Double Occupancy: $1,440 per person

Single Occupany: $1,500 per person

Minimum No. of Travelers: 4

Duration: Eight Days

Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

When to Go: April-October

For an enjoyable hiking experience inside the park, we recommend you acclimate yourself before beginning this trek.

This off-the-beaten-path hike is one of the most amazing circuits you will ever experience. With remote areas and stunning glaciers, this route circles the Santa Cruz, Caraz, Alpamayo, Pucahircas, Huandoy, Chacraraju, Taulliraju, Chopicalqui and Huascaron mountains, while crossing passes between 15000 to 16000 ft.

Hiking through Quenuales forests (endemic Andean shrub) in narrow and deep canyons, you enjoy views of green and turquoise lagoons reflecting the sparkling glaciers. Above you'll see villages where the residents harvest their crops. The surrounding mountains are covered with "ice flutes" - incredible ice-formations hanging from slopes.

DAY 1: Huaraz – Hualcayan - Huiscash

Pick-up is at your hotel at 7 AM for your transfer by private bus to the starting point of the trek. We pass through the picturesque cities of Yungay and Caraz, where the two imposing summits of Huascaran appear before us. We follow a llama track that ascends the first Andean buttresses, and then travel to Huishcash where we view our next snow-covered peak - Milluacocha. From here, we take a short walk with splendid views of the Yanacocha lake to our camp.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Lunch, Dinner Bus ride: 3 Hours Trekking distance: 4.97 miles Approximate time: 4 to 5 hours hike Gradient: Easy – Moderate

DAY 2: Huishcash - Osoruri

We continue our ascent and follow the aqueduct to Cullicocha. We have a picnic lunch facing Mt. Santa-Cruz and its glacier, which falls into the Rajucocha lagoon. Then, we reach the highest pass of the circuit, Hatun Vnetunan pass (15846’)

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance:7.45 miles Approximate time: 4 to 5 hours Gradient: Moderate - Difficult

DAY 3: Osoruri - Jancarurish

After a healthy breakfast, we take a short trek to reach the Ventana Pass (15580ft). Then, we follow an easy path all the way to the end of Valley de Los Cedros where, Alpamayo (19511ft), “the most beautiful mountain in the world" stands. We camp by the plains of Jancarurish (14590’).

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance visiting the site: 7.45 miles Approximate time: 6-7 hours Gradient: Easy - Moderate

Day 4: Jancarurish – Huilcapampa

We enter the northern area of the Cordillera Blanca today, with the crossing of the hard to reach Caracara pass (15845’). We then enter the immense “Ichu” covered Mayobamba valley, and continue towards Huilcapampa. The plains here are usually filled with herds of Alpacas and sheep.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 7.45 miles Approximate time: 6 -7 hours Gradient: Moderate – Moderate - Difficult

Day 5: Huilcapampa - Jacapampa

Our day starts by following the narrow valley towards the pass. From the Huilca pass (4600m/15091ft), we get the sensation that we can reach out and touch the Pucahircas mountains and glaciers!

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 6.83 miles Approximate time: 6 -7 hours Gradient: Moderate - Difficult

Day 6: Jacapampa – Laguna Huecracocha

In the early morning on the Jancapampa plain we get our first glimpse of the immense Pucahirca glacier, which seems as though it is about to fall! We then take a gentle hike with an easy and small pass. We make camp close to the Huecracocha lagoon.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 7.45 miles Approximate time: 6 -7 hours Gradient: Moderate – Easy

Day 7: Laguna Huecrococha – Huaripampa

Today we ascend the Pucaraju pass (4750m/15583ft). From the pass, we have great views of Cordillera Blanca, with mountains Paria, Artesonraju, and Taulliraju.

Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 8 miles Approximate time: 6 – 7 hours Gradient: Moderate – Moderate - Difficult

Day 8: Huaripampa – Vaqueria - Huaraz

Passing by Colcabamba, we start to climb towards Vaqueria where our transport takes us back to Huaraz. We pass by the Portachuelo Pass, with awesome views of Huascaran, Huandoy, Chacraraju, Pisco and Chopicalqui, and the Llanganuco Lakes. We continue to Yungay and Huaraz.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch Trekking distance: 4.35 miles Approximate time: 3 to 4 hours Gradient: Easy - Moderate

The meals we provide while in Alpamayo Trek are shown below:

DAYS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Breakfast X X X X X X X
Boxed Lunch / Lunch X X X X X X X X
Dinner X X X X X X X
  • 7 nights camping on the trail
  • Transfer to start of trek in Hualcayan
  • Transfer back to Huaraz from Vaqueria
  • All necessary camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Tents
  • Pack animals and their Handlers
  • Mattresses
  • Private guide
  • Entrance fees to the Parque Nacional Huascaran

There are no hot showers along the trail, but every morning and night you are be provided with a bowl of hot water to wash with.
Boiled drinking water is provided after the meals. The meals provided on the Alpamayo Trek are healthy and abundant with 3 courses, and the assistants put up a communal tent to eat in for all meals, including lunch.

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented in our offices in Huaraz $40)
  • Bus Lima - Huaraz - Lima
  • Hotel in Huaraz
  • Medical or Life Insurance
  • Other entrances fees
  • Any other expense due to delays because of natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.
  • A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
  • Small daypack
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Rain jacket & pants
  • Gloves & wool hat
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
  • Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal items & medication
  • Torch, binoculars
  • Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
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