Trek the High Andes of Peru

Experience the natural wonder and physical challenge of trekking among some of the highest mountains in the world, along with authentic high-Andes village culture and fabulous prehistoric Inca archaeological sites including Machu Picchu, all within the highest standards of sustainable tourism.

“Machu Picchu is an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment. Standing 2,430 m above sea level, in the midst of a tropical mountain forest in an extraordinarily beautiful setting, Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height.” -- UNESCO

“The mountainous region of the Cordillera Blanca is where superlatives crash and burn in a brave attempt to capture the beauty of the place.” -- Lonely Planet Trekking in Peru

“The most beautiful mountain in the world.” -- German Alpine Club publication, Alpinismus,1966, referring to Cerro Alpamayo.

From Cusco, Peru, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, day hike to colorful markets and diverse Inca ruins, take an overnight trek through remote alpine country and high passes through villages where we’ll interact with local weavers and school kids, and learn about sustainable development initiatives in the area. Then trek a seldom-travelled, dramatic and challenging high-mountain route ending at the citadel of Machu Picchu and experience this famous site at sunrise, tour its wonders with a knowledgeable guide, and climb to the famous viewpoint of Huayna Picchu before heading back to Cusco. High point 16,236 ft.

Next trek the 11-day Alpamayo Northern Circuit segment, a deep-Andes trekking adventure circling one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, starting from the Andean adventure hub of Huaraz, Peru. Our route will pass some of the highest peaks in Peru, cross several 14,000-16,000 ft. passes and innumerable emerald glacial lakes, to the remote northern basecamp for 19,511 ft. Cerro Alpamayo, and descend to the village of Hualcayan for transport back to civilization. Our high point on this segment is 15,482 ft.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 16
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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