08 Days/07 Nigths
Max. Altitude: 5000 m / 16,404 ft
Route: Cedros Alpamayo Pomabamba Circuit
Availability: April - October
Cordillera Blanca offers some of the most diverse possibilities to do trekking and climbing in the world. It has fantastic paths and landscapes, innumerable trails along valleys, that reach some Passes up to 4700 m, like Cullicocha, Vientunan, Willca, and others. The area is well known for impressive mountains, lagoons, rivers, waterfalls, and its flora and fauna.
Along this trail, we will see Alpamayo (5947 m / 19,511 ft) – the most beautiful mountain in the world.
This is a very good hike to acclimatize. From Huaraz we go by car to the village of Pitec. On the way we pass several picturesque villages, such as Unchus and Llupa. At 3850 m /12,631 ft we start our easy hike up to Lake Churup with its blue colors sitting at an altitude of 4440 m /14,566 ft ling over steep rocks. And then we come back to Huaraz by the same way.
Day 01: Huaraz – Hualcayan 2900 m / 9,514 ft – Wishcash
After an early breakfast, we will transfer you from Huaraz to Hualcayan. There, our carriers will be waiting for us and will take our luggage. We will ascent on a zigzag trail to Wishcash camping (3700 m / 12,139 ft). Duration: approx. 4 – 5 hrs.
Day 02: Wishcash – Cullicocha Pass 4850 m / 15,912 ft – Vientunan Pass 4600 m / 15,091 ft – Ruinapampa
After breakfast, we will go to Cullicocha Lagoon (4400 m / 14,435 ft), an impressive place with a view of Santa Cruz. We will cross Cullicocha Pass (4850 m / 15,912 ft), also known as Los Cedros, admiring the lagoons and mountains. After a short descent, we will ascend to the second pass – Vientunan. We will continue walking to Alpamayo Valley, to Ruinapampa camping 4100 m / 13,451 ft.
Day 03: Ruinapampa – Jancarurish 4200 m / 13,779 ft
In this day, we will start the trail through the beautiful Alpamayo valley. Meanwhile, we will observe some antique stone constructions and ruins. Also, we will get to see the South-Eastern part of Alpamayo – the pyramidal face. Duration: approx. 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 04: Resting day (visit to Alpamayo view point)
We will visit the Alpamayo Base Camp and the Alpamayo view point.
Day 05: Jancarurish – Caracara Pass 4700 m / 15,419 ft – Safuna 4250 m / 13,943 ft
After breakfast, we will cross the river. During our trail, we will always have a view on Alpamayo. We will ascend to Caracara Pass (4700 m / 15,419 ft), and then we will descend through Moyobamba Valley, down to our next camping place – Safuna.
Day 06: Safuna – Paso Willca 4500 m / 14,763 ft – Jancapampa 3400 m / 11,154 ft
We will start the day by ascending to Willka Pass (4500 m). There, we will have beautiful panoramic views of Pucajirca mountain. We will descend to Jancapampa camping, where we will meet Andine Quechua people.
Day 07: Jancapampa – Pomabamba
After breakfast, we will descent through Jancapampa village, where we will see the typical Andine houses of Quechua people. Our trail will finish at Pomabamba.
Day 08: Pomabamba – Portachuelo Pass 4800 m / 15,748 ft / Llanganuco – Huaraz
After breakfast, we will take our private transport towards Huaraz. On the way, we will pass by some small villages till getting to Portachuelo Pass (4800 m / 15,748 ft). From there, we will enjoy the incredible views on Huascaran, Huandoy, Chacraraju, Pisco, Chopicalqui mountains and the Llanganuco lagoon.
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Expedition Nevados Pisco 5752 m & Chopicalqui 6345 m
Trekking Cedros Alpamayo 5947 m
Expedition Nevados Alpamayo 5947 m & Huascaran 6768 m