Huayhuash - Peru


“… the incredible trek that takes hikers into a world of unsurpassed
natural beauty.”

Steve Razzetti - Top Treks of the World


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The Cordillera Huayhuash (‘Cordillera’ means ‘mountain range’, ‘Huayhuash’ pronounced ‘why-wash’) has justly been called the most beautiful trail in the world. Located in the heart of Peru, this small remote range south of the Cordillera Blanca, offers trekkers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

The region is known for its collection of dramatic ice-fluted peaks which from a distance resemble a giant saw, and contains seven of Peru’s highest mountains – one of them, Yerupajá (6,634m; 21,766ft), being the second highest in Peru.

The range was made famous by Joe Simpson’s gripping tale, Touching the Void,and subsequent film adaptation. During the trek, the awesome peak on which the ‘rope-cutting’ incident took place, and the valley where Simpson’s epic battle for survival was played out, are visited.

The path crosses seven high passes as the complete central cluster of peaks is circled – the trail extending for some 180 kilometres with an almost continuous panorama of Andean giants in view. The trail can be walked in about 14 days.

Apart from the peaks, the Cordillera Huayhuash is dotted with beautiful blue and turquoise lakes, stocked with trout. Open grassy valleys make perfect campsites; clear rushing streams complete an idyllic alpine setting.                        

This is one of the world’s most stunning treks, around a remote and truly spectacular mountain range – a trek for the true walking enthusiast, prepared to undertake a considerable physical challenge, and should be attempted only by those who are experienced walkers and in good physical condition.

The Cordillera Huayhuash has been voted one of the '10 Top Treks of the World', and all the guide books and internet reviews use superlatives when describing it.

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“This is a wonderful trekking holiday with mountain scenery to rival that of the Himalaya. With a combination of outstanding grassy campsites beside turquoise glacial lakes stocked with trout, and the lively company of a local team of muleteers, this trek offers an incredibly varied South American experience.” 

                                                          - Great Walks of the World

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