Portachuelo (Andes View Point) / Full Day

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Program Overview

This unique itinerary allows you to discover, in just one day one of the most fascinating Peruvian Andean areas. It will be an unforgettable experience in this impressive mountain range. A simple walk that submerges you in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca rewarding you with fascinating mountain landscapes. This trip is suitable for people of all ages, and does not demand a high level of fitness.

The trek leads you through splendid vegetation areas, taking you close to the base of the most spectacular and famous Cordillera Blanca mountains. You are rewarded by the beautiful natural environment and amidst beautiful turquoise lakes that reflect the mountains and springs.


Leaving Huaraz (3,100 m) we travel towards the north of the Callejon de Huaylas along the Santa river, which separates the Cordillera Blanca from the Cordillera Negra. We continue to the buried town of Yungay (it was totally covered by an avalanche from Huascarán) ¾h (2,500m); from where we begin to ascend toward the Cordillera Blanca by a zig zag road leading to the Llanganuco valley, visiting the Orkoncocha and Chinancocha lakes (3,850m) 1½h.

We continue to climb towards the highest point of our journey «Portachuelo de LLanganuco» (4,765m) 1h, with truly splendid views of the Cordillera Blanca mountains: Huascarán Norte (6,650m), Huascarán Sur (6,768m), Huandoy (6,395m), Chopicalqui (6,345m), Pisco (5,752m), and Yanapaccha (5,460 m). From the Portachuelo the walk begins, descending toward the Demanda valley.

We arrive at a look out point from where the view of the mountains is even more impressive, an excellent 360° panoramic vista, and toward the east the wide Llanganuco valley with its two lakes: Orkoncocha and Chinanacocha. We continue descending toward a beautiful and hidden turquoise lake where the snow peaks of the Huandoy peaks are reflected. Continuing, we appreciate a splendid waterfall, arriving at our camp to eat lunch and then continuing down the Demanda valley, with excellent Huascarán views. From Cebollapampa we take a vehicle back to Huaraz.

This route is 4 hours of simple walking downhill (650 m height difference) and promises to be an unforgettable adventure in the Cordillera Blanca.

The price includes

  • Transportation to the beginning or the ending of the trek to Huaraz
  • Full Accommodation during the trek
  • Tent for two, dining room-kitchen tent
  • Trek guide, cook, muleteers, donkeys
  • First-aid kit
  • Oxygen
  • Communication equipment

The price doesn´t include


  • Entrance ticket to the Huascarán National Park: US$ 20.00
  • Personal equipment: Sleeping bag, warm clothes, etc
  • Meals for the days not included in the trek
  • Anything that was not specified


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