Located in the department of Ancash, the
Cordillera Huayhuash is held to be the world's
least-known and most beautiful mountain ranges. It stretches
across an area of 30 km, running from north to south, and
is studded with a string of soaring peaks, including Mount
Yerupaja and dozens of glacial lakes
(Carhuacocha, Jahuacocha, Mitucocha, among others). The trekking
circuit runs across the entire range and covers nearly 165
km in 12 days. The experts deem it one of the most spectacular
trekking circuits on Earth.
The route -the only trail that circles the cordillera- sets
out from the town of Chiquian (3,400 masl)
and takes two days to reach the heart of the cordillera. Along
the way, the trail runs through five high mountain passes
and passes through picturesque farming and livestock herding
villages such as Llamac, Pocpa, Huayllapa and Pacllón,
bordering the mountains to the north, before following the
eastern edge and completing the circuit on the west side.
A shorter circuit (45 km) links Chiquian with Lake
Jahuacocha, setting out from the villages of Llamac
and Pocpa and returning through Pacllon.
Towering mountains, crystal-clear lakes, flocks of llamas
and alpacas, hospitable people, and above
all, Nature in all her unspoiled glory is the prize for those
who venture to discover this unique circuit.
rains from December to March and a markedly dry season from
May to October, where sunny days post temperatures of 25°C
and freezing nights.
town of Chiquian is located some 360 km northeast of Lima
and 50 km south of the Cordillera Blanca.
the nearby villages of Llamac, Pocpa and Pacllon, one can
hire guides and porters. Expeditions can also be organized
from the nearby city of Huaraz. Chiquian also features several
simple restaurants and lodgings.
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