Huayhuash Circuit 2019

I’m planning to do an 8 or 9 day Huayhuash circuit in late August (probably starting 25 or 26 Aug). The route I am thinking is Quartelhuain > Mitucocha > Carhuacocha > Huayhuash > Cuyoc > Cutatambo > Huatiaq > Incahuain > Llamac. My preference is to go independently but not alone, so hoping to find others to join me. If you’re interested or have similar plans send me a message!



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  1. Hi Susie,
    I am also planning my next trip and I stumbled on the Huayhuash Circuit. It sounds amazing and I am thinking about going for it but not alone. I prefer to travel independently too, but on this trip I am a bit concerned about the altitude. I did a trek in india a couple of years ago (the markha valley trail) and there we rented someone with two ponies to carry our lagage and I have to admit, I probabely wouldn’t have made it to 5200m whilst carrying my backpack. We only had 3 days to acclimatize, which might have been a reason for this. How did you plan to adapt to the altitude? Did you plan to carry everything? With 9 days of food the backpacks are going to be quite heavy.

  2. Hi Mirjam
    It does look amazing, doesn’t it. I think you should do it 🙂
    I’ve already booked flights and will arrive in Huaraz 22 August. I’m planning 3 or 4 days there and will do a couple of day trips to acclimatise – maybe Laguna 69 (4500m) and Pastoruri Glacier (5000m). I’m hoping that’s enough. I have been to higher altitudes in Nepal and on Kilimanjaro, but admittedly wasn’t carrying a full pack for either of those.
    It is possible to hire mules for the Huayhuash. I could maybe be convinced to do that, but I do like the idea of carrying my own – for the sense of achievement and also the freedom. But yes, it would be a heavy pack – I’ve been trying to think of ways to keep the weight down!
    Let me know what you think.

  3. Also, I’m not someone that needs to be super fast – given the altitude and difficulty I am more than happy to take it slow!

  4. Hey Susie. I would love to join you on this hike as I was planning to do the same

  5. i wish you all the best ladies but remember its not the safest of areas for lone travellers, let alone women. take care.

  6. I’m open to doing to Santa Cruz-Alpamayo circuit instead of the Huayhuash if anyone is interested in that…

  7. Greetings.
    I have completed this trek in 2009.
    It is one of the most memorable experiences but if you are doing it alone without a guide you need to have a good grasp of Spanish as many of the locals you stay close to dont speak English. It is a trip that crosses some high passes but like Nepal just go slow.

  8. Hi Susie,

    I’m Dan. I’m 31 from Brisbane and a High School Teacher (got some leave at the moment).

    I think I’ll be arriving in Peru a few weeks earlier than you. I’m looking at doing a few hikes, Huayhuash is my number 1 though.

    Depending on how things go, it might be possible for me to do a few other hikes first and then do this one with you guys if you’re up for it.

    I’ve done a fair bit of walking before and have been up to Everest Base Camp independently, so I’ve experienced altitude before.

    I’ll keep you posted, feel free to message me if you want more info.