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Huaraz

Commonly Known as “The Hiking Capital of Peru”

Situated about 400 kilometres north of Lima and at an elevation of 3,090m/10,138ft, Huaraz is a small, bustling town which displays a good blend of traditional and modern Peruvian culture. This is manifested across markets, restaurants and shops which serve a population of about 100,000 inhabitants.

Due to its close proximity to the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash, two of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, Huaraz is regarded as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, where trekkers, backpackers and thrillseekers all around the globe congregate and use as a base to kick off outdoor expeditions and mountain explorations.

Visitors to Huaraz are treated to stunning views of glistening, snow-capped peaks that make up the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, with the most prominent peak being the almighty Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru towering at 6,768m/22,205ft.

Yet, despite its importance and popularity as a trekking hub, Huaraz still manages to maintain a quiet, safe and relaxed atmosphere as compared to its bigger and more famous cousins, Lima and Cusco.

Cordillera Blanca

“One of The Most Concentrated Collections of Big Peaks in The Western Hemisphere” – National Geographic

Located north of Huaraz, the Cordillera Blanca (also known as “the White Range” in Spanish) measures approximately 180 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide and is known to be one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world.

A quick glance at some of the key highlights the range has to offer:

  • Enjoys the honour of being the world’s highest tropical mountain range, with more than 30 peaks towering over 6,000m/19,685ft in elevation

  • Home to Mount Huascaran (6,768m/22,205ft), Peru’s highest glacial summit, and Mount Alpamayo (5,947m/19,511ft), regarded as the world’s most beautiful mountain, famous for its pyramidal structure and magnificent top cone

  • Huascaran National Park (Parque Nacional Huascaran) is a national park spanning across 3,400 square kilometres and which encompasses most of the Cordillera Blanca. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, and home to the famous Mount Huascaran (6,768m/22,205ft) and an abundance of flora and fauna (including the revered Andean Condor), with 663 glaciers and 269 lakes

  • The Santa Cruz trek has been touted as one of the “holy grails of trails across the world” by the National Geographic as it serves up a bit of everything the range has to offer in a short amount of time. You can find out more information on the trek here

You will be provided with a list of suggested items/equipment you are required to bring on the trek/climb and where required, we are happy to assist you in the rental of certain equipment if you are looking to save on luggage space for your commute to Huaraz.

Cordillera Huayhuash

“The Second Most Beautiful Trek in The World”, as Voted by The National Geographic Society

Located south of the Cordillera Blanca, the Cordillera Huayhuash is considered the more remote and comparatively unexplored smaller cousin, spanning across 30 kilometres. It is also known for offering panoramic sights of its spectacular ice range, renowned for its knife-edged peaks towering over 6,000m/20,000ft in elevation.

A quick glance at some of the key highlights the range has to offer:

  • Pristine, untouched scenery with a wide expanse of grasslands offering insight to the range’s rugged beauty

  • Home to Mount Yerupaja (6,634m/21,765ft), Peru’s second highest mountain behind Mount Huascaran (6,768m/22,204ft), Mount Siula Grande (6,344m/20,810ft), made famous by Joe Simpson in “Touching the Void” and lakes such as Juahuacocha, Carhuacocha and Mitucocha, famous for their iridiscent, turquoise waters

  • The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit is often regarded as one of the top 10 trekking circuits in the world. On this trek, you will circle the range and cross several high passes with near-constant sights of luscious green valleys, mountain-ringed turquoise glaciers and lakes. Campsites are mostly situated next to the lakes, which are great for trout fishing. As you are trekking above 4,000m/13,123ft at most times, the circuit is a challenging one requiring a proper acclimatization schedule. We offer the Huayhuash circuit trail in various lengths to suit a range of schedules. Find out more here