The shortened 3 day Mini-Huayhuash trek allows you to experience an abbreviated version of the longer trek; while not compromising on the stunning views.
Following then; this route is a little more demanding than the more classic Santa Cruz trek route. Hence; it is considered to be suitable for novice trekkers and hikers; however ensuring that a program of acclimatisation is followed properly before departure. During the trek you will be rewarded with a series of glacial lakes and snow capped nevadas along the way.
It’s important to note that there are many route variations; lasting from 3-7 days. Some itineraries require a long drive to the trailhead at Queropalca before getting into the Cordillera Huayhuash to begin the trekking.
After all; this 3 Day trek is centred around the incredible Jahuacocha Lake area; considered one of the most scenic places in alpine trekking, to trek and camp out.
Along the route you’ll see the important sights of the Cordillera Huayhuash; hit the Rondoy Valley, scale the impressive Sambunya Pass and experience the beautifully natural Jahuacocha Lake.
Trek Facts SEASON: April to November. DISTANCE: 42 Km. ALTITUDE: 3300 – 4760 meters above sea level. RATING: Moderate WEATHER: Warm to hot in the daytime / temperate cold at nights. TREKKING TIME: 5 to 8 hours a day.
Breakfast x 2
Lunch x 3
Dinner x 2
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Travel & Adventure Insurance (we highly recommend some form of medical evacuation insurance)
Entrance fee to the Huascarán National Park (S./150.00 per person)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Emergency mule (can be hired for the expedition)
Trekking socks (synthetic fibers)
Hat for cold weather (fleece)
microfiber shirts and thermal
Day Backpack or advance 40 liters
Waterproof Jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
Waterproof Pant (Gore-Tex or other)
Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
Sunscreen (lips and skin)
Personal First Aid Kit
Washbag and towel
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning|Trek Planning
An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco.
We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.
Day 1: Huaraz – Pocpa – Rondoy Valley
At around 7:30am you'll start the trek, driving to the south – east through the Andean Villages Conococha, Chiquian, Llamac and Pocpa, after 4 hours we will get to the starting point of the trek, at 3500m.
Beginning the hike to Rondoy Pass (4,050m), from where you'll have the view of the mountains, Minapata, Ninashjanca and Rondoy, it takes around 4 hours walk.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Rondoy – Sambunya Pass – Jahuacocha Lake
After breakfast you'll climb to your highest point of the trek, the Sambuya Pass (4,780m). It is a trail that is pretty difficult to ascend but worth the effort, because from the top you'll have an amazing view of the most important and highest peaks of the range.
You'll also have a great vantage point of the lakes Solteracocha and Jahuacocha. You'll descend from an alternative trail to discover a different perspective view of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Jahuacocha – Pampallamac Pass – Llamac – Huaraz
Starts descending a Little bit though the valley to after go up to our last pass Pampallamac, having the last view of the range with the stoning Yerupaja (6,634m). Afterwards descending 1000m to the village Llamac. From here you'll take private transport back to Huaraz.
It's never goodbye, only until the next time!
Accommodation Recommendation: Santa Cruz Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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