Alpamayo Circuit Trek

$ 2'400

Trekking tour around one of the most beautiful mountains in the world – a true dream destination for strong hikers. We completely surround the Alpamayo and experience the most beautiful perspectives of the ice pyramid. We enjoy picturesque lagoons, wild glaciers and fabulous views of the mountain giants of the Cordillera Blanca.

Tour Duration   17 Days

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
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  • Activity Level Hard
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Alpamayo Circuit Trek.


  • Daytours to Laguna Wilcacocha and Laguna Churup for optimal acclimatization
  • Circumnavigation of Alpamayo (5,957m)
  • Turquoise mountain lakes and magnificent panoramas
  • Dreamlike campsites in the most beautiful high mountains of the tropics


The Cordillera Blanca is the largest mountain range of Peru with 31 peaks over 6,000 meter high. More than half of the Peruvian highest 6,000m peaks are here, including the highest mountain (Huascaran) and the most beautiful mountain (Alpamayo) of Peru. The circumnavigation of the Alpamayo is a demanding trekking tour, where high mountain passes must be overcome. The total length of the route is 126 km and leads along some steep paths that require sure-footedness. The daily walking times are between 6-8 hours depending on the stage.

Sure-footedness, a head for heights, a good physical condition, team spirit and willingness to leave your comfort zone. You should have hiked in the mountains already. In preparation for this trip, we recommend conditioning and extensive walks.

Best Season
The best trekking season in the Andes is from April to October, with rainy season in between. It is usually sunny and warm during this time. Due to the altitude, the nights can be quite cold (to minus 5 ° C).

Extra Time
Individual connection programs with Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon and much more are possible. Contact us!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transports according to itinerary
  • Bus tickets Lima – Huaraz – Lima
  • Accommodation in Lima and Huaraz
  • Acclimatization hikes according to itinerary
  • Entrance fees to Huascaran National Park
  • Qualified and experienced guide (Spanish/English)
  • Cook and assistant
  • Donkeys and donkey driver
  • Emergency horse
  • All meals during the trek
  • Good quality high mountain tent (2 or 3 person)
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Dining tent, table and chairs
  • Cooking utensils
  • First aid kit and oxygen
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals in Lima and Huaraz
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Medical care or insurance
  • Emergency rescue or evacuation
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the trek early
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Tips (optional)
  1. Day 1 Arrival to Peru

    Individual arrival to Lima. You will be picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and you can explore the city on your own.

    Accommodation: Hotel

  2. Day 2 Bus ride to Huaraz

    The bus ride over 400 km into the Cordillera Blanca is varied and promising. First we drive along the Panamericana north through the impressive desert on the Pacific coast, then up into the highlands and over the 4020m high Conococha pass in the Cordillera Negra and descend to Huaraz (3060 m). When we cross the pass, the view to the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca is clear – one of the most impressive mountain landscapes in the world. Arrival in Huaraz and check-in at the hotel. On request, dinner together in the group and first briefing.

    Driving time: 8 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel

  3. Day 3 Acclimatization hike to Laguna Wilcacocha

    We pick you up at the hotel and drive south to the Santa Cruz bridge. Here begins our hike through the picturesque highlands and small Andean villages. We slowly ascend to the Laguna Wilcacocha (3’700m), where we enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the whole Cordillera Blanca. We walk the same way back to the bridge, where our transport waits and brings us back to Huaraz.

    Driving time: 20 minutes
    Hiking time: 4 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel

  4. Day 4 Acclimatization hike to Laguna Churup

    We drive from Huaraz to Pitec (3’850m) passing through the traditional villages of Unchus and Llupa. After entering the national park we start ascending by following the path over a long ridge. The final 100m to the lake scrambling up a steep rock gully which some people may find difficult. We enjoy the silence and peace at Laguna Churup at 4’450m and return back to Huaraz.

    Driving time: 2 hours
    Hiking time: 6 hours
    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel

  5. Day 5 Huaraz - Hualcayan (3150 m)

    Drive over Carhuaz, Yungay and Caras and up to the ruins of Hualcayan, remnants of Inca time. We meet our team and stay overnight in the first campsite.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  6. Day 6 Hualcayan - Camp Wishcash (4250m)

    The first trekking day begins with the many hairpin bends of the steep climb to Camp Wishcash at 4250 m.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  7. Day 7 Wishcash - Ruinas Pampa

    Up to the magnificent Laguna Cullicocha with fantastic views and on to the Osoruri Pass (4860 m). A 400-meter descent is followed by the ascent to the Vientunan Pass (4770 m) and finally the steep descent into the Alpamayo Valley. After the long day (about 8 to 9 hours) the campsite is finally reached on a small river level (4000 m).

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  8. Day 8 Cruz Alpamayo (4150 m)

    Short trekking day to Cruz Alpamayo. Breathtaking scenic stage to the later camp Cruz Alpamayo at 4150 m. If you want, you can ascend to the Campo Base Norte (4500 m) of the Alpamayo, from where you may even reach a small five-thousand-meter peak (Jatunjirca, 5030 m, only for ambitious ones!). Fantastic views to the Alpamayo (5947 m) and Quitaraju (6036 m). Easy alternative we can also spend half a rest day at Camp Cruze Alpamayo.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  9. Day 9 Cruz Alpamayo - Caracara-Pass - Quebrada Tayapampa (4150m)

    Crossing of the Caracara Pass (4830 m) and Mesapata (4460 m) with great views of the Alpamayo north side and the Nevados Pucahirca, the northernmost six thousand meter peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Camp (4150 m) in the wide plain of the Quebrada Tayapampa below the Laguna Safuna.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  10. Day 10 Over the Pucahirca-Pass (4610 m) nach Jancapampa (3600 m)

    A few kilometers down the valley to a wide pampa (Huillca, 3950 m), then a steep ascent to the Yanacon / Pucahirca pass (4610 m) and long descent past some Lagunas in the Yanajanca valley with denser vegetation. Camp (3600 m) on the huge grassy plains of Jancapampa in the wild valley just below the bizarre ice and rock walls of Nevados Pucahirca and Taulliraju.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  11. Day 11 Jancapampa - Tupatupa-Pass - Laguna Huecrucocha (4050 m)

    On the right edge of the Jancapampa valley outward, then up to the Tupatupa Pass (4360 m) and long descent into the vegetation and wooded Quebrada Tuctubamba to about 3900 m altitude. Meadow tent camp or another short ascent to Laguna Huecrucocha (4050 m).

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  12. Day 12 Yanagrahirca-Pass (4300 m), Colcabamba (3300 m)

    Long, slightly more comfortable stage on the Yanagrahirca pass (4300 m, panoramic view from Taulliraju to Chopicalqui and Huascarán, with good visibility to Tocllaraju), then mostly downhill through increasingly populated regions and villages out to the village of Colcabamba (3300 m).

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  13. Day 13 Colcabamba to Camp at Ichic Ulta valley (4250 m)

    From Colcabamba on a dirt road up to Llanganuco road near the village of Machco. Turn southwest into the wild and romantic Quebrada Ichic Ulta and climb steeply to the higher of the two tiny lakes (4250 m) at the foot of the Yanayacu Pass.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time, dinner
    Accommodation: Tent

  14. Day 14 Punta Yanayacu (4850 m) - Ulta Valley - Huaraz

    From Punta Yanayacu (4850 m) with breathtaking panoramic views from the Huascarán to the Nevados Contrahierbas, it’s just downhill, past the Laguna Yanayacu to the road in the Ulta Valley (4000 m). Return to Huaraz.

    Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel

  15. Day 15 Extra Day

    Today serves as extra day. Free day in Huaraz. On request farewell dinner with the group.

    Meals included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel

  16. Day 16 Bus ride Huaraz - Lima

    Bus drive back to Lima. Overnight in the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel

  17. Day 17 Lima - return flight

    Free day depending on departure times – return flight. 

    Meals included: Breakfast

Everything you have to know about this trip

During the trek, you spend the nights in two or three person tents.

In Lima and Huaraz, you are accommodated in a double room in good middle class hotels. A single room is possible for a surcharge.

During the expedition we pay attention to a healthy and high-calorie diet. Breakfast and dinner are cooked warm. For lunch, a box lunch is served. We can prepare vegetarian dishes on request.

Donkeys carry our equipment during the trek.

Extra Day
In general, the extra day is used where it is necessary during the trek. It not needed during the trek or climb, you have an extra day to enjoy Huaraz.

For the route Lima-Huaraz-Lima we work together with the bus company Oltursa, which is a public bus of the highest category. The rest of the transports take place in minivans or comfortable 4×4 off-road vehicles, depending on the group size. On request and not included in the price, we can also organize a private transport for the route Lima-Huaraz-Lima or a flight (only in the morning).

Packing listOur recommendation
  • Backpack
  • Bag to load on the donkeys
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Sandals
  • Well-worn in hiking boots
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Fleece or warm pullover
  • Comfortable clothes (quick dry, merino)
  • Trekking trousers
  • Long thermal underwear (merino)
  • Warm socks
  • Cap, gloves
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (min factor 40)
  • Hiking poles
  • Sleeping bag -10° comfort
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal medication travel kit
  • Water bottle and water purification pills
  • Extra Snacks (your favorite chocolate)
  • Extra money

Temperatures are not very different over the year. During the day in the sun a T-shirt is enough, after sunset it gets cool. We recommend a fleece jacket, wind / rain jacket, thin gloves and woolen hat. A light down jacket is also handy. In the tent you may sleep in thermal underwear.

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