This is a perfect trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash… not too long, not too difficult, but with an abundance of panoramic views, mysterious forest, exotic flowers, and friendly villages, as well as the most well-known snow-capped peaks in the region. This is an alternate version of the Huayhuash Trek that adds one of the most beautiful sites in this range, Jahuacocha Lake.
At least two days of acclimatization are requisite to undertake this trek.
Location: Huaraz, Ancash
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Departures: Every Sunday
Season: March to December
Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 5
Minimum: 4 passengers
Prices start at $644 USD Per person
Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights Season: March to December
Group Departures: Every Sunday
Day 1: Huaraz – Chiquian – Matacancha
In the morning, we head south along the asphalt road for about two hours to Chiquian town. En route, we will stop at a lookout to appreciate the beautiful vista of this part of the Cordillera Huayhuash including Yerupaja, the second highest peak in Peru. Continuing our journey, we’ll follow a dirt road towards Llamac Village, the gateway of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Crossing Pocpa Village and Pallca Mine, we approach the entrance of Rondoy Valley at 4050 m (13,287 ft), as it opens up into rolling grasslands where we will have our first views of the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash. We’ll set up our camp in Matacancha at 4100 m (13,451 ft).
(L / D)
Driving distance: 162 km (101 mi) – Time: 5 hours
Day 2: Matacancha – Sambunya Pass – Jahuacocha
We will ascend the trail amidst a landscape of contrasting colors, through the Rondoy Valley towards Sambunya Pass at 4750 m (15,583 ft) from where we can appreciate the snow-capped peaks of Ninashanca, Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Rasac, and Solteracocha Lake. After admiring the sweeping view, we descend towards serene Lake Jahuacocha, just in time to see the sunset reflected in its pristine waters. Camp at Jahuacocha Lake at 4057 m (13,310 ft).
(B / L / D)
Trekking distance: 14 km (8.7 mi) – Time: 7-8 hours
Day 3: Jahuacocha (Optional Short Hike)
Lake Jahuacocha lies at 4057 m (13,310 ft), nestled beneath the glacier-covered west faces of Yerupaja, Jirishanca, Rasac, Rondoy, and El Toro Peaks. By daylight and moonlight, it is an indescribably beautiful place, with abundant birdlife (Puna ibis, Andean geese, and more) thriving along its shores, and many opportunities for hiking nearby. The lake holds plenty of trout. This is one of the most memorable days of this trek, as we immerse ourselves in the surrounding splendor and awesome beauty of the lake nestled at the foot of these gigantic peaks. There is an option, if we choose, to do a half-day trek to Paso Yaucha 4750 m (15,583 ft), where we’ll attain breathtaking views of the surrounding spiraling peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Other day treks are also available. Or we can just chill out, resting at Jahuacocha Camp and enjoying the lake’s serene radiance.
(B / L / D)
Day 4: Jahuacocha – Mancanpunta Pass – Pocpa – Huaraz
We’ll head out over the Achin Valley leaving the snow-capped range behind us, to gain a unique view into the prickly peaks of this granitic and basaltic intrusion, the result of rocks that crystallized from molten magma thousands of years ago. The valley narrows and we head over a ridge to the western side of Mancanpunta Pass (4550 m / 14,927 ft) Then, we will descend on a winding trail to Pocpa village (3550 m / 11,646 ft), where our private transportation awaits us, to drive back to Huaraz; having experienced an abundance of wild beauty that will stay with us for the rest of our days.
(B / L)
Trekking distance: 11.2 km (7 mi) – Time: 5-6 hours
Driving distance: 140 km (87 mi) – Time: 4 hours
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B – Breakfast / BL – Box Lunch / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
4 Day Mini Huayhuash Trek
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Why we love Explorandes
Explorandes (1975) has been a pioneer in adventure travel. We were the first company to operate the Inca Trail trek, spearheading tourism in remote and rural regions of Peru. Our founders discovered ancient ruins, hidden trails, and the last uncharted rivers in the most fantastic and varied natural landscapes of the Andes. As innovators and passionate adventure enthusiasts, Explorandes gives back to the places we love exploring by creating top quality tailor-made travel experiences.
Explorandes is certified by the Rainforest Alliance and has a proven track record of promoting sustainability in every outing.
What’s Included on your trek?
- Professional bilingual guide
- Double occupancy tents with Thermarest sleeping pads
- All meals during trek
- Non-alcoholic drinks
- Kitchen and dining tents
- Cook and field staff
- Horses and drivers
- Entrance tickets
- Solar energy lamps
- Eco toilets
- Adequate garbage disposal
- First aid kit and oxygen tank
- Personal travel insurance
- Laundry service
- Airline tickets
- Sleeping bags (rent available)
- Personal gear
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional services
- Regular and long wicking first layer for cold weather, like polyester, nylon, or merino wool
- Short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, breathable fabrics, like nylon and polyester
- Light-colored long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
- QuickDry Pants, trekking pants, and shorts
- Insulated long-sleeve jacket (fleece, synthetic, down, merino wool)
- Liner gloves
- Light cap and beany
- Rain jacket (in the rainy season, bring rain pants)
- Breathable sports socks or hiking socks
- Warm socks for nights
- Multifunctional headwear (e.g. Buff)
- Waterproof and breathable hiking boots
- Comfortable and lightweight shoes for campsite
- Sleeping Bag (0°/32° to -15°/ 5°) (rent available)
- Day Pack (preferably with rain cover)
- Trekking Poles (available to rent)
- Waterproof duffle bag
- Microfiber towel
- Sunblock, lip balm, and insect repellent
- Reusable water bottle or vacuum bottle
- Portable Power Bank (to charge lamps, etc)
- Personal First Aid Kit (recommended)
On each trip we carry a medical kit, but we suggest you bring a small personal First-Aid Kit for bruises and blisters. Knee and ankle braces are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.
Terms & Conditions
All prices hold for the duration of the calendar year in which they were set. At the end of each calendar year, all prices are reevaluated and/or adjusted. Due in large part to our good relations with hotels, transport companies and operators, we are able to maintain competitive prices. All of our prices include administrative and operational costs.
IMPORTANT: Some properties and third party providers do increase their rates around special holidays and dates, including, for example, Christmas, New Year’s, Inti Raymi, and any other national holiday or special date. In these situations, the price may be higher than the prices we have set and listed for the calendar year.
Payment & Booking:
In order for us to guarantee the highest quality guides, space in the best hotels, and many other ancillary services for your trip, our policy is that we pre-pay for any contracted services before the passenger’s arrival date. Additionally, a large portion of the passenger’s deposit goes towards acquiring the necessary permits required by the governments of the destinations they will be visiting, which is usually a non-refundable fee.
For these reasons, we have set the following payment policies:
– Deposit: Upon booking with Explorandes, $500 deposit per person. Subject to booking value, an additional deposit may be required and we will advise at the time of quotation.
– Balance Due in full: 60 days prior to arrival.
Cancellations & Refunds
In the event that a passenger needs to cancel their trip with Explorandes, a cancellation fee will be charged to the passenger. The amount of the cancellation fee is set according to the number of days in advance of the passenger’s arrival that Explorandes was notified of the cancellation. The amount of the cancellation fee is also dependent on the policies of each provider to whom Explorandes has already issued payment in preparation for the passenger’s trip. Some third-party providers do require Explorandes to pre-pay well in advance of a trip to confirm space and services, and many times these payments are non-refundable.
Explorandes’ cancellation refund policy is as follows:
Cancel 0 – 30 days prior to arrival = 100% non-refundable of total trip cost.
Cancel 31-45 days prior to arrival = 75% non-refundable of total trip cost.
Cancel 46-59 days prior to arrival = 50% non-refundable of total trip cost.
Cancel 60 or more days prior to arrival = loss of deposit
Insurance & Medical
We strongly recommend that every passenger that travels with Explorandes purchase a travel/medical insurance plan before their trip. The passenger can purchase an insurance plan directly through an insurance company of his/her preference at home. If a member of the group gets sick or is incapacitated, Explorandes will help the sick or injured passenger by getting them to a qualified doctor. Any extra costs associated with hospitalization, emergency evacuation, and/or any other costs associated with the illness or injury will be assumed by, and the responsibility of, the individual passenger.
Important – Please read carefully We, Explorandes SAC, reserve the right to modify or withdraw from any travel arrangements when deemed necessary, and when it is in the best interest of our clients. Any bags or luggage are carried at the owner’s own risk throughout the entire duration of the tour. Explorandes SAC acts only in the capacity of an AGENT upon the legal conditions that, while exercising every possible precaution, Explorandes is not responsible for injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses, accidental delay, or other irregularities which may be caused either through willful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of companies or individuals providing or engaged in transportation, accommodation, or other services related to the accomplishment of the tour, or through natural disasters, social upheavals or acts of nature. On day trips, you will sometimes be asked to sign an affidavit, which acts as a release form for risks incurred during your excursion, which is a usual practice for some operators.