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12 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for Huacho: Trek Through The Toughest Ranges Of Peru


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Trek through the toughest ranges of Peru

Mountain ranges of Peru

Cordillera Huayhuash-Peru

Known as Classic Circuit, the full trek of Cordillera Huayhuash traverses through many spectacular high passes to visit the Cutatambo valley, which is situated below the mountain "SiuláGrande" - place where Joe Simpsons' ‘Touching the void’ was filmed.

DAY 01


  • Start from Huaraz 

  • Trek to Chiquian 

  • Then Llamac 

  • Reach Cuartelhuain

DAY 02

Cuartelhuain – Cacanan Pass – Mitucocha

  • Start from Cuartelhuain 

  • Trek to Cacanan pass (4,700 m) 

  • Reach Mitucocha by the day's end

DAY 03

Mitucocha – Carhuac Pass - Carhuacocha

  • Start from Mitucocha

  • Trek to Carhuac pass (4,600 m)

  • Reach Carhuacocha by the end

DAY 04

Carhuacocha – Siula Pass – Huayhuash

  • Start from Carhuacocha

  • Trek to Siula pass (4,800 m)

  • Reach Huayhuash by the end.

DAY 05

Huayhuash – Poartachuelo Pass - Viconga

  • Start from Huayhuash 

  • Trek to Poartachuelo pass (4,600 m.)

  • Reach Viconga (a famous hot spring) by the day's end

DAY 06

Viconga – Cuyoc Pass – San Antonio

  • Start from Viconga 

  • Trek to Cuyoc pass (5000 m.)

  • Reach San Antonio by the day's end

DAY 07

San Antonio – San Antonio Pass – Cutatambo

  • Start from San Antonio

  • Move to San Antonio pass (5,020 m.) 

  • Trek up to Cutatambo

DAY 08

Cutatambo – Visit Base Camp of SiuláGrande

  • Start from Cutatambo 

  • Visit the base camp of SiuláGrande (The movie - Touching the Void was made here)

DAY 09

Cutatambo – Huayllapa – Huatiac

  • From Cutatambo, trek to Huayllapa

  • Continue trekking to Huatiac

DAY 10

Huatiac – Tapush Pass – Yaucha Pass – Jahuacocha

  • Start from Huatiac 

  • Trek to Tapush pass and further to Yaucha pass (4,800m.) 

  • Reach Jahuacocha by the end

DAY 11

Rest day

  • This day can be rested for

  • If not rested, visit Cerro Amarrillo

DAY 12

Jahuacocha – Pampa Llamac Pass – Llamac – Huaraz

  • Start from Jahuacocha 

  • Trek to Pampa Llamac pass (4,300 m.) 

  • Further to Llamac 

  • Reach Huaraz where the trek ends

  • 1200 USD Per Adult
  • English speaking guide
  • Cook during the trek
  • Complete food during the trek
  • Donkeys and donkey drivers
  • Bi-personal tent
  • Dining tent with chairs and table
  • Kitchen tent with utensils
  • Toilet tent
  • Acclimatize day
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Entrance fees to Huayhuash area
  • Private car to start and finish the trek
  • Extra horse
  • Taxi from bus stop to hotel in Huaraz
  • Flight or bus ticket from Lima to Huaraz
  • Hotel in Huaraz/ Lima
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Food in town
  • Tips
  • Sleeping bag
  • Taxi from Lima airport to bus stop

The full trek of the Cordillera Huayhuash is what is known as the classic circuit. On the course, we can see many spectacular high passes of over 4600m, and two of them at 5000m - Cuyoc pass and San Antonio Pass.
This trek visits the Cutatambo valley, which is situated below the mountain "Siulá Grande"; real place in of Joe Simpsons movie, "Touching the void".
Among other peaks that can be seen during the trek are: Rondoy, Ninashanca, Jirishanca, Yerupajá chico, Yerupajá, Cuyoc, Diablo Mudo, Rasac , huacrish, Sacra. 

The lakes that we come across include Mitucocha , Carhuacocha, Atopshayco , Siula , Viconga, Jurao , Sarapococha , Jahuacocha , Solteracocha.
This Huayhuash Trek is features among the ten best trekking routes in the world.


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starting from
USD 1200