Best camping trails in Ancash, Peru

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Ancash with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Ancash, Peru
Top trails (14)
#1 - Santa Cruz Trek
Huascarán National Park
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Length: 30.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Santa Cruz Trek is a 4 day point-to-point backpacking trip through the mountains of Peru. There are campsites along the route. This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world. This overlooked hike sits in the Cordillera Blanca range of the Andes and includes turquoise lakes, beautiful valleys, and the views of its highest point at Punta Union.Show more
#2 - Cordillera Huayhuash Complete Trek
Cordillera Huayhuash Reserved Zone
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Length: 79.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
With elevations of up to 5,490m (18,012ft), this hike is not for everyone. However, those fit enough to take this on will be rewarded with incredible mountain views, glacial lakes, Andean culture, and relatively uncrowded trails. May through September is the best time to hike, and you will want to go with a guide or tour group if you don't have experience in the backcountry. Those confident with navigating often non-existent trails, carrying 10-days of food/gear, and experienced with changing conditions will be superbly awarded by the opportunity to explore side-trips and high alternate trails that aren't visited by tour groups.Show more
#3 - Alpamayo Circuit
Huascarán National Park
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Length: 69.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Alpamayo Circuit is a high-altitude trek through alpine meadows that takes roughly 10-16 days to traverse by the glacial and snow capped peaks of Cordillera Blanca, including the iconic Mount Alpamayo (5,947m/19,511ft), translating loosely from Quechua to mean 'earth river'. The circuit starts on the same route as the popular Santa Cruz trek, but at 3-4 days in branches off to leave behind the busy trail into the quiet circuit that has been used for thousands of years dating back to pre-Incan times. Optional detours can be taken to visit turquoise lakes and avalanche viewpoints. There is also a chance that you might meet the indigenous Quechua along this circuit through tranquil valleys. This trek is dangerous and should only be taken by experienced hikers. The high elevation makes altitude sickness a real risk and evacuation is near impossible in the area, so be sure to have acclimatised prior to commencing in Huaraz. Insect bites can also cause some irritation at the lower elevation sections. Be ready to navigate too as there is very little signage along the way, and there are no official campsites so that is up to hiker discretion. It is also helpful if you are taking this circuit unguided to be comfortable with conversational Spanish. A trekking permit is required for Huascarán National Park. Check at Cafe Andino in town for the latest updates of the trail conditions by hikers who have recently returned from the mountains.Show more
#4 - Huayhuash Trek: Quartelhuain - Mitucocha
Huasta, Ancash, Peru
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 3 h
The circuit that runs through the Cordillera Huayhuash, which has around 20 peaks, is one of the most popular in Peru and the world. Without a doubt, a unique experience that will take you through routes between Andean mountains, glacial lakes and iconic sites. Its route takes between 10 - 14 days, has a total distance of approximately 120 km and although the difficulty of its routes varies, it is recommended for those who have experience and good physical condition. It is also suggested to carry out the journey in groups and / or with specialized guides. This segment goes from the Quartelhuain camp to the Mitucocha lagoon area, where you have a couple of camping options, such as the Mitucocha camp just in front of the lagoon or the Janca camp. The Cacanapunta pass is quite narrow and you will surely meet some other groups of adventurers. Some people do not stop here and make a direct stretch to the Carhuacocha lagoon. However, the advantage of this shorter route is that you can save energy for everything that's coming! If you want to see the complete route, you can find it here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/peru/ancash/cordillera-huayhuashShow more
#5 - Artesonraju Trail
Huascarán National Park
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Length: 22.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
#6 - Huayhuash Trek: Qashpapampa - Jahuacocha
Pacllón, Ancash, Peru
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
The circuit that runs through the Cordillera Huayhuash, which has around 20 peaks, is one of the most popular in Peru and the world. Without a doubt, a unique experience that will take you through routes between Andean mountains, glacial lakes and iconic sites. Its route takes between 10 - 14 days, has a total distance of approximately 120 km and although the difficulty of its routes varies, it is recommended for those who have experience and good physical condition. It is also suggested to carry out the journey in groups and / or with specialized guides. This section goes from Qashpapampa to the campsite located on the shores of Laguna Jahuacocha, with a fairly gentle slope and after Yaucha Pass (4800 m) it is followed by a beautiful ridge from south to north, before a very steep descent to the camp. The views in the pass are spectacular and you can appreciate the west side of the Cordillera Huayhuash, with its snowy peaks: Ninashanca, Hirishanca, Yerupaja Chico, Yerupaja, Rasac, among others. If you want to see the complete route, you can find it here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/peru/ancash/cordillera-huayhuashShow more
#7 - Jahuacocha Lagoon Loop
Pacllón, Ancash, Peru
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
Laguna Jahuacocha is a beautiful glacial lagoon located in the Cordillera Huayhuash, at about 4,053 meters above sea level. Camping on its shores is a very unique experience. The hike around the lagoon allows you to enjoy the vivid colors of the vegetation and its privileged views of the western walls of the peaks: Rondoy, Jirishanca, Yerupajá Chico and Yerupajá, the second highest mountain in Peru. It is also possible to appreciate another smaller lagoon: Auxilio qucha. If you are doing the Huayhuash Trek and you have extra time, it is a nice option to spend a calmer day of enjoyment in nature.Show more
#8 - Huayhuash Trek: Pocpa - Quartelhuain
Huasta, Ancash, Peru
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
The circuit that runs through the Cordillera Huayhuash, which has around 20 peaks, is one of the most popular in Peru and the world. Without a doubt, a unique experience that will take you through routes between Andean mountains, glacial lakes and iconic sites. Its route takes between 10 - 14 days, has a total distance of approximately 120 km and although the difficulty of its routes varies, it is recommended for those who have experience and good physical condition. It is also suggested to carry out the journey in groups and / or with specialized guides. This first segment goes from the town of Pocpa to the Quarterlhuain or Cuartelwain camp with an elevation gain from 3470m to 4200m. And the adventure is just beginning! If you want to see the complete route, you can find it here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/peru/ancash/cordillera-huayhuashShow more
#9 - Pisco Base Camp from Cebollapampa
Huascarán National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
#10 - Pisco Summit
Huascarán National Park
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 9 h 17 m
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