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Trekking Olleros Carhuascancha Chavin
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The Olleros to Carhuascancha trekking tour is a magical journey into a remote and unspoiled area of the Codillera Blanca South not known for many other trekking groups. We follow an ancient pre Inca path and are treated to fantastic mountain views, waterfalls many small crystal blue mountain lakes and traditional Andean villages. At the finish we will visit the famous archaeological complex of Chavin de Huantar, South America oldest and most advanced Pre-Inca civilization.
Day 1: Huaraz - Canrey Chico - Sacracancha
Day 2: Sacracancha - Yanashallash Pass - Shongopampa
Day 3: Shongopampa – Jato(3700 m) – Castilla Camp
Day 4: Castilla Camp – San Juan pass (4850m) – Rimarima camp
Day 5: campo Rimarima – Mirador Mesapata (4600m) – Carhuascancha
Day 6: Carhuascancha – San Marcos – Chavin de Huantar – back to Huaraz
Day 01: Huaraz - Canrey Chico - Sacracancha
Duration: 1 hour (by car) 4 - 5 hours (hiking)
We leave from Huaraz heading toward Chico Village at 10,991 ft / 3350m from where we start by an easy trekking pace following an ancient pre-Inca trail up the wide Uquian Valley gently gaining altitude. During this trek, you will have great views of the snow capped peaks of Shaqsha and Cashan. We’ll set-up our first camp in Sacracancha at 13,517 ft / 4,120m.
Day 02: Sacracancha - Yanashallash Pass - Shongopampa.
Duration: 5 - 6 hours aprox
We start the day going up to Yanashallash Pass 15,420 ft / 4700 m). On our trek to the pass we are treated with close views of the glacier coming from Uruashraju and some small lakes on the valley floor below. Next we descend to our camp site following a switch back trail to reach our camp site is in Shoncopampa Valley at 12,631 ft / 3850 m.
Day 03: Shongopampa – Jato(3700 m) – Castilla Camp.
Duration: 5 - 6 hours aprox.
We continue our trek along the wild mountain valley with stunning views of magnificent glaciers such as: Uruashraju and Rurec, and where the massive snow covered peak of Huantsan comes into view dominating the skyline. We spend the night in Castilla Camp Site at 14,272 ft / 4350 m. During today’s trek, we are passing by small farms.
Day 04: Castilla Camp – San Juan pass (4850m) – Rimarima camp.
Duration: 6 -7 hours
An early walk to the beautiful Santa Rosa Pass at 15,847 ft / 4830 m is really rewarding and soul searching. You will find yourself amidst the tranquil and peaceful nature forgetting the world outside. You will enjoy fabulous views of Uruashraju, Rurec, San Juan and Cayesh Peaks. You’ll then start descending easily through a beautiful valley surrounded by granite rock mountains. Our camp site is called Hitacok which is situated in the Rima Rima Valley.
Day 05: campo Rimarima – Mirador Mesapata (4600m) – Carhuascancha.
Duration: 6 hours aprox.
We leave our camp site ascending by an undefined path to Mesapata which is a beautiful viewpoint at 15,158 ft / 4620 m. The site has one of the most fabulous vistas of river forest and colorful lakes situated at the base of Huantsan, Tumarinaraju, San Juan and Maparaju Mountains. From here we descend into the Carhuascancha Valley where we find our camp site is located at 12,992 ft / 3960m. Warmirumi Carhuascancha Valley must be the most beautiful valley in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, because it possesses a beautiful forest, very rich in different kinds of local trees, wildflowers (including orchids), bushes, mushrooms, moss and lichens.
Day 06: Carhuascancha – San Marcos – Chavin de Huantar – back to Huaraz.
Duration: 3 hours (hiking) 3.5 hours (by car)
We start this day going down easily through the beautiful Carhuascancha Valley which driver us to Puente Dos amores, where our bus will be waiting for us to go back to Huaraz. On the way we visit the Chavin archeological complex, this temple, the largest pre-Inca site that has been restored with its impressive carved stonework and anthropomorphic figures and its labyrinth of underground passages. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture (600 – 400 BC) discovered and known as Chavin the Huantar.
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at 5:00 PM the afternoon before the trip begins.
- Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning (between 5:00 to 5:30am) and will travel by private transportation to Canrey Chico (Olleros), the starting point of the trek.
- Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
- All camping & cooking equipment (sleeping, Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the donkeys).
- Cargo Mules: For to carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (6 kgs/13.2 lbs).
- Trekking cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant (if the group is more than 8 people), will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!.
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners (Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost).
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
- Tea time daily: Every afternoon before dinner, the cook will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite to eat!
- Snacks on the trail daily: Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.
- Entrance fee to Huascaran National Park
- Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Transport: Private transport from San Marcos city to your hotel in Huaraz (last day)
What to take:
- Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Huaraz.
- Sleeping Bags: Considered a personal equipment, but you can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -10ºC. They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
- Day 1 breakfast and last day dinner in Huaraz city.
- Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
- Personal clothing and gear
- Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
- Additional expenses as a result of leaving the tour early or additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
- Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)
- You will only carry a daypack with whatever you require for that day's walk. All you need is appropriate clothing, a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots (and a spirit of adventure with a good dose of endurance for this trip!!).
Prices: full private service
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The prices could vary according to the dates of travel, eg Easter holidays or Independence Day of Peru.
* Departure confirmed with minimum 4 and maximum per group are 8 people
May to October
» Additional dates available upon request on this trip, places are still available
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