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Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

The Huayhuash circuit is in fact awesome not terrible but I needed a way to warn people about a dodgy agency. We wanted to do the circuit independently rather than as part of a group. We just needed a donkey driver and donkeys and everything (tent,sleeping bag etc.) for the donkey driver. We used an agency "Ganesa" to organize that and paid them 1340soles for the privilege. It was a bit confusing as to who the agency was as we ended up dealing with several different people all claiming to be from different agencies but our contract ultimately said it was with Ganesa. All seemed ok as we headed out to the trek until a guy jumped on the bus asking for me. He handed me 400 soles and told me that was to pay the donkey guy. I was shocked and horrified that was all they were paying him. On the second night the donkey driver told us he wasn't being paid enough and he was going to abandon us unless we paid him an extra 300 soles, we had no house being in the middle of nowhere at that point. The tent also had broken poles and the agency forgot the sleeping bag do we had to pay again to hire another. The donkey driver was an inexperienced teenager who complained a lot and made us feel a bit like his mum and dad. All in all lots of issues. I recommend doing it independently but call an Arriero directly don't use an agency and if your Spanish isn't up to it find someone who can make the call for you.

Huayhuash was the most beautiful place I have been do despite the issues it was still worth it.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

the treck is beautiful, and i saw it as kind of a summary of south america trecks, since it had almost everything: snowy mountains along with wide green areas, beutiful lagoons (in quite a few different colours) along with hot springs, etc.
the veiws and their colours throughout this treck are amazing! and it is so remote - that you barely see anyone throughout the 8 days. the few people that you will meet, are mostly there to take "protection" money in the night-camping sites. this cost us alltogether approxemetly 150 soles each.
another thing to know before you go on this treck is that it is pretty hard because of the altitude, which is between approxemetly 4,200-5,200 meters (everyday you climb up to a "pass" or two and then go sown the otherside of the ridge). therefore i would strongly advise to do this treck with an agency: although you can do it on your own, but this way you dont have to worry about carrying all your things on your back (they bring donkeys to take the big bags, the tents and most the food, so that everyday you only take with you water, a fliz, lunch and a snack..). an agency will also provide you with a acompaniying horse, which can be really helpfull if someone gets altitude sickness (that will basically be the only way of getting back towards a town, without a few days walking...). we did it with 'casa chaime' from huaraz, and were really happy with them, and expecially with the guisd - lucio - who was unbeliavable. (i should just mark that this is an "israeli-oriented" agency, but it is almost half the pricr of some of the "europian" ones...).
last thing you should know before going on this treck is to take water-purifying pills with you, and not to forget all your worm clothes. i would also strongly advise on talking two sleeping bags per person - the nights are freezing! we did it in may, and akmost every morning woke up to find a layer of ice on our tent from the outside).

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We did an 11 day trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash with Huascaran Adventure Travel (based in Huaraz) in early July.

Before the trek Paulino, the owner, responded promptly to all our email enquiries and was very helpful. We decided to allow ourselves a week in Huaraz to recover from jet lag and to acclimatise before the trek. Paulino helped us organise acclimatisation walks and tours during the week before the trek, organising a guide/taxis for us if necessary. He also managed to find others to join the trek with us.

The Huayhaush trek was amazing. Paulino’s quote was one of the cheaper ones we received, but everything was extremely well organised, the equipment was good, and our guide Miguel and our cook/arriero Samuel looked after us very well. Miguel offered us alternative routes some days, and was always keen to take us on the most scenic route. Samuel prepared heaps of excellent food. Both were cheerful, helpful and good company.

Weatherwise we had a bit of everything - rain, hail, snow, wind and a few sunny days - so you need to make sure you have appropriate gear. It's almost all over 4000 metres, so the nights in particular are pretty chilly. Scenery was spectacular - an unforgettable trek.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We tackled the Huayhuash circuit independently, without guides or donkeys, and completed it in 8 days. You could easily spend longer doing it, with more days at each camp, which would allow you to explore the stunning scenery more thoroughly. During our trek the weather was good, which allowed the path to be easily identified, but there were local farmers who will also point the correct direction if necessary. If you have a good level of fitness and have acclimatized to the high altitude it is possible to do it by yourselves, as long as you know what it is like to carry your gear for 8 days, over numerous passes. I would definitely recommend this trek, as the scenery is amazing. There are lots of tour agencies in Huaraz who will be able to help you plan your trip and who provide guides, cooks, donkeys, and all the gear if necessary.
http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/gemandkory/2/1374079097/tpod.html Lots of information and photos on this blog

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a fantastic trek, but be warned you are mostly over 4,000 meters so you need to be acclimatised to do this trip. I went with Abner and his brother Adolfo of Los Amigos de Huauhuash. http://losamigosdehuayhuash.free.fr/ and can highly recommend them, They are a family run business - no office in Huaraz - and out of the trekking season they both work on their family farm. One of their satisfied customers has set up this web-site for them and their sister responds to email bookings and inquiries It's good to know that all your money goes to the local community and to those who are doing the work. Abner guided, Adolfo was the pony man and they shared the cooking. Only had to carry a day pack each day and camp was set up when we arrived

I did a 13 day trek which allowed time for a couple of side trips up to 5,000 meter lookouts with spectacular views of the mountains. This is as close to the mountains as you can get unless you are a full fledged mountaineer. If you are after a really spectacular trek and have a reasonable level of fitness this is certainly one to consider,

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