Huayhuash Phtography trek Via Viconga Hot springs 9d/8n
Grade: Very Hard
Highest Point: 5000m
The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit has been nominated in several guidebooks as one of the classic trekking circuits of the world.The Huayhuash is a compact, rugged range of jagged, vertical summits, including the second highest peak in Peru, Yerupajá Grande (6634m), as well as half a dozen other peaks above six thousand metres.Every day on this trek, hikers are treated to awesome views of towering snow capped peaks,glaciers and turquoise-blue trout-filled lakes. There are 8 passes to cross on this spectacular trek,the highest (Cuyoc) at 5000m. Cuyoc Pass 5000m this trek it is perfect for landscape ,Astrophotography treks .
We susggest you to stay at huaraz at least 3 days in advance in order to justo to the altitude because during the hike you will reach up to 5000 meters.
Ask for you amazing day trips around huaraz with amazing views.
Day 1: Huaraz to Quartelhuain via Chiquián Llamac
We drive from Huaraz to Chiquiàn, enjoying distant views of the awesome Huayhuash range from afar. From Chiquián we descend to a cactus-and-scrub environment and continue to the village of Llamac (3300m) and then into a wide U-shaped grassy valley with rolling hills and flanked by some broad expanses of quenual (polylepis sp.) forest. We camp at Quartelhuain. (4200m)
6 hours drive, 174kms
Day 2: Quartelhuain - Mitucocha lake via Cacanan Punta Pass
This morning we cross our first pass, Cacanan Punta (4700m). Here, at the Continental Divide, we sometimes observe the Andean Condor flying overhead.From the pass we have a view of the Lake Pucacocha. Then we descend down to the Quebrada Caliente and to the Jalca Plain and on to our camp at Janca (4180m) located in a beautiful plateau area at the foot of the stunning Jirishanka Grande peak, and its neighbours Rondoy and Ninashanca. If you have the energy, there’s the option this afternoon of walking around the lake
Mitucocha (4200m) or up to one of the nearby hanging valleys.
Day 3: Mitucocha Lake to Carhuacocha Lake, via Punta Carhuac Pass
We flank the Jalca floodplain then ascend south to the Paso de Carhuac pass (4650m). From here an awesome panorama suddenly comes into view; a row of Huayhuash giants: Yerupajá Grande,the second highest mountain in Peru, Yerupajá Chico(6121m) and Siulá Grande (6344m), of “Touching the Void” fame,From here we descend to the large Laguna Carhuacocha (4150m), with the chance en route of spotting Viscacha rodents among the moronic debris. We walk around the side of the lake, passing by some shepherds huts to arrive at the campsite by the lake. From our camp we look directly up the lake to the peaks and ice fields of the famous Siula Grande, Yerupajá Grande and Chico and Jirishanka Chico.
Approx. 12kms 7 hours
Day 4: Carhuacocha Lake to Huayhuash or Laguna Carnicero Lake
We leave Laguna Carhuacocha behind heading east, then turning up a side valley, ascend southwards towards the Paso Carnicero pass (4600m). It is not a difficult climb, although we will still feel the altitude. We make an easy descent to camp either at the isolated Laguna Carnicero (or Juraucocha) lake (4400m) or 30 minutes further on at another camp among a sprinkling of local farm homes in the open Huayhuash valley (4330m)
Approx. 13kms 7 to 8 hours
Day 5: Huayhuash lake Carnicero lake to Viconga Camp
We climb to the Portachuelo de Huayhuash pass (4750m) on a steady gradient. From here, looking southeast, we see a new collection of nearby snow peaks; this is the Cordillera Raura range and the nearby snow peak of Leon Huacanan and on the north east we see Puscanturpa mountain. We descend to and skirt around the large Laguna Viconga lake – look out for Alpacas - before walking down the valley for ½ hour to set up camp near the natural hot springs of Viconga (4400m). After enjoying afternoon tea at camp a visit to the al fresco open air hot springs could certainly be appreciated!
Approx. 12kms 6½ hours.
Day 6: Viconga Camp to Quebrada Huanacpatay Valley via Punta Cuyoc
Today we cross our highest pass, Punta Cuyoc, with a sustained uphill hike of 3 hours to a
breathtaking 5000m.Cuyoc Pass The panoramas here are breathtaking: to the southeast we see the sharply serrated ridge of the Cordillera Raura, and to the north, several of the giants of the Huayhuash range are seen from a new perspective. Sarapo (6127m) is also seen for the first time. The initial 50m of the descent is quite steep and loose, becoming easier as we continue descending quickly to the broad Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, where we stop for lunch. We then have a relaxing and easy hike down the valley to our camp (4300m).
Approx. 14kms 6 to 7 hours.
Day 7: Huanacpatay Valley to Huatiac Camp, via Huayllapa Village
This is a hard day because we have a sustained climb to camp late in the day. We begin by resuming our descent of the Quebrada Huanacpatay valley, culminating in a steep switchback drop off the Huanacpatay valley before turning west into the agricultural Quebrada Huayllapa valley (the first sign of crops for over a week). We continue until, just before the tiny village of Huayllapa at 3500m (the first since Llamac and last before we return to Llamac), we begin a hard climb in the afternoon of about 3½ hours to our campsite high up on the flat pasture of Huatiac (4350m).Approx. 15kms 7 hours
Day 8: Huatiac - Jahuacocha lake, via the Tapush Yaucha Passes
A long, tough day, today sees us cross two passes. First we complete the climb to the Punta Tapush pass (4750m), then descend past Laguna Susucocha for a 1 to 1½ hours before turning east and climbing again to the Punta Yaucha (4800m) pass.
Huatiac to Tapush Pass During the descent the peaks of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupajá, Rasac (6017m) and Sacra come into view. We follow the Quebrada Huacrish valley to its confluence with the Quebrada Jahuacocha valley and descend on zig-zags to our picturesque camp at the head of the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (4150m). Across the lake from our camp we enjoy one of the best panoramas in the Andes; the west face of the highest peaks in the range rising dramatically skyward. There are Jirishanca, Yerupajá Grande with its vast snaking glacier, Yerupajá Chico and Rondoy.
Approx. 20kms 8 hours
Day 9: Jahuacocha to Llamac via the Llamac pass. Then back Huaraz
After an early start and gentle descent for an hour, we start our gradual climb to the final pass,Pampa Llamac (4300m), from where we have our final views of much of the Huayhuash range.Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac.
Approx. 14kms hiking 6 to 7 hours
In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz and your hotel for that long-awaited hot shower!! We arrive in Huaraz at about 06:00pm.
Transportation from Huaraz to Llamac town.
Transportation back to hotel from Llamac town 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.
Our Tour Guides is also professional photograper Guide Specialist with History ,Flora and Fanura of Peru, 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$8 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 a day-pack are carried for you.