1st day.- Arrival to Lima.
Pick up at the airport “Jorge Chavez” in Lima and transportation to the reserved hotel in Lima.
2nd day.- Departure from Lima to Huaraz (by bus).
We will travel by bus from Lima to Huaraz, the capital of the district of Ancash (3100m). The transport provided by the company “Cruz del Sur” includes a “bus cama”, an overnight trip with reclined seats.
Departure time from Lima is at 09:30am and we will arrive in Huaraz at 5:30pm. Pick up at the bus terminal and transfer to the hotel in Huaraz is included.
The staff of "Enrique Expedition Tours" and the Mountain Guide will be informed about your arrival and will be waiting for you.
3rd day.- Huaraz (3090m) – Yungay – Cebollpampa (3900 m) – Lake 69 – Huaraz.
Pick up at the hotel around 6.00 am and transfer by private transport from Huaraz (3100m) towards the northern part of the “Callejón de Huaylas” (corridor of the Huaylas) to the city of Yungay (2500m) at 55 km. We will follow the route to the eastern side of the Cordillera Blanca up to the upper parts of the valley Llanganuco at 28 km. From the starting point of our trek Cebollapampa (3900m) it takes about 4 hours to climb up to Lake 69. Here we can appreciate a wonderful view of Mount Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huandoy, Yanapaccha and Chacraraju. After about an hour enjoying this beautiful lake we will return by the same way to Cebollapampa, where we will take the bus back to the city of Yungay - Huaraz.
(Elevation Change: +600m; length: approx. 4-5 hours).
4th day.- Huaraz (3100m) – Conococha (4050m) – Chiquian – Cuartelhuain (3900m).
Pick up at the hotel and departure by private bus from Huaraz to Chiquian city (3400m). We will continue our journey towards Cuartelhuain (3900m), where we will be expected by our donkeys and donkey drivers to pack everything, so that we can start walking the next day from camp Cuartelhuain.
(Elevation change: +800m; Duration: approx. 5 hours bus travel).
5th day.- Cuartelhuain (3900m) – Lake de Mitococha (4100m) – Lake de Carhuacocha (4138m).
We will pass the first pass of Cacananpunta (4700m). We will observe some mountains like Ninashanca, Rondoy, the lakes of Pucacocha, Yanacocha Chico and Grande (small and big). Later by descending towards lake Mitococha we will get to see the mountains Rondoy and Hirishanca. We will continue our trekking and pass the second pass of Punta Carhuac (4650m) and descend through the ravine to our camp Carhuacocha. We will enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Toro, etc.
(Elevation change: +800m; Duration: approx. 6-7 hours).
6th day.- Lake Carhuacocha (4138m) – Huayhuash (4100m).
We will pass the third pass of Carnicero (4600m) and descend in between the lakes of Atocshaico, Carnicero. We will see the mountains Siula, Khural, Carnicero and Trapecio.
(Elevation change: +462m; Duration: approx. 6-7 hours).
7th day.- Huayhuash (4100m) – Lake Viconga (4407m).
We will leave very early to pass the fourth pass of Portachuelo (4750m). There we can see the mountains Puscanturpa, Cuyoc, Millpo and a part of the Cordillera Raura. After we will arrive at our campsite in Viconga (4300m) you will have the chance to take a bath in the hot springs of Atuscancha (4000m).
(Elevation change: +650m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
8th day.- Lake Viconga (4407m) – Pampa Elefante (3900m).
We will pass the fifth pass of Cuyoc (5000m), the highest of the entire circuit. Descent through the ravine of Guanacpatay to the camp - Pampa Elephant (3900m).
(Elevation change: +593m; Duration: approx. 6-7 hours).
9th day.- Pampa Elefante (3900m) – Lookout San Antonio – Huatiaj (4300m).
We will leave the camp to climb up to the lookout San Antonio, where we have a beautiful view of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Later we will descend along the valley Guanacpatay to the village of Huayllapa. After visiting the village we will head towards our camp Huatiaj.
(Elevation change: +400m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
10th day.- Huatiaj (4300m) – Lake Jahuacocha (4100m).
This day we will leave our camp to conquer two passes, Tapush (4900m) and Yaucha (4800m), to hike further towards lake Jahuacocha. From there we will enjoy a panoramic view of a part of the Cordillera Huayhuash, including Yerupaja, Hirishanca, Butcher, Siula, Trapeze etc. Arrival at our campsite at Lake Jahuacocha (4100m).
(Elevation change: +900m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
11th day.- Lake Jahuacocha (4066m) – Llamac (3250m) – Huaraz – Hostal.
We will pass the last pass of Pampa de Llamac (4300m). For the last time we have the opportunity to see the mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Arrival at Llamac, where we will be expected by the bus company "Enrique Expedition Tours" to take us back to Chiquian and Huaraz (same way like the travel from Huaraz).
(Elevation change: +234m; Duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
12th day.- Day of rest in Huaraz
The organization of personal material and logistical information for the ascent to Mount Quitaraju we will do after the trekking in the evening.
13th day.- Huaraz (3090m) – Cashapampa (2900m) – Llamacorral (3760m).
We will pick up our clients directly in their hotel in Huaraz and take a three hour private bus ride from Huaraz to Cashapampa (2900m), where the donkey driver and his donkeys will be waiting for us to transport our trekking gear. From there we start the trek up the Santa Cruz valley until we reach the Llamacorral camp, where we will set up our camp.
(Elevation Change: +860m; length: approx. 4-5 hours).
14th day.- Llamacorral – Jatuncocha Lake – Arhuaycocha Valley – Alpamayo base camp (4600m).
After a good breakfast we will leave the camp at Llamacorral and continue through the Valley of Santa Cruz. On the way we pass by the lagoons Icchicocha and Jatuncocha until we reach to the cross the Arhuaycocha Valley. From there we climb a zigzag rocky path until reaching the base camp of Alpamayo, where we will make our second camp.
(Elevation Change: +840m; duration: approx. 5-6 hours).
15th day.- Alpamayo Base Camp (4800m) – Moraine – Quitaraju Camp1 (5300m).
This day our porters will take care of the transportation of our technical and climbing, as well as camping equipment and food. After the breakfast we will leave the campsite to start the ascent to the moraine. On the way we will get to very rocky places and trails accompanied by polished granite rocks. After overcoming this area we will get to enter the glacial by the easy ramps and skirting some cracks to reach under the well-known hill. There we will start to climb slowly up to the final slopes (60º - 65º) and surpass this col to descend a few meters and arrive at Camp1 of Quitaraju. (Camp 1-5300 m.s.n.m).
(Elevation Change: +700m; length: approx. 6 -7 hours).
16th day.- Quitaraju Camp1 (5300m) – Quitaraju Summit (6036m) – Base Camp.
We will start the ascent at 3:00 am to climb the N wall at night. From the Camp 1 we will slightly go down by an plain entrance of the glacier to a rocky hill in the middle of the wall. The route goes up to the right of a rocky hill on uniform slopes of 45-50° to reach the western edge, located 100m from the summit. After the summit we will return to base camp. This day our porters will be in charge to transport the equipment from Camp1 to the Alpamayo base camp (approx. 10 - 12 h).
(Elevation Change: +736m; length: approx. 10-12 hours).
17th day.- Extra day in the case of bad weather.
This extra day could be used rest in case the clients are feeling tired or if there was bad weather during the day of the summit climb.
18th day.- Alpamayo Base Camp (4800m) – Llamacorral (3760m).
Today our porters will carry our technical and personal equipment with their donkeys. We will leave our campsite to hike down to Santa Cruz valley and pass by the lakes Jatuncocha (3900m) and Icchicocha (3850m) to reach after 1 hour at Llamacorral camp.
(Elevation Change: - 840m; length: approx. 4-5 hours).
19th day.- Llamacorral (3760m) – Cashapampa (2900m).
This last day we descend along the narrow Santa Cruz valley, next to a clean river, surrounded by vegetation and impressive mountains. After about 4 hours trekking we will arrive in Cashapampa, where the bus of our company “Enrique Expedition Tours” will be waiting for us and take us back to Huaraz.
(Elevation Change: -860 m; duration: approx. 3-4 hours prox.).
20th day.- Departure from Huaraz to Lima (Bus).
Transportation from the hotel to the bus terminal "Cruz del Sur" and depature from Huaraz.
The departure time will be determined by your schedule, in the morning or night.
Morning departure: 11:00 am.
Night departure: 10:30 pm.
Pick up at the bus terminal in Lima and transfer to the hotel booked by us.
21th day.- Transfer from the hotel to the airport - Return to the country of origin.
*** End of the Expedition of the ascend in the Cordillera Blanca Peru ***