Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 3 – Pitec to Chavin

Distance: 46 miles (74 km) Time: 3 days Start:  Pitec Finish: Chavin Passes: I didn’t have any information for six of the 23 passes I went over during the traverse of the Cordillera Blanca. While planning the hike, I spent Read More …

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 2 – Pompey to Pitec

Distance: 65 miles (105 km) Time: 5 days (including a rest day in Huaraz) Start: Pompey Returned to the CBT via a colectivo minibus from the town of Chacas. Finish: Pitec From Pitec, I got a 1 hr ride down Read More …

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 1 – Hualcallan to Pompey

Note:  Twenty minutes before beginning the Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) in Hualcallan, I had the following conversation with an inquisitive local with a very dry sense of humor. It has been translated from Spanish to English. “Where are you headed?” Read More …

Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit is one of South America’s premier multi-day treks. Turquoise lakes, high altitude passes, hot springs, towering snow capped peaks; all packed into a compact range that measures only 30 km (18.6 mi) long and 15 km Read More …

Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) | Peru, 2014

Between August 21 and September 6, 2014, I completed a traverse of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, one of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountain ranges. To the best of my knowledge, it was the first time that such a trek Read More …

Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit – Trip Report

In September, 1996, three friends and I were ready to hike Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash circuit. Supplies and maps had been bought, transport to the trail arranged. The night before we were due to leave Huaraz (the regional capital), news came Read More …