Mountainbike Extreme-Cordillera Huayhuash Yerupaja-Circuit

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Mountain Biking in the Cordillera Huayhuash: This is an extreme mountain biking trips over the single-track of the Cordillera Huayhuash Cordillera and one of the most beautiful rides in the world. The rocky formations are impressive and rise elegantly to the sky. Here you’ll find the second highest mountain in Peru: Yerupajá Grande (6,634 m.) Visitors will be able to see the snowcapped peaks, glaciers, blue lakes and impressive landscapes. During the trek, we’ll cross 8 mountain passes, including the highest at 5,000 meters. The trail isn’t very difficult to hike, but to ride on two wheels via the not-very-well-marked route is quite demanding. Some sections require that you carry or push your bike on a mule trail/single track that presents difficult steep or very rocky sections. Burros will carry your gear.

Before heading out to our ultimate destination, we’ll have 5 days of acclimatization rides in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra. The Cordillera Blanca in the heart of Peru is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, trekking, climbing and mountaineering.

Travel Program

Arrival in Lima – a large city with a population of approximately 11 million – the largest city in South America. Rest. If you wish, explore the city on your own.

Overnight Hotel (-/-/-)

This will be a varied and interesting voyage. The drive follows the Pan American highway north across the impressive Pacific coastal desert. Continuing toward higher terrain, we pass through the Cordillera Negra (Black Range) at Conococha Pass (4020 m) into the Santa Valley and Huaraz (3100m.) Once across the pass, you’ll see a charming view of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, without a doubt some of the most impressive scenery in the world. You can also fly via LCPERU – flight duration 50 minutes.

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

First day on bikes , east of the city of Huaraz, to adjust to the high elevation. Huaraz – Marian – Huanchac – Wilcahuain – Monterrey – Huaraz. We’ll ride through fields and eucalyptus forests, along the valley slopes and through the villages of Marianan and Huanchac, to Wilcahuain (3,250 m), where we’ll see some pre-Incan ruins. In Wilcahuain, we have a picnic lunch and then continue at our leisure to the hot springs at Monterrey for swimming and relaxing. Afterward we return to Huaraz. Distance covered by bikes: 20 km.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

Today we visit the Cordillera Negra, from where you have a magnificent view of the Cordillera Blanca. Wilcacocha is an exceptional viewpoint for the Cordillera Blanca, allowing us to identify peaks (from north to south) Huandoy Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Hualcan, Copa,Vallunaraju, Ocshapalca, Ranrapalca, Palcaraju, Churup, Chinchey, San Juan, Huamasraju, Huatzan, Cashan, Shacsha, Pucaraju, Muruaraju and Caullaraju. The camp is set on a beautiful lake, complete with wild ducks.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/D)

Our third day of acclimatization. In the morning we ride downhill from Wilcacocha to Huaraz. From there we take a short car ride (bringing the bikes) through the villages of Unchus and Llupa to Pitec (3850 m) in the Cordillera Blanca. From Pitec, we have 5-6 hours of hiking to Laguna Churup, impossible on a bike, but worthwhile nonetheless. Laguna Churup is at the foot of the glacier of 5000 meter Nevado (Mount) Churup. Descend back to Pitec on foot and have a downhill ride or go via car to Huaraz.

Overnight Camp (B/L/-)

Our extreme adventure begins today! Our van takes us to Yanashallash Pass (4,680 m), the highest point of our route today and our way across the Cordillera Blanca. From the pass we enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains to the east and west and the peaks of Uruashraju (5,722 m), Huanstán (6,395 m) and Yanamarey (5,237 m.) We’ll ride our bikes from here to Huallanca (3,100 m.) Along the way we discover ancient dinosaur tracks and shop in the market in Huallanca for some additional things that we need for the next part of the tour. We follow the San Juan River to Cunchush Pass (4,700 m.) Here is a great view of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Continue to Matacancha Camp (4,150 m).

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Climb from Matacancha to Cacanampunta Pass (4,700 m). We carry our bikes for almost all of this section, 3-4 hours, because the trail is very uneven and rocky. At Cacanapunta Pass we have spectacular open views of the wild mountains of Huayhuash. We descend over beautiful wide pastures to Laguna Mitococha (4,300 m) and continue with an easy climb over Punta Carhuac Pass (4,650 m) and descend over gentle undulating grasslands to Laguna Carhuacocha (4,200 m), one of the best campsites on our route. If there is no wind, we’ll see the peaks of rock and ice reflected on the surface of the calm waters. At the lake live indigenous farmers – with their permission we may get to catch fresh trout for dinner!

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

This part of the route is strenuous and has no obvious road. It passes through remote peaks and glaciers of Huayhuash, with the most magnificent panoramic view of the excursion. We pass Lake Carhuacocha and beyond that is the ice fall and retreating glacier of Sarapo Peak (6127m). We cross Siula Pass (4,950 m) with overwhelming panoramic views. Almost all of this part of the trek we carry our bikes on our shoulders, making for a very strenuous and difficult day. We can very carefully ride some sections of the descent into camp at Quiesillococha Lake (4,450 m).
Alternative: If you prefer an easier day, there is a route that is a little longer but less demanding and less steep: flat along the east edge of Lake Carhuacocha, climb through the Quebrada Acoshpado to the summit of Carnicero Point (4,580 m) and a smooth descent to the two lakes of Atocshaiko to Carnicero Camp or Camp Huayhuash at Quesillococha Lake (4.450 m).

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

A wide commercial route extends to the south to the small village Portachuelo de Huayhuash, then to the headwaters of the Huayhuash River – the very green Suirococha Lakes (4,500 m.) The climb is again dominated by impressive mountain panoramas, this time the ice covered peaks of the southern Huayhuash Range. Descend to the largest lake, and the southernmost point of the trek – Lake Viconga (4,400 m). Viconga Hot Springs Camp.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Today is the highest pass of the Huayhuash Trek – Cuyoc Point (5, 020 m). From the lake of Puscanturpa Gorge, we scramble over rocks and sand to the pass. The spectacular view is of the Raura Range to the east. The Puscanturpa Peaks loom very close and “giants” of Huayhuash, Sarapo, Siula and Yerupajá. We drop sharply to Huanacpatay Gorge (4,350 m) and continue along the river to the Calinca Valley (Rio Huayllapa) and continue to the village of Huayllapa (3,600 m). In the relatively low elevation, the trail takes us through dense vegetation with many colors of flowers – especially the shrubs called huishllac, named for their yellow color and open purple flowers, the sacred flower of the Incas. Camp in the village of Huayllapa. (3,600 m).

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Today is a steep and strenuous climb, close to glaciers, Raju Collota Peak, and over Punta Tapush Pass. Magnificent views once again, including Nevado Diablo Mudo (Silent Devil Peak) (5,350 m). Camp in Gashgapampa.

Overnight Camp (B/L/D)

Today we begin our mountain biking early with the steep climb to Llaucha Pass (4,750 m.) From this point Silent Devil Peak can again be seen. We enjoy the downhill ride to beautiful Jahuacocha Lake (4,066 m). During the descent we stop to look at the upper part of the mountains of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupajá, Rasac and Sarapo. Our camp at Jahuacocha Lake is one of the most beautiful places of our route.

Overnight Camp (B/L/-)

Our mountain bike trip begins today with carrying our bikes for about one hour. We continue on a pronounced slope toward Juhauapunta Pass (4,650 m). Rapid changes in the weather (with snowfall!) happen every time we are here. From the pass we go down past a mountain cow pasture to the picturesque indigenous village of Pocpa (3,600 m.) Countless cacti, quite unusual for this region, suggest that high temperatures are not uncommon here. We see colorful flowers along the entire way. In the village of Pocpa, our private transport will be waiting. At dinner we can exchange photos of the tour and reminisce. Lodging at a hotel.

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

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Overnight Camp (B/-/-)

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Overnight Hotel (-/-/-)

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


Services included in the prices:

  • Acclimatization tour
  • Local Mountainbike-guide
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • Entrance fees to the community Huayhuash National Park
  • Cooks and helpers
  • All meals during the tour
  • Camping tents (2 people)
  • Donkey driver and donkeys
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz
  • Two escort vehicles in the bike tour for groups of 8 participants
  • Pick up at Lima airport to Hotel and bus station
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport
  • Bus tickets Huaraz/Lima, executive service in public bus-Movil Tours or Cruz del Sur
  • Hotel Kamana 2 nights in Lima
  • Hotel Casa Blanca 4 nights in Huaraz

Not included:

  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transportation of the bicycle extra weight or payment flights
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Departure tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel Accident and health insurance (*Be required to have accident insurance)
  • Individual trips and visits outside the program is not mentioned in our program
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • The extra payment for overweight baggage Flight Lima-Huaraz-Lima
  • Meals and alcoholic drinks in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Personal equipment (mountain bike staff, special shoe bike, helmet, jackets, sleeping bag, mattress, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

Prices & Dates

From / To

06.05-21.05.2023 🟢

» Additional dates available upon request
» Rates may vary from July 26th to 31th for the national holidays

Prices (per person): 2.550,00 USD 2.450,00 USD / Contact us!

Deposit for reservations: * 1.275,00 USD (1.138,00 EUR) ✓ Full payment 40 days before. No refund if you cancel less than 30 days!
Places: 🟢 *Available
Trip-code: Number ►PE-300
Duration: 16 days
Participants: Minimal: 4 Maximal: 15
Members: We don’t have an open group to join – We can open a new group – Contact us!
Country / Location: Northern Peru
Mountain Guide: Jaime Minaya
Other dates / additional info: Contact us!

3% early bird discount when booking 6 months prior to departure 2023

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Jaime Minaya

Expert Mountainbike-guide certified - Champion winner of many competitions
Bike-guide of Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943780600
E-Mail: [email protected]