below the pass. This steep descent leads to the lunch spot below Puscanturpa and above stunning azure lakes. From here we trek to our camp (4500m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to Cototambo at the end of the Quanacpatay Valley (5000m).

    Depending on local conditions, we have two options today. We can trek directly down the Quanacpatay Valley or we can cross another pass at around 5000 metres with some of the most fantastic views of Laguna Sarapo and Laguna Jurau. The ascent to the pass is steep and there is not much of a trail but the effort is well worth it. We usually see vicuna and there is often a condor flying overhead. From the pass we make our descent to Cototambo at the end of the Quanacpatay Valley.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Contingency day or rest day. Optional walk to Siula Grande Base Camp.

    A well earned rest day. This is a good time to catch up on diaries and laundry or to simply relax in this superb setting. For those with boundless energy there is the option of trekking up to Siula Grande Base camp, or even higher to the crest of the Passo Seria at 5200m. This is also a contingency day to be used in the event of delay or diversion to our intended trekking schedule at the leader's discretion. Please note that the contingency day may actually be taken earlier in the trek at Carhuacocha, depending upon the group - the leader will make this decision.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to the foot of the Punta Tarpush (4800m).

    Today we trek down valley until reaching the village of Huyapplla and then a long climb up to reach Whatia below the Punta Tarpush (4800m). We camp at Whatia.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to camp at 4500m, optional ascent of Cerro Jyamy (5000m).

    Climbing up to the Punta Tarpush, we take the opportunity to make an ascent of Cerro Jyamy from the pass. This climb takes us across easy scree slopes to reach the ridge line and then we follow an easy-angled slope to the top. From the summit, at around 5000 metres, there are incredible views of the whole range and we should also see Huascaran and the peaks of the distant Cordillera Blanca. We descend via a ridge-line to a lovely camping place below a number of small lakes. Altitude at camp 4500 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Punta Jahuacocha (4850m), maybe see some Condors. Descent to Quebrada Whacrish camp (4350m).

    An easy trek leads downhill through a small forest of wildly contorted quenual trees to the base of the next pass. A zig-zagging trail then takes us to the Punta Jahuacocha (4850m) and above the pass an optional scramble takes us to a small peak with magical views of the Huayhuash. For the past 5 or 6 years there has been a family of condors living amongst the rocks of another small peak at the pass and it is well worth hanging out to watch them play on the thermals. A steep descent takes us to Quebrada Whacrish where we camp with views of Tsacra peaks 4350m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to Laguna Jahuacocha either directly or via a high pass.

    We have the option of crossing another pass set below Rasac and Yerapahaha to reach Jahuacocha with absolutely magical views in all directions before a long descent leads us to the Laguna Jahuacocha and a fantastic camp with one of the best views in South America. For those who want an easier day there is the option of going direct to camp with the trek crew.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Cross the final pass, Punta Llamac (4400m), descend to the road head. Drive to Huaraz.

    After an early breakfast we cross the final pass of the route, the Punta Llamac (4400m) which provides us with our last views of the big peaks. We make our final descent to reach the road-head at Llamac (3250m), where we say goodbye to our trek crew and meet our vehicles for the 5 hour drive back to Huaraz. Arriving in Huaraz we check into our hotel and have time to clean up before going out for dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

  • Drive to Lima.

    After an early start, we set off for the drive back to Lima. Arriving in the late afternoon, we check in to the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Lima Airport transfers are provided during the day time.

    Depending on flight schedules the morning is free for independent sightseeing in the Peruvian capital. KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers will be arranged for clients departing between 9am and 10pm.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced KE Leader
  • Lima transfers (on days of group arrival and departure)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Airport transfers other than on days of group arrival and departure
  • Lima Airport departure tax (if applicable)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European-style, all purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. In Lima and Huaraz there are a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.

All breakfasts; 15 lunches and 14 dinners are included in the holiday price. Where it makes sense for clients to have a choice of dining options, we have not included these meals in the holiday price. In practice this amounts to a total of 2 lunches & 2 dinners in Lima, and 4 lunches & 4 dinners in Huaraz. We recommend you allow approximately $15 to $25 for each of these meals.
All clients arriving in Lima between 9am and 10pm on day 1 of the trip itinerary will be met outside the arrivals hall by the trip leader or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. At the end of the tour, airport transfers will be provided on day 21 of the trip itinerary. Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights, and should let us know if Lima Airport transfers are not required. Independent Lima Airport transfers can be arranged to meet clients arriving prior to 7.am at an additional cost. Otherwise, taxis are available from inside the security area at the international arrivals terminal. These charge around $25 to Miraflores where the group hotel is located and the drive takes approximately 45 minutes. There is an ATM cash machine in the baggage reclaim area for any urgently needed Peruvian Soles. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in a comfortable tourist standard hotel in Lima's Miraflores District. There is a total of 4 nights at the Hostal Columba in Huaraz. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 14 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis - on occasion it may be necessary to share triple rooms in Huaraz at busy times. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek (please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending on availability, it may be possible to pre-book single rooms for the nights that you spend at the hotel in Lima. If you would like a single room for these nights, please contact the KE office for a quote. Please note that it is extremely difficult for us to book single rooms at the hotel in Huaraz. You may be able to arrange a single room on arrival, depending on availability, and pay the difference to the trip leader.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical day starts with an early morning brew and a bowl of hot washing water brought to your tent at about 6.30 a.m. After a hot breakfast (porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam) during which camp will be struck and the donkeys will be given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. We usually walk for about 3 hours in the morning. Lunch is usually a picnic - and a chance for more excellent food from our cook team - bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Lunch takes about an hour or so and offers a chance for a little siesta! We aim to pitch camp for the night by 3 or 4 p.m., ie. well before dusk. Dinner is served in the mess tent at around 7.00 p.m. and is a delicious three course meal. The cooks never fail to impress! Dinner is a good time to socialise and to talk over the events of the day. We are usually in bed by 9.00 pm - plenty of time to re-charge the batteries before the next day's walk.

This trip is led by Val Pitkethley, co-author of 'Trekking and Climbing in the Andes'. Val has spent many years trekking in Peru and particularly the Huayhuash where she is well known to the people who live in these mountains. Her knowledge of the area is second to none. Val is also involved in several projects bringing solar power and health care to these remote villages. During the trek Val will be assisted by local guides and a camp crew including a cook and bags will be carried by pack animals.

We estimate that $400 will be sufficient for your personal spending including the above non-included meals, and also for tips to drivers, trek crew and local guides, and other incidental expenses such as refreshments. If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs you should budget accordingly. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) prior to travel. You can also use your credit card to get cash from cash machines at the banks in Lima. Credit cards can also be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Lima. If you are bringing your travel money with you, we recommend that you bring this in the form of US dollars in cash. Please be aware that it is more difficult to change money (especially travellers cheques) in Huaraz.

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £80 to £100 to a group tipping pool.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. Whilst trekking the packed weight of your trek bag should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave travel clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Huaraz.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of the trek you will be spending all, with the exception of a single 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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts at the KE office before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

 

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Underwear
  • Thermal baselayer - leggings
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (eg: down)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warmer gloves or mittens
  • Daypack 30 - 40 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -20°C)*
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest or foam camping mattress*
  • Plastic liners / bags (to keep trekbag and daypack contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

Mountaineering Equipment:

  • Walking ice-axe (60 -75 cms.) *

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers or similar for traveling and camp use
  • Travel clothes
  • Trekking poles
  • Spare laces
  • Insect repellant (75 – 100% DEET)
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera

Notes:

This trip involves the crossing of several potentially snow-covered passes and includes the option of ascending to the viewpoint, Cerro Jyamy.For this trip you must bring EITHER a ‘walking’ ice axe or a set of trekking poles. This is a safety measure only for the crossing of the passes and you will not necessarily be required to use this equipment. In certain conditions, the trip leader may issue ‘instep’ crampons to group members for these crossings. These are small lightweight crampons, which can quickly and easily be attached to any kind of walking boot. These in–step crampons are provided by KE.
 
Equipment hire: Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. All hire / rental equipment will be issued in Peru and you must make sure there is room in your trek bag for this.

 

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For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Peru

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. Keep the immigration paper given to you on arrival in a safe place, as you will need to show this on departure.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

Transit via Canada

From 15 March 2016

All citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through Canada

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Zika

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The symptoms are generally mild and self limiting usually lasting 2 - 7 days. 80% of people exposed to the virus for the first time experience no symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where the zika virus is active. For the latest information, please see our 'KE Safe' Updates

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The Southern Hemisphere winter season of April through to October is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru. We can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny, with temperatures between 12 and 20°C above c. 3500 metres. during this season, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps we might experience night-time temperatures as low as -5°C. Even though this is winter, Lima is only 12 degrees south of the equator, and the daytime temperatures in the capital will be 20 to 25°C, with quite cool nights.

  • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. Kate Harper and Val Pitkethly.

  • Flight of the Condor. Michael Andrews.

  • The Conquest of the Incas. John Hemming (MacMillan)

  • Peru - the Rough Guide. Dilwyn Jenkins.

  • The Andes. Time Life Books.

  • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.

  • Touching the Void. Joe Simpson

  • Latin America Spanish Phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

Cordillera Huayhuash Map. 1:50,000. Peaks & Places Publishing, 2004.
Derived from 2003 satellite imagery this 2004 edition has 6 colours with shaded relief, a 25m contour interval, and shows access roads, trails, and is GPS ready with a 1km UTM/WGS84 grid and pre-marked control points. Printed on glossy paper at 27"x39" - folding to 4.5" x 8", this is a very attractive map at a good scale for following the route on the ground.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Peru Rainforest Extension

Visit Tambopata National Reserve, a haven of pristine Amazon wilderness where the river provides access to an uninhabited and vast 2.5 million acre area, home to the Amazon’s five top predators – Jaguar, Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle and Anaconda. It is a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, and then a ride in a motorised canoe to our jungle lodge. Highlights are the macaw clay-lick, otters, monkeys and an array of colourful birds.

Peru Rainforest Extension

From $700 per person

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Machu Picchu and Cusco Extension

The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911, after 500 years under dense vegetation, are one of the man-made wonders of the world. This itinerary also includes time for sightseeing in and around this former Inca capital of Cusco, which is renowned for the wealth of its Inca stonework and for its extravagant Spanish Colonial architecture. We then take the scenic train to Machu Picchu for a full day guided sightseeing tour of this incredible Inca city before returning to Cusco for a final evening.

Machu Picchu and Cusco Extension

From $950 per person

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Galapagos Islands Extension

The Galapagos Islands are said to be the crown jewels of the natural world. These paradise islands have a mythological status following Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals,turtles, dinosaur-like marine and land iguanas are just a few of the species you will encounter. Part of the magic of the Galapagos is getting up close to the wildlife that has lost all fear of man. Please call us for an accurate quote for your departure.

Galapagos Islands Extension

From $2940 per person

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Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

The city of Arequipa lies below the edge of the Altiplano in Southern Peru. This ‘White City’ is surrounded by impressive volcanoes and is a rich mixture of indigenous and Spanish influences. Nearby is the natural wonder of the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons and home to many Andean Condors. The area is also well known for its vibrant indigenous culture and locally produced handicrafts. A visit is a great way to experience Southern Peruvian culture.

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

From $700 per person

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