Huayhuash Classic circuit
Frederike van Wijck and Chris Eilbeck
Date: September 23 - October 06, 2012
As seasoned climbers and hill walkers - but novices in high-altitude mountaineering - we embarked on the Cordillera Huayhuash circuit with great expectations – and some trepidation; what if one of us became ill during the circuit? Christian Alvarado of Go2Andes organised the logistics from start to finish, reassured us however with his detailed and comprehensive preparation, including essential acclimatisation days before and an emergency horse during the trek. Checking our health and gear beforehand, he kept abreast of what was happening in the region. An unexpected strike meant that our departure from Huaraz turned into an overnight escape to avoid road blocks the next day – but all the logistics, including an extra night’s accommodation, were re-arranged swiftly to avoid curtailing the trip.
The circuit itself was breathtaking (in many different ways); the scenery was awesome with its soaring peaks, groaning glaciers that broke into smithereens, plunging down into deep turquoise lakes, and unexpected, sweeping views after reaching each pass. Condors swerved above (anticipating some potential fresh foreign cadavers), but thanks to Christian’s immaculate planning, pacing and patience, we completed the circuit without any adverse effects. We were extremely well looked after by all the team, including Amanzio who prepared the most amazing, colourful meals (for example pancakes for breakfast one snowy morning and freshly fished trout). Meanwhile Manzueto, the horse man, ran the extra mile to gather the pack animals every morning. In addition to providing expert mountaineering guidance, they explained to us what was happening in the region, adding a whole new dimension to the expedition. We returned home to Scotland, feeling invigorated and enriched by this tremendous experience –thanks a million to Go2Andes and all the team!
Cordillera Huayhuash trek and Diablo mudo climbing Lima to Lima, July 23rd to Aug. 11th 2011
Kiefersfelden (Germany), Aug. 15th 2011
Thanks a lot for this wonderful trek. Everything went very well. This was the perfect trek!! I’ve done many trekking-tours starting 30 years ago, but this was one of the best. Everything was so easy going. There was someone waiting at Lima airport to take me to the very nice hotel at Miraflores. The next day I was taken to th e bus (Cruz del Sur), you was already waiting in Huaraz. We did some nice acclimatization trips. I liked the Raymi Inti festival at Huanaco pampa very much. We met my guide, cook and ariero with the donkeys and horse!! What a nice crew. I felt very well looked after and we’ve had a lot of fun!! Being a vegetarian is not that easy in Peru – but my cook was excellent .
I was in a good shape. We didn’t need any medication. And I’m happy that I could climb Diablo mudo,the pace and the help of my guide was excellent (the weather as well – no wind on top).
Dear Christian, thanks again for this great experience and I hope, to come back for Cordillera Blanca circuit and climbing Nevada Pisco.
Warm regards, Gisela Behrndt
Matthias and Barbara Weiland
Date: September 2010
Back home in Germany we rember the Huayhuash tour as one of our most exciting and best trecking tours. We did a 8-day trip from Cuartelhuain to Llamac starting from September, 1st in 2010. We conducted the tour with Huayhuash.com - the organization by Christian was qualified, at all times highly reliable and the rental equipment was in good condition. All members of the team did a fantastic job starting from our guide Angel, who is extremely experienced, humorous and knew the area very well. Amancio is a great cook and prepared tasty and high quality food for the whole crew. The arriero José was highly committed and really helped us with all our equipment. Last but not least Senia, the assistant cook, was a valuable support and team member.
We want to say thank you to the whole crew and will keep the trip in our best memories.
Barbara and Matthias
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