Guided PeruTrekking & Hiking Adventures
The Andes…The Incas Land
The Peruvian Andes provides the ultimate experience in trekking and climbing because of its challenging mountain scenery which makes an ideal place for those who love a compelling experience of stepping into the great unknown. The Peruvian Andes provides adventurist with an amazing sense of space and an amazing sense of freedom. Our hiking and trekking adventure programs have been designed for all adventurous people according to their specific fitness level and ability. Multi-day treks range from 2 day moderate excursions up to 18 challenging days on extended circuits. From easy to medium circuits for novices, to exceedingly more demanding circuits for experienced trekkers, Inkaland Journeys will design an adventure trekking program that supports your available time and desires.
Cordillera Blanca & Cordillera Huayhuash Ranges
The Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash mountain ranges of central Peru are some of the world's most awe-inspiring mountain ranges. These ranges with their deeply cut valleys sprinkled with earthen-made homes, grazing alpaca, sparkling emerald rivers, turquoise blue lakes and 4,500m/14,764ft - 4,900m/16,076ft high passes all tucked beneath snow-capped towering granite walls with glaciated peaks are stunningly beautiful. These pristine ranges are only short treks away presenting a variety of day hikes, multi-day treks, technical mountaineering challenges and ancient archeological cultural attractions. It all combines to create a true “national geographic” adventure travel experience.
Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca
Our Cordillera Blanca day hikes and multi-day treks have each been selected for their unparallel views, the scenic variety they possess, or because their relative suitability to meet our client’s interest. All hiking circuits in the Cordillera Blanca are easily accessed from roads. Most hiking routes run from west to east, crossing the Cordillera Blanca range at high passes then descending to a road. These trails were created by the Incas inhabitant’s centuries before the arrival of recreational hikers and represented the main routes for the ancient Andean inhabitants. The rural population living around the park speaks Quechua and still maintains many aspects of their traditional Andean culture.
Below are selected routes according to the length of days,difficulty and their visual attractiveness.Please click on a trek to discover the particular details and points of interest about each uniquely different one.
Trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash
The more remote and wild Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range host several 6,000+ meter peaks with its circuit trails winding near the base of these giant Andean peaks. At morning camp, you will literally eat breakfast while viewing up close white-capped giants such as Yerupaja, Siula Grande, Jirishanca, Sarapo, and many more. Treks through the circuits of this range are generally longer than most of the trekking circuits found in the Cordillera Blanca range and there is a “wild west” feel to this area of high peaks and deep valleys which heighten the sensation of remoteness as you trek through these circuits. There are several off trail options that exist for the more energetic trekkers offering awe-inspiring sights that will further embellish your “national geographic” adventure experience.
The Cordillera Huayhuash will never disappoint even the most discerning or experienced international adventurist since it is rated as one of the world’s most spectacular trekking circuits.
Below are selected routes according to the length of days, difficulty and their visual attractiveness.Please click on a trek to discover the particular details and points of interest about each uniquely different one.
Join us our Special July Trek Program
Huayhuash Mini Trek & Festival of the Sun at Huánuco Pampa
This program combines breath-taking trekking in the heart of the Cordillera Huayhuash (Location of the drama documentary “Touching the Void”) with the Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun). It takes place in the Ushno or Main Square, of the Inca fortress at the Huánuco Pampa archaeological complex in the province of Dos de Mayo, celebrated each year on July 27th.
The Inti Raymi festival’s purpose is to worship the Sun god as the source of life and thank him for rich harvests throughout the year. This spectacular event includes over 600 participants so the audience will see multiple parades of “Incas” groups wearing beautiful traditional Inca costumes reenacting scenes that were once an integral part of the ancient Inca Empire.
Cuzco and Machu Picchu
Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, combined with the world renown historical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu need little introduction. Cuzco is perched high in the Andes at 3,350m/10,991ft and possesses an intriguing blend of famous Inca historical sites and old Spanish colonial style architecture.
To combine an exciting visit to Cuzco, with a trek on the famous Inca Trail, or even a comfortable train ride to Machu Picchu if your time is constrained remains a uniquely special experience of a lifetime.
Whether you choose our traditional trekking journeys or you elect to choose a less aggressive guided touring experience without the trekking and camping at altitude, we have a selected staff to provide a professional and personalize guide service to make your Peruvian trekking and touring experience an unparallel one with Inkaland Journeys.
Note: Proper acclimatization is imperative both for your safety as well as for our professional guide’s safety that are responsible for the entire trekking party’s well being. We strongly recommend spending at least two days in Huaraz or in Cuzco, depending what region you’re visiting to get acclimated to the thinner air at altitude of these high mountain regions before going on a trek. Join Inkaland Journeys day hikes to help you acclimatize.
IJ Useful Trek Information
Acclimatization & Altitude
Above 3,000m/9,483ft the air is thinner, the pressure is lower and there is less available oxygen in the atmosphere. Acclimatization is the progressive process by which the body steadily adapts to these reduced ambient oxygen conditions. The key to successful acclimatization is a practical itinerary with a gradual initial height gain, hiking at a slow and steady pace, and increasing fluid intake – drinking at least 4 liters a day is advisable above 3000m/9,483ft. Many people have some minor side effects from high altitude, such as headache, nausea or general lassitude. The use of prescription ‘Diamox’ has proved useful for most people, as this drug works to reduce these debilitating symptoms. Native tea grown in the Andes has been used by the various indigenous high mountain people for multiple thousands of years and seems to be equally as effective as Diamox in mitigating the affects of altitude sickness. Be pragmatic and be proactive in managing the affects of altitude so that your trip and that of your team is not compromised.
The trekking Day
We support our clients’ trekking trip by providing a cooking team, arrieros (donkey drivers), a rescue horse and UIAGM professionally qualified English speaking guides. Our high quality camping equipment is comprised of roomy personal sleeping tents, toilet tent, large dining tent and food preparation/cooking tents, all cooking utensils and dishware, dining tables and chairs. On a typical trekking day we would wake our clients at 6:00 AM greeting them with a hot cup of tea or coffee and warm water and a face towel brought to your tent, a delicious breakfast served in the dining tent and then we begin our trekking day before 8:00 AM. Trekking is most pleasantly enjoyed before the heat of the late afternoon arrives. At our lunch stop around 12:00 noon, we serve a cooked lunch with perhaps the chance for a brief rest or siesta. Arrival in camp is usually around 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM in time to enjoy a restful afternoon tea. After our camp is organized, we are relaxed and ready for the main meal of the day at 7:00 PM.
Our trekking in the Cordillera Blanca or Cordillera Huayhuash ranges take place in Peru’s dry season (May – September). While our weather is generally dry and very stable, this does not mean that it won’t rain. The most common daily weather pattern is a clear bright morning sky followed in the afternoon with some puffy cumulus clouds and then it is usually clear again by evening. Daily temperatures vary greatly so pack appropriately. During the hottest part of the day and in the sun, the temperature can be 25-30º Celsius / 77-86 degrees Fahrenheit, but at night it can drop to well below freezing especially at the higher camps above 4,000m/13,123ft where most of the trekking and most of the camping takes place.
During the day traveling to and from the day hikes or trekking routes, we will travel in our own dedicated private bus or minibus.
During our trekking trips, we provide all meals and will carefully pack and bring as much fresh meat and vegetables as we possibly can to accommodate our clients. In addition to meat based meals, we are pleased to cater for vegetarians on request. It’s your personal trek and it’s your personal meal choice, so enjoy what you choose to eat during you adventure trek.
Health and hygiene
We make health and hygiene our top priority. During our treks we boil all drinking water and we provide our clients with an alcohol based hand washing solution before all meals. With an increasing number of trekkers on the more popular trekking routes, camp hygiene and good judgment is vital so this is why we always provide for the use of a toilet tent for our clients while at all our camps.
While trekking, you will only need to carry what you might use during each day’s trek such as by example; rain gear, spare sweater, camera, water etc. Elsewhere, the majority of your personal trekking gear will be carried by the burros (donkeys), so plan to bring a durable trek bag to store your personal items during the day and at night your gear will be with you in your tent at camp. You can leave some items in your hotel that you will not need while on your trek. A secure lockable bag is recommended if you are leaving valuable items at the hotel.
The Andes is our space…..come trek and climb in it with us
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