1st 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. https://www.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 TREKKING CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH your arrival and will be waiting for you.
2nd day.- Acclimation trek to Paltay – Honcopampa – Waterfalls of Akilpo (4450m) – Hotel.
Trekking of 5 to 6 hours. Departure is from Huaraz and it takes about 15 minutes by bus to the village of Paltay (3050m), where the trekking route begins. On our way up we will visit small villages with their individual customs and traditions and can enjoy especially the fields of flowers, which are the economic livelihood of the villagers. After about 4 hours we will reach the highest point (3800m), where you have the view of the Callejon de Huaylas surrounded by the Cordillera blanca and negra (white and black mountain range) with its imposing mountains directly in front of us (Vallunaraju, Urus, Tocllaraju, Vicos and Copa).
One hour and a half further down on our way we will reach the village and archaeological center Honcopampa (3500m) with remains, belonging to the Wari culture (700 -1100 BC). After 30 minutes walk from this place we will reach the Akilpo waterfall, which is the most beautiful gift of nature, surrounded by orchids and quenuales.
We will return to Honcopampa, where we will take the transport to our hotel in Huaraz.
The organization of personal material and logistical information for the TREKKING CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH, we will do after the trekking in the evening.
3rd day.- Huaraz – Chiquian – Quero (3250m) – Mahuay (3750m).
Trekking of 3 to 4 hours. Departure is from Huaraz with the direction to Chiquian, also known as the place “Mirror of Heaven”, where you can see the Cordillera Huayhuash with its majestic Mount Yerupajá – With its altitude of 6634 meters it is the second highest mountain of Peru.
From Chiquian we will drive towards the village center of Quero (3250m), a picturesque village steeped in tradition and cultural expression. Here in this place we will be expected by our muleteer and donkeys, who will carry our personal and camping equipment. Then we will start the walk towards the village of Mahuay (3750m), a small village in the heart of the Andes that maintains the architectural tradition and their ancestral legacies – with its narrow streets, rooftops unique in its style, and its people.
On the way we will come in contact with nature and culture, as walk through a part of INKA NANI (Inca road). It is surrounded by lots of afforestation and wildlife, that combine the experience and ancestral nurturing of the Andean man – always keeping the colorful glory, that makes a perfect combination with nature - Mahuay Camp.
4th day.- Mahuay (3750m) – Pariashpampa (4500m).
Trekking of 5 to 6 hours. After a good breakfast we will start trekking towards our next Camp Parishpampa (4500 m). On the way we will hike through the whole ravine of Pariash, close to the river of the same name. The place is characterized by the peculiar animal called “viscacha” (Indian guinea pig), deers and foxes and incomparable bushes as quenuales. After 5 hours we will reach the camp, located close to the pass of the next day
5th day.- Pariashpampa (4500m) – Pass of Pasopashimin (4800m) – Matacancha (4200m).
Trekking of 5 to 6 hours. This day we will leave the campside with our destination towards pass of Pasopashimin (“paso del gato” (“pass of the cat”) at 4800m).
Naturally the origin of the name of this first pass belongs to its very narrow and inaccessible passing to people, who are going without a guide, watching it from the photographic point;
We will have a beautiful view of the Cordillera Huayhuash and of the whole ascent route to Yerupaja, we will pass by the way to the lake Sacracocha, which is surrounded by many water depths, caused by stored water during the rainy season. At the end of this pass we will hike down til camp Matacancha (4200m).
6th day.- Matacancha (4200m) – Lake Carhuacocha (4138m).
Trekking of 6 to 7 hours. 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 camp Mitococha we will get to see the mountains Rondoy and Hirishanca.
We will continue our way and pass the second pass of Punta Carhuac (4650m). By descending through the ravine to our camp Carhuacocha we will enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Toro, etc.
7th day.- Lake Carhuacocha (4138m) – Pass of Siula – Huayhuash (4100m).
Trekking of 6 to 7 hours. 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.
8th day.- Huayhuash (4100m) - Lake Viconga (4407m).
Trekking of 5 to 6 hours. We will pass the fourth pass of Portachuelo (4750m) and 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).
9th day.- Lake Viconga (4407m) – Cajatambo.
Trekking of 7 to 8 hours. We will leave the campsite in the direction towards Cajatambo. This is in general a downhill hike until we will reach the village of Cajatambo, where we will stay the night in a one star guesthouse.
10th day.- Cajatambo – Barranca – Lima (by bus).
This day we will take the car that brings us from Cajatambo to Paticilca and afterwards we will take another one that transfers us to Lima, where we will arrive around 11.00 p.m.
Pick up at the bus station in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
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