Alpamayo landscape photography trek 10d/9n
Alpamayo landscape photography trek it is an amazing route because it affords the classic view of the north side of Alpamayo, which was voted “the most beautiful mountain in the world”. The trek wanders through beautiful landscapes composed of snow-covered peaks, lakes, and green Andean vegetation. It crosses many passes and visits a classic high Andean village, Colcabamba, whose inhabitants lead a traditional way of life maintaining their ancient customs. It is rated “difficult”, but rewards the traveler with a sense of wonder and discovery that will not soon be forgotten.
Tour type: trekking
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Duration: 10 days
Best time to go: April - September
Maximum Altitude: 4850m
Average walking per day: 5 - 7 hours.
We suggest you to stay at huaraz at least 3 days before in order to just to the altutide because during the hike you will reach up to 5000 meters.
Ask we have amazing day trips around huaraz!!!!
Day 1: Huaraz - Llanganuco - Portachuelo pass - Vaqueria - Paria
At indicated time after the breakfast, pick up with a van in the hotel and depart for Vaqueria 3700mm on the way we visit many towns located in the Callejon de Huaylas, below the Cordillera Blanca, towns like Tarica, Carhuaz, Mancos and Yungay, from this last town, we take a dirty road to the East side and after of 2.5 hours we get to Llanganuco lakes, where we see the Orqoncocha and Chinancocha (for English: male and female lakes respectively); we make a short stop in this place to take the photos;then we continue to Portachuelo of Llanganuco pass 4767m / 15640 ft, from this viewpoint we have nice views of most principal peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, mounts such as Chopicalqui, Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju, among others; then we go down and after of 2 hours more we get in Vaqueria where we meet with the Horsemen and his pack animal.After to have carried all the lagguage in the pack animals; this first day we address to Paria 3800m / 12467 ft, for a footpath between brushes we continue through Huaripampa valley and get after of 4 hours.
Day 2: Paria - Tuctu
At indicated time, after the breakfast we depart for Tuctu 4200 m / 13780 ft. we get to this campsite after of 2.5 hours. After to get to the campsite, we walk up to Punta Union 4750 m / 15584 ft, this in an interesting viewpoint from where we can see the Santa Cruz valley and peaks such as: Taulliraju, Rinrihirka, Paria, Etc.The visit to this viewpoint takes around 4 hours (round trip).
Day 3: Tuctu - Alto Pukahirka pass - Huecrococha lake
This day, we depart at indicated time as the previous days, we depart for Alto Pukahirka pass 4725m / 15502 ft, place where we get after of 4hours approximately, from this pass we have nice views of Pukahirka, Taulliraju, Chacraraju, Paria and others more mounts; after to have made a rest, taken the photos we go down for 3 hours more to Huecrococha lake 3950 m / 12959 ft, where we will set up our tents.
Day 4: Huecrococha - Tupa Tupa pass - Jankapampa
After the breakfast we depart for Tupa tupa pass 4400 m / 14436 ft, taking the footpath that goes on the left side of the lake, we get to the pass after of 3.5 hours approximately, then we go down to get to Jancapampa valley, our campsite will be located at 3700 m / 12139 ft, in the valley header below the Pucahirka peaks.
Day 5: Jankapampa - Yanajanka pass - Willka
This day we depart for Yanajanca pass, where we get after of 3.5 hours, from this pass we have splendid views of Pucahirka mount and Jancapampa valley; after to have made a break and have taken the pictures we go down for 3 hours more to get to Jankapampa where we will spend the night.
Day 6: Willka - Mesapata pass - Kara Kara pass - Jancarurish
After the breakfast, we start walking up to Mesapata pass 4600 m, then we go down to go up again to Kara Kara 4830 m , one of the highest passes of this circuit; from this pass we have nice views of Alpamayo, Santa Cruz and Quitaraju mounts; we get to this pass after of 5.5 hours approximately.After to have take the photos we go down to Jancarurish 4200m, where we get after of 1.5 hours more, and place where will set up our tent.
Day 7: Jancarurish, day off
Day off, for those people who want to see closer the Alpamayo mountain, we depart for the route that takes us to the ancient Alpamayo base camp (Jancarurish), we climb up for a very steep moraine terrain even in the last part we must to climb short sections of rocks to get to the viewpoint, from this point we can see all the beauty of Alpamayo, considered as "The most beautiful mountain in world", in Munich in 1974, we get there after of 4 hours. After to have taken the photos and a rest we return for the same way, to our campsite where we have lunch.
Day 8: Jancarurish - Ventuna pass - Osoruri
At indicated time, we depart for Ventuna pass 4770m / 15650 ft, we get there around 4 hours, from this point we see Milhuacocha and Pilanco mountains and part ofCedros and Alpamayo valleys. After of the stop we walk down for 2 hours to get to Osoruri campsite 4500m / 14763 ft.
Day 9: Osoruri - Llampapashillun 4850m - Wishkash 4350m
After the breakfast we depart for Llampapashillum pass 4850 m / 15912 ft, where we get around 4 hours, then we go down to Cullicocha lake a nice lake located below Santa Cruz mountain, after to make a break and taken the photos, we go down for 2.5 more to Wishkash 4350 m / 14272 ft, place where we will set up out last campsite.
Day 10: Wishkash - Huaylcayan 3250m - Huaraz
Last trekking day, at indicated time as the previous days, this day we go down for a zig zag path to Hualcayan 3250m where we get after of 4.5 hours approximately. In Hualcayan wait for us a van that will take us back to Huaraz, where we arrive after of 4 hours more.
Transportation from Huaraz to te star of the hike
Transportation back to hotel at the end of trek.
Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people)
Therms-Rest mattress, comes with Pillow.
Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
Trekking Leader, our leaders are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
Meals: Breakfast (11), lunch (12), dinner (11), and snacks.
A professional Quechua chef.
Emergency Horse, that escorts us during the trek (feel free to upload your personal items or ride)
Horses, and muleteers; to carry your personal items.
Duffle bags to put in your gears, which are carried by horses from camp to camp
Sleeping bags, you can get them rented from us, US$5 per day.
Hiking poles, you can get them rented from us, US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand.
Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs.
Tipping for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.
Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
Price per person
TREK GEAR LIST
Travel insurance (and some copies).
Original Passport (and some copies)
4 season Sleeping bag -15ºC (or you can rent one from us).
Sleeping bag liner.
Backpack to carry your things.
Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
Torch or headlamps.
Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
Sunblock and sunglasses.
Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
Water bottle or canteen.
American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 3 days before the trek departs and spend time doing day hikes to higher altitude, this will help with acclimatization to the new altitude. We can help organise day hikes for you.
Grading & Fitness
In order to get the most out of this trek you should be in good physical condition. It is not easy to grade the fitness level required for the treks, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as strenuous. We trek approximately five to eight hours per day with several long ascents and descents.
We encourage everyone to walk at their own pace, it is not a race and we want you to enjoy it. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest walkers and there is always a guide at the rear of the group. On the trek all personal belongings other than