Trips 2014

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek Trip Grading Scale Trip Grade 4

Trip Dates:
• May 23 - June 8, 2014 (Guided by Bill Liske and Cezar Rocca) Trip Full
• June 13 - 29, 2014 (Guided by Bill Liske and Koky Castañeda) Trip Full

Land Cost:
7-9 Trekkers: $2,995/Person (does not include airfare)*
4-6 Trekkers: $3,575/Person (does not include airfare)*
*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).

Single supplement:
$190.00 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).

17-Day trip beginning and ending in the USA
6 nights lodging,  9 nights full service camping
All meals included except 4 dinners and 1 lunch

Detailed Itinerary
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Trip Testimonials
General Trip Information

“Peaks & Places travel had the experience to take our group away from the normal hiking routes for fabulous views of the Cordillera Huayhuash, that other trekkers don’t get to see.”
--Dennis Cunningham, Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
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Trip Description

The Cordillera Huayhuash, pronounced, “why wash”, is a separate range of mountains south of the Cordillera Blanca. Peaks and Places has organized and guided trekking trips around the Cordillera Huayhuash for more than 20 years. In 2004 we published the best topographical map of these beautiful mountains. Our itinerary is designed to make sure you are acclimatized properly before starting this high altitude trek. We will spend 4 days around Huaraz and making day hikes in the Cordillera Blanca, to the Llanganuco valley where we will enjoy the spectacular views of such peaks as Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Pisco and the Huandoy’s. We combine the culture of the Andean mountain people who live beneath the high-glaciated peaks with adventurous walking for 9 days beneath some of the highest mountains in Peru.

Laguna Carhuacocha
Laguna Carhuacocha
At almost every turn you come face to face with glistening, vertical walls of rock, snow and ice. Six peaks surpass 6,000 meters, the most famous being Yerupaja (21,766') second highest mountain in Peru. Other peaks include, Jirishanca (19,944'), Rondoy (19,289'), Suila Grande (20,815'), Rasac (19,742') and many more.

Boy Holding Fish
Taking the high route to Siula Punta pass

To help us get acclimatized, we spend the first few days of the trip making day hikes above the city of Huaraz and in the Llanganuco valley located in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca mountains. Then departing Huaraz we drive 7 hrs to the start of our trek where we camp beneath the first pass. The following 9 days involve crossing eight passes, the highest being 16,700’ and making a complete 97-mile circuit around the high mountains of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Because most of our camps are between 13,000' & 14,000', the altitude gained to the passes are usually 1,500' or a little more, so the passes are not as strenuous as they may seem.

Some of our campsites will be next to beautiful mountain lakes with reflections of the spectacular glaciated peaks above. Occasionally we will walk through old villages inhabited by the Andean mountain people who still speak Quechua, the original Inca language. We will have a couple of rest days during the trek to explore above camp or just relax and take in the views.

All of our equipment will be carried by burros leaving you to carry only a daypack with camera, water bottle, and any extra clothes you may need for the day. All meals will be prepared for you by our excellent trained cook staff leaving you with extra time to enjoy the trip.

This rugged trek will leave you marveling at the beauty of these high mountains and how climbers manage to climb to their summits. Considered one of the most beautiful mountain treks in the world, the Cordillera Huayhuash trek will be one of the most dazzling you will ever make!

Your Trip Leaders

Peaks & Places prides itself on providing professional, highly qualified guides on all of our trips. The Cordillera Huayhuash trek is usually guided by one of the following guides:

Brad Johnson, founder and managing director of Peaks & Places, has been a trip leader and climbing guide for over 24 years in Peru. He has guided many groups in both the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash mountains and has great knowledge of both mountains ranges. In addition Brad wrote and self-published the widely popular climbing guide book, titled: Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.

Huahyuash - Yerupajah Sunset
Huahyuash - Yerupajah Sunset
© Brad Johnson

Koky Casteñeda, a native of Peru, Koky speaks fluent English and Spanish, is a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide in Peru, and is also one of the top mountain guide instructors and examiners in Peru. Koky has led countless climbing trips in the Cordillera Blanca and guided dozens of groups around the Cordillera Huayhuash and knows the region intimately. He is an avid birder and photographer and is one of Peaks & Places best mountain and trekking guides. Koky lives in Huaraz with his wife and two children.

Cesar Ramos, is also a native of Peru and was born in a small village on the east side of the Cordillera Blanca mountains. He is fully certified IFMGA mountain guide and speaks fluent Italian, English, Spanish and Quechua. Cesar has boundless energy, is a very knowledgeable and professional guide and always has a smile on his face. He is always a favorite among our clients.

Trip Guides
Detailed ItineraryBrad Johnson
Koky Casteñeda
Cesar Ramos

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