HUAYHUASH RANGE TREK TO CAJATAMBO VILLAGE
Huayhuash Circuit Trek: The Huayhuash trek route involves a circular route of 120 km around the mighty Huayhuash mountain range with several peaks above 6,000 m. The highest point in the trek, Yerupajá (6,617 m), is the second highest mountain in Peru, while another peak, Siula Grande (6,344 m), achieved notoriety as the setting for Joe Simson’s gruelling ordeal in his book Touching the Void. The Huayhuash Circuit trekking trails are less visited than the popular trekking trails of Cordillera Blanca, but the Huayhuash mountain range offers a challenging trek in a remote and sparsely inhabited part of the Andes where few trekkers venture.
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 – Huanucopampa – Queropalca (3,800 masl)
Day 2: Queropalca – Lake Carhuacocha (4,250 masl)
Day 3: Carhuacocha (4,250 masl) – Carhuac Pass (4,650 masl) – Mitucocha (4,200 masl)
Day 4: Mitucocha (4,200 masl) – Cacanan Pass (4,700 masl) – Rondoy (4,300 masl)
Day 5: Rondoy (4,300 masl) – Sambunya Pass (4,750 masl) – Jahuacocha (4,100 masl)
Day 6: Jahuacocha (4,100 masl) – Pampallamac Pass (4,500 masl) – Llamac or Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) or Pocpa village (3,600 masl) – Huaraz