Trekking Quilcayhuanca via Huapi Pass (5020 m) to Valley Cojub

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Trekking Quebrada Quilqueyhuanca: A great short hike in a beautiful valley, far from other tourist routes. This tour is ideal for acclimatization for the next climb and is also appropriate for families or for those who are looking for an easy trip involving an excursion or camping, but who still want to experience the magnificent mountain landscapes of northern Peru. A special feature of this trek is the glacier-fed lakes.

Toward the end of the valley are three lakes: Cayesh (4,500m), Tullpacocha (4,300 m), and Cuchilla (4,625m). These last two lakes are found at the foot of a great cirque of peaks that form the Chinchey Peak group (6,309m), to the southwest of this is Pucaranra Peak (6,156m), while toward the southeast areTuhhparaju (5,787 m) and Chopiraju (5,518 m)

Found nestled in the interior of the Quicayhuanca valley is a large gorge, about 13 km long, that ends in a cirque of peaks over 6000m. The trail goes through pastures where cows, horses and burros abound; as well as a large number of archeological remains, which add to the allure of the route. It’s possible to see diverse wildlife, from small birds to curious foxes.

Difficulty Condition

Travel Program

Today we head for the small village of Unchus and Llupa. From Pitec we begin the hike to our next destination, the Quilcayhuanca Valley. The route winds through the gorge alongside glaciated peaks. Here we also find archaeological remains called Nuevo Tambo. The valley is surrounded by peaks, like the majestic Nevado Adavita (5,518 m), the Nevada Tullparaju (5,787 m), Chinchey (6,222 m) and many more. The Cayeshpampa camp (4,100 m) is not easy to find among the rocks, so we can also camp near the lake. In the afternoon we’ll climb to Laguna Tullpacocha, in which icebergs from the glacier still float.

 1 Hours approx 


 3 Hours approx



Today we set off on an uphill trail, getting to Cuchillacocha Lake (4,625 m) at the foot of the snowcapped peaks of Pucaranra (6,156 m) and Chinchey (6,222 m). From here we’ll continue climbing to Huapi Pass (5,020 m), approximately 5 hours to arrive at the highest point of the circuit. We then descend toward Cojup Gorge to set up camp in this beautiful canyon. Later we’ll take a short hike to Palcacocha Lake (4,350 m) and return to enjoy the site of the peaks at sunset.


7 Hours approx



After breakfast we leave at 8am for an easy return. We leave from camp and trekking down along the quebrada Cojub trail, in the end of the valley our private transport will be waiting to transport via villages Llupa and Unchus. It’s likely we’ll arrive early and have lunch in Huaraz. Lodging in the hotel.


6 Hours approx



Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Peruvian trekking-guide
  • Cooks and helpers
  • All meals during the tour
  • Donkey driver and donkeys
  • Camping tents (2 persons)
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz

Not included:

  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Transport public bus or Domestic flight Airline LC-Peru
  • Hotel Casa Andina 2 nights in Lima or other hotel
  • Hotel San Sebastián 4 nights in Huaraz or other hotel
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

What to Bring

What to Bring or take fo Day Hiking and Technical Equipment for Climbing Expedition

This equipment list is compiled to provide you with adequate help when choosing your equipment for a climb. Most items are required. Please consider each of them and make sure you understand the function and exclusive use for mountaineering, before substituting or removing items from this list. Please note that this list has been carefully annotated by the organizer. Remember that mountaineering, mountaineering or mountaineering is an extreme, risky sport, therefore everything related to it is of great attention.

These items should be on your hiking checklist:

Hiking backpack for hiking 30 to 40 liters

Light gloves for hiking or (Optional Mittens waterproof)

Medium weight socks

Sleeping bag (-10º to 15ºC)

Small daypack for one day hiking 20 liters

Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)

Hiking boots or shoes

Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down

Rain poncho (or rain gear)

Long-sleeved shirts

Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers

Lightweight pants

Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts

Water bottle for hiking or trekking

Strong waterproof duffel bag

Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb

Towel for personal hygiene each participantFirst-aid kit

Regular and long underwear

Knife or multi-tool

Light cap and wool hat

Sunglasses with UV certification, Sun block, lips

The rest of the list Essentials as appropriate for your hike

Grooming and personal hygiene kit

One Hiking Buff per person

Technical Equipment for High Altitude Expedition Mountains

3 Locking carabiners, we recommended per person

We recommend 2 ice screws for each client

1 Daisy Chain (Life Line) per each person

2 Ice axes (per person) technical, we recommended GRIVEL company

1 ATC descender (Rappel), this is very necessary for technical mountains

2 Cords for prusik, very important (Size Cord 6 mm x 10 m. long)

Gloves(Good gloves) for expeditions over 6000meters

Harness, we recommended GRIVEL company

Sleeping pad / Mattress, we recommend with air or inflatable mattress

Crampons, we recommended GRIVEL company

Walking sticks (optional), a pair per person, we recommended GRIVEL company

Down Jacket for expedition

Very important to have personal clothing such as pants and jacket with GOROTEX certification

First aid kit, for high mountains, because we as guides cannot medicate clients

Backpack Capacity 60 liters, it is better to have a bigger backpack to go comfortably to the high camps, because here you have to carry all your personal things

Gaiters or Leggings, now modern boots already have built-in (Incorporated), but better to have an extra pair

Dressing appropriately for the mountains can make the difference between a pleasant trip and a really uncomfortable one. Clothing must provide the right degree of temperature, perspiration and be well ventilated. Preferably cotton clothing should be avoided, as in humid conditions they absorb body heat.

In general, the weather conditions in in the Andes of South America can vary from day to day and even throughout the day. Therefore, clothing must be versatile.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the necessary equipment.

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Trip-code: Number ►PE-403
Duration: 03 days
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Country / Location: Northern Peru
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