This trek is north (really south) of Huaraz and unforgettable trekking, Beautiful remote área of the Cordillera Blanca. Not known to many tourists. The trek begins with an ancient pre- Inca path and along the way we Will see fantastic panorama of mountains and many peoples with their custams.
The Cordillera Blanca is the highest equatorial mountain range in the world. With 36 summits rising to over 6000m peaks are perpetually snow – clad. Among the more famous of its mountains are the giant Huascaran (22,300`), the highest peak in Perú -and the classic pyramid of Nevado Alpamayo the world´s most beautiful peak (19,600’). Cold mountain streams tumble and swirl their way down from peaks to the many beautiful glacial “Lakes “. In the canyons called ”Quebrada” only a few thousand feet below, the vegetation ranges from brilliant flowering plants to exotic succulents.
The valleys of the Cordillera Blanca are inhabited by Quechua – speaking Indians. They wear colorful hand loomed woolen clothing and raise corn and potatoes as staple crops. Although there have been some changes due to increasing contact with outsiders, the old traditional way of life is very strong here. Many others still thresh grain by circling donkeys around the floor of the threshing ground; often the work is accompanied by musicians who play wooden flutes and drums.
Few mountain ranges present such varied archeological remains as this one. Artifacts and sites discovered here over the years represent at least four civilizations prior to the Spanish. Abandoned terraces and irrigation systems are testimony to greater agricultural activity in the past.
Mountain trails in the region are good and the hiking is superb, even if you never intend to climb a peak. The weather is usually brilliantly clear and the mountain views are exceptional.
The Cordillera Blanca has become increasingly popular for climbers and trekkers in the last 30 years. The government of Peru made a national park out of most of the Cordillera Blanca in 1975, the purpose of which is to facilitate study of the archeological sites, preserve the rarer species of plants and animals, and to regulate the number of visitors to the area.
Arrive Lima at the airport Jorge Chavez in the morning or in the afternoon and transfer to the chosen hotel.
LIMA – HUARAZ BY TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE. From Lima 8:30 am from the city of Lima early eight hours by bus approx. To Huaraz. The first part of the journey that follows a coast of barren desert with evidence of the growing urban population of Peru in several human settlements, passing the cities of Chancay, Huacho, Huaura, in the city of Barranca marine lunch, from the village of Pativilca headed into the mountains, up from 150 m to step Conococha (4100msnm), we have a first glimpse of snow-capped mountains and mountain Caullaraju (5680 m) and the Cordillera Huayhuash, then we began to descend toward the north to the city of Huaraz (3100m), the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Overnight in hotel – Lunch and dinner.
First day of acclimatization: HUARAZ –WILCAHUAIN. Huaraz located 3100m capital of the Ancash region and the center of trekking the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash.. , Begins in the city of Huaraz visiting the street José Olaya, the only street that remains of Huaraz before the 1970 earthquake, then it ascends to the area Huacrahirca where the Cordillera Blanca seen as the Huandoy mountains Huascaran, Vallunaraju , Churup and Huatsan, follow the path from the lower village of Huanchac, going after the people of Jinua and Paria, visit the pre-Inca temple Ichic Wilcahuain, an architectural complex of the Wari culture (1100 AD) then visit the main temple of Wilcahuain, where we will visit the corridors and buildings as labyrinths of three levels, which are oriented to the fall sun, southern cross and toward the sunrise, we will also visit the small showroom ceramics of this civilization. Later we started the walk towards the town of San Miguel de Recrish from this village began walking downhill to take us 02 hours approx. to the thermal baths of Monterrey, then take a relaxing dip in the swimming pools or the hot springs of healing properties. Return to Huaraz on a bus. Box Lunch and dinner.
- Transport. Monterrey – Huaraz.
- Box lunch.
- Ticket payment of sites to visit.
- Official bilingual guide.
Second day of acclimatization: Lake Churup. Output private mobility to the east of the city of Huaraz to Pitec, passing the towns of Unchus 3300 m. Llupa village 3500 meters. Then we get Pitec 3850 m. From where you have a panoramic view of the central part of the Cordillera Blanca and then started to walk entering the path ascend to the 4450 m.s.n.m. where is located the lagoon Churup beautiful colors called aprox.a 3 hour walk, on the way some rocky areas scale. The Laguna Churup is a classic destination in Huaraz to acclimatize, then return to the city of Huaraz. End of our service. Box Lunch and dinner.
- Huaraz – Pitec Transport.
- Huaraz – Box lunch.
- Ticket payment of sites to visit.
- Official bilingual guide.
Huaraz – Wilcacocha and Canray Chico, Olleros. After breakfast we leave Huaraz by bus, along Santa Cruz Valley passing several small towns until we reach Chiwpampa ( Santa Cruz bridge) around 9:30 in the morning, from here we begin to go up with a small bus in the direction of Laguna Wilcacocha 3700m, an hour’s drive to the lagoon, located in Cordillera Negra.
If we have a Good time we Will see all the Cordillera Blanca mountains and the picture is fantastic and the high mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, Huascaran, Huandoy, Snowy cup Huantsan, etc
After exploring the beauty of Wilcacocha we descend to the road and continue to village of Olleros . 3450m. From here to Canrey Chico Camp. 3 or 4 hrs. (L.D)
Canrey Chico – Tzacracancha. After breakfast we leave Canrey Chico in the direction of Ztacracncha, but very early in the morning we will meet with our mountain staff and donkeys, from here we Will start our trekking quite easy going up enjoying the splendid views and White Mountain peaks . Arriving our second Camp. Tzacrecancha. 4000m. 4or 5 hrs. (B.L.D)
Tzacracancha – Shongopampa. After breakfast, we shall continue our trekking ascending but not steep and to get the Yanashallash pass 4700m. During the passage of Yanashallash pbserve many beautiful lakes and high mountains and likewise we Will meet many people of village. Where we Will have luch enjoying the splendid views. Then we Will go down Hill until third camp at 3850m. This day we have enjoyed walking yb the pre-Incas Trail Stone paved some parts, then we Will start zigzag path to go down toShonkopampa, camping at 3850m 5 or 6 hrs slowly(B.L.D)
Shongopampa – Castilla. Camp. Easy hike day. From Shongopampa we Will contnue our descend through Hato village at 3700m, for about 2 hours, then we Will stsrt hike up to Castillo camp for about 3 hours, during this trekking we Will see the Cordillera de los conchuchos i the East site and we Will see nice peaks near the camp like Urhushraju 5722m, Rurec 5700m, Huantzan 6395m and Tumarina 6113m, our camp Will be at 3900m. 5 or 6 hours. (B.L.D)
Castilla – Rimarima camp. From Castilla camp we Will start hike up to San Juan pass 4850m (15,908ft) for aboit 2 hours, along this hike we Will enjoy the nice views of amazing peaks like Huantzan, Tumarina and Rurec, arriving the pass over 4850m we Will see the most interesting peak San Juan 5843m (19,165 ft) and Cayesh 5721m (18,769 ft), in the north side, If the customers are strong lunch Will be in the field or on the way. After get the top we Will start go down to our camp Rimarima, camping at 4300m(14,104 ft) 4 or 5 hrs. (B.L.D)
Rimarima – Carhuscancha. The day start with a leisurely walk up towarsds a Trail which makes its way to rhe left over a small ridge into the many snow covered mountains and fantastic panorama along the way, after that we Will reach to Mirador pass 4600m (15,088 ft), from there we Will see nice high mountains, nice lakes and beautiful plans; you will see peaks like Maparaju, Tumarinaraju, Cayesh and. Lunch on the way. After lunch we Will start coing down Hill to the next camp Carhuascancha, camping at 3900m (12,792 ft). 5 or 6 hrs. (B.L.D)
Carhuascancha free day. We spend 2 nights at the campsite at Carhuascancha, either for a rest day or to take a short diversión up a side valley or scramble up and along a nearby beautiful Lakes and spectacular views of the high mountains peaks. (B.L.D)
Carhuascancha – San Marcos – Chavin de Huantar. archeological Center. After our last breakfast in camp. A steep descend brings us the Carhuascancha valley to the small village Yuracyacu and passing through several small typical Andean settlemens with traditional customs. A short uphill from where we look down San Marcos village 2970m (9,742 ft), then we Will desced for one hour to this vallage where our private bus Will be waiting for us, one hour drive to Chavin de Huantar village, Chavin reach and stay overnight in Hotel or camping in the tent city around. 5 or 6 hrs. (B.L.D)
Visit Chavin Ruins and Museum. After breakfast we start our tour, visit the ruins, The most outstanding sights of these ruins are underground galleries as well as the architecture of the main temple-
After visiting the ruins, in the afternoon we visit the museum and the village of Chavin city.
After visit Museum, we retun to Huaraz, 3 hrs drive back Huaraz.
Arring Huaraz around 7 PM. For hot showers Good food and a celebrations. (B.L)
The bus leaves early for Lima, stopping for lunch on the way and Hotel in Lima.