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Quilcayhuanca – Cojup


Duration 4 days
Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Range of Altitude 3,800m to 5,050m / 12,467ft to 16,568ft
Distance Covered Approximately 40km

The Quilcayhuanca – Cojup trek is a challenging one as you are taken through steep inclines and narrow, often unmarked trails during the course of the journey. This less commonly visited trek enables you to gain a deeper, more intimate appreciation for the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca through observation of the spectacular collection of glacial summits along the way and camping by the beautiful lakes of Cuchillacocha and Cojup.

You will get the chance to observe local culture and livelihood as you pass by the villages of Unchus and Llupa during the trek.

Huapi Pass, the highest point of the trek at 5,050m/16,568ft, provides the perfect vantage point to view surrounding majestic peaks of Mount Pucaranra (6,147m/20,167ft), Mount Andavite (5,518m/18,104ft) and several others.

Due to the steep terrain and high altitude (on day 3), it is essential that trekkers are physically fit and well acclimatized to enjoy this trek.


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  • We drive for approximately one hour eastwards from Huaraz to Pitec, the starting point of the trek. We will pass by the local villages of Unchus and Llupa along the way

  • We hike for approximately five hours to our first campsite at Yupanapampa
  • It is a relatively easy day with a steady ascent to the next campsite by the iridescent Lake Cuchillacocha

  • Total hiking time is approximately four hours
  • Today is challenging – we kick off the day with a sustained climb to Huapi pass (5,050m/16,568ft), the highest point of the trek

  • At the summit, soak in breathtaking views of some of the most majestic peaks in all of Cordillera Blanca, such as Mount Ishinca (5,550m/18,209ft), Mount Ranrapalca (6,612m/20,217ft) and Mount Andavite (5,518m/18,104ft)

  • We then commence our descent through Cojup valley to our next campsite

  • Total hiking time is approximately eight hours
  • We continue our descent through Cojup valley for approximately four hours to Portada Cojup, where our private transport awaits to transfer us back to Huaraz


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