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Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Trek

Starts: Lima, Peru
Finishes: Lima, Peru

Visit: Lima, Huaraz, Quero, Trapecio , Huaraz, Lima

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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The compact massif of Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash is famed for its dramatic mountain scenery, typified by fluted ice faces and knife-edge ridges; together with its larger and better-known northern neighbour, the Cordillera Blanca, it provides arguably the best trekking and climbing in the whole of South America and is the perfect setting for a classic high level trekking holiday. On this epic 16-day trek we follow a stunning high-level trail that makes an improbable circuit of this mountain group and provides trekking on a Himalayan scale! The area of the Huayhuash is also abundant in mineral wealth and every year new mining roads appear in the mountains. Our local knowledge and contacts in this area from more than 14 years of continuous operation, mean that we can adapt and maintain a flexible itinerary to avoid these roads. Presenting a rewarding challenge to regular hillwalkers, KEs unique variation of this classic trek crosses a succession of high passes and takes us into remote valleys for views of Perus highest peaks, including Yerupaja (6634m) and Huascaran (6768m). We also visit Siula Grande, scene of Joe Simpsons 'Touching the Void'. Towards the end of the trek, there is the option to walk the ridge of Cerro Jyamy (5200m), which affords views of the entire range. With superb campsites beside green glacial lakes and the charming company of our Quechua crew, this trip offers a fantastic South American experience.

Highlights

    • Superb high-level Andean trekking holiday in the Huayhuash of Peru
    • Views of Siula Grande the scene of Joe Simpson`s best-selling book, Touching the Void
    • Experience indigenous Quechua culture and spot Andean wildlife like the majestic condor
    • Expert-led off the beaten track trekking holiday in Peru

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62463
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Lima, Peru
Finishes: Lima, Peru
Duration: 21 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional and qualified Tour Leader
  • Lima transfers (between 9am and 10pm on days of group arrival and departure)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,225 ($201/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Itinerary

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Peru Lima, Huaraz, Quero, Marhuay, Valley Of The Condors, Quartlehuin, Cancanampunta, Janca, Laguna Carhuacocha, Huayhuash Village, Trapecio, Punta Trapecio, Cototambo, Punta Tarpush, Cerro Jyamy, Quebrada Whacrish, Laguna Jahuacocha, Llamac
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Peter D 

The guide was amazing! Very professional, always concerned about our health, she managed the acclimatisation very professionally, the routes were excellent, the pace of walking was very well judged to suit the group, her campsites were excellent, she was very knowledgeable about the area, the people, the flora and fauna - she must be the best candidate for guide of the year!! Best trek I have ever done!

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Fred P 

The guide was the reason I choose this trek, knowing she was an expert in the region and that she would attend to our (my) health and well being. I was not disappointed.

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Marion H 

An amazing trek that was everything I'd hoped for and more. Good company, excellent leader and support staff, fine weather and unbelievable mountains and views at every turn- the itinerary is spot on with a nice mix of high passes and snow capped mountain views, very quiet campsites and good peruvian food to keep you going. The tour guide is an excellent leader taking everyone's health and fitness levels on board from the start of the trek and is integral at keeping the group together and motivated to keep on to the very top of every small hill! She manages to keep everyone entertained with her tales from previous treks and encourages the group to gel by talking about themselves. She also introduces you to the people, language and culture which makes the trek a richer experience for all concerned. Her knowledge, love and feel for the country is apparent in every aspect of the arrangements made and makes for a rewarding experience for all concerned.

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Lois R 

This was the best run trek I have ever participated in. An exceptional crew! She is extraordinary. The best of the best!

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Julie L 

The guide was a fantastic guide. She had a great knowledge on the area; it’s wildlife and flora. It was great to be on a trip with a guide who also cared a lot about the area and had a great rapport with the local people. This was a brilliant, and demanding trek. The deviations from the normal circuit really made the trip. It was really enjoyable to go off the main route and be the only ones camping in some fantastic locations and see sights that we would not have seen had we stuck to the main paths. Better then my expectations.

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Adrian G 

The Faraona hotel, Lima was very comfortable, the staff helpful and welcoming. It is in a very pleasant area of Peru (Miraflores). Similarly, the Hostal Columbo, Huraaz was a great place to stay with friendly staff, a great breakfast and a comfortable rooms. The transport arrangements were good and timely. The standard of driving was excellent given the nature of some of the roads we travelled. The local guide and crew were friendly, helpful and well organised. The guide is a very professional, hard working and extremely knowledgeable guide. There is nothing she does not know about the Cordillera Huayhuash and indeed other mountain regions of the world! She has a great empathy with the local indigenous population, which gave us the opportunity to have an insight into their way of life. She is an absolute gem! The Cordillera Huayhuash is a spectacular area to trek with many of the camp sites situated close to some of the highest peaks in Peru in fantastic locations. The diversity of the landscape, flora and fauna and the interaction with the local population makes this an interesting trek from start to finish. The trip notes provide an accurate summary of what to expect! I enjoyed everything about the whole trip from the flights with the friendly KLM staff, to comfortable and friendly hotel accommodation in Lima and Huaraz, to the amazing scenery in the Cordillera Huayhuash. Everything went to plan!

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Michael S 

All excellent. Equipment was much better than that on other trips (with other companies). The support crew were superb - a great group of lads. And the food was excellent - the guys kept the menu varied even at the end of the two weeks. Trip Leader was faultless - a great leader. Knowledgeable, supportive, and the time and effort put in ahead of the trek to scout a more varied, exciting, and 'off the beaten track' route was very much appreciated and made a tremendous difference, making it truly a trip of a lifetime (until the next time at least!). When booking next time round, I will be asking which trips Val is leading so I can select those. A brilliant experience all round. We had a fantastic time. Most Enjoyed - The route; The support crew. The campsites - simply stunning; The whole experience.

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Elspeth M 

I really appreciated that the route takes clients into the unspoilt, lesser-trekked areas of the Huayhuash. The views from the tops of these lesser-trekked passes were amazing. The food was excellent and the right amount. The trek crew were very good-humoured. Our guide, was an inspiration in several ways - her charity work, her knowledge and experience of other treks / travels / activities to do and the way she had the whole thing organised and running like clockwork.

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Eunice C 

Well planned. The guide was a pleasure to meet and was cheery, full of information and obviously caring about our welfare. The company, the scenery, leaving civilisation behind. The guide's in depth knowledge of the area and the flora and fauna was really appreciated.

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Simon and Helen W 

The routes that our guide used, were quiet and definitely hidden gems. The scenery at every turn was spectacular and varied. She went out of her way to tell us all about the culture and people and gave us a real insight into the country. Her knowledge has obviously been collected from a huge amount of personal experience and time spent in Peru. We think this trip exceeded our expectations and is certainly the best trek we have been on.

Tour Operator

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