Best hikes to do from Huaraz

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Huaraz is a beautiful city located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, known for its stunning scenery and proximity to many great trekking opportunities. There are so man options ! It’s hard to choose. So hopefully this could help you make a good choices based on your hiking skills, how many days you want to spend in the mountains and what you want to see:

Santa Cruz Trek: (50 km/31 miles, 3-4 days)

This is one of the most popular and beautiful treks in the region. It is a 4-day trek that takes you through the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, passing by stunning landscapes, turquoise lakes, and snow-capped peaks. It has been selected as one of the World’s best hikes by National Geographic. 

Huayhuash Trek: (120 km/74 miles, 8-10 days)

This is a longer and more challenging trek that takes around 10-12 days to complete. It is considered one of the most spectacular treks in the world, with stunning views of towering peaks, pristine lakes, and remote villages.

Alpamayo Circuit: (126km/78miles, 9-10 days)

This is a challenging 9-day trek that takes you around the iconic Alpamayo mountain. It is known for its stunning views of snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and beautiful flora and fauna.

Laguna 69: (14.5km/9miles, 5 hours)

This is a popular day trek that takes you to one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. It is a relatively easy trek that offers stunning views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

Ishinca Valley Trek: (Multiple choices of length and time)

This is a 4-day trek that takes you through the beautiful Ishinca Valley, passing by stunning glaciers, lakes, and mountain peaks. It is a great trek for those looking for a shorter and less challenging trek. There is also a 7 days trek that takes you to the Tocllaraju summit at 6030m!

Remember to always be well-prepared for any trek and to hire a guide or join a guided tour for safety reasons.

Hiking / Trekking gear list:


  • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
  • Original Passport (required) (With photocopies) (if you have old and new passport, please bring both passports)
  • One other picture ID, such as a driver’s license
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required).
  • International Health Card (“Yellow Card”) with proof of Yellow Fever inoculation within the last 10 years (if you are extending your trip to the Amazon Rainforest)
  • Expense money, American dollars, and Peruvian soles in cash, credit/ debit card, there are ATMs in Machu Picchu town and most of the services accept credit cards.


  • Cash (US dollars and Peruvian soles), credit card, and debit card.
  • Backpack to carry your things (daypack).
  • Personal first-aid kit (anti-inflammatory tablets e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Luggage tags and locks
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Personal towel
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Electronic Gadgets:
  • Camera, or phone with a good camera.
  • Power bank battery, camera charger, and adapter.
  • Binoculars.
  • Torch or headlamps with extra batteries.
  • Outlet adapter
  • Memory card
  • Clothing:
  • Comfortable hiking pants
  • Down jacket or a warm jacket
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar.
  • A pair of flip-flops or light sandals (hiking sandals are recommended).
  • Hiking long-sleeve T-shirts and shirts.
  • Thermal base layer
  • Hiking socks (few pair)
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Warm hat for the nighttime
  • Gloves for the nighttime.
  • Buff
  • Bandana
  • Bathing suit
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)

Personal car items:

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hands sanitizer gel
  • Lipstick
  • Deet or mosquito repellent
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Swipe
  • Facial wet tissue


  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking poles
  • Ear Plugs
  • Reusable plastic bags
  • Waterproof bags

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