TIMING 4 days
GRADE Moderate

DAY1: Huaraz - Cashapampa (2900 masl) - Llamacorral  (3750 masl).

We leave from Huaraz city by van towards 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. From Caraz we go to the Cashapampa village, where we meet the donkey drivers and donkeys, the trekking starts here towards the place called Llamacoral where we camp. About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 2: Llamacorral - Taullipampa (4250 masl).

Artesonraju Mountain
Taulliraju Mountain

In our second day of trekking we pass through the beautiful lakes of Hichic Cocha (small lake) and Hatun Cocha (big lake), then observe mountains such as Aguja (5886 masl), Caraz (6025 masl), Abasraju (5765 masl), Quitaraju (6040 masl), Alpamayo (5947 known as the most beautiful mountain in the world), then walk towards Taullipampa where we camp, from where we can observe other mountains as Rinrijirca (5810 masl), Taulliraju (5830 masl), Paria (5600 masl) and Artesonraju (6025 masl). About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 3: Taullipampa - Punta Union Pass (4750 masl) - Paria Valley (3870 masl).

Punta Unión Pass 4750 masl
Punta Union Pass4750 masl

We ascend following the Inca Trail towards the Punta Union Pass, from where we have a scenic beauty of mountains as Chacraraju (6112 masl), Piramide de Garcilazo (5885 masl), Chopicalqui (6354 masl), the South peak (6768 msnm) and the North Peak (6655 msnm) of Huascaran, Artesonraju (6025 masl), Paria (5600 masl), Quitaraju (6040 masl), Santa cruz (6259 masl), Rinrijirca (5810 masl), Taulliraju (5830 masl) and Pucaraju (5090 masl), then descend and reach the next campsite in the Paria Valley. About 6 to 7 hours.

DAY 4.  Paria Valley - Vaquería (3750 masl) - Portachuelo  Pass (4767 masl) - Huaraz.

View of Llanganuco valley from the 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 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 wonderful 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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