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Tour Details

Start

Lima, Mira Flores Hotel

Finish

Lima, Peru

Prices

Period 1st Jun 17 - 30th Sep 18
Adult USD $2,900.00

Days

20 days

Fitness grade

Grade: D
(Average of 6 hours physical activity per day, up to 8- 9 hours on longer days. Some days spent at altitudes above 4000 metres)

We travel in a public bus for the Lima – Huaraz journey. The buses are very comfortable and we travel first class with the ‘Cruz Del Sur” company. The roads have a lot of switch backs as they climb the Andes – take travel sickness pills if you are not a good traveller! From Huaraz we travel in private minibuses.

Meals in Lima and Huaraz (except breakfast which is provided by the hotel).

Grade: D

Average 6-8 hours of trekking per day, up to 9 hours on longer days.

If you are an active, healthy person who exercises on a regular basis and have a love for mountains and trekking then this is the trek for you!

As all the nights on the trek are spent in a tent it also helps if you like camping!

Altitude

Most of the trek is above 4000 meters in altitude. The highest pass we cross is 5000 meters. Once above 3000 meters the air is noticeably thinner, and you are likely to experience some side effects. If you are fortunate, this may be as minor as a mild headache, feeling a bit lethargic and shortness of breath after physical exertion. However, it is very important to acclimatise slowly to give the body a chance to adapt to the change of conditions. We have designed the itinerary with this in mind, and have two days of acclimatisation hikes before heading to the Huayhuash. We strongly recommend the use of ‘Diamox’ to medicate against the side effects of altitude. Feel free to discuss this with our team or consult with your doctor/GP. Adequate hydration is also very important and you need to be drinking at least 4 litres a day on the trek.

Health and Hygiene

It pays to be vigilant around food and personal hygiene to avoid illness or upset stomachs leading up to the trek. On the trek we drink only boiled or treated water. While in towns and cities drink only bottled or filtered water and carry your own water purification tabs just in case. While it’s fun and cheaper to eat from the street food vendors you may want to avoid this (at least before the trek anyway) to minimise the risk of eating any contaminated fruit or vegetables. Keep some hand sanitiser and wipes in your day pack. Consult with a travel health clinic at least a month before travelling to see if you require any vaccinations.

In Lima we stay in a good hotel in the Mira Flores area. For our nights in Huaraz we stay at good centrally located hotels. Rooms are on a twin share basis. The trek includes two nights at the eco lodge “Lazy Dog Inn” in the Cordilleria Blanca. Here we stay in beautifully appointed abode type houses and dine with the hosts. During the trek we camp in roomy two person tents, and there is a communal tent for dining and relaxing.

  • Day pack – a minimum of 35 liters
  • Large pack or duffel bag – this will be carried on the donkeys
  • Trekking boots – broken in
  • Long trousers – lightweight/quick drying
  • Long sleeve shirts – lightweight/quick drying/sun protection
  • Trainers or sandals (for around camp)
  • Thermal tops and leggings (polypropylene or wool)
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece or woolen jacket/jersey
  • Waterproof raincoat, Gore-Tex or similar
  • Light water-proof over-trousers
  • Socks & underwear
  • Swim wear
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Towel (quick-drying)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun-cream
  • Toiletries
  • Head torch
  • Camera (and power bank/spare batteries) S
  • Solar charger for other small electronic items
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Walking pole
  • Spare boot laces & sewing kit
  • Sleeping bag (rated 3 season minimum) *
  • Air mattress (compact and lightweight)*

*These can be hired in Huaraz if you want to travel light. Talk to us if unsure or if you want us to arrange for you.

While on the trek all meals are provided; when in Huaraz and Lima breakfast will be provided at the hotel. There is a great selection of restaurants in Lima and Huaraz and we will most probably dine together but you are free to choose. Let us know if you are a vegetarian – choices can be a little limited at restaurants but we can cater for you on the trek no problem. Dinner and breakfast is included at the “Lazy Dog Inn”, and it’s delicious!

Dan Murphy – Trek Leader

As a director and co-owner of Active Earth Adventures, Dan will be joining the trek to assist our local team to ensure that everyone is having the “trek of a lifetime” . Dan travelled to Peru in 2015 and trekked the Santa Cruz circuit in the Cordilleria Blanca with his young family and vowed to return as soon as possible to trek the Huayhuash Circuit. A guide of 18 years, avid hiker, mountain biker and general lover of mountains and wild places, Dan is committed to doing all he can to ensure his clients feel safe, valued and have an amazing time.

Rodolfo Reyes Oropeza – Chief Guide

Rodolfo is a fully certified professional Mountain Trekking Guide. He studied at CEAM, (House of Guides Center for High Mountain studies) dedicated to the training of Mountain Guides in Peru. As well as guiding the Huayhuash trek (over 100 times) Rodolfo has also guided climbing and trekking trips in Bolivia and Ecuador. Rodolfo is born and bred in Huaraz and also studied law here for 3 years before finding the lure of the mountains too strong!
Rudolfo holds a mountain rescue qualification from the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association.

Pelayo Milla Morales – Porter and Assistant Guide

Pelayo has worked for many years as a porter and assistant guide. An accomplished mountaineer who has climbed many of the 6000 meter peaks in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash.

Frael Milla – Chef

Frael is a master cook with more than 15 years of experience plying his trade in the mountains of Peru. A two ring burner in the corner of a tent is all Frael needs to produce first class meals; vegetarian meals are one of his specialties. He is also a skilled mountaineer and works as an assistant guide as well.

Joining our team will be drivers, porters, arrieros and donkeys who are all experienced, professional and well trained (including the donkeys).

What is the climate like in Peru?

We have chosen the optimum time of year to trek in the Andes. Between May and September, the weather in the mountains is generally more stable, although it can still change rapidly and rain or snow is not uncommon. However, a typical day on the trail will be clear blue skies, sometimes a little cloud in the afternoon. The nights can be very cold and the temperature can fall as low as -10°C at the higher camps. During the day it can get quite hot, up to 25-30°C but more often around 15-20°C. Lightweight shirts with long sleeves and a collar are very important to protect you from the sun which can feel harsh at this altitude.

Booking Conditions

You will be asked to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the trek. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.

Payment

For bookings four or more months in advance of the departure a 25% deposit can be paid with the remainder due 65 days prior to your trip. For bookings within four months of the departure, full payment is required.

Cancellations

More than 60 days prior to departure – 80% refund if full amount paid
60 to 30 days prior to departure – 50% refund
Less than 30 days prior to departure – NO REFUND

Travel Insurance


We suggest clients take out a comprehensive travel insurance.

World Nomads Travel Insurance provides online quotes.

Notes

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