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Length: 3 days
Grade: Moderate. Up to 5-7 hours physical activity each day. Some exposure to heights
Pre-trek Briefing: The guide will meet you the day before departure at 4.30pm at 777 Bello Horizonte Passage, Huaraz to do a full gear check and finalize last minute details.
Start: 7:30am Huaraz
Finish: Huaraz
Departs: April to October

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This short walk crosses the 4700m Punta Yanashallash pass. The trek ends at the town of Chavin, where the pre-Inca ruins of Chavin de Huantar were founded in 900BC. The ruins are underground labyrinth that contains the El Lanzon and Raimondi stones and there are also carved heads adorning the walls of the temple.

Day 1: Huaraz – Olleros – Hacienda – Sacracancha

You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley to Hacienda 3700m which is the starting point of the trek (1 hour drive). There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. We pass through the village of Olleros and Canray Chico. We ascend gently the Quebrada Uquian Valley on an ancient pre Inca trail to our first camp at Sacracancha 4100m. We have nice views of the snowcapped peaks of Shaqsha and Canshan as we walk. 6 hours walk.

Day 2: Sacracancha – Punta Yanashallash Pass – Jato

We make a long but never steep climb to Punta Yanashallash 4700m Pass. As we climb up to the pass we have close views of mount Uruashraju 5722m and many small lakes in the valley below. We pass Laguna Huamanpinta Lake just before reaching the pass. From here, we descend on a good path for about 1½ hours to our camp at Jato 3900m. 7 hours walk.

Day 3: Jato – Chichucancha – Chavin

We descend the Shongo Valley and pass through several villages to Chavin 3150m, with Huantsan dominating the skyline. We spend the afternoon exploring the Chavín de Huántar archaeological site before our vehicle takes us back to Huaraz. 5 hours walk and 3 hours drive.

Grading & Fitness

Grade: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend in the hills or mountains at home are capable of undertaking a trek at this level: you need to be in good health and reasonably fit, and you will almost certainly be taking regular exercise. Walking at higher altitude and the occasional longer or more difficult day may be involved, but generally conditions underfoot will be fair. A walking day would normally be between 5 to 7 hours, and no experience is necessary.


We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 2 days before the trek departs and spend time doing day hikes to higher altitude, this will help with acclimatization to the new altitude. We can help organise day hikes for you.

Our Service

We offer full service trekking holidays, which basically means we do the work and you walk. We provide full support so all you have to carry is a daypack with whatever you require for that day's walk. Our staff will also erect and take down the tents, cook, wash up and even supply bed tea in the morning. This allows you plenty of free time to relax or explore your surroundings as you wish.

Guides & Safety

The mountain guides are qualified through the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association. The AGMP are affiliated to the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association

UIAGM/IFMGA who governs mountain guiding worldwide. All have strong first-aid skills and a wealth of local experience on the routes guided.


  • English speaking UIAGM Certified Mountain Guide
  • Cook
  • Assistants (for more than 3 people)
  • Donkeys and donkey drivers
  • Rescue horse (for more than 3 people)
  • Meals and snacks on trek
  • Personal Tent, Cooking Tent, Dining Tent, Toilet Tent
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Regular sleeping mats
  • First Aid Kit
  • Private Transport
  • Single tents available on request
  • Entrance to Huascaran National Park

Not includes

  • Hotels in Lima & Huaraz
  • Meals and drinks in the city
  • Personal gear
  • Any hire of gear
  • Transfers Lima - Huaraz – Lima
  • Acclimatization Hikes

What to take

You will only carry a daypack with whatever you require for that day's walk. All you need is appropriate clothing, a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots (and a spirit of adventure with a good dose of endurance for this trip!!).

Essential Items

  • 4 Season Sleeping Bag
  • Thermarest - Sleeping mattress
  • Day backpack
  • Large trek bag or backpack – to carry your main gear on donkeys
  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Waterproof jacket and over-pants
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Trainers or sports sandals
  • Lightweight quick drying trousers or shorts and shirt for warm weather
  • Thermal Tops
  • Thermal long johns
  • Fleece tops
  • Thick fleece top or Down Jacket for cold nights
  • Fleece Trousers for cold nights
  • Warm Socks
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Small towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream and lip cream
  • A small bottle of hand disinfectant
  • Insect Repellent
  • Head torch
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Optional: books or magazine
  • Optional: Earplugs


Private trek transport from Huaraz to Queropalca and Llamac to Huaraz.


Energy snacks and nutritious meals are an essential ingredient in helping you perform to your highest standard. Good wholesome meals are provided and plenty of it. Specific dietary requirements are catered for.
Note: You can book as a single and we will try to match others to your dates.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that all our clients carry travel insurance which covers you while travelling to and from Peru, luggage mishaps, evacuation and/or medical treatment/rehabilitation in the unlikely event of an accident occurring and in case you have to cancel your trip.
Whilst our focus is on safety we will not be responsible for any evacuation or medical costs resulting from any accident. Likewise equipment damage or loss remain your responsibility. Some insurance companies can provide adventure activities cover.

World Nomads Travel Insurance provides online quotes.

Itinerary Changes

Please note that this itinerary is a sample only and the actual itinerary may vary at the discretion of your guide. Weather, conditions and personal ability and needs may make changes necessary or advantageous to the participants.

Period April – October 2013

1 person: USD 305 per day x 3 days = USD 915
2 people: USD 231 each per day x 3 days = USD 693 each
3 people: USD 195 each per day x 3 days = USD 585 each
4 people: USD 181 each per day x 3 days = USD 543 each
5 people: USD 175 each per day x 3 days = USD 525 each

Please note that this trip is open to private groups of up to 12 people and at your own departure schedule.
For regular scheduled trips, we like to keep the group small – maximum 5 people.


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