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HUAYHUASH CIRCUIT TREK, PERU

HUAYHUASH CIRCUIT TREK, PERU

A world class 10 day high altitude trek

The Huayhuash is for those who seek a challenging, beautiful, quiet and little frequented route. The tiny villages en route look blissfully out of touch with the rest of the world!

Highlights

  • Crosses 7 high altitude passes; all over 4600m
  • Cordillera Huayhuash – compact world class trekking region
  • Based out of lovely town of Huaraz
  • Time in Lima

The combined Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash mountain ranges are widely reputed to be the best mountain trekking regions in the world outside of the Himalaya and is well supported by the town of Huaraz.

Even for the experienced trekker, this is a mouth watering experience. 10 days of glorious trekking, remote, it crosses 7 Passes (all over 4600m) and camping every night above 4000m. In doing so it passes through through lush valleys, emerald glacial lakes and tiny rural villages. Whilst the Inca Trail attracts the vast majority of attention due to Machu Picchu, it is no trekking match for the Huayhuash Circuit.

Fly London – Lima, overnight hotel before driving up to Huaraz to acclimatise. The trek begins at Llamac and treks what is an anti-clockwise circuit. The first Pass (Punta Cacanan, 4750m) comes immediately on Day 2 and after that, they just keep on coming with a rest day in amongst it all when needed.

There is a final night in Huaraz before driving back to Lima (overnight hotel) and your return flight to the UK.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2265
Land Only, from £1525
Trip Duration 16 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 10 Days
Max Altitude 5000m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tents
All meals on trek, b'fasts in hotels

A world class 10 day high altitude trek

The Huayhuash is for those who seek a challenging, beautiful, quiet and little frequented route. The tiny villages en route look blissfully out of touch with the rest of the world!

Highlights

  • Crosses 7 high altitude passes; all over 4600m
  • Cordillera Huayhuash – compact world class trekking region
  • Based out of lovely town of Huaraz
  • Time in Lima

Even for the experienced trekker, this is a mouth watering experience. 10 days of glorious trekking, remote, it crosses 7 Passes (all over 4600m) and camping every night above 4000m. Fly London – Lima, overnight hotel before driving up to Huaraz to acclimatise. The trek begins at Llamac and treks what is an anti-clockwise circuit. The first Pass (Punta Cacanan, 4750m) comes immediately on Day 2 and after that, they just keep on coming with a rest day in amongst it all when needed.

There is a final night in Huaraz before driving back to Lima (overnight hotel) and your return flight to the UK.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2265
Land Only, from £1525
Trip Duration 16 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 10 Days
Max Altitude 5000m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tents
All meals on trek, b'fasts in hotels

World Class High Altitude Trek

 

7 Passes over 4600m

Most food

Hotels/Camping

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Lima, overnight hotel

Day 2. Transfer to Huaraz

Day 3. Huaraz (3010m), Acclimatisation day

Day 4. Drive Huaraz – Llamac, Trek to Quartelhuain Camp (4170m)

Day 5. Quartelhuain – Mitucocha (4150m)

Day 6. Mitucocha – Carhuacocha Camp (4250m)

Day 7. Carhuacocha – Rest Day

Day 8. Carhuacocha – Huayhuash Camp (4250m)

Day 9. Huayhuash – Viconga Camp (4300m)

Day 10. Viconga – Huanacpatay (4150m)

Day 11. Huanacpatay – Huatiac (4250m)

Day 12. Huatiac – Jahuacocha (4100m)

Day 13, Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz

Day 14, Drive to Lima, overnight hotel

Day 15, Depart Lima, flight back to UK

Day 16, Arrive UK

Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Lima, overnight hotel
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival at the group hotel in Lima.

On arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel in the Miraflores area of the city. You will be given timings for the following morning.

Day 2. Transfer to Huaraz
You will be driven to the bus station for your comfortable journey up to Huaraz. Sit back, relax and enjoy the changing scenery. It is a 400km journey (8 – 9 hrs). You will be met in Huaraz and transferred to your hotel and briefed about the following days. B.

Day 3. Huaraz (3010m), Acclimatisation day
After breakfast, we drive to Pitec (1 hr) for a 3hr acclimatisation trek up to Churup Lake (4460m). The whole day takes approx 6 -7 hrs and provides a real taster for what is to come. Overnight back in Huaraz. B

Day 4. Drive Huaraz – Llamac, Trek to Quartelhuain Camp (4170m)
A few hours of driving to the village of Llamac before a straightforward but delightful trek along the Rio Llamac to the village of Quartelhuain. A steady climb through an often narrow valley with plenty of local life. BLD

Day 5. Quartelhuain – Mitucocha (4150m)
A good climb up to the first Pass (Punta Cacanan (4700m)) with great views of Ronday and Jirishanca before descending to the camp at the beautiful lake Laguna Mitucocha. 6 hrs, BLD

Day 6. Mitucocha – Carhuacocha Camp (4250m)
A morning climb up to the Pass Paso de Carhuac (4650m) before descending to the camp at the big lake Laguna Carhuacocha. 6 hrs, BLD

There is an alternative, more demanding route that crosses a 4800m Pass. This will be discussed on trek and is optional

Day 7. Carhuacocha – Rest Day
Whilst the rest day is programmed here, it may change depending on numerous factors, BLD

Day 8. Carhuacocha – Huayhuash Camp (4250m)
A moderate climb up to Pass Carnicero (4600m) and make an easy descent to camp either at isolated Laguna Carnicero 4300m (also called Juraucocha) or 30 minutes walk further on to another camp in the open valley of Huayhuash (4250m), 5-6hrs, BLD

There is another demanding optional route available should it be appropriate. Not compulsory.

Day 9. Huayhuash – Viconga Camp (4300m)
Climb up to the Pass Portachuelo (4,650m) from where you look across to the Cordillera Raura and the snow topped peak Leon Huacanan. Skirt around the large lake Laguna Viconga before walking up the valley ½ hour to set up camp (4300m). 6½ hrs, BLD

There are some hot springs near Viconga!

Day 10. Viconga – Huanacpatay (4150m)
It is a 3 hrclimb to the Cuyoc Pass at 5,000m; the highest Pass in the huayhuash trekking region. From the Pass, you will see the cordillera raura and the mountains of the cordillera huayhuash. It is just a 1 hr descent to San Antonio Camp. 4-5hrs, BLD

Day 11. Huanacpatay – Huatiac (4250m)
Predominantly descending, this is a glorious path following the river down to a lush plain and into the settlement of Huayllapa village (3490m). We then climb steadily in the afternoon for 2 – 2 ½ hours to the campsite on top of the flat prairie Huatiaq. 6 hrs, BLD

Day 12. Huatiac – Jahuacocha (4100m)
A challenging day with two high passes in quick succession. An initial climb up to Punta Tapush (4770m), descend past Laguna Susucocha before ascending again over the Yaucha Pass (4800m). In between the two, the altitude drops to about 4400m. The valley descent finally opens out by the lake of Jahuacocgha. BLD
There is an optional route, using the trekking peak of Diablo Mudo (5350m). Requires crampons (not supplied) and rope (supplied). This route crosses Punta Tapush, the trekking peak and then Jahuacocgha (doesn’t cross Yaucha Pass).

Day 13, Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz
After b’fast, you head off to your final Pass. It is a gradual climb to Pampa Llamac (4300m). Take a good look as it is a long descend all the way back to Llamac. 5 ½ hrs, BL
In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz for hot showers!! Hotel. Via the Pampa Llamac Pass (4300m). Rest, overnight

Day 14, Drive to Lima, overnight hotel
Transfer back to Lima and the hotel by public bus/taxi. B

Day 15, Depart Lima, flight back to UK
Transfer back to the international airport by taxi. B

This is usually an evening flight. Your luggage can be stored in the hotel during the day

Day 16, Arrive UK

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
11 - 26 Jul 2018 £2265 £1565
8 - 23 Aug 2018 £2365 £1565
5 - 20 Sep 2018 £2265 £1565

Deposit – £250

Group Size: 4 – 12 + the Guide.

We can tailor make group sizes of 2 or 3 pax for an additional fee of £110 pp.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the price includes

  • International flights London – Longyearbyen, including 2 x overnight hotel stops in Oslo en route in both directions
  • Guesthouse in Longyearbyen, 3 nts, twin share
  • All meals from Day 2 dinner to Day 11 b’fast, except lunch and dinner on Day 3. B’fast only in Oslo hotels en route.
  • Vehicle and boat transport to/from start of expedition
  • English speaking qualified Guide
  • Provision of snow shovels, pulks, cooking stoves
  • Hire of cross country touring skis, poles, boots and skins

What the price does not include

  • Transport to/from Longyearbyen Guesthouse (see later in this document)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending

What the price includes

  • Guesthouse in Longyearbyen, 3 nts, twin share
  • All meals from Day 2 dinner to Day 11 b’fast, except lunch and dinner on Day 3. B’fast only in Oslo hotels en route.
  • Vehicle and boat transport to/from start of expedition
  • English speaking qualified Guide
  • Provision of snow shovels, pulks, cooking stoves
  • Hire of cross country touring skis, poles, boots and skins

What the price does not include

  • International and domestic flights and any required overnight accommodation en route to Longyearbyen
  • Transport to/from Longyearbyen Guesthouse
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending

If Sole Occupation is requested – £240.

This includes:

  • 2 nights hotel Lima
  • 3 nights hotel Huaraz
  • Tent on trek

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for 6 months from the date on entry into Peru. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Peru.

Visa – No visa is required for the purpose of tourism.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This trek is classed as Challenging and for good reason. This trip involves trekking at high altitude with 9 nights sleeping above 4000m. It also crosses 7 x Passes, all above 4600m.

A good level of fitness is required.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

These treks contain a ‘rescue horse’ to support anyone struggling physically.

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After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fasts in hotel, all meals and drinking water on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, spreads, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunches are packed meals, made up at b’fast.
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal is at least two courses; rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, etc.. + desert (usually tinned fruit). Hot drink.

Please inform us if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation

  • Lima – good quality hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • Huaraz – good quality 3* hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • On trek – tents, twin share.

Our default flights are:

International Flights – London Gatwick – Lima, direct flights with British Airways. Note BA are the only airline that run a direct service and they only run on certain days of the week. Our itineraries are geared to those flights. If any changes are made, ie extensions, we may need to use alternative airlines and routes.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The Peruvian Sole (sl) is the currency of Peru and you cannot obtain the currency outside of Peru.

Money changing is big business in Peru so please be generally aware. The US$ is their second currency.

When changing, keep denominations low and don’t accept anything larger than a 50 sl note.

Take US$ to exchange (take new notes and nothing above a US$50 note), the GBP can be difficult to exchange.

There are ATM’s available.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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