Huánuco Viejo

  • huanuco viejo
  • Walk in Carhua Valley
  • Carhuacocha Camp
  • Expedition with Llama
  • Mitucocha Lake
  • Cacananpunta Pass
  • Jahuacocha Lake
  • Huánuco Viejo

Huánuco Viejo Trek to Huayhuash

The hike to the archaeological complex of Huánuco Viejo is one of the must-see destinations for hikers who love walking and exploring in the central highlands. This circuit is designed for lovers of archeology, history and adventure. The old citadel of Huánuco is the true collection of Inca architecture, capital of the Chinchaysuyo in the Inca period; worthy living memory of the imperial past of the Tahuantinsuyo.

Huánuco Viejo was linked to the Inca Qhapaq Ñan network of roads, which led south to Cusco and to the northeast with Cajamarca, in this archaeological complex the festival of the Inti Raymi or festival of the sun is celebrated, every July 27 of each year.


Trek details

Duration: 07 days / 06 nights.

Altitude Max: 4750 Sambunya Pass.

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.

Daily walk: 5 to 7 Hours.

Destination: Huánuco – Cordillera Huayhuash.

Best seasons: April / October.

Activities: Hiking / Nature and archeology

Start: Huaraz / Huánuco Viejo.

Finish: Llamac / Huaraz.




One fully qualified, certified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and English if required, andwho holds a first aid certificate in mountain rescue.


A profesional cook who prepares a wide variety of healthy and delicious dishes, and who is trained to cook in a hygienic manner accompanies group of more than 4 people.


The muleteer (arriero) is in charge of loading the donkeys, looking after them and guiding them to camp.


The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of de the group.

You are allowed to bring up to 6 kg of personal belongings that will be loaded on the donkeys. You will only carry your daypack during the day.

Emergency Horse

One horse accompanies the group for emergency purposes.

Fantastic Meals

All food during the expeditions is provided as part of the package. We offer a combination of Peruvian and western dishes. The varied, good-quality, high-energy food prepared by our profesional cook is specifically suited to rigorous activity.  We also regularly accommodate vegetarian, vegan, kosher, non-gluten and other specialty diets.

Private Transport

From you hotel in huaraz to the starting point of trek, an from the finishing point of the trek back to your hotel in Huaraz.


  • A good quality high mountain tent (doublé occupancy)
  • A foam sleeping mat.
  • Dining tent.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit.
  • Cooking stove.
  • All necessary dishes (knifes, forks, spoons, plates, cups, etc.), cooking utensils and pots.


  • Sleeping bag.
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress.
  • Tip.
  • Water on the first day.
  • First breakfast (day 1).
  • Last dinner (day 7).
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Soft drinks.
  • Medical treatment.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the expedition early.
  • Additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • All other services and ítems not listed as included.






Day 01: : Huaraz – Huallanca – La Unión – Huánuco Viejo (3800m).

Breakfast 8: am.
.We leave to the south passing through the town of Recuay, Conococha Mojón viewpoint.
.Pachapaqui passed Yanashalla down the valley Vizcarra past Huanzala, Huallanca, the union, Huánuco Viejo where we passed the first camping.


Day 02: Huánuco Viejo – Baños – Queropalca – Carhuacocha (4138m).

We left with address town of Baños, Santa Rosa, Queropalca.
We start hiking through the Carhua valley to the Carhuacocha lagoon.
The trip lasts 6 hours.


Day 03: Carhuacocha – Carhua Pass (4650m) – Mitucocha Lake (4200m).

We rise very early to see the sunrise.
We go through the Yanayana valley to the Carhua pass where we have another view.
Easy descent to the Janca valley, and then to the Mitucocha lagoon.


Day 04: Mitucocha Lake – Kacanan Pass (4680m) – Campo Rondoy (4120m).

We went through the hot valley to the Kacanan punta pass. The view of Minapunta.
We descend through the Llamac valley to the Rondoy field, and the countryside.


Day 05: Campo Rondoy – Rondoy Pass (4750m) – Jahuacocha Lake (4050m).

Walk through the Rondoy valley to the Sambunya pass and another view of Yerupaja.
We leave passing through Solteracocha to Jahuacocha, and the countryside.


Day 06: Jahuacocha Lake – Huacrish Viewpoint (4880m) – Jahuacocha Lake.

Departure through the Huacrish valley with the view of the small and large Sacra Mountains and Llaucha punta.
We go for the Cerro Huacrish panoramic view of the Huayhuash mountain range.
We descend to the jahuacocha field.


Day 07: Jahuacocha Lake – Pueblo Llamac – Huaraz.

We left by the valley achín next to the channel of water until pampa Llamac.
We descend to the town of Llamac where private transportation does not wait.
Return to the city of Huaraz, the trip lasts 5 hours.


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