Huanuco Marka 08 Days

Inca Trail: Huánuco Marka Trek to Huayhuash “The capital of Chinchaysuyo”

Huanuco marka is a very interesting hike that takes you to new and fascinating places every day, including a visit to the archaeological sites of Huanuco Marka “The capital of Chinchaysuyo”. A citadel of typical constructions of the Inca period (late horizon). In the central square the Ushnu is located and to the surrounding neighborhoods with sectors destined to the public and religious administration.

With every step you take, the world unfolds before you, offering endless wonders to discover. Adventure awaits around every corner, and the trail invites you to explore the unknown with courage and curiosity. With more spectacular views of Yerupaja, Siula, Jirishanca, and boasting a dense collection of trout-filled lakes in shades of blue, emerald and turquoise, the Huayhuash mountain range is incomparable to any other. This hike is a real adventure and is recommended for people who like to get out of the routine of the cities and do something different, let’s walk together towards new adventures and discover the world!

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Tour summary

  • Duration: 08 days / 07 nights
  • Altitude: 4900 Mirador Huacrish
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.
  • Best season: April / October
  • Location: Cordillera Huayhuash
  • Activity: Trekking / Archeology
  • Start: Huaraz / Queropalca
  • End: Llamac / Huaraz.


Day 01

Huaraz – La Unión – Baños – Queropalca

Departure from Huaraz 7:00 am

Passing through the towns of Recuay, Huanzala, Huallanca, La Unión.
Huánuco Marka where we have the visit of the archaeological complex of Huánuco Marka.
Continuing our route town of Baños, Santa Rosa, Queropalca.
The trip lasts 9 to 10 hours.

L – D

Day 02

Queropalca – Carhuacocha Lake

Breakfast 7:00 am

We leave through the Carhua valley with the views of Siula Grande, then Carhuacocha lagoon.
The walk lasts 5 hours.

B – L – D

Day 03

 Carhuacocha Lake – Siula Viewpoint – Carhuacocha Lake

Breakfast 7:00 am}

We go through the Carhua valley to the Siula viewpoint where we have a great view.
From the Quisillococha lagoon, Siulacocha, Gangrajancacocha, and then return to the countryside.

B – L – D

Day 04

Carhuacocha Lake – Carhua Pass – Mitucocha Lake.

Breakfast 7:00 AM

Climb up the Yana Yana valley to the Carhua pass where there are other views.
Easy descent to the Janca valley, and visit Mitucocha lake, and field.

B – L – D

Day 05

Mitucocha Lake – Kacanan Punta Pass – Rondoy

Breakfast 7:00 AM

We leave through the hot valley until the Kacanan pass point where we have the view of the Cordillera Huallanca. We descend through the Llamac valley to the Rondoy field.
The walk lasts 6 to 7 hours.

B – L -D

Day 06

Rondoy – Sambunya Pass – Jahuacocha Lake

Breakfast 7:00 AM

Rise up the Rondoy valley until Sambunya pass another view of the Yerupaja mountain.
We descend along Solteracocha Lake to the Jahuacocha field.
The walk lasts 5 to 6 hours.

B – L – D

Day 07

Jahuacocha lake – Huacrish Viewpoint – Jahuacocha Lake.

Breakfast 7:00 AM

We go through the Huacrish valley to the Llaucha pass point, an impressive view of the entire Huayhuash mountain range.
We are going by the hill Huacrish with the sight of Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupaja, Siula and Sarapo.
Descend in front of the lakes of Jahuacocha and Solteracocha, and camp

B – L – D

Day 08

Jahuacocha Lake – Village of Llamac – Huaraz.

Breakfast 7:00 AM

We leave through the Achín valley to Pampa Llamac with other views and fields of crops.
We descend to the town of Llamac where our private transport wait us.
Return to the city of Huaraz, and the trip lasts 5 hours.

B – L


What’s Included
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Transportation from / to the beginning of the trekking.
  • A bilingual guide (English / Spanish).
  • Field Cook
  • Muleteer
  • Pack animals (donkeys and / or horses)
  • Emergency horse
  • Camping equipment for collective use
  • Entrance tickets to the Huayhuash reserved area
  • Celebration lunch at the end of the trek with a typical Andean dish
  • First aid kit
  • Satellite communication device in case of emergency
  • Logistics in general
What’s Not Included
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Alcoholic and carbonated beverages
  • Personal equipment see (equipment list )
  • Personal expenses including emergency evacuation and medical expenses.
  • Travel, personal and medical insurance.
One Day Trekking With Us

Around 7:00 AM one of our team members will wake you up by offering you a cup of hot drink, then by the time you leave the tent you will have a small tub of hot water so you can wash your hands, then you will have breakfast in our dining tent.

We usually start the hike before 8:30 AM; we make breaks and stops depending on the pace of our clients, many times we stop at the places our clients wish to do so, sometimes to take pictures or eat their snack.

During the days of trekking you will not need to carry anything since the equipment and food are transported in pack trailers, you will only carry a small backpack where you should carry the snack of the day, camera, a bottle of water and your waterproof clothes to use in case of rain.

If someone gets tired during the hike, he/she can ride one of our horses to the next camp or until he/she feels better, we always carry a saddle mule, what we call an ‘emergency mule’.

Safe Travel

In our service, traveler safety is our number one priority. Every step you take, every place you explore, is backed by meticulously designed safety measures. From reliable accommodations to carefully planned routes, we make sure your experience is worry-free. Travel with peace of mind, knowing that we are committed to providing you with a safe environment so you can enjoy every moment of your trip to the fullest.

  • In order to offer safer experiences, we will keep groups small, generally with a maximum of 10 participants per group.
  • All our staff has received biosafety training, especially the trekking team (Guides, Camp Cooks, Muleteers and Mountain Assistants).
  • All our Guides have taken courses in first aid in remote areas, as well as in management of suspected cases of Covid-19 infection.
  • For transfers, in most cases we will use spacious and private vehicles exclusively for the group.
  • All our camping equipment is carefully disinfected before leaving for a tour. The mats and personal items provided by the travel agency will be delivered in a suitcase labeled for the exclusive use of each passenger.
  • We have satellite communication equipment to coordinate the evacuation of passengers in case of emergency, in order to have an immediate response and take care of the health of each member of the group.
List of Equipment
  • 1 backpack with a carrying capacity of 60 to 70 liters / 25 to 15 gallons (or other that can be used as a substitute for the backpack)
  • 1 small backpack to be used during the day
  • Sleeping bag (recommended -10 ºC to below)
  • 1 jacket or jacket to keep you warm
  • 3 pairs of hiking pants (jeans are not recommended, as they take a long time to dry)
  • Warm sweaters
  • 3 to more pairs of wool socks
  • T-shirts, shirts, hats
  • Several sets of underwear with long sleeves
  • 1 pair of good hiking shoes (make sure they are not damaged)
  • 1 pair of light shoes (sneakers or sandals)
  • 1 set of light rain gear (poncho and/or raincoat and pants of waterproof material)
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 headlamp and batteries
  • 1 pair of sunglasses (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Sunblock or sunscreen and lip balm (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Personal medication
  • Personal and hygiene items