CORDILLERA BLANCA
 
     

CEDROS - ALPAMAYO - VAQUERIA

TIMING 10 days
ACTIVITY Trekking
HIGHEST POINT 4850 masl
GRADE Moderate

DAY 1. Huaraz - Caraz - Hualcayan (3150 masl).

We leave from Huaraz city towars north of Callejon de Huaylas, passing through cities as Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz, following the Rio Santa and observing part of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra, making short stops. After having lunch we go to the Hualcayan village, where we camp, in this place there are small Arqueological remains as burial constructions or Chullpas.

DIA 2. Hualcayán - Huishcash (4320 msnm).

Colorful fields of Hualcayan

The trekking starts here, we walk up in a zig-zag path, with a panoramic view of landscapes as the hills of the Cordillera Blanca and the Rio Santa below and in the distance colorful fields, then reach the Huishcash campsite (Vizcacha in spanish), place with a stunning sunset. About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 3. Huishcash - Osoruri Pass (4850 masl) - Osoruri (4550 masl).

Cullicocha Lake entrance
Cullicocha Lake and Santa Cruz mountains

Few minutes of the trekking we can appreciate the Milluacocha mountain  (5480 masl) as well as the Yanacocha and Azulcocha lakes, then we reach the Cullicocha lake  with a beautiful view of Santa Cruz mountain (6259 masl), and ascend to the Osoruri Pass, from this point we can observe the Cordillera Rosco or Champará, after descending we reach the Osoruri campsite. About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 4. Osoruri - Vientuna Pass (4750 masl) - Jancarurish (4250 masl).

We walk in an ascending path to the Vientuna Pass, then descend in a zig-zag path, from the distancia we can see Pre-inca cultivation terraces, and the Alpamayo village, where the population dedicates to farming, then we pass through the Ruinapampa Campsite, where it´s visible Arqueological remains, and reach the Jancarurish campsite, from where we can observe the imposing mountains as Tayapampa (5675 masl), Jancarurish (5578 masl), and the famous Alpamayo  (5947 masl, known as the most beautiful mountain in the world). About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 5. Rest day.

Jancarurish valley and Alpamayo mountain

It´s always recomended to visit the Jancarurish lake and the Base Camp of the Alpamayo (5947 masl) and Quitaraju (6040 masl) mountains, from this place we have views of mountains such as Pumapampa or Abasraju (5765 masl) and Santa Cruz (6259 masl), then return to campsite.

DAY 6. Jancarurish - Cara Cara Pass (4830 masl) - Huillcapampa (4000 masl).

We pass through small lakes, and observe for last time the mountains as Tayapampa (5675 masl), Jancarurish (5578 masl), Alpamayo (5947 masl), Quitaraju (6040 masl), Pumapampa or Abasraju (5765 masl) and  Santa Cruz (6259 masl), then ascend to the Cara Cara Pass, from where we observe the Pilanco mountain (5300 masl) and descend through the Moyobamba Valley, belonging to Conchucos zone then ascend to Moyobamba Pass (4500 masl), from this pass we observe the Pucajircas mountains (6050 masl) and the northeast face of Alpamayo mountain, and finally descen through Tayapampa Valley and reach the campsite in Huillcapampa.  About 6 to 7 hours.

DAY 7. Huillcapampa - Yanajanca Pass (4650 masl) - Jancapampa (3500 masl).

We walk in an ascending path through Yanta Queñua Valley and reach the  Yanajanca Pass, then descend through Laurel Valley and visit the Sactaycocha lake, and reach the Jancapamapa campsite, from where we can observe mountains as Taulliraju (5830 masl)  and Pucajircas (6050 masl), with the presence of many kids. About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 8. Jancapampa - Tupa Tupa Pass (4400 masl) - Huecrococha (4100 masl).

Tupa Tupa Pass and Pucajirca mountains

After passing through Pingospampa Village, we ascend to the Tupa Tupa Pass, from where we observe part of the Cordillera Blanca, then descend through Pingospampa Valley up to the Huecrococha lake, where we camp, observing the Pucaraju mountain (5090 masl). About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 9. Huecrococha - Alto Pucaraju Pass (4650 masl) - Paria Valley (3870 masl).

From the Alto Pucaraju Pass we observe mountains as Taulliraju (5830 masl), Rinrijirca (5810 masl), Artesonraju (6025 masl), Paria (5600 masl), Pirámide (5885 masl), Chacraraju (6112 masl), and others, then reach the Paria Campsite. About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 10.  Paria Valley - Vaquería (3750 masl) - Portachuelo  Pass (4767 masl) - Huaraz.

View of Llanganuco valley from Portachuelo Pass

This day we pass through the Picturesque village of Huaripampa, with the presence of kids asking for candies, pens, matches, and others, from this place we have the spectacular view of the Southeast face of Chacraraju (6112 masl). We also pass through  the Yanachaca village, and walk up to the Vaqueria village, where our prívate van will be waiting for to take us back to Huaraz city. We ascend by van through the Morococha valley, observing the Morocochas lakes, as well as mountains as Chopicalqui (6354 masl) and Yanapaccha (5460 masl), and reach the Portachuelo Pass, from this point we have the nice views of mountains as the South peak  of Huandoy (6160 masl), Pisco (5752 masl), and the North peak (6655 masl) and the South peak (6768 masl) of  Huascaran, in the distance we can observe the beautiful lakes of Orconcocha (male lake) and Chinancocha (female lake) in the Llanganuco valley, then descend and finally pass through these beautiful lakes. Then return to Huaraz city.

 

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