Intense colours. Blue lakes, white mountains, gray rocks and yellow pastures. Our senses will be enhanced during this journey. The Huayhuash Mountain Range is one of the most shocking sceneries in South America and home to some of the most spectacular, hardest peaks in the Andes. Join us in this experience!
Huayhuash is a remote mountain range in the center of Perú. It is smaller and more close-packed than its neighboring Cordillera Blanca, however more technical and isolated from villages and roads. It hosts six peaks upwards of 6000 meters high and more than thirty over the 5.200 mark. Slender ice and rock pyramids rise above grassy, glacial lake-sprinkled valleys where only a few shepherds live along their herd.
During the late 80s and early 90s the cordillera was closed for tourism. During that period, its valleys were used as a hideout by the Sendero Luminoso guerilla. As a result, the area, now open for tourists and visitors, still presents many untouched, unexplored walls and offers many opportunities for those who want to pioneer these rarely visited areas.
Mountains like the Siula Grande, Carnicero, Trapecio, Jirishanca, Yerupaja and Rondoy are its main characters. Fully loaded with stories of great climbers like Toni Egger, Walter Bonatti, Ricardo Cassin, Alex Lowe, Joe Simpson or Simon Yates. Sacred mountains that will never cease to amaze us.
A valid passport is needed for entering Peru. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the date the traveler will exit the country. US passports-holders can stay for up to 90 days without a visa.
We recommend that a photocopy of a passport should be made before international trips. Photocopies should be kept in a location other than the actual passport, for extra security. You should also leave a copy along with your emergency contact details.
Check if there is any advice/warning issued as well as the entry requirements for your destination with your embassy.
Transfers in Perú
Transportation during the programme is, as stated before, by regular bus services.
Arrival at the airport
When arriving in Lima, follow the signs to the arrivals terminal/building. Head to the immigration and passport control desk. You’ll be granted an entry permit in accordance with your visit. Make sure you check the expiration date so that it covers your full stay in Peru .
After picking up your luggage, you should head towards customs. If you have nothing to declare, you can simply proceed through the gate. If you have something to declare, be sure to provide your form to the customs officer so they can scan your luggage. Whether you do or do not have something to declare, bags may be randomly searched upon exit.
Once through customs, you will move onto the arrivals area. Depending on the season and time of the day, you may find larger crowds waiting for their relatives and friends as well as many taxi drivers and travel agency representatives. You should find a desk next to the exit door where you can hire a taxi to your hotel.
The official currency in Peru is the Sol. Check current exchange rates at www.xe.com before your trip. It is essential to bring cash for the trip. ATM machines are not always reliable or might have a low daily withdrawal limit. Usually, ATMs are easy to find both in Lima and Huaraz, but they become increasingly scarce as we leave urban areas.
Most restaurants accept credit cards, but many do not.
Food in the mountains
All the meals served during the expedition are a mix of local and regional products. We are pleased to accommodate to your diet needs and/or allergies.
We recommend packing your snacks of choice for those long days in the mountains. The same goes for your favorite beverages. Eating well is key for keeping your strength up out in the wild. And to cope with the loss of appetite, the best you can have is a wide variety of food at your disposal, from sweet to sour and salty.
In Huaraz, hotels offer all the amenities you might expect: room service, laundry, wi-fi, etc. Our hotel is close to main tourist attractions, unique stores and colorful markets. Plus, it offers a comfortable place to rest in-between activities.
During our treks and climbs we will be camping. You may find yourself waking up in your tent with a hot cup of tea delivered with a huge smile on our face, or playing cards with your new friends in the dining tent during tea-time or even enjoying an excellent meal, specially cooked by our staff.
Travel and rescue insurance
An insurance plan is mandatory to protect yourself from the unexpected. Check with your insurance company on the details about coverage and policies. Feel free to contact us for details or in doubt.
Location: Huaraz, Perú
Duration: 15 days
Dates: May to July
Requirements: Ideal – Experience in trekking and camping. Good physical condition.
Guides and Ratio:
14 people max.
- Professional AAGM/UIMLA Mountain Guide
- Bus tickets Lima – Huaraz – Lima
- Accommodation in Huaraz and transfers.
- Passes to Huayhuash Reserved area.
- All meals as noted on the daily itinerary (see exceptions)
- Loads transportation in mules or horses
- All shared gear for the expedition (sleeping tents, stoves and cooking gear, radio, etc).
- Private transfer Huaraz-Matacancha / Llamac-Huaraz
- Satellite communication service
- Flights and accommodations in Lima, Perú.
- Transportation from Lima Airport
- Meals besides what is included on expedition days
- Personal gear (sleeping bag, layered clothing, boots, skis)
- Traveler insurance
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Some unspecified item in this programme.