Ulta – Llanganuco

3Days 3,

Program Overview

This trekking route allows us to make a splendid and short itinerary that rewards us with the fantastic view of the snowy peaks of the Cordillera Blanca from two viewpoints: Punta Yanayacu (4900 m) and Portachuelo de Llanganuco (4,765 m). From here you can observe the impressive peaks of Huascarán, Huandoy, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Yanapaccha, Pisco, Ulta, Contrahierbas, Hualcán and others.

Through the Ulta valley we ascend to Punta Yanayacu and then descend through the Morococha valley. At this point, we will take a bus to ascend to Portachuelo de Llanganuco and then visit the Orkacocha and Chinanacocha lakes.


Day 01: Huaraz- Ulta Valley (4,100 m) Bus 3 h. / Quebrada Ulta – Ocshapampa (4,400 m) 5 h.

Leaving Huaraz city (3,100 m) we head towards the North of the Callejón de Huaylas to Carhuaz (2,645 m) ¾ h, make a short stop, then begin the ascent towards the Cordillera Blanca to the head of Ulta valley (4,100 m) where we meet up with our support staff and begin the ascent to our Ocshapamapa camp (4,400 m) 5 h We have splendid views of Contrahierbas (6,036 m) Ulta (5,875 m) Hualcán (6,112 m), Chopicalqui (6,354 m) and others.

Day 02: Ocshapampa – Molinopampa (4,200 m) 7 h

This will be a long and tiring day, our aim, to cross the Punta Yanacaju pass (4,900 m), rewarding us with impressive views of the Cordillera Blanca: Huascarán (6,768 m), Chopicalqui, Ulta, Contrahierbas, Hualcán and others. Also to the north we see Taulliraju (5,830 m), Quitaraju (6,040 m) and Rinrihirca (5,810 m). Then we descend the Mororococha valley, setting up camp in Molinopampa.

Day 03: Molinopampa – Vaqueria (3,700 m) 2h / Vaqueria – Huaraz (3,100 m) Bus 5h

This third and last day we have a short walk towards the road 2h, near Vaqueria, where a vehicle will pick up us to ascend Portachuelo de LLanganuco (4,765m) 2½h with truly impressive views of the Cordillera Blanca. We see mountains like: Huascarán Norte (6,650m), Huascarán Sur (6,768m), Huandoy (6,395m), Chacraraju (6,122m), Chopicalqui (6,345m), Pisco (5,752m) Yanapaccha (5,460m) and down the Llanganuco lakes. Then we descend via the Llanganuco valley and passing Orkoncocha and Chinancocha lakes, return to Huaraz.

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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