Trekking Cedros Alpamayo

Trekking Cedros Alpamayo

Alpamayo Trek

It is one of the best trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca as it runs around the snow-capped Alpamayo (considered the most beautiful mountain in the world in the 1966 Munich scenic photography contest). This circuit is designed for those who have already had previous experiences in hikes.
A correct acclimatization is important to carry out this impressive and long trek that joins two important circuits that run through the Los Cedros valley.

During the journey we will cross many blue-turquoise Andean lagoons and several passes over 4,700 m where we will have amazing and inspiring views of mountains such as Huascarán, Santa Cruz, Taulliraju and Chacraraju.

Duration: 9 days
Distance: 96 km approx.
Highest altitude: 4,860 m (Punta Osoruri Pass)
Difficulty: Moderate
Recommended: May to October


B = Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner  Δ = Camp


Day 01: Huaraz (3,052 m) – Hualcayan (3,140 m) - Huishcash (4,200 m)
Transfer by transport to the town of Hualcayan, from where the trek begins, ascending zigzag along a bridle path to our first campsite.

» Driving time: 3 hours
» Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours approx.
» Campsite: Huishcash (4,200 m)

Day 02: Huishcash (4,200 m) – Osoruri
This day a very important pass is expected, the Osoruri pass (4,860 m), we will also have a beautiful view of the Azulcocha and Yanacocha lagoons and then pass by the edge of the Lake Cullicocha (4,620 m).

» Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours approx.
» Campsite: Osoruri (4,550 m)

Day 03: Osoruri – Jancarurish (3,800 m)
This day we will ascend towards the Vientunan pass (4,770 m), then the hike will be to dare the Cedros valley and towards the Alpamayo valley from where we will have the most impressive view of the northwest face of the Alpamayo (5,947 m).

» Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours approx.
» Campsite: Jancarurish (3,800 m)

Day 04: Jancarurish – Viewpoint Alpamayo (4,450 m) – Jancarurish
Rest day.
Optional: Short hike to the "Alpamayo viewpoint" to see the pyramidal figure of the snow-capped Alpamayo (5,947 m); This viewpoint is the only place that allows you to view, enjoy and take a photo of the pyramidal face of Alpamayo and winner of the title "The Most Beautiful Mountain in the World".

» Hiking time: 3 hours approx.
» Campsite: Jancarurish (3,800 m)

Day 05: Jancarurish – Huillca (4,000 m)
This day we leave in the direction of Huillca, for this we will cross the Gara Gara pass (4,830 m), followed by the Mesapampa pass (4,500 m).

» Hiking time: 7 hours approx.
» Campsite: Huillca valley (4,300 m)

Day 06: Huillca – Jancapampa (3,600 m)
We leave in the direction of Jancapampa through the Yana Queñua valley. This day we will cross the Yanacon pass (4,600 m)

» Hiking time: 7 hours approx.
» Campsite: Jancapampa (3,600 m)

Day 07: Jancapampa Valley – Quishuar (3800 m)
This day we will hike towards the town of Pishgopampa (3,600 m), then we will ascend the Tingopampa valley towards the Tupa Tupa pass (4,400 m).

» Hiking time: 7 hours approx.
» Campsite: Quishuar (3800 m)

Day 08: Quishuar – Tuctu (4200 m)
This day we headed towards the Pucaraju pass (4,650 m) from this point we can see the highest mountains of the Cordillera Blanca such as: Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju and Taulliraju (5,830 m). We will walk through the Huaripampa Valley, the route will always be surrounded by forests of Quenual trees.

» Hiking time: 8 hours approx.
» Campsite: Tuctu (4200 m)

Day 09: Tuctu – Vaquería (3,800 m)
This last day we will hike for approximately 3 hours through the Huaripampa valley passing through traditional villages until we reach Vaquería where our transport awaits us to transfer to Huaraz.

» Hiking time: 3 hours approx.
» Driving time: 5 hours


Price Includes:
  • Briefing: Before your trek, you will have a trek briefing at your hotel or our office with your guide and other trekkers in your group.
  • Transportation: From your hotel in Huaraz to the starting point of the trek, and from the end of the trek to your hotel in Huaraz.
  • Equipment: We use the best quality mountain tents (2 people per tent) and personal mat. Single tents are available USD 60. Additional charge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (option for vegetarians or vegans).
  • All kitchen and dining equipment are provided so that clients to enjoy their meals, including chairs and dishes.
  • Guide: Certified trekking guide (English or Spanish speaking) for another language by request.
  • Cook: Cook trained to prepare varied and healthy dishes.
  • Arriero: In charge of loading the donkeys and driving them.
  • Donkeys: The number of donkeys depends on the size of the group.
  • Duffel bag: that will be with the donkeys while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/15lbs. and needs to include your sleeping bag and personal belongings. During the day you will only carry your daypack with items for personal use.
  • Emergency horse: 1 horse will accompany the group in case of emergency.
  • First aid kit.

Not included:
  • Entrance fee to the Huascaran National Park. [See rates]
  • Personal trekking equipment: Sleeping bag, trekking shoes or boots, waterproof jacket and/or pants, backpack, etc.
  • Extra food or drinks in the villages.
  • Medical care or insurance.
  • Emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the trek early.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Breakfast the first day/lunch and dinner the last day.
  • Hotel in Huaraz.
  • Tips (Optional).

Departures & Prices

Price Season 2024

Private or Luxury Service according of the number of people, Please contact us and get a free quote.


We don’t have scheduled departures yet.


  1. Where do the hikes start and end?

  2. The hikes start and end in the city of Huaraz - Ancash.

  3. How to get to Huaraz?

  4. By air: Anta Airport (ATA, Comandante FAP Germán Arias Graziani Airport) is currently only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by air must disembark in Lima and go through customs.

    • The best way to get to Huaraz is by air, currently there is only one airline operating: LATAM.
    • Flight time: 1 hour 10 minutes.
    By land: This is the most common route, with a paved road of 404 km from Lima. Try to book the bus cama service for a more comfortable journey and rest during the trip.

  5. What is the recommended season for trekking in Peru?

  6. The recommended months for the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash are from May to October. Although the trek can be done all year round, you just need good clothing to protect yourself from the rains.

  7. Planning a trip and looking for a group trek?

  8. Book at least 3 months in advance and enjoy:

    • Date of your choice: We set the date you choose and adapt the trek to your itinerary.
    • Guaranteed group: We make sure to find participants for the group, with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.
    • Departure guaranteed: We guarantee the trek will take place.

  9. How many people are there on a trek?

  10. Private service: We guarantee the trek only with the members of your group and departures can be scheduled on the day of your choice.
    Group service: The group size will vary depending on the date, with group sizes being (min. 4 people / max. 10 people).

  11. Group Tours

  12. In group hikes, you will enjoy the company of people of different ages and hiking experiences. By accepting a group tour, we understand that each person has their own pace, so don't worry if you are slower or faster than others. The guide will adapt to the group and ensure that everyone enjoys the hike.

  13. What to bring for hiking?

    • ESSENTIAL: Daily use backpack (recommended 20L to 40L), Water bottle or Camelbak, Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles), Quick-drying comfortable hiking pants.
    • TOILETRIES: Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Insect repellent, Hand sanitizer, Wet wipes, Toothbrush and paste, Toilet paper, Personal medication, Blister protectors, etc.
    • DUFFLE BAG: T-shirts or shirts, pants, underwear, hiking socks, fleece or polar, warm jacket it gets very cold at night, Headlamp, Waterproof gloves, Sandals or comfortable shoes for the camp, External batteries or Power Bank There is no place to plug in while walking!, Sleeping bag We recommend -10°C at least.
    • IN YOUR BACKPACK: sun hat, wool hat, Waterproof jacket/rain poncho, Camera, cell phone, Hand sanitizer, Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste, personal documents, Extra money for drinks, tips, or other expenses.

  14. Is it possible to rent trekking equipment in Huaraz?

  15. Yes, you can see the cost of some equipment HERE.

  16. Do you organize transfers/pickups from the airport?

  17. We organize transfers in Lima, Huaraz, and other cities in Peru; we also offer tailor-made tourist packages throughout Peru. If you prefer a more personalized service, please write to us at the following email

  18. Is it possible to include accommodation before/after the hike?

  19. Yes. if you want to quote this itinerary with accommodation included, write to us at, indicating date of arrival and departure, hotel category, number of people, and preferred room type.

  20. How likely is it to suffer from altitude sickness during the hike?

  21. All hikes reach more than 4,000 meters in altitude, so it is likely to suffer from altitude sickness. We recommend doing some activities in the Huaraz area before starting your hike to have a better experience.
    We invite you to visit our acclimatization tours page.

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