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 20 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, transfer to the hotel chosen by the client in the city of Lima or leave immediately from the airport to Huaraz with a private car, 8 hours of travel. Hotel in Huaraz.
Lima: City Tour . 3 Hrs.In the afternoon, a trip to the essential Lima, “The City of Kings” including the most important architectural icons of the city, such as the Main Square, where you can find the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Then, we continue with a visit to the San Francisco Convent, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. On our way to the modern area of the city, we will cross the exclusive district of San Isidro, the new financial heart of the city, to take a look at pre-inca Huaca Huallamarca. Finally, we conclude our circuit in Miraflores, where we will visit the “Parque del Amor” (Love Park) an excellent spot to enjoy a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
LIMA – HUARAZ BY TOURIST BUS.
From Lima 7:30 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 Cone cocha (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 – dinner.
First day of acclimatization: HUARAZ -WILCAHUAIN.
Huaraz located 3100msnm 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. End of service.
- Transport Monterrey – Huaraz.
- Ticket payment of sites to visit.
- official bilingual guide.
Second day of acclimatization: HUARAZ – 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.
- Transport. Huaraz – Pitec – Huaraz.
- Box lunch
- Ticket payment of sites to visit.
- Official bilingual guide.
HUARAZ – CASHAPAMPA – LLAMACORRAL.
Duration: 4/5 hours approx.
Journey to the north of Huaraz, in the journey you can appreciate landscapes and cities of the Callejon de Huaylas, near the holy river, the first stop is in the village of Anta to photograph the mountains of Huandoy, Huascaran Chopicalqui, Copa, Urus and Vallunaraju, continuing the tour through the villages of Marcara, Acopampa then we will have our second stop in the city of Carhuaz, which is characterized by its traditional customs and traditional dress, they visit the square and the church St. Peter and delight the rich ice cream made of typical fruits of Carhuaz and the alley of Huaylas. The trip continues north and visit the ancient city of Yungay (2500 meters), this city disappeared after the earthquake by an avalanche of Nevado Huascaran on May 31, 1970, now called holy field of Yungay, in this place alone remained as silent witnesses to this tragedy 04 palm trees and white image of christ on the top of the cemetery. Currently the new city of Yungay is located 1 km. North of the cemetery. From Caraz started to climb to the village of Cashapampa (2990 m) where is our first From the cashapampa we walk up the narrow Santa Cruz Valley. This is the first part of one the most famous treks in Perù, The Santa Cruz trek – As we go up the Valley we climb near the santa cruz river , ascending gradually, passing the the Atun paccha waterfull, you arrive Llamacorral camp (3800m), where tye mountain Taulliraju ( ) you can see in the front.camp in llamacorral lake 3800m.B.L.D.6-7 hrs. Dinner. 4/5 hrs- L.D.
LLAMACORAL – TAULLIPAMPA.- Day walk begins in the Cordillera Blanca. At 6:00 am an alarm tea after breakfast at 7:30 am aprox.Continuin by an easy road, in the gorge of Santa Cruz to Taullipampa, we see the snow-capped Alpamayo, Arteson Quitaraju Raju, the amazing towers of rock and ice Taulliraju. From Quiswar by a moderate path climbs to the mountain viewpoint Alpamayo and then visit the lagoon Arhuaycocha (4350 m) 4200m.After lunch we will return to our third camp Taullipampa to 4250m. B.L.D.. 4 – 5 hrs.
Duration: 4 hours
We spent the second night in camp in Taullipampa, for a day of rest, (an opportunity to acclimate more slowly and enjoy the Andean scenery of the Cordillera Blanca) or to take a short tour to the side or up the valley to the area Artesonraju mountain with views of the Alpamayo, the best known in Peru and the world as “the most beautiful mountain in the world”; lunch at the camp, B.L.D.
TAULLIPAMPA – PARIA (CACHIPAMPA).
Duration: 6/7 hours
Day walk begins in the Cordillera Blanca. At 6:00 am an alarm tea after breakfast at 7:30 am approx. the ascent begins with an ancestral way watching mountains as Taulliraju, Quitaraju, Alpamayo, Rinrijirca, Paria, after reaching the first step Punta Union (4750msnm) from where we have a panoramic view of 360 °, then start the descent down a rocky path to the edge of the lagoon Morococha after lunch we continue down the valley Huaripampa to our camp in Paria (3870 m) B.L.D.
PARIA – VAQUERIA – LLANGANUCO.
Duration: 06 hours approximately
Day walk begins in the Cordillera Blanca. At 6:00 am an alarm tea after breakfast at 7:30 am approx. It descends on an easy path, which leads through cultivated land, to the town of Huaripampa. Rural scenes where we provide a nice contrast to the environment of the highest mountain in which we have spent the last few days. From the village of Collo the trail begins to climb again towards the village of Vaquería (4800m), after a rest we take our bus to portachuelo of LLanganuco one step away from 4767m, where you have a spectacular view of the Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco mountains, Pyramid and Chacraraju, descending have the full view of the gorge LLanganuco with gaps Orcon cocha and Chinan Cocha, camp at Demanda Valley. 4100m. Camp.6/7 hrs.B.L.D
LLANGANUCO – BASE CAMP OF PISCO.The walk to base camp is easy now we are acclimatised. We may even beat the donkey team there!. Pisco can be popular, so expect a few other people to bearound. 4600m. 4 hrs. (B,L,D)
BASE CAMP – MORAINE CAMP.We need to carry all the gear to ca,p one. The walk is enterely on moraine and rocky glacier. For some of the way there is a track, but there is also a fair bit of Boulder hopping to be done. You Will have to carry your sleeping bag and mat, plus all the clothes you need for the ascent, and of course your ice axe and crampons. Any help with other gear is welcome but not essential. There is a small lake for wáter and enough flat spots for tents, so we Will fi tinto as few tents as posible, to sabe on space andweight. The panorama from here is fabulous¸a perfect sunset makes it even better. 5000m. 3,4 hrs.B-L.D
MORAINE CAMP – SUMMIT.
We leave the camp at about 2 am, aiming to arrive at the top of Pisco (5752m)For sunrise. The climb is steady and never steep, the views of the whole range superb. We are on snow after 30 minutes, and move together, roped in groups of three Korean group on Summit of Pisco or four. We would expect to be back in Camp 1 by 11 am for abrew and a quick snack. After a break we carry our gear back to base camp, which takes about 2 / 3 hrs. We spend the night in base camp. (B,L,D)
BASE CAMP TO LLANGANUCO. We descend easily to the road and our waiting vehicle and drive back to the main highway.(Yungay), which then takes us back to Huaraz. We say goodbye to the donkey drivers and all workers, and think about celebrating in Peruvian style.(B,L)
THE LONG RETURN BUS TO LIMA. Usually a lively ride with re-oxygenating blood, a sense of achievement , relaxation and a welcome rest from activity. Our trip ends here, usually at the airport, and an evenning flight home.
For those going onto Cusco and Macchu Picchu, a hotel in Lima and an early flight next day.