Peru – Huayhuash circuit

Hi everybody,

heading to Peru in spring next year (end of April until mid of May). Who is keen on trekking the Huayhuash circuit in the Cordillera Blanca with tent and camping stove for up to 10 days? If you have experience with multiple day treks in rural areas (hardly any infrastructure!), than please drop me a message 🙂

Best wishes,



5 replies
  1. Hi Steffi,
    I am very interested in your plan! I have a tentative plan to go to Peru for 5-6 weeks between mid April and end of May, and one of my top destinations is Huayhuash circuit. I would love to do it as an independent trekker. Your plan sounds like a good match!

    I am Italian, have been in several treks in the Alps, Russia (7 days in a very remote area with hardly any settlement), Patagonia (1 month) and on a 5 weeks solo trek in Nepal (staying in local houses).

    In the case of the Huayhuash circuit, it seems that the major challenge would be carrying all the food for the full duration of the trek, so it would be great to have a trekking partner to share the burden!

    Please feel free to drop me a message if you would like to talk more about it!


    • Hi Nicola,

      great to hear from you! It seems like you have a broad experience with multiple day treks 🙂 So I guess, you are well equipped (tent, stove etc.) and you know what it means to go on a trek especially in high altitude. How certain are you in terms of travelling to Peru in general? I have booked my flight already; it’s from 19th of April until 18th of May.

      What else is on your list of things to visit in Peru? For me it’s the Salkantay trek plus Machu Picchu. At the moment, I am working on an itinerary which includes Huashhuash Circuit and Salkantay trek.

      Best regards,

  2. Hi Steffi,
    Thanks for your reply. I do have trekking experience and always prefer to be as independent as possible (no guides or porters). I am guessing, giving the challenge you are up to, that you also have been on similar adventures before 🙂

    Yes I have all the gears from my previous treks, but we would probably need to get some utensils (pot etc) as I sold mine in Nepal 🙂 I am pretty confident we would find everything we need in Huaraz. Are you already equipped with all the gears?

    Right now chances are 80% that I will actually make this trip, but I will know for sure in January. If so, I was planning on doing the Santa Cruz loop (5 days) to acclimatize, the Huayhuash and then move towards Cuzco to visit Machu Picchu and trek the Ausangate loop and/or visit Titicaca lake. But for this second part I am super flexible and will change plans according to time left, weather etc

    Are you also flexible with your trip or do you have exact dates in mind for the Huayhuash trek?


  3. Hi Nicola,
    would like to continue the conversation via Email (no clue why our messages are visible for everyone. This isn’t the case for other trekkers interested in joining the trek).


  4. Hello Steffi!
    My name is Caroline, and I have been interested in trekking around Peru for years. Would love to talk about being a part of this journey, as my partner and I are looking into hiking this trail at the same time. Would be greatly interested in hiking together. I have experience holing through hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the Olypmic National Park Trail, Grand Canyon, Annapurna Circuit, Nar Phu, Upper Mustang, Kang La Pass, and My Shasta. My partner has loads of experience ice climbing and back country ascents through snow boarding expeditions around the states. Message me! Would love to chat ❤️