The Huayhuash eight-day trek is an expedition specially designed for those trekkers who do not have sufficient time to complete the Huayhuash Circuit (12-15 days) but still want to get to the heart of the Cordillera Huayhuash and undertake some serious hiking.
In addition to the awesome natural scenery on this tour, you will experience Peruvian mountain life and see local farmhouses and farm animals (cattle, sheep, horses and sometimes alpacas & llamas).
Although we grade the trek as moderate, you do have to cross four passes above 14,763 ft / 4500 m. This requires a reasonable level of fitness and adequate acclimatization. You do have the option of taking a horse for part of the journey but you would need to descend from the passes on foot. The hire of a horse requires an additional cost.
On this Peru adventure, the hiking hours mentioned in the article are estimated times including rest breaks and lunch stop. Distances mentioned are also estimated. Prior to the start of the trek, you’ll stay in Huaraz (elevation: 10,137 ft / 3090 m) for two full days to do short hikes for acclimatization purposes. The trek is approximately 40 miles (65 km) in total – distances mentioned here are estimates.