Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 6 – Cutatambo to Huatiaq

Day 5 Cutatambo to Huatiaq Today was a totally different day. The trail took us on a brisk walk all the way down to 11,000ft - oxygen! The trail traveled away from the high peaks and followed a raging river steep down into a narrow valley. The water was crystal clear with multicolored river rocks [...]

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Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 5 – Viconga to Cutatambo

Day 5 - Viconga to Cutatambo 6am peek outside our tent - clouds with breaks of blue. We were hopeful! We walked from the hot springs back up to the valley we came to reattach to the main trail. We had two big passes to conquer today. The first one at 16,500 ft and the [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 4 – Huayhuash Camp to Viconga

Day 4 Huayhuash Camp to VicongaWe woke up to more rain but felt stronger and better acclimated after a good nights rest. It was a shorter day - only 4.5 hours of total hiking. The trail was a little more gradual today but still reached a 15,500ft pass. No views of the mountains, just lots of [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 1 – Pocpa to Quartelhuain

Day 1 - Pocpa to Quartelhuain 4AM: Jake and I checked out of our hostel in Huaraz and walked to the bus station to catch our first ride of the day to a tiny town called Chiquián. Even though our ticket purchase reserved our seats, the bus stopped for anyone and everyone needing a ride [...]

The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Location: Andes Mountains of Peru Distance: 81 miles Duration: 8 days Highest Elevation: 16,600ft Itinerary Day 1 - Pocpa to Quartelhuain Campsite (8 miles) Day 2 - Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha Campsite (13 miles) Day 3 - Carhuacocha to Huayhuash Campsite (8 miles) Day 4 - Huayhuash to Viconga Campsite (9 miles) Day 5 - [...]