Day 1: Lima
At your arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel of choice. You will have a short briefing about next day activities.
Day 2: Lima City Tour (3 hours) (shared tour)
Our shared morning tour begins with a drive to the Huaca Puccllana pre-Inca remains where you enjoy a panoramic view of this interesting pre-Inca ruins. Here we learn about the cultural past of Lima, and the ancient civilization that inhabited this place. Later, we head towards the colonial part of town visiting the Plaza de Armas, and to enjoy a panoramic view of the Cathedral, San Francisco Church and its impressive ''Catacombs''. Afterwards we will head towards modern Lima, to visit the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, finally ending our tour at Larco Mar, a modern entertaining center with a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. You will be transferred back to the hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Lima – Huaraz (3100 m)
In the morning, we will head out to the bus station so that we can catch our comfortable public bus transport (or flight at extra cost) to the city of Huaraz. At your arrival, our crew will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 4: Huaraz – Wilcahuain - Monterrey – Huaraz. Acclimatization hike
This ½ day acclimatization hike combines a visit to the Wilcahuain ruins (3400 m) continuing afterwards with a hike (2 to 3 hours) to Lake Ahuac (4560 m), situated approximately six kilometers away from the ruins. The Wilcahuain complex is a well-preserved archaeological temple with historical significance which was built around 600 to 900 AD by the Wari empire, one of the early generations of the Andean region. The three-story temple was used to house mummies of the Wari ancestors through an intricate ventilation system which kept moisture out. Upon arriving at Lake Ahuac, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca. Transport back to the hotel and free afternoon. Breakfast.
Day 5: Huaraz – Cashapampa Village - Camp Llama Corral (3750 m)
Our private transport will take us from Huaraz towards Cashapampa village (2900 m), the starting point of our trek. Here we meet our crew and donkeys, who will transport our heavy equipment during the whole trek. We begin our trek (5-6 hours) through the beautiful Santa Cruz valley towards our first camp. On the way, we enjoy great views of the nearby high Andean peaks before we arrive to our camp at Llama Corral (3750 m). Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 6: Llama Corral - Taullipampa Camp (4250 m)
After our first night in the high mountains, we continue our trek (4-5 hours) towards our next camp. On the way, we will observe the beautiful lakes known as Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha. Following the side of the Arhuaycocha gorge, we will reach the base camp of Mount Alpamayo (5947 m). From here, we can enjoy great views of the famous Alpamayo, Artesonraju and Quitaraju. Later we will continue our walk until we reach our camp at Taullipampa at the base of the beautiful Mount Taulliraju (5830 m). Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 7: Taullipampa – Punta Union – Tuctu Camp (Paria Valley – 3900 m)
Today we face the hardest part of the trek: Punta Union pass at 4750 m. The views over Mounts Taulliraju, Artesonraju and Alpamayo will rewards us for all our efforts. After a 4-hour ascent, we will deserve a break with a gorgeous overwhelming panorama. Descending to our next camp at Tuctu, perhaps we can see some Condors flying over the Morococha lagoon. Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 8: Tuctu – Huayripampa - Vaqueria Camp - Huaraz
From Tuctu, our trek will take us to the pass at the Huayripampa gorge and valley. On the way, we will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains: Chacraraju, Piramide, etc. After 4 hours of hiking, we will arrive at the settlement of Vaqueria where we meet our vehicle, which will take us back to the city of Huaraz. During our drive, we will cross the Portachuelo pass at 4750 m from where we descend through the beautiful Llanganuco Lakes (3860 m) and continue to Huaraz where we arrive late in the afternoon. Breakfast and Lunch Box included.
Day 9: Huaraz – Lima
We will head to the bus station to catch our public bus transport (or flight at extra cost) from Huaraz to Lima. We will arrange your transfer to the hotel in Lima after your arrival. Breakfast included.
Day 10: Lima out
A morning transfer to the airport is included, so that you can catch your flight back home. Breakfast Included
All transfers; professional English/Spanish speaking guide, noted meals (B=breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner), complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, and kitchen tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, donkeys, donkey keepers, first aid kit, entrance fee, good 3* hotel accommodations (in twin or double bed room).
Extras; tips; personal travel insurance; international & domestic flights.
Departures are guaranteed with minimum 8 participants