QUILQUEIHUANCA-ISHINCA TRAVERSE

  • 99 hours

Service Description

Day 1- We meet at your hotel in Huaraz, loading the transport vehicle with our packs. The donkeys and the carrier will meet us before we make our way through the quiet valley of Quilqueihuanca, moving between granite walls, lasting 5-6 hours (4,100 meters). Day 2 - We continue our ascent through the gorge, taking in spectacular views of surrounding peaks and glaciers. Today is our chance to see the Andean condor, with walking time of 4-5 hours (4,750 meters). Day 3 - Rest day, as the donkeys will head home. From here, we have to carry our personal belongings and continue the circuit. The group equipment will be carried by porters. Day 4 - A physically demanding day of walking takes you up and over the passage of the division of Cojup - Quilcayhuanca valleys at 4,900 meters. We'll pick our route through the mountain moraine of Huapi, after crossing a stream in the Cojup valley bottom we will set up our camp site. This portion will take 4-5 hours (4,200 meters). Day 5 - The trail starts right from the camp up a steep slope covered in high Andean grass. We continue to walk uphill to the north side of Cojup Valley, stopping from time to time to take pictures and to catch our breath! Our camp will be surrounded by 6,000m peaks such as Ranrapalca, Palcaraju, Pucajirca and Chinchay. Day 6 - This segment of the trek is going to be the most physically demanding portion of the trip as it takes you up and over the second passage of the division of Cojup-Ishinca valleys at 5,100 meters. We'll pick our route through the mountain col between Ranrapalca and Ishinca, after crossing the glacier in a safe way, using the right mountain equipment, ropes and crampons. We descend to Ishinca valley bottom where we set up our camp site. This portion will take 6-8 hours (4,300 meters). Day 7 - We are going to leaving the camp following the main creek to Pashpa town where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz for a well-deserved hot bath in your hotel and celebration. Duration 3-4 hours.