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Huayhuash Trekking: 7D6N Hike to Churin

Hike up to Churin in our 7 days 6 nights Huayhuash trekking tour! Take in spectacular views of the Yerupaja, Carnicero and Trapecio mountains.

USD $1,725.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1USD $1,725.00
2USD $920.00
3 - 5USD $862.00
6 - 7USD $828.00
8 - 12USD $805.00
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Huayhuash Trekking: See the Beautiful Yerupaja Mountain

Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain range within the Andes in Peru, stretching from north to south. The main part consists of about 20 peaks of only 25 km of length, including the second highest Peruvian peak Yerupaja and Siula Grande, made famous thanks to Joe Simpson’s book “Touching the Void” – in which he recounts his successful but disastrous and nearly fatal climb to this mountain. Join us on a 7 days 6 nights Huayhuash trekking trip, ending at the beautiful Churin and taking in the spectacular views as you go.

The Huayhuash trekking route is known as one of the most beautiful treks in the world. Due to high altitude passes, it is not an easy trek (the difficulty level of this trek isset at “Moderate”), but the spectacular views over the surrounding mountains, turquoise blue lakes and impressive landscapes will make your efforts totally worth it.

It is recommended that travelers who embark on this Huayhuash trekking tour have done at least a 1-day acclimatization hike prior.

Highlights

  • See some of the prettiest lakes of the Cordillera Blanca
  • Climb up to as high as 4850 meters above sea level
  • Take in views of the Yerupaja, Carnicero and Trapecio mountains

Tour Information

Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
Start/End location: Huaraz, Peru
Availability: March to November
Miscellaneous: 
The difficulty level of this tour is set at “Moderate”

Itinerary 

Day 01: Huaraz  – Matacancha / Cuartelhuain
You will start your Huayhuash trekking route from Huaraz, driving through Huaylas alley to Conococha, which offers impressive panoramic views over the Huayhuash mountain range. From here, you can take in the views of many snow-peaked mountains such as Yerupaja, Jirishanca and Rondóy. You will then be driven through the villages of Llamac and Pocpa before finally setting up camp at Matacancha, 4180 meters above sea level. The total time taken for driving is approximately 5 hours.

Day 02: Matacancha – Mitucocha Lake
You will start day 2 with a zig-zag shaped trek that leads up to Cacananpunta Pass, at 4750 meters above sea level. Then you will descend through a huge picturesque valley, that opens to the beautiful Mitucocha Lake – 4200 meters above sea level. This is where you will set up your camp right at the lake banks, before doing a lateral trek on the moraine. Total time taken will be around 5 hours approximately.

Day 03: Mitucocha Lake – Lake Carhuacocha
The third day starts off by walking through the Mitucocha Valley and ascending up to Carhuac Pass (4650 meters above sea level), ultimately allowing you to have an excellent panoramic view of the Siula and Yerupaja mountains. You will then descend down to beautiful Lake Carhuacocha to set up your camp on an idilic spot. Like the second day, this will also take a total of approximately 5 hours.

Day 04: Lake Carhuacocha – Huayhuash
Day 4 will be a long day of walking. Starting from the beginning of Queropalca Valley, you will ascend up to Siula Pass – 4800 meters above sea level – and be rewarded with excellent views over the surrounding mountains. Other than Yerupaja mountain, you will also get excellent views of the Carnicero and Trapecio mountains. After that, you will descend to Huayhuash (4350 meters above sea level) to set up your camp for the night. This day will take approximately 7 to 8 hours.

Day 05: Huayhuash – Lake Viconga
On day 5, you will reach the most southern point of Huayhuash mountain range, ascending to Huayhuash pass at 4700 meters above sea level. You will get excellent views over Cordillera Raura mountain range at one side and southeastern face of Trapecio at the other. You will then descend southwards and walk along Lake Viconga (4500 meters above sea level) until you reach the thermal baths to rest and take a relaxing hot bath. This is a relatively shorter day, taking approximatley 4 to 5 hours.

Day 06: Lake Viconga – Lake Surasaca – Churin 
Day 6 will be one of the highlights, starting off with a hike up to Portachuelo de Viconga Pass (4800 meters above sea level) where you will be able to have a spectacular view over the Cordillera Raura mountain range and southern part of Cordillera Huayhuash. You will then descend to Lake Surasaca (4350 meters above sea level), where your transport will take you to Churin Valley, passing by many small villages on the way such as Quiches, Oyon and Cashaucro. Once you arrive to Churin, you will enjoy the relaxing thermal baths, ending up with a good night’s sleep in the village’s hotel. This day will take 6 to 7 hours approximately.

Day 07: Churin – Lima 
On this final day, the only activity will be to transfer you from Churin to Lima.

What’s Included 

  • Acclimatization tour
  • Local guide
  • Chef
  • Huayhuash community entrance fee
  • First-aid kit
  • Private transport to and from Huaraz
  • All meals
  • Donkeys + driver
  • Kitchen / dining tent.
  • Collective technical equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • 2-person tent
  • Toilet tent

What’s Not Included

  • Travel, accident and health insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

What to Bring 

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
  • Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers
  • Lightweight pants
  • Regular and long underwear
  • Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down
  • Light cap and wool hat
  • Rain poncho (or rain gear)
  • Water bottle
  • Light gloves
  • Medium weight socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-5º to 0ºC)
  • Small daypack
  • Strong waterproof duffel bag
  • Sunglasses, Sun block, lip balm
  • Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
  • Towel

Map 

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