Each day of the Huayhuash trek is packed with majestic mountain vistas, colorful lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and even hotsprings in the middle of the circuit. You will walk traditional paths that have been used for millenia and pass through remote settlements which seem totally disconnected from the modern world. The lofty and difficult summits: Yerupaja (6,635m), Jirishanca (6,126m), Rasac (6,040m), Sarapo (6127m), and Siula Grande (6,344m), the latter of which was the site of Joe Simpson's epic tale of survival, "Touching the Void", are legendary among climbers.
The 10-day Huayhuash Trek* is a fun and beautiful route that most trekkers find to be of moderate difficulty. The trek crosses a high pass almost every day (the highest is (5000 meters) as it moves from drainage to drainage (one of which is reputed to be the actual source of the Amazon River). We meet in the small Andean town Chiquian and from there travel by car to Cuartelhuain where we load our burros and begin our trek. The trek is broken up by a side trip to visit the Sarapo Valley to see the immense west face of Siula Grade, the site of Joe Simpson's epic adventure recounted in "Touching the Void" and on the fifth day we visit hot springs. The daily hikes are usually between 5 and 8 hours at a relaxed pace.
*The Huayhuash can also be done as a 8 or 12 day trek
• Trek Length: 10 days (9 nights)
• Difficulty: moderate-difficult
• Best time of the year: May-September
• Altitude:3500m to 5000m
•The Huayhuash region is completely managed by the local indigenous communities, so all entrance fees go directly towards supporting a unique and disappearing way of life.
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• English speaking guide
• All food during trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)
• All Huayhuash community entrance, grazing, and camping fees
• Professional mountain cook and all cooking gear
• Tents (two and three person tents)
• Inflatable sleeping pads
• Dining tent with chairs, table, and eating utensils
• Burros and burro drivers for equipment
• Emergency horse
• Emergency satellite messager
• Extensive first aid kit
• Transportation to and from trek (Huaraz to Huaraz)
• Sleeping bag or any other personal camping/trekking items (see packing list)- We can arrange the rental of various items if you need them.
• Any extra costs incurred in an early departure from the trek or evacuation
• Food, hotel, or transportation before or after the trek in Huaraz or Lima
• Anything else not listed above in the "includes" section