Alpamayo Cedros Trekking and Alpmayo Mountain is considered by most climbers and trekkers to be the most beautiful mountain in the world. Peru Amazing Adventures offers the Alpamayo full trek to view and enjoy this awesome “national geographic” travel experience in one of the most breathtaking scenes in the pristine Peruvian Andes. This circuit leads us through. Los Cedros valley which remains a sparsely traveled trekking trail in the Cordillera Blanca range. Our trek begins in the village of Hualcayan, located beyond the village of Cashapampa where the renowned Santa Cruz Trek originates. This 13 day trek holds and delivers pristine rich aqua blue Andes lakes, close up photographic views of beautiful Alpamayo, spiraling glaciated peaks, high altitude wind-swept passes and small villages where native community members warmly great you and you observe and interact with them in their ancient Quechua culture setting. The trail you’ll follow leads from east to west crossing over the Cordillera Blanca (white mountain) range in the Huascaran National Park before crossing over again where it converges with the renowned Santa Cruz trail and then concluding our memorable trek of the Andes at Quebrada Ulta.
Timing: 12 – 13 days
Trekking Alpamayo to Ulta Valley full circuit represents a fairly demanding trek suggested for clients who are in at least average to above average fitness. Exercise preparation is your best wellness routine so that you can fully enjoy this amazing Andes trekking experience. Graded as hard to strenuous because of the terrain and altitude we hike during 12 – 13 days trek.
Day 1: Huaraz / Hualcayan 2900m.
Our Peru Amazing Adventures team will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and start heading out for our 4 hours comfortable van ride heading north to the village of Hualcayan where our donkeys and Arrieros will be waiting for us. Overnight at our camp at Hualcayan.
Day 2: Hualcayan / Wishcash 4300m.
After breakfast we begin our continuous climb up a “switch back” trail from the village of Hualcayan to Wishcash, hiking for approximately 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at our camp at Wishcash.
Day 3: Wishcash / Ruinapampa 3900m.
From Wishcash we continue our trek ascending to the spectacular lake Laguna Cullicocha the first pass 4850m where we cross and after the second Pass named Osoruri 4750m. From this beautiful high view and we begin our long descent to our next camp at Ruinapampa. (8- 9 hours).
Day 4: Ruinapampa / Cruse Alpamayo 4150m.
A fairly easy relaxed day trekking while ascending easily up the valley to our next camp at Cruse Alpamayo. This day includes approximately 3 – 4 hours of hiking.
Day 5: Cruse Alpamayo / Rest Day
This can be an optional day on the trek so as to spend an additional night at our Cruse Alpamayo camp to just chill-out appreciating the superb views of Alpamayo. With this additional day in the high Andes, we can trek to Laguna Jancarurish or visit the Alpamayo Base Camp 4500m.
Day 6: Cruse Alpamayo / Safuna or Huilca 4200m.
This sixth day is long and demanding hike as we ascend up to the windswept Paso Cara Cara 4830m from where we capture even more breathtaking panoramic views of Alpamayo and the surrounding lakes. From this vantage point we then continue our trek to our next Paso Mesapata 4500m before descending to our next camp at Laguna Safuna 4200m. Today’s trek is approximately 7-8 hours. We have the option to camp at Huilca which is about 1 hour further distance from Safuna. Our trekking guide and our clients can decide on this option depending on the group’s level of fitness.
Day 7: Safuna or Huilca / Jancapampa 3600m.
From Laguna Safuna or Huilca we ascend to Paso Pucajirca 4600m as we next camp in the grassy valley of Jancapampa which we’ll reach after an approximately 7 hour hike. With the local Quechua farm families living in this valley, we have the opportunity to meet and interact with the warm and welcoming village people.
Day 8: Jancapampa / Huecrococha 3950m.
This eighth day we pass by several Quechua farming communities with their sheep and livestock as we continue our ascent up to our next Paso Tupatupa 4400m before descending to our next camp alongside Laguna Huecrococha which we reach after an approximately 7 hours beautifully scenic of trekking this day.
Day 9: Huecrococha / Tuctubamba 4250m.
On our ninth day we ascend up to Paso Alto de Pucaraju 4650m from where we are treated to an absolutely stunning panoramic views of mount Taulliraju, the majestic massif spiraling 5830m before we begin our steep descent to our next camp at the peaceful Tuctubamba valley arriving here after an approximately 7 hours of trekking.
Day 10: Tuctubamba Rest Day
On our tenth day we have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular ice capped Andes’ surroundings by spending an additional restful night at our Tuctubamba camp. From our this camp we can ascend up to the renowned Santa Cruz trail climbing to Paso Punta Union 4750m from where we capture the panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Valley with its stunningly beautiful Laguna’s, or we can just chill-out this day and enjoy the sun’s warmth on this tenth day.
Day 11: Tuctubamba / Molino Pampa 3600m.
We head downhill along the rich lush valley of Huaripampa passing by farmland as we head towards the settlement of Colcabamba which provides us a photo rich opportunity to again meet and interact with the local Quechua villagers. From here we climb up to Molino Pampa in the Quebrada Keshu This day includes approximately 6-7 hours of hiking.
Day 12: Molino Pampa / Avalancha Camp 4500m.
Today is a short day where we climb on a steady ascent to a high campsite called Avalanche Campsite, reaching this campsite in about 4 hours We’ll spend the afternoon watching avalanches crash down from Contrahierbas Mountain glacier with their thundering sound bouncing off the opposite side of the valley we just hiked.
Day 13: Avalancha Camp / Ulta Valley / Huaraz
We complete our trek with our final gentle ascent for approximately 3 hours to the high and narrow pass of Punta Yanayacu 4850m. From this vantage point we have close views of the glaciers on Nevado Contrahierbas and the massive peaks of Chopicalqui 6345m and Huascarán 6768m. We then descend to Quebrada Ulta where our private transportation will be waiting for us for our return drive back to Huaraz.
• HUARAZ / HUALCAYAN / SANTA CRUZ / CASHAPAMPA 12-13 DAYS.
• HUARAZ / HUALCAYAN / VAQUERIA / HUARAZ 10-11 DAYS
• AROUND ALPAMAYO TREK AND CLIMB CHEQUIA RAJU 15-16 DAYS