Fixed Departure Alpamayo (Los Cedros) Trek
(7 days, 6 nights)
Day 1: Huaraz - Hualcayan
Early transfer from Huaraz to Cashapampa where you will start the 50Km tough trek around Alpamayo. The first day's hike will take you past Conay and the Huancarhuas. Reach the first camp at Hualcayan at 3140m.
Day 2: Hualcayan - Huishcash
Today is a steady day with approxiamately 6 hours of hiking onto Huishcash.
Day 3: Huishcash - Osoruri
A tough day starts after breakfast, heading further up until you are rewarded with stunning views of the Cullicocha Lake at 4600m. There is a spectacular backdrop of Santa Cruz 6259m with its impressive ice wall rising above the lake. From here you will cross the Paso dos Cedros at 4850m following with a steep descent to Osoruri. Then a short climb to a second pass at 4,750 m. After lunch on the pass, you will descend to the camp in Ruina Pampa totalling about 7 hours of hiking today.
Day 4: Osoruri - Jancarurish
An easier day today as you will trek along the valley floor to Jancarurish 4300m. This beautiful turquoise glacial lake nestles beneath Alpamayo and the adjacent peaks of Jancarurish 5780, Tayapampa 5860 and Quitaraju 6254m. Camp by the lake shore.
Day 5: Jancarurish - Huillca
Today, the expedition travels to Safuna lagoon, which should be reached after a 4 hour hike. You will then climb up to a rocky pass to 4830m which is known as Cara Cara before descending to a rocky ground and arrive at a grassy valley called Mesa Pampa. There will be a high chance of seeing condors today. Once at the camp, there will be opportunities to explore the surrounding lagoons of Low Safuna and High Safuna.
Day 6: Huillca - Jancapampa
After breakfast you will follow the pass to Salctaycocha at 4600m. You then continue more easily into a rocky valley with a scattering of quenual trees. Follow the valley down to the still waters of Salctaycocha Lagoon and continue along into the broad Jancapampa valley.
Day 7: Jancapampa - Pomabamba
Today is the last day and you will pass several small villages before reaching Pomabamba. From here you will be met and picked up by private bus for the transfer back to Huaraz.
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