Duration: 06 days-05 nights
Start: Quillcayhuanca gorge
Maximal elevation: 5300masl
Highest Camp Site: 4850masl
Season recommended: May to October
Day 1 Huaraz –Quillcayhuanca – Cuchillacocha Lake
Hike through wild Quillcayhuanca Valley, a remote stretch along a River marked by fir forests, vibrant pastures colored by blueberry bushes and rhododendrons, and views of the snow capped peaks with beautiful lakes. Also we are exploring the Pre-Inca Tambo Nuevo ruins. We spend the night at 4 500masl.
The day’s walk starts about steeply zigzag path, enjoying the Cuchillacocha Lake, which is situated on the base of Pucaranra and Chinchey Mountains. Then, we go uphill toward to Huapi pass (5 020masl), from where we will have one of the most spectacular views of Mountains such as Huapi, Pucaranra, Tullparaju, etc. Then we descend to Cojup valley to set up our tents at 4 350masl.
Day 3- Cojup – Perolcocha Lake
This is a short day but very steep. We start the day ascending to our next camp site which is situated on the moraine of Ranrapalca and Ishinca at 4 850masl. During the journey we are passing by small Lakes and enjoying beautiful landscapes.
Day 4-Perolcocha Lake – Ishinca Pass – Ishinca Base Camp
We continue steeply on a twisting climb toward the Ishinca pass. Skirting the Ranrapalca and Ishinca moraine we get the col, where we will begin use the crampons and the safety gears to traverse the Ishinca Pass which is like a small summit (5 300masl). This is a beautiful pass, where we can appreciate the turquoise Perolcocha Lake on the base of Ranrapalca; south of the lake, Huantsan Mountain; although far away, dominates the view along with Pucaranra , Palcaraju and Ishinca Mountain. Then we descend slowly over the Ishinca moraine. We spend the night in Ishinca Base Camp at 4 300masl
We start the day climbing steeply following a small trail which goes toward to Urus pass (5 050masl). The pass gives panoramic views surrounded by Vallunaraju, Ocshapalca, Ranrapalca, Ishinca, and Palcaraju Mountains. The other side is a magnificent view of Akilpo Lake, nestled between lofty snow-capped mountains (Akilpo and Tocllaraju). Then we descend by steeply trail toward to Akilpo Camp Site, where we spend the night at 4 300masl.
Day 6 -Akilpo valley – Honcopampa ruins – Huaraz
Our last day we start walking easily along the Akilpo valley, passing great vegetation predominated by Quenual forest. We are ending our trek visiting the Honcopampa ruins (3 400masl), where the vehicle will be waiting for us to go back to Huaraz
Note: Minimum 2 hikers.