The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit has been described as possibly the best and most demanding alpine trek in the entire world!
Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash is a vast and dramatic mountain range where condors soar amidst icy peaks while llamas, alpacas and viscachas roam the wilderness. We plan to undertake a long, high altitude trekking circuit which circumnavigates the entire range, crossing multiple high passes. Peru's second highest mountain (Yerupaja) can be found amongst the ice-fluted summits of the Huayhuash as can Siula Grande, the mountain made famous by Joe Simpson’s book, Touching the Void.
Be warned - this is a genuinely remote and very high altitude trek which will challenge even fit and confident hikers!
For this trip you will need a minimum of 2 weeks and 2 days off work. We will first need to fly into Lima and then journey several hours north to Huaraz deep in the mountains. From Huaraz we will then need to spend 3 days out hiking in the mountains in order to acclimatise to the extreme altitude before our bodies will be sufficiently adjusted to cope with the journey into the Huauyhuash.
Expect a true adventure into a vast region of huge mountains overlooking a wild landscape of rolling grassy meadows, moraine and steely blue-green glacial lagoons. This is unquestionably one of the finest high-altitude treks in the Andes, if not the world, which is suitable for fit hikers.
Our plan is to undertake this trek guided by an experienced local team from this part of Peru. They will ensure we are well looked after and our camping gear is carried by donkeys, so each of us only needs to carry just a light backpack each day. Our Peruvian cooks will also keep us well fed by providing us with 5 meals a day!
We intend to gather a small group of adventurous mountain trekkers to tackle this high altitude challenge over 10 days with the support of our Peruvian crew and their burros. At night we will camp out and temperatures can drop well below freezing. At the highest pass we will be above 5000m and we will rarely descend below 4000m.
This trek is suitable only for fit hikers with previous trekking experience. You need to be able to endure tough consecutive days of walking in mountainous terrain at high altitudes.
Deposit Payment - £399
Remaining Balance - $800 USD - This will be paid directly to our team in Peru on arrival in Huaraz
Community fees - You will also need to carry about 270 Peruvian Soles (in small bills) during the trek to pay the fees charged by local people in the mountains. This figure is an estimate and might increase a little once there but we have no way of knowing until we are in the mountains. The money is reasonable compensation to the indigenous communities for allowing us to pass through their lands and graze our animals.
- All trek & acclimatisation hike fees
- Local Peruvian team of guides, cooks + donkey drivers
- Donkeys to carry equipment + 'emergency' horse
- 5 prepared meals a day on the trek
- Guesthouse accommodation (shared rooms - twins or triples) in the centre of Huaraz on the July 4th 5th 6th 7th and 17th
- Breakfasts in guesthouse accommodation
- Flights to Lima
- Bus transport to/from Huaraz
- Personal equipment
- Meals outside of the trek
All in all you will require 2 weeks off work, plus a Friday & Monday either side. We will need to allow for travel to & from the mountains as well as the acclimatisation day hikes from Huaraz. The trek itself is 10 days. If you can get to Huaraz and start acclimatising even earlier, this will be of great benefit to you. Those who prepare properly will have a good chance of success even if they lack prior high altitude experience.
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