This is the best option to visit the Huayhuash Range. The trail starts in Quartelwain and finishes in Llamac. Besides, it includes the visit to the most beautiful lakes of Huayhuaysh: Jahuacocha and Carhuacocha and the impressive 6000 peaks: Yerupaja and Jirishanca. It is possible to take a glance of Jurau Lake from San Antonio view point and also Siula, Diablo Mudo, Sacras and Rasac peaks.
DAY 1: HUARAZ – CHIQUIAN – CUARTELHUAIN: 9 a.m . pick up from your hotel and transfer towards south of the Callejón de Huaylas to Chiquian Town where the rough tracks start towards Llamac Village and Quartelhuain Hamlet (4 hours). This campsite is closed to the road and is a small hamlet of sheep shepards. Overnight and dinner at campsite accomodations. LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 2: CUARTELHUAIN – CARHUACOCHA
After breakfast we start, the ascent for about 2 hours towards Cacananpunta Pass (4685 masl) and then descents for 2 hours more towards Mitococha Lake at the feet of the small Jirishanca and Ninashanca peaks. We continue descending to Jance and then the trail starts going for 2 to 3 hours to Carhuac Pass (4650 masl) where you can have a glimpse of the small Jirishanca. Then trail take us down towards Carhuacoha Lake in approximately 1 hour, during the trail you appreciate Jirishanca and Yerupaja peaks. Dinner and overnight at the campsite at the shores of the lake. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
OPTION 2:CUARTELHUAIN – JANCA The guide could decide to sleep in Janca if the clients have not a good acclimatization.
DAY 3: CARHUACOCHA
Day at leisure to enjoy the magnificent views and hikes around the lake.
OPTION 2: JANCA – CARHUACOCHA
DAY 4: CARHUACOCHA – HUAYHUASH
This day there are two options: the first one taking the normal route of the donkeys (4 -5 hours) towards Punta Carnicero Pass (4600 masl) and then descents to Huayhuash campsite and the second option is to climb up Siula Pass (4800 masl) by a steep trail but with a magnificent views of the three turquoise lakes at the feet of Siula Peak (6 -7 hours). On the way, it is also possible to appreciate Carnicerococha Lake at the feet of the impressive Carnicero Peak. Dinner and overnight campsite. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 5: HUAYHUASH – VICONGA
Early in the morning it starts the ascent to Portachuelo de Huayhuash Pass (4750 masl). On the way you can appreciate Trapecio (5653 masl), Sueroraju (5439 masl), the Puscanturpas peaks (5550 masl) and the dam-lake of Viconga. Arrival to the campsite in Viconga after 5 or 6 hours. There it is also possible to take a bath in the natural thermal water rivers or pools of Viconga (20 min. walking from the campsite). BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 6: VICONGA – HUANACPATAY
Early in the morning ascent to Cuyoc Pass (5000 masl) very close to Cuyoc Glaciar (3 – 4 hours). Then starts the descent towards Huanacpatay Valley. During the trail you can appreciate Trapecio (5653 masl) and Jurau (5600 masl). You have the chance to climb up by a steep way to San Antonio point view (3 – 4 hours up and down by the same trail) where you can appreciate the Jurau and Sarapo Peaks and lakes, scenery of the movie Touching the Void, based on the book of the English climber Joe Simpson, and then continue for 1 or 2 hours more to Huanacpatay campsite. Dinner and overnight campsite. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 7: HUANACPATAY – HUATIAC
Early in the morning, you start descending until Huayllapa Town and then it starts the ascent to Huatiac (4 -5 hours). Dinner and overnight campsite. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 8: HUATIAC – LAKE JAHUACOCHA
From Huatiac takes 6 to 7 hours to arrive to Jahuacoha Lake, passing the Tapush Punta (4800 masl) and Yaucha passes (4800 masl). On the way you can appreciate Diablo Mudo, Huacrish (5774 masl) Sacra (5548 masl), Rasac (6017 masl), Yerupaja (6634 masl), Jirishanca (6094 masl) and Rondoy (5870 masl). Dinner and overnight at the campsite at the shores of the lake. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 9: LAKE JAHUACOCHA
Day at leisure to walk around the lake to observe variety of Andean birds, or climb up to the Solteracocha Lake (2-3 hours). There is also the possibility that you can buy a lamp to prepare Pachamanca (typical Peruvian Andean dish of the campesinos where the meat is cooked with firewood and warm stones underground), that cost about 125 soles around US$ 50. Dinner and overnight campsite at the shores of the lake. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 10: LAKE JAHUACOCHA – LLAMAC – HUARAZ
Early in the morning departure by Pacllón Valley through a pass of 4300 masl to descent to Llamac Village (4-5 hours), where the transportation waits to take you back to Huaraz city, it is possible to surround the pass through a water channel which makes the trail very easy and flat. Our transportation will be waiting in Llamac Village to take you back to Huaraz city. Arrival in Huaraz about 5 PM and transfer to your hotel.
NOTE: This itinerary could varied, depending on the physical conditions of the participants or the interest in certain attractions on the way. The whole group must agree with the guide in advance about any change on this itinerary. Viconga is another place where the group could rest for one day. There is also a possibilty to sleep in Huayllapa Town in the soccer field of the community, if the clients are tired. If you sleep in Huayhuallapa Town the next campsite is Angocancha, which is between Tapush and Yaucha Pass.