Trekking in Peru
Cedros to Cashapampa via Alpamayo
Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Cedros to Cashapampa via Alpamayo is one of the most complete circuits in the Cordillera Blanca; it’s a 10 day trek, with passes as high as 4800 m.a.s.l. and climbs of up to 1000 m per day. On this perfect journey of discovery in the Peruvian Andes, we will be able to observe the most characteristic peaks of the range, including Santa Cruz, Alpamayo, Pujicarca, La Aguja, Artesonraju and Caraz, among others. The trek will start and finish in the city of Huaraz; hiking time is between 4 and 6 hours a day.
We recommend you complete at least 2 days of acclimatization before starting this trek.
Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
50 km south of the Cordillera Blanca we find one of the most beautiful places on Earth for trekking: the Cordillera Huayhuash, a 30 km mountain chain with snowy peaks over 6000 m high. It has played a central role in the history of mountaineering; the ice and rock walls of Siula Grande, Yerupajá and Rasac represent a mountain odyssey and some of their faces have not been climbed in decades.
The Huayhuash trek is a circuit at high altitude with mountain passes so high that they could almost be considered summits themselves. The route brings us into contact with many kinds of flora and fauna, but also communities that live close to the many lakes and creeks nestled in the range. During our 10 day trek we will walk between 3 and 7 hours every day, so we strongly recommend previous acclimatization training; some hikes of one or two days will prepare you for this hard but rewarding journey in the Peruvian Andes.
Huantsán and Chavín de Huántar
Level of Difficulty: Medium
At 6396 m, Huantsán is one of the most spectacular peaks in the Peruvian Andes; from the east side we have an unspoiled view of the giant and lonely mass of rock and ice nestled above an extensive valley in the least-visited part of Cordillera Blanca. Unlike other sectors of the Cordillera, we won’t find many other tourists in this beautiful area; it’s a region that still very much belongs to the mountains, where the inhabitants continue to preserve the lifestyle of the traditional Andean communities.
Our journey begins in Chavín, home to the archeological site of Chavin de Huantár, where we will witness the well known arquitectonic skills of the pre-Columbian Peruvian societies. Following our exploration of the ruins, we will head into the mountains where suddenly we will come face to face with Huantsán, a mountain never climbed on its east side, which has earnt the formidable nickname of “the K2 of the Andes”. However it is not only the mountains that draw us to this trek, but also the people and their customs; huts of stone with thatched roofs and rock fences scatter the valley floor, where traditional agriculture is still practised. This is a breathtaking trek which allows us to travel back in time in the shadow of a giant.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Lake 69 is located at 4600 m.a.s.l. and is one of the most famous and therefore most visited places of the Cordillera Blanca, thanks to its stunning turquoise colour that contrasts with the bright white backdrop of Mt. Chacraraju. During the relatively easy hike of approximately 4 hours, we can be observe the typical flora and landscapes of the Peruvian Andes, as well as peaks like Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Pisco and Yanapaccha. It is an ideal hike to acclimatize for harder treks or climbs. This is a one day hike starting in Huaraz; we will return to the town the same day.
Level of Difficulty: Medium
This three day trek leads us through a valley surrounded by mountains, including Hualcán and its impressive glacier. We start with an acclimatization hike to a viewpoint then return to our camp to sleep. The following day we pack up and follow the path through a forest and past streams before climbing to Lake Rajupaquinam, where we will camp. On the third day we will visit Lake 513, located at the base of the Hualcán glacier and then return by the same route.
From the very first day this route will allow us to discover the native forest whilst exploring the entire valley below Hualcán. This is a perfect trek to acclimatize for harder circuits or climbs; hiking time varies from 4 to 6 hours per day.
Level of Difficulty: Demanding
It comes as no surprise that this is the most popular route in the Cordillera Blanca; the Santa Cruz trek has it all. This trail leads us through a wide variety of stunning landscapes, from bright green valleys to a dry and rocky mountain pass. The latter stands at a daunting 4750 m.a.s.l., but the uphill struggle is well worth the effort; standing atop the pass we can enjoy spectacular views of some of the most famous mountains of the region, including Pisco and Alpamayo, as well as beautiful glacial lakes. Along the way, we also pass through typical Andean villages, giving us a glimpse into rural Peruvian life. But it’s not only the days that are filled with beauty; at night the mountains glow white against a backdrop of stars - the perfect reward for a hard day’s hiking. Widely touted as the best short trek in the Huaraz region, this is certainly an experience that should feature on every adventurer’s bucket list.
This is a 4 day trek, leaving from and returning to Huaraz, with between 4 and 6 hours of hiking per day. There are several optional side trips to extend this experience too. The difficulty level is very dependant on the hiker’s physical condition and previous acclimatisation; we recommend completing several day hikes at over 4000m to fully prepare for this trek. Contact us for further information.
En desarrollo de lo dispuesto en el artículo 17 de la Ley 679 de 2001, la agencia advierte al turista que la explotación y el abuso sexual de menores de edad en el país son sancionados penal y administrativamente, conforme a las leyes vigentes.