Dates of trips

  • 08/05/2021-24/05/2021

Description

Peru is a country with a fascinating culture. A heir to ancient civilizations, and a place full of natural wonders. It is said that everyone will find something for themselves in Peru. Sandy coasts, wild mountains and jungle: culture, adventure and nature. Lima, Cusco and Arequipa with their urban monuments. The ruins of the Incas kingdom of Machu Picchutelling the story of Peruvian tribes. Peru is also famous for its excellent food and, above all, its inhabitants – friendly and open to the world.

Cordillera Huayhuash is the second highest tropical mountain range, just after the Cordillera Blanca. Although located 120km from the Pacific Ocean, its ridge is part of the Continental Division of South America. The waters of the eastern slope flow into the Marañon River – the main tributary of the Amazon.

The main zone of the Cordillera Huayhuash, going 25km from north to south, contains about 20 peaks – including six six-thousanders – as well as a secondary mountain chain (about 15km long) with lower peaks. The most famous peak of the Cordillera Huayhuash is Yerupajá (6617 ma.s.l.), the second highest mountain in Peru (right after Huascarán, at 6.768 m.) Its most knonw peak is Siula Grande (6,344 m), where the action of novel and film “Touching the Void” took place. The mountain became famous thanks to Joe Simpson, who, together with Simon Yates, attempted to reach the summit in 1985.

Trekking in the mountains of Cordillera Huayhuash provides amazing views. Furthermore, there are numerous beautiful glacial lakes in thos area. Therefore, trekking in the mountains of Peru is a must on the list of plans for every hiking lover.

Group

6-12 persons

Time

17 days

Mountains

Cordillera Huayhuash

Activity

trekking

Teams

6-12 persons

Price

1500 + 1190 EUR

Country

Peru

Level

medium

Trip program

Day 1 – time to fly from the chosen airport to Lima. Transfer of the whole group from the airport to the city. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 – after breakfast, transfer to the station, then a comfortable cruise bus from Lima to the Andean capital of Huaraz (3100m a.s.l.) – approx. 8 hours of driving. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 – a breakfast trip to Laguna Paron after breakfast. Bus transfer, then easy (approx. 5 hours in two directions) trekking along the shores of the lake, with picturesque views of the snowy peaks, among them Pirámide de Garcilaso (5885 m) and the Sphinx wall famous among climbers and a deep gorge cut between 1000-meter granite walls, up to Laguna Paron (4200 m asl). Along the way, lunch in tourist conditions. After trekking, return to Huaraz. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 – after breakfast a day trip to the most famous lake of the Cordillera Blanca mountains – Laguna 69 (4,450 m a.s.l.). First a bus ride along the Santa River. Then about 6-hour trekking with views of the mountain forests, several picturesque waterfalls, as well as glaciers and their moraines. We will also see the walls of Chacraraju, considered one of the most beautiful and also the most difficult six-thousanders of Cordillera Blanc. Along the way, lunch in trekking standard. After trekking, return to Huaraz. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 – after breakfast we set out for an eleven-day stay away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. This day is also a chance to rest: we will not go anywhere, but only a 3.5-hour journey into the Cordillera Huayhuash range will take us by bus to Camp Matacancha (4150 m a.s.l.). The route passes through the Puja Raimondi National Park, famous for its giant plants with amazing shapes. Along the way, we will cross the Huarapasca Pass (4780 m a.s.l.) and two other high mountain passes by car, we will also see the Pastoruri glacier. Finally, we reach the village of Matacancha (4150 m a.s.l.), from where the next day we will begin our 10-day trekking loop. In the afternoon we will meet local guides, herdsmen and their mules and prepare loads that animals will carry. On the way we will have lunch and dinner in Matacancha. Accommodation in tents in the Matacancha camp.

Day 6 – after breakfast approx. four-hour trekking from the Matacancha camp through the Cacanampunta Pass (4700 m a.s.l.), lying on the watershed line between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, to Lake Laguna Mitucocha (4300 m a.s.l.). Along the way, spectacular views of the Huayhuash Mountains. Lunch in trekking standard on the route. Dinner and overnight stay at the lake camp.

Day 7 – after breakfast approx. Three hours of easy trekking from the Mitucocha camp to the Punta Carhuac Pass (4640 m a.s.l.). Then, descent through picturesque meadows to Lake Laguna Carhuacocha (4200 m a.s.l.), where the most beautiful, surrounded by rock and ice mountain landscape, and also the most pleasant because of the wind sheltering our trekking camp. With the permission of the Indians living here, you can fish for trout. Lunch in trekking standard on the route. Dinner and overnight at Carhuacocha camp by the lake.

Day 8 – this day will be the most scenic during the whole trek. After breakfast, approx. Six-hour trekking from the Carhuacocha camp through the Siula Pass (4950 m), from which there is a view of the serap-covered slopes of Sarapo Peak (6127m), to the Quesillococha-Huayhuash camp (4450 m) near the village of Carnicero. Lunch in trekking standard on the route. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp. In case of problems with acclimatization or weather, it is possible to pass this section by another route with a smaller elevation, but a longer, through Carnicero Point (4580 m).

Day 9 – a day of lighter trekking and relaxation. After breakfast, start the four-hour descent from the Huayhuash camp to the village of Portachuelo de Huayhuash, from where the scenic mountain route continues to the picturesque lakes up to the largest of them, lakes. Viconga (4400 m a.s.l.). Lunch in trekking standard during trekking. Dinner and overnight at the Viconga Hot Springs Camp (4400 m), where you can take a dip in the hot springs.

Day 10 – intensive trekking day, which will take us from 9 to 11 hours. After breakfast, leaving the Laguna Viconga camp towards the highest mountain pass of the Cordillera Huayhuash – Punto Cuyoc (5020 m a.s.l.), from where you can admire magnificent panoramas. Then descend through the Huanacpatay Gorge to the Elefante Camp (4450 m a.s.l.) or Huanacpatay (4350 m a.s.l.). Lunch in trekking standard on the route. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 11 – after breakfast, about six hours walk from the Huanacpatay camp to the village of Huayllapa (3600 m a.s.l.). First, a descent through picturesque meadows where sacred Inca flowers bloom, and then a sharper approach to the Huatiac Camp (4290 m), lying next to the village. Lunch in trekking standard on the route. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 12 – another intensive trekking day; we will devote about 9-10 hours to the journey. After breakfast at the Huatiac camp, we will start a steep climb to the Punta Tapush Pass (4800 m a.s.l.). The hardships of hiking will be compensated by beautiful views, including to the top of Diablo Mudo (Silent Devil, 5350 m a.s.l.). The next stage is a short descent to the Cashpapampa Camp (4500 m a.s.l.). Lunch in trekking standard on the route. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 13 – after breakfast, about 4 hours of gentle trekking: first descent to the Angocancha gorge (4350 m asl), then the ascent to the Yaucha pass (4750 m asl), from where new mountain panoramas open, and finally descent to Jahuacocha lake (4066 m) above sea level). Lunch in trekking standard during trekking. Dinner and overnight stay at the lake camp.

Day 14 – rest day at Jahuacocha Lake. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the camp. Optional easy mountaineering to the top of Berlin (5094 m a.s.l.) or to the Sambuya / Rondoy Pass (4750 m a.s.l.) or to gentle trekking to Lake Solteracocha. Overnight in Jahuacocha camp.

Day 15 – the last day of trekking, which will take about 5 hours. After breakfast at the camp, approach the Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m a.s.l.) and descend to the village of Pocpa (3600 m a.s.l.). Then, about 3 hours by bus to Huaraz. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 – after breakfast, transfer to the station, then approx. 8 hours on a comfortable cruise bus to Lima. In the evening going out together, free time. Accommodation and overnight at a hotel in Lima.

Day 17 – exploring Lima together. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport. Departure in the evening.

Day 18 – transfer to the airport, return flight.

The trip price includes

  • service of 1 Polish-language BluEmu leader per group;
  • service of 1 experienced Peruvian guide speaking English per group;
  • service of chefs and their assistants in trekking camps;
  • service of of an English and Spanish translator;
  • service of for mule drovers on a multi-day trekking route;
  • hotel accommodation during city breaks: 2 nights in Lima, 5 nights in Huaraz;
  • accommodation in double tents provided by BluEmu during all trekking days;
  • full board (breakfast, dinner, snack – lunch in the middle of the day – meals in tourist standard prepared by chefs in camps) during all days of trekking. Food costs also include kitchen utensils (shared ovens and cutlery) and cooking fuel. Meals are available in meat and vegetarian versions (includes fish). Other versions (e.g. vegan, gluten-free) are available after early notice and for an additional charge.
  • breakfasts during city breaks (Lima, Huaraz);
  • all transfers listed in the program are comfortable cruise buses and private buses
  • transportation during multi-day trekking a maximum of 15 kg of luggage by a mule permit to stay in the Huascaran National Park;
  • permission to stay in the Huayhuash Community National Park;
  • usual tips for trekking staff;
  • medical expenses insurance and accident insurance for the entire duration of the trip (while in the mountains, the policy covers high-risk sports);
  • souvenir t-shirt and buff;
  • Polish Tourist Guarantee Fund contribution.

 

The trip price does not include

  • air ticket to Lima and back;
  • costs of possible entry tickets to the objects visited in cities for lunch and dinner during a stay in the cities (Lima, Huaraz);
  • costs of transporting additional kilograms (over the 10kg / person limit) by a mule during trekking;
  • the cost of any additional meals, snacks and drinks, and buying souvenirs
  • costs of optional trips during additional days in the event of early termination of the mountain operation;
  • costs of excess baggage on the plane;
  • the cost of individual transfers from or to the airport for arrivals or departures at a different time than most groups;
  • departure tax at Lima airport.

 

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