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Queropalca to Huayhuash hiking package
All details about Huayhuash Queropalca hiking tour
Hiking trekking Cordillera Huayhuash to Queropalca 7 days.
We designed this special version of a 7 day trek of the Cordillera Huayhuash for our clients who may be time limited but still seek to capture the unparallel beauty and spirit of this treasured Andes mountain range. We recommend that you are have a good level of physical fitness and are well acclimatized before committing to this awesome mini-trek adventure in the Peruvian Andes..
Day 1: Huaraz – Huanucopampa – Queropalca (3800m/12464ft)
Day 2: Queropalca – Carhuacocha (4250m/13940ft)
Day 3: Side Trip to the Spectacular Laguna Siula Lakes and Return to Carhuacocha Camp
Day 4: Via Punta Carhuac to Laguna Mitucocha
Day 5: Mitucocha – Rondoy (4300m/14104ft)
Day 6: Rondoy – Jahuacocha (4100m/13448ft)
Day 7: Jahuacocha / Llamac- Huaraz
Day 01: Huaraz – Huanucopampa – Queropalca (3800m/12464ft)
Duration: 6 to 7 hours (by car until the town)
We start with a six hour drive from Huaraz to La Union. From La Union we drive a half hour further to Huanuco Pampa (12,257ft / 3736m) situated on a grand plateau area. We will visit this intriguing and captivating ancient Inca city of Huanuco Viejo having lunch, then we will continue to Queropalca where is our first Camp. Overnight Camping at (3800m/12464ft).
Day 02: Queropalca – Carhuacocha (4250m/13940ft)
Duration: 5 hours
Here we will meet our Arrieros (donkey driver) and donkeys. From this point, we hike to Lake Carhuacocha at 13,615ft / 4150m where we have close up views of the snow-capped peaks of Jirishanca and Yerupajá which are reflected in the lake water where we camp on the shores of Lake Carhuacocha.
Day 03: Side Trip to the Spectacular Laguna Siula Lakes and Return to Carhuacocha Camp
Duration: 5 to 6 hours approx.
We stay another night at Carhuacocha to enjoy the mountain surroundings. We take a day hike up a side valley past the base of Yerupaja and Siula Grande. Here we find 3 glacial lakes, all unique in that each has a different shade of blue or green. Sometimes we see avalanches coming off the glaciers into the lakes.
Day 04: Via Punta Carhuac to Laguna Mitucocha
Duration: 6 hours.
A steady ascent on a good path takes us to Punta Carhuac (4650m) pass, with good opportunities en route of spotting the elusive Viscacha rodent, endemic to the high Andes. From here, weather permitting, we will enjoy excellent views of the Yerupaja and Siula Grande peaks. We descend on grass to the Janca plateau then head southeast to reach tonight’s camp at another large, trout-filled lake; Laguna Mitucocha (4250m). After lunch, you have the option of walking around the lake.
From our camp we have superb views of the sheer face of Jirishanca (6094m) and Jirishanka Chico
Day 05: Mitucocha – Rondoy (4300m/14104ft)
Duration: 6 hours approx.
Leaving our camp we head towards Cacanampunta Pass at 15,584ft / 4750m. From this vantage point we will enjoy the spectacular view on the other side of the valley and we might have an opportunity to observe majestic condors flying above the pass. We then descend down to our camp at Rondoy Valley (14,272ft / 4350m).
Day 06: Rondoy – Jahuacocha (4100m/13448ft).
Duration: 6 to 7 hours.
Today is a demanding day but well worth the energy for what you will personally capture this day in breathtaking majestic scenic views as we gradually ascend up through the Rondoy Valley. After ascending to the top of the Rondoy Pass at 15,584ft / 4750 m we then descend towards the beautiful Laguna Jahuacocha on the way to our camp at the head of the lake at 13,287ft / 4050m. 6 to 7 hours.
Day 07: Jahuacocha / Llamac- Huaraz
Duration: 4 hours by car & 4 hours hiking
After an early start and gentle descent for an hour, we start our gradual climb to the final pass, Pampa Llamac (4300m), from where we have our final views of much of the Huayhuash range. Then it is a long descent back to the Llamac valley and the village of Llamac.
In Llamac the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz and your hotel for that long-awaited hot shower!! We arrive in Huaraz at about 16:00 hours.
- 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 Queropalca, 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 Llamac village 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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