/ Peru: Huayhuash circuit

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MikeTS - on 31 Mar 2013
A friend of mine is suggesting we go on the Huayhuash circuit, starting Huaraz. Any advice?
steelbru - on 31 Mar 2013
In reply to MikeTS:
I've no idea what the political situation is like there at the moment, but if it's OK then you should definitely do it, it's stunning !
MikeTS - on 31 Mar 2013
In reply to steelbru:

you went? Any tips?
steelbru - on 31 Mar 2013
In reply to MikeTS:
I went about 10-12 years ago as part of an organised trekking trip, we also did a couple of 5000m snow peaks on the way around ( axe and crampons, nothing technical ).

I went with Andes who were good, plenty of other companies do it as well, not sure if you're thinking of doing it yourself or as part of an organised trip ?

If you're talking about doing it yourself then if you're looking for tips on logistics then probably best to find someone else who's done it unsupported. If there's any more general info you want then ask away.
MikeTS - on 31 Mar 2013
In reply to steelbru:

thinking of taking a local trekking company
MikeTS - on 31 Mar 2013
In reply to MikeTS:
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Dave Lucas - on 31 Mar 2013
In reply to MikeTS:

Mike. I organised a few expeditions to Peru in 2004 and 2005. During one of these trips I decided to do the circuit in a couple of days. It is a stunning tret and one that you should do. I based my self out of Huaraz to explore all the areas. he Huayhuash circuit is just one stunning area of many.

How much time do you have? The area is worth while spending a bit of time in. Why don't you fly into Lima and then get the bus to Huaraz (8hours) then climb in huaraz area for a week and acclimatise for the trek. I think the normal time to do the trek is 10 days, but it can be done much quicker if you wish.

A great trekking company to use based from Huaraz is called Andean Kingdom? Andreas runs the place and is a great guy. They should also be able to help with the Huay Huash circuit. Look at the link below:

http://www.andeankingdom.com/?idi=eng

Let me know if you need more info on Huaraz, as I know this area much better.

Please feel free to email me to get more details

Good luck

Dave Lucas
MikeTS - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to Dave Lucas:

Thx Dave.
Alexandre Buisse - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to Dave Lucas:

I did a 4 days trek with Andreas back in 2009 and will add another good word for Andean Kingdom, serious organisation and great owner.
THE.WALRUS - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to MikeTS:

Mike - I'm planing a trip to the Huayhuash, with a climb of Diablo Mundo on the penultimate day, towards the end of June.

Drop me a line if you like - economies of scale etc
MikeTS - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to THE.WALRUS:

Ok. Our dates look like late May and early June. Will keep you posted. Mike
Trace - on 04 Apr 2013
In reply to MikeTS:
Hi Mike, Walrus,

My partner and I are looking to do a trip to the Huayhush some time in June. Maybe we could get a bigger group together?

Trace
clarkie - on 13 Apr 2013
In reply to MikeTS:

I had a great time there in 2005? (or there abouts) treking, ice climbing, and did a couple of easy peaks. Also met up with Dave Lucus and his merry band...who had set up some knock out sports routes .

Perfect weather for late July - August only for 3 weeks ;-$ ...if anyone else is around at this time this year i,m returning and could plan to discuss options.

Back on the running routine in preparation.
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geomac - on 26 Apr 2013
In reply to clarkie: Just be careful to be friendly to the native Chechuans of you are camping in or near their villages on the way round. it's their home after all.
They are a nice group and welcome some nice Western delicacies such as fresh fruit, energy bars etc. The kids always want sweets from you but it's better to give them dried fruit for their health. Dentists aren't a huge presence in the mountains.

Also, when I was there, a good few years ago now admittedly, there were bandits coming over the pass from their drug growing fields and holding 'tourists' up at gun point! A german guy was shot dead for refusing to give them his backpack the year before I was there. By being nice to the locals they offered to escort us over the worst pass - with rifles - and it certainly eased our worries about the bandits. And they were godd company and we learned from them. - sterilise ALL water.
Also, dogs there, attached to mountain dwellings, can be fierce and if you come across any ( you most likely will) steer well clear if possible and don't engage with them!! They WILL defend their territory. Other than all that - enjoy. It's very beautiful.

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