Many label this the best alpine trekking in the world. In a nation better known for Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Huayhuash allows for true off-the-beaten-path scenery away from crowds, and into serious adventure. Rugged peaks break 20,000 feet in elevation and loom over brilliant shores of bright-blue glacial lakes. Moss-covered hills curve like green waves in a misty landscape where you feel yourself touching the clouds. Journey to this unseen Peru in the epic Huayhuash.
Explore Incan ruins and hike lake to moraine lake, river to ravine, amidst some of the world’s most beautiful alpine scenery. Travel with expert guides, expedition-worthy camp gear and mules to carry the big stuff. You're in the place made famous in Joe Simpson’s book and movie Touching the Void. This is your opportunity to see the “real” mountains of Peru.
The intrepid traveler and the adventurous soul. Our Huayhuash itinerary takes you to the wildest, most remote part of Peru, built for those who seek the thrill of being way off the grid.
The trekking season begins in May and runs through September. This is the dry season, or “Andean summer.” Trekking is most popular between July and August.
Extend your Peruvian travels with time in Lima, or start with a few days warming up on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. We'll ensure you’re prepared for the trek of your dreams.
Camping comfortably on glacial lakes, below snow-capped Andean peaks and under a full sky of blinking stars—where we sleep is a highlight of our Huayhuash adventure.
Location location location. We camp every night but one, immersing ourselves in the sounds and sights of Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash mountains. We sleep comfortably in expedition-quality tents, in campsites set up on glacial lakeshores and by river banks, encircled by the snowcapped Huayhuash mountain range right outside our tents. We finish the trip for one night at a local hotel in the Andean mountain town of Chiquian, where we can get hot showers and a hearty dinner.
We can plan a custom, private departure for any group size. Our custom trips are perfect for a couple wishing to travel on their own, a family, or a multi-generational group. If you’re looking to travel on one of our group departures on a private basis, a minimum number of travelers may apply.
Our level of curation, care, and in-country connections. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We support you every step of the way with comprehensive itineraries, detailed day-by-day descriptions, insider destination info, and 24/7 dedicated support.
Preferably six to nine months in advance and earlier for holiday travel. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible. We can help with last-minute travel planning, however availability may be limited.We curate your MO/AD Private Departure to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Your itinerary typically includes accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and meals as detailed in your itinerary.
We curate your MO/AD Private Departure to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Your itinerary typically includes accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and meals as detailed in your itinerary.
MO/AD Private Departures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by destination, time of year, number of people in your group, and types of activities you prefer.
MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, gratuities for local guides, hotel incidentals, and any activities and meals not included in your itinerary.
Citizens from the United States as well as most Western European countries do not require a visa to travel to Peru. For most travelers you will need a valid passport. It is recommended for your passport to be valid at least six months after your travel is planned.
After learning more about you, your interests, preferred style of travel, dates, and budget, we will present you with initial ideas and examples of what we can plan for you. In order to design a detailed itinerary and check availability, there is a $500 non-refundable planning deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. Once your itinerary is perfect, we require a 25% non-refundable confirmation deposit to start confirming all of your arrangements. Many of our local partners and hotels require additional advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip cost is due 90 days prior to travel.
See our Terms & Conditions for complete details about our policies regarding your MO/AD Private Departure booking.