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Length: 4 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: 8:00am Huaraz
Departs: April to October
Join a scheduled departure or book a private or custom trip with dates to suit you
This is a great short walk along an awesome valley offering stunning views of some of the Cordillera Blanca Mountains and spectacular lakes. The walk includes a hike to the beautiful Laguna Churup Lake at 4450m.
Day 1: Huaraz – Churup Lake – Pitec
You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive, passing small villages of Unchus and Llupa to Pitec 3880m (1 hour drive). There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. While our staff sets up camp at Pitec, we start our hike to Laguna Churup 4450m Lake. Today's walk is on a well formed trail up to Laguna Churup. 5 hours walk.
Day 2: Pitec – Cruce de Cayesh
An easy walk up the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca Valley to camp at the head of the valley at Cruce de Cayesh 4100m at the foot of Andavite mountain (4 hours hike). In the afternoon we can hike into the Quebrada Cayesh valley, which offers very close views of the snow-capped mountains San Juan, Cayesh and Chopiraju.
Day 3: Cruce de Cayesh – Choco Pass – Cruce de Cayesh
We ascend gradually to an awesome lookout that offers great views of Nevados San Juan, Tullparaju, Pucaranra Mountains and beautiful glacial lakes. We return down to camp. 6 to 7 hours walk.
Day 4: Cruce de Cayesh – Pitec – Huaraz
Return down the valley to Pitec where the car will be waiting to take us to Huaraz. 3 hours hike and 1 hour drive.
Grading & Fitness
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.
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.
Period April – October 2013
1 person: USD 267 per day x 4 days = USD 1068
2 people: USD 206 each per day x 4 days = USD 824 each
3 people: USD 180 each per day x 4 days = USD 720 each
4 people: USD 177 each per day x 4 days = USD 708 each
5 people: USD 165 each per day x 4 days = USD 660 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.