Huayhuash – South America’s Finest High-Altitude Trek

ramblin’ boy posted the best Huayhuash trip report I’ve yet seen.

15 days

… Most of the 125-km long trek is on trails above 4000m and above the tree line so you have a very stark mountain scenery. It is obviously much more of a commitment than, let’s say, hiking the Monte Fitz Roy area near El Chalten in Argentina’s Patagonia; it is also more demanding physically than the eight-to-ten-day Torres del Paine Circuit in southern Chile.

However, the reward is even more stunning scenery– and nobody is there!

It is not everyone’s cup of tea; but if, like me, you enjoy the idea of “leaving” civilization behind while donkeys carry your gear for a couple of weeks of wandering along incredible mountain trails then look no further! …

At Llamac we met the arrieros (muleteers) and their burros, all ten of them. They would carry the bulk of our stuff for us; we would walk with day packs containing rain gear, cameras, and a water bottle. I cannot imagine doing this particular trek unsupported, weighed down by all the things you’d need to bring. …

read more – The Huayhuash Circuit: South America’s Finest High-Altitude Trek (2010)

the Carhuacocha campsite- overcast


the lads relaxing after our scramble up to the laguna

PumaninriWe’ve updated and moved our Huayhuash information page. 🙂

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