Itinerary Huayhuash Trekking
9 days – 8 nights
DAY 1: HUARAZ – LLAMAC – CUARTELHUAIN
Departure with public transportation: 5:00 a.m.
Departure with tourist bus: 9:00 a.m.
Early in the morning pick up from your hotel and transfer to the bus station. With regular or tourist bus we depart towards south of the Callejón de Huaylas to Chiquian Town. On the way down to Chiquian magnificent views of Huayhuash Range appears. From Chiquian starts the rough tracks towards Llamac Village for a couple hours more. If you arrive with public bus, our donkey will be waiting with his donkeys in Llamac to carry the load and walk until Cuartelhuain (4 – 5 hours), where we set the first campsite on. If you arrive with tourist bus to Cuartelhuain around 2 or 3 p.m. you have the rest of the afternoon to rest or walk around the campsite to acclimatize. Overnight at campsite accomodations. BOX LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 2: CUARTELHUAIN – CARHUACOCHA
From Cuartelhuain, a small hamlet, the trail ascents about 2 hours towards Cacananpunta Pass (4685 masl) and then descents for 2 hours more towards Janca or Mitococha Lake at the feet of the small Jirishanca and Ninashanca peaks. Then we proceed from 2 to 3 hours to Carhuac Pass (4650 masl) where you can have a glimpse of the small Jirishanca. Then trail goes 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.
DAY 3: 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 4: 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) and 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 of Viconga. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 5: 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). Then you can climb up by a steep way to San Antonio point view (3 – 4 hours up and down) where you can appreciate the Jurau Peak and Lake, and then continue for 1 or 2 hours more to Huanacpatay campsite. Dinner and overnight campsite. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 6: 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 7: HUATIAC – LAGUNA 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 8: LAGUNA 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 150 soles around US$ 40. Dinner and overnight campsite at the shores of the lake. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.
DAY 9: LAGUNA JAHUACOCHA – LLAMAC – HUARAZ
Early in the morning departure by Pacllón Valley trough a pass of 4300 masl to descent to Llamac Village (4-5 hours), where the transportation waits to take you back to Huaraz city. Arrival in Huaraz about 5 PM and transfer to your hotel.