This trek called YAINO due to the Pre-Inca towering and circular constructions included on this trek is truly a must to see though this extensive site enjoys one of the most magnificent panoramas of the whole route. Probably dating from the Tantamayo or Yaro civilizations. This tour has been scheduled in the best trekking season and should have generally fine weather conditions, though in the Andes anything is possible, including rain or even snow! On average, May, June and July are probably the best months for trekking, usually clear and bright with strong sunshine by day, though nights at altitude will be very cold - well below freezing on some nights.
GRADING C SEASONApril to November PROGRAM 8 days / 7 nights
DAY 1: HUARAZ/QUEBRADA SANTA CRUZ/LLAMAC CORRAL: | INC: B/BL/D
A private minibus takes us further north to the trailhead (about 3 hours). Along the way, we pass the town of Yungay, which was destroyed by the 1970 earthquake killing 20,000 inhabitants. At Caraz we join a spectacular rural road to Cashapampa (9,666 ft. / 2900m) with fine views of Huascaran, Huandoy (21,186 ft. / 6356m), Hualcan (20,416 ft. / 6125m) and others. In the afternoon, we start our walk up the Quebrada Santa Cruz, and climb steeply up into the canyon. The track leads to some upper meadows with glimpses of Nevado Aguja (19,620 ft. / 5886m) and Caraz (20066 ft. / 6020m). We camp at Llamac Corral by the Santa Cruz River, normally below Ichicocha and Jatuncocha lakes at about 12,000 ft. / 3600m. Camp.
DAY 2: LLAMAC CORRAL/ TAULLIPAMPA | INC: B/BL/D
The towering ice-wall of Taulliraju (19433ft. / 5830m), a massively impressive mountain at the head of the valley, gives us superb views throughout the day. We also catch side glimpses of Alpamayo (19,823 ft./ 5947m), and may be able to make a slight detour to gain closer views of its peak, which has been described as the most beautiful mountain in the world. We eventually reach the most spectacular camping spot of the trek in the meadows of Taullipampa at the foot of Taulliraju at 14,033 ft. / 4,210m. The mountains of Rinrihirca (19,366 ft/5810m), Artesonraju (20,083 ft. / 6025m) and Quitarju (20,116 ft. / 6035m) surround the campsite. Camp.
DAY 3: TAULLIPAMPA/TUCTUPAMPA | INC: B/BL/D
Today we cross our first pass, the Punta Union (15,933 ft. /4,780 m.), the Continental Divide, from which there are some excellent views of the Pucaraju range (16,750 ft. /5025m). The climb is steep up and steep down; along the trail, we often find the beautiful rima rima flowers that are typical of this area. We camp in the Tuctucpampa valley below Morococha (about 14,166 ft. / 4250m) surrounded by mountains: a cold night! Camp.
DAY 4: TUCTUPAMPA/QUISUAR | INC: B/BL/D
A steep climb brings us to the second pass, Alto de Pucaraju (15,500 ft./4,650m.), which has an even wider view than from the previous one. Our camp is below the beautiful lake Huecrococha, close to the villages of Quisuar and Carhuacasha (12,666 ft./ 3,800 m.). Camp
DAY 5: QUISUAR | INC: B/BL/D
Today can be a rest day at the campsite, or if you are feeling energetic, you have the option of a long and strenuous side trip to the ruins of Yaino, at 13,733ft. /4,120m. Probably dating from the Tantamayo or Yaro civilizations, this truly ruined though extensive site enjoys one of the most magnificent panoramas of the whole of the Cordillera Blanca. Camp.
DAY 6: QUISUAR / CHINGUEL | INC: B/BL/D
We ascend to the 14,000ft./4200m Yanahirca pass, which offers extensive views of the central and northern part of the range. For the next few days, we pass through mountain villages, cultivated land, and have opportunities to see the Andean way of life. After descending to the river valley, we normally camp on the school playing field on the outskirts of Chingel village. Camp.
DAY 7: CHINGUEL /VAQUERIA | INC: B/BL/D
On the final day of the trek, we ascend to a small pass before undulation downwards, with views of the beautiful pyramidal peak of Chacraraju (20,0003ft. /6001m), to the river. In the village of Colcabamba (11,000ft./3300m) we can buy drinks and have a break before the last few hours of ascent to Vaqueria. Camp.
DAY 8: VAQUERIA/HUARAZ | INC: B.
We return to Huaraz by private minibus. The road winds its way up and over the 16,667ft./5,000m pass Portachuelo de Llanganuco and down a dramatic zig-zag road to the main Callejon de Huaylas valley near Yungay. The journey gives us wonderful views of Huascaran, Chopicalqui (21,180ft./6354m), Chacraraju (20,373ft./6112m) and Huandoy (21,317ft./6395m) and takes us past the twin Llanganuco lakes. We arrive back in Huaraz with enough time for a few pisco sours and a meal.
End of our services.
- High Mountain Guides bilingual, in English. Assistant to High Mountain Guide (more than 11 pax).
- Transfers from Huaraz to the different starting points and end of the trekking.
- All camping gear
- Meals mentioned at the end of each day in the itinerary.
- All necessary staff
- Entrance ticket National Park.
- First-aid kit, permanent assistance.
- Therma rest foam mattress
Price does not include:
- Personal equipment
- Sleeping bags
- Walking stick
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
*If your clients prefer not to bring their sleeping bag or walking stick we can rent them at an additional cost. Please let us know in advance so we can book these items.
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