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Quillcayhuanca to Cojup hiking tour
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A short hiking tour in Cordillera Blanca trek gives walkers the chance to enjoy some of the most stunning sections of the Cordillera Blanca in complete peace and serenity.
The trails are steep and narrow in parts, making it difficult for donkeys to pass (the day 2).
The little-visited Quilcayhuanca Valley offers endless breath-taking mountain panoramas of imposing snow-caped peaks towering high above turquoise glacial lakes. Some of the most impressive flora and fauna of the Huascaran National Park can be seen on the trek, and the low number of visitors means that your chances of seeing herds of viscachas and the emblematic Andean condor are increased.
The high pass and steep ascents make this trek a challenge at times, but if you are fit and healthy and wish to escape the crowds of trek Huayhuash or Santa Cruz, Quilcayhuanca to Cojup will not be disappointing.
Day 1: Huaraz - Pitec - Quilcayhuanca Valley - Tullpacocha camp (4250 masl)
Day 2: Tullpacocha - Paso Huapi (5020m) - Cojup (4150m)
Day 3: Quebrada Cojup - Huaraz
Day 01: Huaraz - Pitec - Quilcayhuanca Valley - Tullpacocha camp (4250 masl)
Duration: 1 hour (by car) 5 - 6 hours (hiking)
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Pitec hamlet (1 hour), start point of the trek Quilcayhuanca route. The trail has no difficulties at all because it’s flat most of the way. After 3 or 4 hours you will be exploring a beautiful valley full of green fields, animals and with the view of Andavite Peak (5518 masl) arrival to Tullpacocha lake cross, where the campsite is installed. From this point there are 3 options: Explore Cayesh Valley to visit its steep needle shaped peak (approximately 3 hours), visit Tulpacocha and back to campsite or rest and walk around the campsite taking pictures of the magnificent landscape. Dinner and overnight in campsite.
Day 02: Tullpacocha - Paso Huapi (5020m) - Cojup (4150m).
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Very early in the morning after a succulent breakfast, start of the big challenge to cross Huapi Pass (5020 masl). This day, the mules return with the equipment through Quilcayhuanca Valley to go inside Cojup Valley and install the new campsite. From the pass, you can observe Ranrapalca (6162 masl), Palcaraju (6110 masl) and Ishinca (5530 masl). After 4 or 5 hours climbing up a steep slope and going down from the pass towards Cojup Valley arrival in the campsite near to the Palcacocha Lake. Dinner and overnight in campsite.
Day 03: Quebrada Cojup - Huaraz .
Duration: 5 hours (walking) 1 hour (by car)
After breakfast, you start to go down Cojup Valley, following the path of the avalanche in 1941. After 4 or 5 hours descending through this fabulous valley you will arrive at the exit of the valley, where transportation is waiting to take you back to Huaraz city. Arrival estimated approximately at 4 pm and transfer to your hotel.
- 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 Quillcayhuanca valley, 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 Cojup valley 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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