TREKKING CLASSIC CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH AND DIABLO MUDO
The Cordillera Huayhuash (Huayhuash Range): The Huayhuash Range is the second highest tropical mountain chain in the world, after the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), immediately to the north. Even though it is located 120 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, the crest forms part of the Continental Divide of South America; the waters of the eastern slope flow to the Marañon River, a principal tributary of the Amazon.
Running from north to south, the main zone that has some twenty summits within about 25 km, with a secondary mountain change of summits of lower elevation toward the west that is about 15 km long. Six of the peaks are higher than 6,000 meters. Among the peaks, Yerupajá (6,617 m) stands out – it is the second highest mountain in Peru (after Huascarán, at 6,768 m.) Also of note is Siula Grande (6,344 m), which achieved fame through the book and subsequent film “Tocando el Vacio“ (Touching the Void) by mountaineer Joe Simpson.
This area also hosts dozens of glacial lakes of incomparable beauty. The closest towns are Chiquián (3,400 m) and Cajatambo (3,375 m)
This area also hosts dozens of glacial lakes of incomparable beauty. The closest towns are Chiquián (3,400 m) and Cajatambo (3,375 m).
Overview: Huayhuash Circuit trek around the Cordillera Huayhuash takes around 10 or 11 days to complete. There are several possible routes and the circuit can be tackled in either direction, but all Huayhuash Circuit treks include the same major features. As the trek progresses, participants need to dig deep into their reserves of endurance to conquer numerous high passes but are rewarded by the sight of magnificent, remote mountain vistas, including views of Yerupajá and Siula Grande, along the way. This is one of the toughest treks out of Huaraz that requires no technical mountaineering skills but the exquisite scenery along the way sets it apart from other challenging treks in Peru. The knowledge of having conquered such a demanding trek is ample recompense for the exertion required to reach the end.
Many guiding books: They say that Huayhuash trekking is the most beautiful in all of America (and the second best trekking in the world).
Day 1: Huaraz – Transfer Cordillera Huayhuash – Camp Matacancha (4150 m)
Day 2: Matacancha – Trekking Cacanampunta (4700 m) – Laguna Mitucocha (4300m)
Day 3: Mitucocha – Trekking Punta Carhuac Pass (4640 m) – Laguna Carhuacocha (4200 m)
Day 4: Carhuacocha – Trekking Siula Pass (4950 m) / Laguna Quesillococha – Huayhuash (4450 m)
Day 5: Huayhuash – Trekking to the village of Portachuelo de Huayhuash – Laguna Viconga / Hot Springs (4400 m)
Day 6: Laguna Viconga – Trekking Punta Cuyoc Pass (5020 m) – Huanacpatay (4350 m)
Day 7: Huanacpatay – Trekking Village of Huayllapa (3600 m) – Huatiac (4290 m)
Day 8: Huatiac – Trekking Punta Tapush (4800 m) – Cashgapampa (4500 m)
Day 9: Cashgapampa – Trekking Llaucha Pass (4750 m) – Laguna Jahuacocha (4066 m), Optional: Climb Diablo Mudo (5350 m)
Day 10: Jahuacocha – Trekking Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) – Village of Pocpa (3600 m); Transfer to Huaraz