Cordillera Blanca Trekking & Hiking

cordillera-blancaAlpamayo Trek – Cullicocha Lake

The Cordillera Blanca means “White Mountain Range” which is true testament to the range of almost countless snow capped peaks, many of which are visible from Huaraz. Most of the Cordillera Blanca falls within the boundaries of the Huascarán National Park which was formed in 1975 with the objective of conserving the enormous variety of unique wild flora and fauna, geological formations and archaeological remains found within a series of diverse habitats in the Cordillera Blanca.

We have many trek options from 3 to 13 days which transverse through the valleys and ranges of the Cordillera Blanca, offering some of the most varied and spectacular trekking scenery of anywhere in the world.

Looking for a remote Peru trekking & hiking experience, away from the busier trails and tourist “hot spots”?

Check our Olleros to Chavin trek (3 days)  - Llama & Horse trek options
and Olleros to Carhuascancha and Chavin Trek (6 days) - Llama trek option

CLIC on the treks listed below for descriptions:

CORDILLERA BLANCA TREK PROGRAMS DAYS TREK DIFFICULTY
Olleros To Chavin Trek 3  Easy / Moderate
Quebrada Quillqueyhuanca Trekking 3 or 4 Easy / Moderate
Santa Cruz Llanganuco Mini Trek  3 Hard
Santa Cruz Llanganuco Classic Trek  4 or 5 Moderate
Laguna 69 and Santa Cruz Trek - *NEW TREK 2017! 4 or 5 Moderate to Hard
Quillqueyhuanca Cojup High Alpine Trek 4 Hard
Olleros to Carhuascancha & Chavin Trek  6 Remote trek / Moderate
Options 5 or 7 days 
Santa Cruz Ulta Trek  6 or 7  Moderate to Hard
Alpamayo Base Camp  9 or 10  Hard
Alpamayo Base Camp Short Trek 8 Very Hard
Santa Cruz to Alpamayo Trek 10 or 12 Moderate to Hard
Full Alpamayo Circuit Trek & Ulta Valley 12 or 13 Hard
Alpamayo Trek to Pomabamba *NEW TREK 2017! 7 or 8 Moderate to Hard
Flowers & Peru Hiking April & May 4 to 13 Various
Tailor Made Cordillera Blanca Trekking & Hiking You Choose Just tell us what you
would like to do 

Trek Grading & Fitness

Trek grading and walking times are average estimates only for people of average fitness and who are well acclimatised to the altitude. Some people will be much faster and others will find it more difficult and be much slower. Times have been based on our experience with previous groups. Your own hiking speeds will depend on how well you have adjusted to the altitude as well as your own personal fitness level. The effects of altitude do make the trekking & climbing much harder than a similar trek closer to sea level and different people adjust to the altitude in a different timeframe.

You need to have average to good fitness and be able to hike a sustained uphill for 2 to 3 hours without distress and manage the long descents down from the passes to be able to enjoy these treks, and also be able to manage several nights sleeping in tents in sometimes very cold conditions.

Some treks are considered to be HARD, generally because there are some long days on trek. You should have above average fitness for these treks, good endurance and be able to hike for a long day 8 to 10 hours (taking your time and enjoying the v iews)

Note: that most trekking options in the Cordillera Blanca should be considered to be physically demanding owing to the altitude (you are above 4000m for the duration of the treks) and the mountainous nature of the terrain. Trails are often steep – both ascending or descending and can be slippery & rocky in places. It is a common comment from clients that they found the hiking to be harder than they were expecting.

This is usually due to the effects of altitude which invariably leaves people feeling less energetic than they would on similar hikes at lower altitudes. If you do not think you can enjoy this type of trekking, let us know and we can suggest some easier options

Trek Roads
Access to and from all Cordillera Blanca treks is via high mountain roads. These roads are dirt roads (not paved). 

Cordillera-Blanca-treks
Punta Union Pass – Santa Cruz Trek

 

CORDILLERA BLANCA NORTH & SOUTH MAPS

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Cordillera-Blanca-trek-map

 

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