Cordillera Blanca Trek - 13 DAYS

Spectacular scenery that draws experienced trekkers from across the world


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No one can deny the extraordinary beauty of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world, which rivals the himalays in scale. It is a glacial wilderness of translucent turquoise lakes, hidden waterfalls and dazzling pinnacles, making it one of the Andes’ most stunning ranges, as well as one of the world’s best-kept secrets!

This challenging but exhilarating trek could be considered the ultimate Peru adventure. You’ll hike through the heart of Huascarán National Park—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site—where more than 40 peaks over 19,000 feet high are linked by isolated valleys laced with trails dating from pre-Columbian and colonial times. You will witness dramatic landscapes and stunning vistas of sharply ridged peaks, including the remarkable “perfect” pyramid of Alpamayo, and Huascarán, the highest peak in Peru. Along the way you'll come across unspoilt villages and charming locals also notice the smaller details - exquisite alpine flowes, crystal clear waters, that rare sound of a silent wilderness.

This trek is rated 'ultimate challenge' meaning you will be trekking over steep, rugged terrain at high elevations with no vehicle support and with substantial altitude gains and losses. You’ll cross seven passes (five of them over 15,000 feet), and camp at altitudes of 12,000 to 14,800 feet so it is best suited for experienced mountain hikers.

It is most certainly challenging, but a fantastic, bucket-list triumph for those whose hearts lie at the planet’s most impressive heights.

 

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Why we like it

Highest tropical mountain range in the world
Glacial wilderness, translucent turquoise lakes, hidden waterfalls, dazzling pinnacles
Hike through a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site
One of the world's best kept secrets
Challenging but a bucket list triumph!

At a Glance

Day 1 | Arrive in Lima then transfer to Huaraz
Day 2 | Hike to Huillcacocha Lake
Day 3 | Visit local markets & charming town of Carhuaz; enter Huascarán National Park for short, easy warm up hike
Day 4 | Hike to Tuctu Pampa through the Tuctu Valley
Day 5 | Continue up the Huaripampa Valley on pre-Inca trails to Laguna Huecrococha
Day 6 | Hike up to the village of Tingopampa,camp at Jancapampa
Day 7 | Climb the Yanajanca pass to the small settlement of Huilca
Day 8 | Continue up Quebrada Tayapampa and camp at Moyobamba
Day 9 | Hike over Caracara Pass, witness Alpamayo as the sun sets
Day 10 | Begin a long ascent to Jatun Viento Pass
Day 11 | Hike to the last and highest pass, Toro Pishtanan, then descend to Cuillicocha Lake
Day 12 | Continue downhill to the ruins of Hualacayan, transfer to Huaraz
Day 13 | Fly to Lima to contiune onward arrangements

Key facts

Fixed departures: monthly
Season runs: May to July
Grading: 'ultimate challenge'
Altitude: Huaraz 3,052m and Cordillera Blanca 4,790m
Hiking: up to 8 hours per day

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