Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain range in the Andes, part of the Western Cordillera of Peru.
The Cordillera Huayhuash stretches in a north-south direction over a length of around 30 km and is hardly developed in terms of infrastructure.
The cordillera has become a popular place for trekking, notably thanks to the “Huayhuash circuit” which is considered quite difficult and is significantly more demanding than the famous Inca Trail in southern Peru. The trails of the Cordillera Huayhuash are less frequented than those of the Cordillera Blanca, located 50 km away. The tour usually takes between 10 and 14 days, depending on the route taken.
The Cordillera is considered one of the most beautiful and uncontaminated places in the world, thanks to its extreme inaccessibility.
Access : Coordinates: -10.3, -76.9 /
- Main Peaks : Ninashanca (5 607 m) , Nevado Rondoy (5 870 m) , Mitaraju (5 750 m) , Jirishanca Chico (5 446 m) , Jirishanca (6 126 m) , Yerupajá Chico (6 089 m) , El Toro (5 830 m) , Yerupajá (6 617 m) , Siula Grande (6 344 m) , Seria Punta (5 567 m) , Sarapo (6 143 m) , Sarapococha (5 370 m) Carnicero (5 960 m) , Nevada Suerococha (5 625 m) , Nevada Jurau (5 674 m) , Nevada Huaraca (5 537 m) , Nevada Quesillo (5 600 m) , Trepecio (5 653 m) , Sueroraju (5 439 m) , Cuyoc (5 550 m
- Trekking : The cordillera has become a popular place for trekking, notably thanks to the “Huayhuash circuit” which is considered quite difficult , Even more demanding is the “alpine circuit”, which circles the peaks at a shorter distance. The Alpine circuit involves some climbing and crossing glaciers; it requires 8 to 10 days.
- In 2002, the reserved zone of the Huayhuash cordillera was created in the region over an area of 67,589.76 ha, with the objective of “conserving the high-mountain ecosystems present in the Huayhuash cordillera, as well as the exceptional beauty of its landscapes “.
- The Cordillera Huayhuash has a remarkable variety of flora and fauna.There are 61 species of birds, 14 mammals, two species , there are turquoise lakes where trout can be found and, finally, there are five ecological zones in the Cordillera.
Go next : To the southeast is the neighboring Cordillera Raura mountain range. In the north the mountain range continues in the Cordillera Huallanca. / The nearest villages are Chiquián and Cajatambo.