Tag: Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

Trekking Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash: Days 7-10

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Here we go! We have one final¬†leg of the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit to go, and it is quite possible that this incredible¬†trek¬†was saving the very best for last. On Day 7 we left civilization behind and headed back into the heart of the Huayhuash, traversing¬†a grandiose valley and getting close up views of Diablo Mudo, a colorful landscape and a nighttime sky full of stars.¬†An alpine ridgewalk to a spectacular viewpoint¬†on Day 8 may just be one of the most magnificent miles of hiking we have ever done.¬†Pair¬†that with a treacherous descent down to a lovely lakefront campsite, and you’ve got one memorable day of hiking that we are not¬†likely to forget anytime soon. Days 9 and 10 saw us trekking¬†away from the mountains, into the desert and¬†back to¬†civilization. The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit will definitely go down as one of the world’s Classic Hikes in our book. So read on to see how this wild ride in the High Andes of Peru ends! (more…)

Trekking Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit: Days 4-6

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With three days under our belt, we started hitting our groove on Leg 2 of the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit. By this point, we were growing a little more accustomed to the steep trails, the extreme¬†elevations, and even the frigid nighttime temperatures that are de rigor¬†when trekking in the Cordilleras. And¬†the scenery? Well, if we spent a¬†lifetime in the Cordillera, we would never get used to scenery this incredible. Each day, the stunning Peruvian landscape¬†continued to knock our socks off as we trekked past peaceful reflecting pools, roaring rivers, gargantuan glaciers and grand valleys so vast they appeared to stretch along the horizon forever. Other notable moments on this leg of our journey included¬†soaking in relaxing hot springs, topping¬†the 5000 meter mark on the trail and sleeping right in the middle of¬†a soccer field. No joke.¬†So, lace up those hiking boots and come along for the ride¬†on Days 4, 5 and 6 of the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit. You won’t regret it! (more…)

Trekking Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit: Days 1-3

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After completing the Cedros-Alpamayo Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca, we had a full¬†rest day in Huaraz to shower, get our¬†laundry done, repack and¬†enjoy some celebratory¬†beers.¬†Mission completed, we were ready and¬†eager to¬†lace up our hiking boots again and see what the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit¬†was all about. For this trek,¬†we were¬†joined by our¬†friends, Glenn and Erika, whom we met through this very blog¬†when they were researching a trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro¬†a few years back, and we were all excited to start¬†this new adventure together. (more…)

Trekking Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

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Ah, Peru! It¬†must be a blessing and a curse to have the majestic Andes running right through your country. So many great hikes to choose from, so little time! And most hikers don’t even realize all that you have to offer, making Machu Picchu their first and sometimes only trekking¬†port of call, as we did back in 2009.¬†But, if they take¬†a little more time to get to know you, intrepid hikers longing for more adventure would make their next stop¬†Huaraz, the popular center for trekking in your¬†majestic Cordillera Range. (more…)