1st day.- Arrival to Lima.
Pick up at the airport “Jorge Chavez” in Lima and transportation to the reserved hotel in Lima.
Website of the hotel in Lima: http://www.theplacehostal.com.pe/
2nd day.- Departure from Lima to Huaraz (by bus).
We will travel by bus from Lima to Huaraz, the capital of the district of Ancash (3100m). The transport provided by the company “Cruz del Sur” includes a “bus cama”, an overnight trip with reclined seats. http://www1.cruzdelsur.com.pe/
Departure time from Lima is at 09:30am and we will arrive in Huaraz at 5:30pm. Pick up at the bus terminal and transfer to the hotel in Huaraz is included.
The staff of "Enrique Expedition Tours" and the Mountain Guide will be informed about your arrival and will be waiting for you.
3rd day.- Acclimation trek to Lake Churup (4450m)
We will leave the city of Huaraz by private bus to Pitec (3850m). First we will pass the colorful villages of Llupa (3650m) outside of Huaraz, where we will have a panoramic view of the southern part of the Cordillera Blanca. Arriving in Pitec we start the hike to the Lake Churup at 4450m. First we enter the valley of Churup, after some hours of walking we will reach the Lake Churup, where we will stay for one hour before we return to our hotel in Huaraz.
(Elevation change: +650m; Duration: 4-5 hours).
4th day.- Huaraz (3100m) – Conococha (4050m) – Huallanca – Cuartelhuain (3900m).
Pick up at the hotel and departure by private bus from Huaraz to Huallanca city (3400m). We will continue our journey towards Cuartelhuain (3900m), where we will be expected by our donkeys and donkey drivers to pack everything, so that we can start walking the next day from camp Cuartelhuain.
(Elevation change: +800m; Duration: approx. 5 hours bus travel).
5th day.- Cuartelhuain (3900m) – Lake de Mitococha (4100m) – Lake de Carhuacocha (4138m).
We will pass the first pass of Cacananpunta (4700m). We will observe some mountains like Ninashanca, Rondoy, the lakes of Pucacocha, Yanacocha Chico and Grande (small and big). Later by descending towards lake Mitococha we will get to see the mountains Rondoy and Hirishanca. We will continue our trekking and pass the second pass of Punta Carhuac (4650m) and descend through the ravine to our camp Carhuacocha. We will enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Toro, etc.
(Elevation change: +800m; Duration: approx. 6-7 hours).
6th day.- Lake Carhuacocha (4138m) – Huayhuash (4100m).
We will pass the third pass of Carnicero (4600m) and descend in between the lakes of Atocshaico, Carnicero. We will see the mountains Siula, Khural, Carnicero and Trapecio.
(Elevation change: +462m; Duration: approx. 6-7 hours).
7th day.- Huayhuash (4100m) – Lake Viconga (4407m).
We will leave very early to pass the fourth pass of Portachuelo (4750m). There we can see the mountains Puscanturpa, Cuyoc, Millpo and a part of the Cordillera Raura. After we will arrive at our campsite in Viconga (4300m) you will have the chance to take a bath in the hot springs of Atuscancha (4000m).
(Elevation change: +650m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
8th day.- Lake Viconga (4407m) – Pampa Elefante (3900m).
We will pass the fifth pass of Cuyoc (5000m), the highest of the entire circuit. Descent through the ravine of Guanacpatay to the camp - Pampa Elephant (3900m).
(Elevation change: +593m; Duration: approx. 6-7 hours).
9th day.- Pampa Elefante (3900m) – Lookout San Antonio – Huatiaj (4300m).
We will leave the camp to climb up to the lookout San Antonio, where we have a beautiful view of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Later we will descend along the valley Guanacpatay to the village of Huayllapa. After visiting the village we will head towards our camp Huatiaj.
(Elevation change: +400m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
10th day.- Huatiaj (4300m) – Lake Jahuacocha (4100m).
This day we will leave our camp to conquer two passes, Tapush (4900m) and Yaucha (4800m), to hike further towards lake Jahuacocha. From there we will enjoy a panoramic view of a part of the Cordillera Huayhuash, including Yerupaja, Hirishanca, Butcher, Siula, Trapeze etc. Arrival at our campsite at Lake Jahuacocha (4100m).
(Elevation change: +900m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
11th day.- Lake Jahuacocha (4066m) – Llamac (3250m) – Huaraz – Hostal.
We will pass the last pass of Pampa de Llamac (4300m). For the last time we have the opportunity to see the mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Arrival at Llamac, where we will be expected by the bus company "Enrique Expedition Tours" to take us back to Chiquian and Huaraz (same way like the travel from Huaraz).
(Elevation change: +234m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
12th day.- Day of rest in Huaraz
The organization of personal material and logistical information for the ascent to Mountain Copa we will do after the trekking in the evening.
13th day.- Huaraz – Marcara – Vicos – Base Camp (4600m)
We will leave Huaraz by private bus towards the north part of the Callejón (Alley) of Huaylas until we will reach the village of Marcara, where we expect the donkey driver, who will load the donkeys with our luggage and camping staff. From there the trek starts to the base camp of Ishinca (4400m), what will take us about four to five hours.
(Elevation Change: +800m; Duration: approx. 5 hours).
14th day.- Base Camp (4600m) - Camp 1 (5200m) - Mount Copa
We will leave very early the base camp and climb up a moraine above Lake Lejiacocha towards the direction of camp 1 (5200m). To reach the camp 1, we will have to pass a rocky zone of 400m to arrive to Camp 1.
In this part our carriers will carry our staff, because it is impossible to go there with donkeys and if there is snow, we will use our crampons and ice axes. In this area we will orientate us more towards the left side and it is also convenient to pass it very early to avoid falling stones – for our protection we will be using helmets. The slope is about 50-55°.
If it is a dry year there will be snow starting at the middle of the corridor, where you enter the glacier. From this point to Camp 1 we will climb up an interminable slope of 40-45°. We will transport our personal equipment and have to avoid some cracks to reach Camp 1 at 5200m. Here we can enjoy a wonderful view of the big glacier plateau.
(Elevation Change: +600m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
15th day.- Camp 1 (4600m) – Copa Summit (6188m) – Base Camp (4600m).
This day we will leave the campsite very early to attack Copa summit (6188m). We will have to take into account that the route varies every year. When we will arrive to the summit we will observe the big ice plateau of this mountain. It is recommended to be at the summit around 12 or 1am in the night. After conquering the top we will descend to Camp 1 and then go further to the base camp.
It is important to know that the route to the summit of Mount Copa is very dangerous, because there are covered cracks.
(Elevation Change: +1588 m; Duration: approx. 10 hours).
16th day.- Base Camp (4600m) – Vicos – Huaraz – Hotel.
After a good breakfast our donkey driver will pack the donkeys with our camping and personal equipment to walk back downhill from the base camp to the center of the village Vicos. There we will be expected by a bus of the Company "Enrique Expedition Tours", that will bring us to Huaraz – Hotel.
(Elevation Change: -800 m; Duration: approx. 4 hours).
17th day.- Departure from Huaraz to Lima (Bus).
Transportation from the hotel to the bus terminal "Cruz del Sur" and depature from Huaraz.
The departure time will be determined by your schedule, in the morning or night.
Morning departure: 11:00 am.
Night departure: 10:30 pm.
Pick up at the bus terminal in Lima and transfer to the hotel booked by us.
18th day.- Transfer from the hotel to the airport - Return to the country of origin.
*** End of the Expedition of the ascend in the Cordillera Blanca Peru ***