Trips 2014

Trek around Nor Yauyos Reserve, Cordillera Central Mountains
Trip Grading Scale Trip Grade 4
Culture, History and Moderate Trekking

Trip Dates:
August 03 – August 16, 2014 (Guided by Brad Johnson and Cezar Rocca)
5 trekkers signed, space available for 1 more.

Land Cost:
7-9 Trekkers: $2895/person (does not include airfare)
 4-6 Trekkers: $3100/person (does not include airfare)

Single supplement:
• $130.00 for a private room or tent*
*Peaks & Places reserves the right to increase the trip prices due to unforeseen changes in exchange rates between the US dollar and the Peruvian currency (the Sole).

General
14-Day trip beginning and ending in USA
4 nights lodging, 8 nights full service camping
All meals included except 2 dinners and 2 lunches

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General Trip Information

Day-by-day Itinerary

DAY 1: August 03, Depart the USA. Fly to Lima and spend the night in Lima.

DAY 2: August 04, Lima to Huancayo.  We will take a morning flight from Lima to the Jauja airport. This 30-minute flight actually flies just to the south of the Cordillera Central Mountains, providing great view of where we will be walking. Our private vehicle will transfer us the 45-minute drive to the city of Huancayo (10,700ft). The afternoon will be free to relax and explore the central part of the city on your own and start getting acclimatized. Overnight in Huancayo. Breakfast included. Lunch and Dinner on your own.

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DAY 3: August 05, Huancayo. Because of the importance of proper acclimatization we will be going for a hike in the foothills outside of the city to adjust to the altitude. Continental breakfast provided, lunch on your own. Welcome dinner provided. Overnight spent in Huancayo again.

DAY 4: August 06, Hunacayo. Another day to acclimatize. Today we make a 1 1/2hr  drive to the base of the mountain of Nevado Huaytapallana (18,230ft). There are a number of beautiful lakes sitting beneath this glacier-clad peak. We will spend the day doing an easy hike in the area and enjoying the views of the peak and glaciers. Continental breakfast and Lunch provided, Dinner on your own. Overnight spent in Huancayo again.
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Nevado Huaytapallana


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Walking to Laguna Catacocha Grande
DAY 5: August 07, Huancayo – Laguna Catacocha Grande. Departing by 8:AM from Huancayo we will drive 4 – 5hrs up the Rio Cochas valley toward the Cordillera Central. We will stop for lunch within site of the high peaks of Tunshu and Pariacaca. After lunch we will walk about 4 ½ miles in the foothills to our first campsite at Laguna Catacocha Grande (14,765ft). This is a beautiful campsite. All meals provided.

DAY 6: August 08, Laguna Catacocha to Laguna Michipuquio. Our first full day of trekking will be a very long gentle walk. We do cross our first pass at 15,585ft, but it is a very gentle pass. The day provides beautiful views of the whole north side of Nevado Tunshu (18,800ft), as well as the peaks in the northern end of the Cordillera Central.  We end the day at the head of the next valley and camp near Laguna Mchipuquio (15,300ft). We are sure to see many Vicuña today, a slender relative to the Llamas and Alpacas.

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(8 miles, 6 hrs. All meals included).

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Laguna Michipuquio

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Views of Nevado Tunshu
DAY 7: August 09, Laguna Michipuquio to Laguna Tullocotococha. Today is not a very long day (only 6 miles) but provides new views of the peaks in the middle part of the Cordillera Central. From camp we have about an hour walk to the top of the next unnamed pass at 15,900ft. The local people who have lived in the foothills of the Cordillera Central for centuries use this pass to cross from the north side of the range to the south side of the range. Once across the pass we descend into a grassy valley with many large lakes and visit the remnants of an Inca building, now only showing the foundation walls. After lunch in a grassy meadow we cross the valley and hike up past waterfalls to the hanging lake of Tullocotococha at 15,256ft. We have now walked ¾ of a circle around Nevado Tunshu and can now see the steep S.W. faces of that big massif.
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(6 miles, 4 hrs. All meals included).


DAY 8: August 10, Inca Trail to the Cuchimachay Caves.  Most people think that there is only one Inca Trail and that it leads to Machu Picchu, however at the height of the Inca civilization there were thousands of miles of roads and trails. One of those roads cuts across the Southern end of the Cordillera Central and is quite impressive. If it were still in “new” condition it would be possible to drive a 4-wheel drive car on it, even with all of the steps still in place. We start our walk crossing a wide-open pass with grand vistas and the possibility of seeing more Vicuña. After lunch we connect with this ancient and clearly visible trail and walk on it for 2-3 hrs as it follows the natural terrain through the mountains and over ridges. In places there are hundreds of perfectly laid steps we walk down and up and over. All along you can still see the strong stonewalls that support the trail and keep it attached to the steep rocky slopes it crosses. We finish the day at a lovely campsite near the giant rock caves called Cuchimachay.

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(6 miles, 5-6 hrs. All meals included).

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Inca Trail to Cuchimachay Caves

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Pictographs in Cuchimachay Cave

DAY 9: August 11, Exploring the Caves of Cuchimachay. It is inside these caves that we find ancient Pictographs dating as far back as 10,000 years of animals resembling Llamas and humans. Some of these Pictographs are 5 or 6 feet long and are 10 feet above our heads. All of them are in color. These caves were obviously a sacred and mystery.

In addition after lunch we will go for a beautiful hike in the upper valley of where we are camping to get beautiful views of the high peak of Pariacaca.

(All meals included).


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DAY 10: August 12, Cuchimachay Caves to Laguna Piticocha. Leaving the caves campsite we continue to follow the amazing Inca Trail all the way to our next campsite. The trail takes us down the valley across and around large granite cliffs, past a beautiful waterfall and then traverses high above the long blue lake of Mullucocha. Near the end of the lake we depart the valley and turn the corner to see the continuation of the Inca trail stretch in a straight line for the next 4 miles to our next campsite on the shores of Laguna Piticocha (14,275ft) and the panoramic views of the Cordillera Central.

(7 miles, 5 hrs. All meals included).

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View of Pariacaca from Cuchimachay Cave

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Camp at Laguna Piticocha

DAY 11: August 13, Laguna Piticocha to Laguna Parac.  Today we begin the “high route” walking up a long valley past four beautiful lakes as we head directly into the heart of the Cordillera Central from the West side of the range. The farther up the valley we walk the closer we get to the dominate peak of the Cordillera Central called Nevado Pariacaca (18,882 ft). When we reach the head of the valley we are beneath the glacier cover peaks and turn left to go over another unnamed pass at 16,240ft. From the top of this pass the views are outstanding of Pariacaca and many other high-glaciated peaks. We have short steep descent to our next campsite at 14,925 ft. near some lakes at the head of another beautiful valley.

(7.5 miles, 5-6 hrs. All meals included).


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DAY 12: August 14, Laguna Parac to Laguna Yuracmayo. Our final day of walking will be spectacular in many ways. We will be crossing two different high passes. The first one is 16,700 ft high and the second one is 16,400 ft high. There is a secret trail that does a long traverse at the end of the valley separating both passes that allows us to not loose too much elevation between the passes. The view from the top of the first pass is spectular as we can see the group of high peaks called Suiricocha. We are above the main glacier that cascades down from these peaks. The next pass has equally spectacular views of other peaks in the northern end of the Cordillera Central. From this last pass we make a long gradual descent into the valley that holds the long lake called Laguna Yuracmayo 14,400 ft. We camp in a beautiful meadow at the head of the valley.

(7.5 miles, 5-6 hrs. All meals included).

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Up Close Views of the Cordillera Central

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Final Views of the Cordillera Central

DAY 13: August 15, Laguna Yuracmayo to Lima and flight home.  We will have a great pancake breakfast and pack up all our gear. Our private bus picks us up in the late morning and we drive 5 hours to Lima. Once in Lima we will collect any luggage that we left at the hotel, have a farewell dinner and then go to the airport to check in for our night flights home.

(All meals Included)


Back to trip pageDAY 14: August 16, Arrive in the USA.

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