Key information: Huayhuash Circuit
- The vast, icy, serrated Huayhuash range is one of South America's most beautiful.
- Trek through a gorgeous wilderness of glaciers, colourful lakes, grasslands and deep valleys, under the magnificent peaks of this superb range.
- This is a long, tough walk in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self sufficient and where altitude can cause real problems. Come prepared.
- Walkopedia rating86.5
- Natural interest15.5
- Human interest6
- Negative points5
- Total rating86.5
- Note: Neg: altitude.
- Length: 190km
- 11-13 days (or an 8 day option)
- Maximum Altitude: 4,950m
- Level of Difficulty: Difficult
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COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS
Posted on: 04/09/2012
The Huayhuash trek is long, strenuous, and wild. Every day you will cross a pass between 4600 and 5000 meters. Every campsite is above 4000 meters, usually around 4300 meters. The views are outstanding, the best I have seen anywhere. Dramatic peaks and beautiful glacial lakes. The downsides: the nights are long (since the trekking season (the dry season) is during Peru's winter), and very cold, and the trail, like every trail I walked in Peru, is in poor condition from being very heavily used by people and burros. Nonetheless, this is a spectacular trek and certainly my favorite.
Posted on: 21/06/2014
The fantastic ice range of the Cordillera Huayhuash is renowned for knife-edged 20,000-foot peaks that attract mountaineers from around the world. Seven of Peru's highest peaks rise from this dramatic massif, whose awesome beauty can be seen in the gripping adventure film Touching the Void. Our challenging 14-day trek crosses seven high passes as we circle the entire range, with nearly continuous panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Yerupaja (21,759'), second highest mountain in Peru. Our adventure culminates in an optional climb of Diablo Mudo (17,235'), a non-technical snow peak with panoramic views across the entire Huayhuash. Sunny blue skies, mild daytime temperatures, and a profusion of edelweiss and purple lupine make these mountains an alpine paradise. more info www.peruvianmountains.com
Posted on: 28/10/2014
Peter Beverley says:
“Cordillera Huayhuash in Northern Peru. This is much more remote and untrodden than the Inca Trail, even the marvellous Salkantay. It includes all the great mountains like the 6700m Huascaran and the perfectly shaped Alpamayo. We did a strenuous but very doable five-day hike and saw only two other climbers who were headed for Huascaran itself (but that was in 1983). Going to Huaraz to start the walk you go past Yungay, a village wiped out in an earthquake and avalanche in the 70s, which killed 20000 people and is still a huge gash across the landscape.”
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