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Santa Valley (Callejón de Huaylas). Near Huaraz

Cordillera Blanca Trek

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The glacier covered peaks of the Cordillera Blanca soar into the blue skies of northern Peru. This tour takes you to the highest tropical range on earth, more than 50 summits over 18,000 feet with Huascaran at 22,204 feet. We spend a couple days acclimatizing around the mountain town of Huaraz.
Biking, rafting, ruins, markets - Huaraz offers it all. Our challenging five-day trek takes us on an unparalleled alpine adventure, past towering peaks, turquoise lakes, flower filled meadows, and isolated villages seemingly lost in time.
Viewpoint Tres lagunas in Peruvian AndesLlanganuco Valley, Cordillera Blanca trekEnjoying the viewsThe snowy peaks of Cordillera Blanca A windy, sunny day on the peaksThanks be to the donkeys who carried our gear!Impressive mountains in the distanceCordillera BlancaBeautiful alpine flowersTaking in the views of the peaksSanta Valley (Callejón de Huaylas). Near Huaraz
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Activity Level: Ultimate
Requires the highest level of physical challenge and performance. Includes tours involving strenuous multi-day trekking or summit hikes. The majority of the hours in most days are physically active. Travelers will need intensive training in advance to meet the physical demands on these trips.

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Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive in Lima, your guide will be waiting for you at the airport, to take you to your hotel and give you the necessary instructions for your stay in Peru.

Day 2: Travel To Huaraz

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You'll travel north today for a spectacular journey into the high Andes. Rising into the second highest mountain range in the world, you'll pass fertile fields of sugarcane. The climb continues up dry hills, eventually turning into the dense puna grasslands. At Conococha Pass (13,385 feet) you'll turn north and descend into a world of towering white mountains and surreal vistas.

Day 3-4: Callejon de Huaylas

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The unsurpassed scenic beauty of the Santa Valley (Callejon de Huaylas in the indigenous Quechua language) separates the soaring Cordillera Negra and Cordillera Blanca mountains. Huaraz makes a perfect base to explore this region's stunning diversity.

Visit one of the nearby indigenous villages and try your bargaining skills in one of the colorful local markets. Take a half-day hike in the Cordillera Negra or visit the pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huantar. There's also Class III rafting down the Rio Santa. The days are yours to enjoy the panoramic vistas and unique cultural treasures of the region.

Day 5: Portachuelo Pass

Set off this morning for Yungay and then drive towards the Quebrada Llanganuco and the beautiful lakes. Cross the Portachuelo Pass at 4767m with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Huascarán, highest point in Peru at 6768m, then descend to Vaqueria, where will meet our mule drivers and their pack animals. Start the trek and head for Huaripampa valley to reach our first campsite at Paria. (Today's hike is 10km, 4-5 hours)

Day 6: Punta Union Pass. Taullipampa

The day breaks with Mount Taulliraju silhouetted in the background, and it gets closer as we walk uphill to the Punta Union Pass at 4750m. Once we reach the pass, enjoy the view with Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Pucahirca and Taulliraju Mountains. Descend to reach our campsite at Taullipampa. (Today's hike is 12km, 5-6 hours)

Day 7: Quebrada Arhuaycocha. Base Camp

Start the day with a gently walk to Quebrada Arhuaycocha before climbing into this valley to reach the famous base camp at the feet of giant snow peaks. (Today's hike is shorter at 3km, 2-3 hours)

Day 8: Llamacorral

The trail will gradually leave the mountains to connect with the Santa Cruz Valley and its primary forest. Walk along the shores of Jatun and Ichic Cocha Lakes and camp at Llamacorral. (Today's hike is 13km, 4-5 hours)

Day 9: Cashapampa. Return to Huaraz

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The beautiful Santa Cruz valley now will become a narrow passageway across the mountains, with waterfalls, lush forest, and plenty of water birds. Upon arrival to Cashapampa, our vehicle will take us to Caraz and then Huaraz.

Day 10: Return to Lima

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Lima to catch your red-eye flight, or do an extension to the Amazon or Machu Picchu! If you haven't seen Machu Picchu already, this extension is a must!


Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

El Patio de Monterrey

El Patio de Monterrey
El Patio de Monterrey
El Patio de Monterrey

Cordillera Blanca Trek Campsites

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Locals on the grass

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  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental: Tents, Air Mattresses, Dining Tent, Chairs, Tables, Portable Toilet, Duffel Bag (for personal items)
  • Entrance fees
  • Gear Rental: First Aid Kit with Oxygen
  • Two-person mountain tent, inflatable mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dinner tent, toilet tent, table, chairs.
  • Pack animals for all the camping gear and luggage (12 kilograms per client including sleeping bag weight)
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Expert cook
  • Mules and donkey men to carry the equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Gear Rental: Sleeping Bags & Trekking Poles (these can be rented from the tour operator)
  • Flights Lima – Huaraz - Lima


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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