Trip Duration   3 days
Trip Type   Trekking Adventure
Grading   Moderate to Challenging
Starting point of trek   Portada                                       Quilcayhuanca
Finishing point of trek   Portada Cojup
Highest point   Huapi Pass 5080m
Distance   Approx. 40km

This short trek gives hikers the chance to enjoy some of the most stunning sections of the Cordillera Blanca in complete peace and serenity.
The trail is steep, rocky and narrow in parts, making it difficult for donkeys to pass. It is therefore necessary to use porters instead.
The little-visited Quilcayhuanca Valley offers endless breath-taking mountain panoramas of imposing snow-caped peaks towering high above pristine emerald glacial lakes. Some of the most impressive flora and fauna of the Huascaran National Park can be seen on the trek, and the low number of visitors means that your chances of seeing herds of vicuñas, viscachas and the emblematic Andean condor are largely increased.
The high pass and very steep ascent and descent make this trek a challenge at times, so it is only suitable for very fit and experienced hikers.
DAY 1 Drive to Portada Quilcayhuanca (3840m). Trek to Lake Cuchillacocha (4640m). Camp in pampa near the lake at 4540m.
Approx. 1 ½ hour driving, 7 hours trekking

DAY 2 Trek to Cojup Valley (4340m), via Huapi Pass (5080m).
Approx. 7 hours trekking

DAY 3 Trek to Portada Cojup (3830m), Drive to Huaraz.
Approx. 3 hours trekking, 1 hour driving