Peru Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Trek

Peru, Huayhuash Circuit, San Antonio Pass

The Huayhuash Circuit is a highly recommended high altitude, remote 10-day trek in glorious alpine scenery.

It is for those who seek a challenging, beautiful, quiet and little frequented route. The tiny villages en route look blissfully out of touch with the rest of the world!

Together with the Cordillera Blanca, the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range is widely reputed to be the best mountain trekking region in the world outside of the Himalaya and is well supported by the town of Huaraz.

Even for the experienced trekker, this is a mouth watering experience. The basic facts of this trek speak for themselves: 10 days of glorious trekking, remote, it crosses 7 Passes (all over 4600m) and camping every night above 4000m. In doing so it passes through through lush valleys, emerald glacial lakes and tiny rural villages. Whilst the Inca Trail attracts the vast majority of attention due to Machu Picchu, it is no trekking match for the Huayhuash Circuit.

This trip flies London – Lima, overnight hotel before driving up to Huaraz to acclimatise. The trek begins at Llamac and treks what is an anti-clockwise circuit. The first Pass (Punta Cacanan, 4750m) comes immediately on Day 2 and after that, they just keep on coming with a rest day in amongst it all when needed.

There is a final night in Huaraz before driving back to Lima (overnight hotel) and your return flight to the UK.


  • World class trekking region
  • Crosses 7 high altitude passes; all over 4600m
  • Based out of lovely town of Huaraz
  • Time in Lima

Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.

The Zika Virus. Please read this fact sheet on the Zika Virus if you intend to travel to Peru.

Date and Prices Content

Dates With Flights Meet in Country Availability
11 – 26 Jul 2018 With Flights £2265 Without flights£1565
8 – 23 Aug 2018 With Flights £2365 Without flights£1565
5 – 20 Sep 2018 With Flights £2265 Without flights£1565
Other dates for summer 2018 are available, ask for details

Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 2
If Sole Occupation is requested – £120

The deposit for this trek is £250 pp.

Above costs are based on an overall group size of 4 pax. Groups of 2 or 3 pax, add £200 per person.

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What the Price Includes

  • International flights and return airport transfers (flight inclusive only)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Lima, 2 nights, twin share, B&B
  • Hotel accommodation in Huaraz, 3 nights, twin share, B&B
  • Full camping services; sleeping tents, sleeping mats, kitchen, dining tent, toilet tent, porters (own sleeping bag required).
  • All meals and drinking water (boiled) on trek.
  • All camping, park and trekking fees.
  • Full support pre trek

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Overseas airport taxes not paid in advance through the international airline ticket
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tourist Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending

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We can tailor make this trip to suit you; dates, extensions, reductions, adjusted trek itinerary, just about anything. Additional charges only apply when additional services or time are added.

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Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Lima, overnight hotel
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival at the group hotel in Lima.

On arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel in the Miraflores area of the city. You will be given timings for the following morning.

Day 2. Transfer to Huaraz
You will be driven to the bus station for your comfortable journey up to Huaraz. Sit back, relax and enjoy the changing scenery. It is a 400km journey (8 – 9 hrs). You will be met in Huaraz and transferred to your hotel and briefed about the following days. B.

Day 3. Huaraz (3010m), Acclimatisation day
After breakfast, we drive to Pitec (1 hr) for a 3hr acclimatisation trek up to Churup Lake (4460m). The whole day takes approx 6 -7 hrs and provides a real taster for what is to come. Overnight back in Huaraz. B

Day 4. Drive Huaraz – Llamac, Trek to Quartelhuain Camp (4170m)
A few hours of driving to the village of Llamac before a straightforward but delightful trek along the Rio Llamac to the village of Quartelhuain. A steady climb through an often narrow valley with plenty of local life. BLD

Day 5. Quartelhuain – Mitucocha (4150m)
A good climb up to the first Pass (Punta Cacanan (4700m)) with great views of Ronday and Jirishanca before descending to the camp at the beautiful lake Laguna Mitucocha. 6 hrs, BLD

Day 6. Mitucocha – Carhuacocha Camp (4250m)
A morning climb up to the Pass Paso de Carhuac (4650m) before descending to the camp at the big lake Laguna Carhuacocha. 6 hrs, BLD

There is an alternative, more demanding route that crosses a 4800m Pass. This will be discussed on trek and is optional

Day 7. Carhuacocha – Rest Day
Whilst the rest day is programmed here, it may change depending on numerous factors, BLD

Day 8. Carhuacocha – Huayhuash Camp (4250m)
A moderate climb up to Pass Carnicero (4600m) and make an easy descent to camp either at isolated Laguna Carnicero 4300m (also called Juraucocha) or 30 minutes walk further on to another camp in the open valley of Huayhuash (4250m), 5-6hrs, BLD

There is another demanding optional route available should it be appropriate. Not compulsory.

Day 9. Huayhuash – Viconga Camp (4300m)
Climb up to the Pass Portachuelo (4,650m) from where you look across to the Cordillera Raura and the snow topped peak Leon Huacanan. Skirt around the large lake Laguna Viconga before walking up the valley ½ hour to set up camp (4300m). 6½ hrs, BLD

There are some hot springs near Viconga!

Day 10. Viconga – Huanacpatay (4150m)
It is a 3 hrclimb to the Cuyoc Pass at 5,000m; the highest Pass in the huayhuash trekking region. From the Pass, you will see the cordillera raura and the mountains of the cordillera huayhuash. It is just a 1 hr descent to San Antonio Camp. 4-5hrs, BLD

Day 11. Huanacpatay – Huatiac (4250m)
Predominantly descending, this is a glorious path following the river down to a lush plain and into the settlement of Huayllapa village (3490m). We then climb steadily in the afternoon for 2 – 2 ½ hours to the campsite on top of the flat prairie Huatiaq. 6 hrs, BLD

Day 12. Huatiac – Jahuacocha (4100m)
A challenging day with two high passes in quick succession. An initial climb up to Punta Tapush (4770m), descend past Laguna Susucocha before ascending again over the Yaucha Pass (4800m). In between the two, the altitude drops to about 4400m. The valley descent finally opens out by the lake of Jahuacocgha. BLD
There is an optional route, using the trekking peak of Diablo Mudo (5350m). Requires crampons (not supplied) and rope (supplied). This route crosses Punta Tapush, the trekking peak and then Jahuacocgha (doesn’t cross Yaucha Pass).

Day 13, Jahuacocha – Llamac – Huaraz
After b’fast, you head off to your final Pass. It is a gradual climb to Pampa Llamac (4300m). Take a good look as it is a long descend all the way back to Llamac. 5 ½ hrs, BL
In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz for hot showers!! Hotel. Via the Pampa Llamac Pass (4300m). Rest, overnight

Day 14, Drive to Lima, overnight hotel
Transfer back to Lima and the hotel by public bus/taxi. B

Day 15, Depart Lima, flight back to UK
Transfer back to the international airport by taxi. B

This is usually an evening flight. Your luggage can be stored in the hotel during the day

Day 16, Arrive UK

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner


Without flights
from £1565
With flights
from £2265
Trip at a Glance

16 days UK - UK
Days on Trek
10 Days
5 nights hotel
9 nights camping
Meal Included
Breakfast 14-01
Lunch 10-01
Dinner 9-01

Maximum Altitude
Grade 4 - Challenging-01
Sole Occupancy

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