Cordillera Huayhuash trekking holiday

“An 18-day small group tour from Lima, centred around a fully-supported, challenging 12-day trek in Peru's spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash. With remote camping and experienced guides.”


Lima | Huaraz | Cordillera Blanca | Laguna Churup | Llamac | Matacancha | 12-day Cordillera Huayhuash trek including Laguna Siula, Viconga hot springs and Punta Cuyoc Pass | Optional activities: White water rafting on the Rio Santa, trek to the summit of Mt Suerococha, Chavin de Huantar pre-Incan archaeological site

Description of Cordillera Huayhuash trekking holiday

An 18-day adventurous epic into one of the most spectacular regions of the Peruvian Andes, centred around a challenging 12-day circular trek in the stunning Cordillera Huayhuash.

While only 30km long, the Huayhuash Massif clusters together seven of Peru’s highest, and most dramatic mountain peaks, offering hiking enthusiasts a truly spectacular and highly rewarding experience. With overnight campsites in high-altitude, remote mountain locations, this is a fully supported trek, with experienced mountain guides, porters and cooks, and mules to carry equipment and backpacks.

The 12-day wilderness trek follows a clockwise circuit in the Cordillera Huayhuash, and tackles eight high passes, ranging from 4,300m–5,000m in altitude. You’ll enjoy a constant backdrop of ice-covered mountains, close-up views of creaking glaciers feeding turquoise lakes and optional, yet highly recommended, side trips into pristine glacial valleys.

You will also have the option to complete a non-technical day climb of the Mt Suerococha trekking peak at 5,350m

Included is an acclimatisation period in the bustling mountain town of Huaraz; a day’s acclimatisation walk in the nearby Cordillera Blanca and the option, before or after the trek, to either enjoy a day’s white water rafting on the Rio Santa, or visit the pre-Incan site of Chavin de Huantar.

This tour starts and finishes in Lima where there are options to extend your time in Peru. Options include a 5 day tour to Cusco or a combination of Cusco and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; or head into the Amazon rainforest to the Tambopata Reserve or enjoy a 5-9 day tour into the pristine Manu National Park.
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21 Jul 2019
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Responsible tourism: Cordillera Huayhuash trekking holiday

On our trek we use locally produced fresh produce, buying from villages where appropriate ie cheese. In preference we choose local over imported goods, and encourage the use of Andean products in our cooking. We pack out all non-organic waste and minimize this by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites cleaner than we find them. We bury organic waste at a suitable depth.

When out on tour we encourage learning about Peru, the local culture of the teams we work with and the areas we pass through. Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there. We support a childrens health care project in Huaraz. We are happy to distribute much needed warm clothes and shoes to Peruvian children through suitable organizations.

Also, since 2006 we have been able to support the Huchuy Yachaq community project in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermanos Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco, with the help of everybody who has travelled with us. We donate USD $3000 a year to this community project.

The project has been set up by volunteer social workers and teachers to provide much needed social and educational support to the children and families of this neighbourhood. Children are encouraged to attend study and games sessions held each afternoon and participate in holiday projects. Our contributions so far have paid for educational books and games, tables and chairs, improvements to the structure of the basic community owned building and the addition of functioning toilets, materials for the children to take to school, school books, holiday programmes.

1 Reviews of Cordillera Huayhuash trekking holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The scenery was fantastic and some great days walking/climbing. The optional climb of Diablo Mudo towards the end was tougher than expected but very rewarding - don't miss it!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It gets very cold at night so make sure you have a good down jacket and a very warm sleeping bag.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good.

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