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Ichik Huayhuash

Yahucha viewpoint, Ichik Huayhuash trek

Ichik means “short” translated into English from Quechua (Inca's language), this hiking route is also known as Mini Huayhuash. This tour is designed for those people who don’t have much time and want to visit the most important places of the mountain range, in the four days we visit lakes as: Jahuacocha, Solteracocha and Rasac, and also have impressive views of mountains like: Yerupajá, Hirishanka, Rasac, Rondoy and others located in the west side of the mountain chain. This route has some great fishing opportunities in the above-mentioned lakes. This route has an special lookout, paso Zambunya (4735 m), from this point you get a close-up view of the second highest mountain in Peru, Yerupajá, and its incredible 1100 meter west face, not to mention epic views of other neighboring mountains.

Duration: 4 days
Distance: 35 Km Approx.
Rating: Moderate
Start: Llámac
Finish: Rodoy
Elevation: 3300 – 4870m

Going up to Zambunya, Ichik Huayhuash trek

Itinerary at a glance:

Day 1: Huaraz – Llámac - Pampa Llámac 3945 m
Day 2: Pampa Llámac - Paso Pampa Llámac 4250 m - Jahuacocha 4070 m
Day 3: Jahuacocha, day off or walking around Jahuacocha, Rasac and Soletracocha lakes or visit Yahucha viewpoint 4870m.
Day 4: Jahuacocha - Paso Zambunya 4735 m - Llámac - Rondoy - Huaraz


Other options:

• This circuit can also be done in reverse, in that case you would spend the first night in Rondoy. For those who want to use public tranportation, the public bus deptars from Huaraz at 5:00 Am and arrives in Llamac at around 10:30 Am, so there is enough time to go all the way to Rondoy or Lake Jahuacocha. If you want take the public transport from Llámac, you must to depart early from the last campsite in order to arrive in Llámac around 10:30 a.m. the public transport departs from Llámac for Huaraz at 11:00 a.m.

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 the summer season it can get 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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