Alpamayo trekking 10 days, cordillera blanca, Huaraz, North Peru
Was selected as the most beautiful mountain in the world during the 1966 Munich photography exposition in Germany. The precise view of a photographer that captured the perfect pyramid silhouette of the Alpamayo was the key to winning the coveted award. Many trails and canyons needed to be crossed in order to obtain the right image and the Cedros gorge is indeed the place for it.
Cedros is an isolated, beautiful and impressive circuit. Condors and eagles will be our inseparable companions during the trek due to the high altitude of 4,000 meters that will be encountered throughout the hike. Mountains and solitude define this amazing trek that although over 10 days long, will probably seem too short for many hikers.
Itinerary for 10 days, Alpamayo trekking
Day 1: Huaraz 3100m We will depart from Huaraz by bus, pass through the villages of the Callejon de Huaylas (Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz) and then take the turning Colca and start up to Hualcayan (3140 m.), where we will start to walk, walking up a mule track up Huishcash, where we will set up the first camp.
Day 2: Huishcash -Ruinapampa We walk to the edge of the canyon with views to the lagoons Yanacocha & Azulcocha and then move to the edge of the lagoon Cullicocha which will provide a beautiful view of Mount Santa Cruz, then we will continue to climb to reach the open Cullicocha (4850 m.). We will then descend to Ruinapamapa (3900m.), where we will set up the Second camp.
Day 3: Ruinapamapa-Jancarurish 3,800m descend to the gorge of Cedros, walking towards Alpamayo creek where we will set up the third camp, from where we will have a beautiful view of the pyramidal shape Mount Alpamayo (5947 m), considered the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Day 4: Alpamayo View This day we will climb to the lookout Alpamayo, near the snowy Quitaraju. This place has a spectacular view of the pyramidal face of Alpamayo. We will then descend to our camp, on the way visiting Jancarurish Lake.
Day 5: Jancarurish – Safuna 4000 m. We leave the camp by crossing a small creek to start our climb towards the pass Caracara (4830 m.), in the valley Moyabamba. Then we will go through the passage of Mesapampa (4500m.). After we will descend to the valley of Safuna (4300m), here we will set up the fourth camp.
Day 6: Safuna -Jancapampa 3600 m. We will leave the camp by the creek Yanta queñua towards Yanajanca (4600m.) Then we will go down Laurel Creek, reaching Jancapampa (3600 m.) where we set up the fifth camp.
Day 7: Quebrada Jancapampa-Huecrococha 3850m. Jancapampa, we will leave for the gorge to reach the Pishgopampa (3600m.). We will then start climbing to Tingopampa in the direcion of Tupatupa (4400m.), and then we will descend to Huecrococha (3800m.) where we will set up the sixth camp.
Day 8: Huecrococha – Paria (3950m.) After breakfast we will depart to the High Pucaraju (4650m.), from this point we will have an excellent view of the gorge and the Mountains Huaripampa Taulliraju and Pucaraju (5025m.). We will descend until Tuctubamba and Paria (3950m.) where we will set up the seventh camp.
Day 9: Paria –Pacchapampa (4180m.) Today we continue down the Huaripampa Valley, along a river clean and surrounded by lush vegetation and breathtaking mountains until we reach the town of Huaripampa and Vaqueria. After some resting, we will continue to the Pacchapamapa camp site.
Day 10: Pacchapampa –Llanganuco valley Huaraz. After the breakfast we will go up to cross the Portachuelo Pass (4767m), after we will enjoy the view of the many mountains such as Huascaran, pisco Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha, Chacraraju & Huayndoy. We will also see many lakes such as; Chinancocha & Orconcocha (Llanganucos Lakes). We will then go down in to the valley and after 3 to 4 hours we will be at Orconcocha (3900m lake) where our car wait for us to return to Huaraz.
*Transport to and from Huaraz.
*All meals during the expedition: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert & Coca tea.
*Morning hot chocolate, crackers and popcorn in the afternoon.
*Hot water for washing.
*First aid kit.
*Cooking tent, Dinner tent, Sleeping tent, Toilet tent, Sleeping mats, Table, Chairs, Stove and gas, and all kitchen utensils.
Fees Not Included:
*Entrance fees to national park. $25.00 USD for multiple day treks.
*Breakfast on the first day.
*Dinner on the last night.
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