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Huanuco Marka - Huayhuash circuit

Huanuco Marka Inca ruins

Huanuco Marka, also known as Huanuco Viejo or Huanuco Pampa, is located 220km South of Huaraz at 3900m in the Province of Dos de Mayo in the department of Huanuco. The ruins of this Inca city show us the amazing Inca’s power and organization in this part of its empire. It measures 2.5 Km2, and is particularly interesting because it was still under construction when it was abandoned (at the time of the Spanish conquest). This tour is special because it combines Culture and Adventure, and also has the advantage that it can be completed in just one week, yet still visits the most important places in the Cordillera Huayhuash such as the lakes: Carhuacocha, Mitucocha, Jahuacocha, and passes almost all the major mountains of Huayhuash mountain range.

Duration: 7 days
Distance: 74 Km. Approx.
Rating: Moderate - strenuous
Start: Huanuco Marka - Queropalca
Finish: Llámac
Elevation: 3300 – 4750m

Itinerary at a glance:

Day 1: Huaraz – Huanuco Marka 3900m - Queropalca 3800m
Day 2: Queropalca - Carhuacocha 4140m
Day 3: Carhuacocha – Carhuac pass 4600m – Mitucocha 4230m
Day 4: Mitucocha – Qaqanan pass 4700m – Rondoy 4200m
Day 5: Rondoy - Zambunya 4750m – Jahuacocha 4070m
Day 6: Day off
Day 7: Jahuacocha – Pampa Llámac pass 4300m – Llamac – Huaraz

Jahuacocha campsite Cordillera Huayhuash

Other options:

• Depending on time, rest days are possible at Carhuacocha and /or Jahuacocha, where you can walk around the lakes and go fishing.

Things to keep in mind:

• Before beginning this trek, it is essential to have at least one day of acclimatization. You can take one of the daily tours to the Llanganuco lakes, the Chavin de Huantar ruins (by car); or you can do day hike in the Cordillera Blanca around Huaraz.

• Bring a water bottle with you, in summer season it gets very hot.

• Bring warm clothes along, because in the mountains the temperature can quickly fall below 0 °C, especially in the early morning, at night, and even when the sun drops behind the clouds.

• Walk at your own rhythm, breathe deeply, and enjoy the beautiful views of Cordillera Huayhuash.

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