This special version of a 5-day trek of the Cordillera Huayhuash has been designed for our clients who may be time limited but still seek to capture the unparalleled beauty and spirit of this treasured Andes mountain range. The 5-day trek route includes some of the most dramatic scenery to be witnessed and photographed in the Cordillera Huayhuash. You visit some of the most interesting places in the Cordillera Huayhuash and you climb a moderate level peak “Diablo Mudo” 5350 m / 17 552 ft, an ideal peak for amateur mountaineers; getting to the summit of this peak you see directly the west faces of the tallest mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash; mountains like Yerupaja, the second highest in Peru. This route also affords spectacular views of lakes such as Jahuacocha, which is rich in Andean flora and wildlife and offers many photographic opportunities. A prerequisite for accomplishing this trek however, is to be well acclimatized since we ascend to very high altitude fairly fast.
Today we will pick you up to take you to the bus station, to take your 8hours bus to Huaraz. It’s recommended to arrive 30 minutes before the departure time to do the check in. Relax during your journey from Lima to Huaraz on a touristic bus which included lunch and drinks service on-board. The bus runs along the Peruvian coast area in direction to north side until Pativilca passing several cities for about 200km, then start going up to the highest pass of Conococha 4500masl (14,000 feet) with the first views of the Cordillera Blanca, it continues to north side along the Valley of Callejon de Huaylas arriving to Huaraz 3100masl. The whole drive takes around 8 hours. Once you arrive to Huaraz, pick up their belongings and depart to their hotels.
Free day in Huaraz for acclimatization. Today you will have the chance to explore the town and perhaps visit the small local museum. A chance to acclimatize before the next few days of hard adventure.
Optional: Pastoruri tour: This tour has something of adventure, because the mountain rises at 5000m, you will visit the South side of Callejon de Huaylas, on the way you will see picturesque Andean towns like: Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac with its wonderful landscapes. After we arrive in Pachacoto where we will start enjoying the natural beauties of the Cordillera Blanca, we will visit Patococha lake; also we will apreciate the greatest plant of the Andes, Puya Raimondi, that belongs to Bromelia family (pineaple), it is considered to have the biggest inflorescence of all the plants, its leaves are slender, has 5 000 flowers and 6 000 000 seeds, it grows at 3 800 – 4200 m; and finally we get to Pastoruri glacier. After the visit, we return to Ticapampa where we will have lunch and finally we return to Huaraz.
After breakfast at your hotel we will pick you up in our private transportation then drive south from Huaraz to the village of Pacllon, the gateway to the Cordillera Huayhuash range. At Pallon our crew will set up our first camp in the village football field situated at 10,663ft / 3250m.
Early morning we start our hike towards Corralpampa (14,000ft / 4200m), it opens up into a rolling grassy area where we will have the first views of the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash. We set up our camp in Corralpampa (14,00ft / 4200m).
Today is demanding but well worth the energy for what you will personally capture this day in breathtaking majestic scenic views as we gradually ascend up through the Rondoy Valley. After ascending to the top of the Rondoy Pass at 15,584ft / 4750 m, you then descend towards the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha (cocha means lake in Quechua) on the way to our camp situated at the head of the lake (13,287ft / 4050m).
We spend our last trek day on this circuit resting at Lake Jahuacocha. This is one of the special days for the pleasant and impressive landscape that surrounds and “wows” you by its awesome majestic beauty. There is an option, if you chose to do a half day trek to Paso Yaucha (15,748ft / 4800m) where we have a breathtaking view of the surrounding peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash or we can just chill-out resting at our Jahuacocha camp.
With successfully completing our special version of the shortest Huayhuash trekking circuit, after breakfast we leave camp early for our return to Llamac. We’ll ascend a steady but gradual climb up to Punta Pampa Llamac at 14,107ft / 4300m. After a brief rest at this vantage point taking in the surrounding Andean ranges, we then descend the steep gravel trail to Llamac Village (13,944ft / 4250m) where our private transportation will now transfer us back to Huaraz.
Travel from Huaraz to Lima on a comfortable bus, fully equipped, with lunch and drinks service provided on-board. The bus departs from Huaraz’s downtown, travelling first hours by altitude highland areas while enjoying the contrast color of Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra as going to the highest point of Conococha 4500 masl , enjoying panoramic views of the mountains. Then descend by the brown valley of Fortaleza to get the Panamerican highway to sea level, and continue to the south side arriving to Lima at proper time to the private Bus Station in San Isidro. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Upmarket properties with above average facilities and service.
Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.
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Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventures' internal processes are also structured to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.