VARIANT HUAYHUASH TREK PASS CUYOC & CUTATAMBO VALLEY
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 – Chiquián – Llamac
Day 2: Llamac (3,600 masl) – Pocpa – Cuartelhuain (4,300 masl)
Day 3: Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass (4,700 masl) – Mitucocha
Day 4: Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass (4,500 masl) – Carhuacocha
Day 5: Carhuacocha – Siula Pass (4,850 masl) – Huayhuash
Day 6: Huayhuash – Portachuelo Pass – Viconga
Day 7: Viconga – Punta Cuyoc Pass (4,900 masl) – Elefantepampa (4,250 masl)
Day 8: Elefantepampa – San Antonio Pass – Cutatambo (4,400 masl)
Day 9: Rest day in Cutatambo – Day hikes to surrounding glacial lakes
Day 10: Cutatambo – Huayllapa – Huatiac (4,400 masl)
Day 11: Huatiac – Yaucha Pass (4,800 masl) – Casgapampa (4,625 masl)
Day 12: Casgapampa (4,625 masl) – Yaucha Pass (4,800 masl) – Jahuacocha (4,100 masl)
Day 13: Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz