Pomapata — exciting Trekking Adventures
Puntahuay and Condorcoccha Trek
Why?The Huayhuash trek is nearby, ice-clad mountains and populated lagunas combined with 'entrance fees' at every community are one feature, which might attract thousands of tourists. We have an area hardly known to the outside world, where you can be alone, completely alone, without seeing any 'Gringo', where you can enjoy pure and only nature. Silence, cleanliness, lagunas with trouts and undiscovered snow-capped mountains are waiting for you. If you like to hear only the wind in the rocks above and the water in the torrent below you, then you will enjoy this trip into uncharted areas, with no roads, with no electricity, away from amenities of civilization, but with the comfort of a reliable friend who shows you the beauty of our land.
Where?For your convenience our trek starts in Chiquian and finishes there as well. We pick you up, accompany you all the way until we deliver you back to your hostal. And we will assist you in catching a convenient bus back to Lima or Huaraz or any other destination of your choice.
When?Basically this trek can be done throughout the year. However we recommend the dry season (May through October), as the trails leading into the higher valleys run along the torrents, which can rise inconveniently during heavy rains in the rain season. In early May the plants are in full blossom, a wonderful and rare view at such elevations. Plan about 11 days for this trek, and if possible a few days extra for better acclimatisation to the altitude. Acclimatisation can be done in Chiquian as well as in Pomapata. More or less days are easily possible here, please ask us what we can arrange for you.
Who?The terrain of this trek is rather remote, so you should be fit. We will be away from the people, only a few campesinos will be seen now and then, once we are beyond Pomapata. There is no technnical difficulty along our route, however we cross passes near 4.500 meters of elevation and we sleep over 4.000 meters high, so be prepared for some cool nights with a brilliant starry sky. A warm sleeping bag is necessary, tent highly recommended. We will bring you to areas where very few people have been before, to a pristine nature with no other tourists around. Have a health check done before you set out, please.
What?Adventurers who do this trek are expected to have the equipment they need, from tent to warm sleeping bag, from cooking stove to water bottle. Our trail guides will bring their own equipment and can sleep one or two of you in their tents (Sherpa Dome Plus). We provide the pack animals and a trail guide to show you the way, to bring you to our destination safely. Upon request we can provide you with high-quality gear like tent (Sherpa Dome Plus or North Face), backpack (Lowe, Gregory), sleeping bag or stove. Food we buy together in Chiquian; the price for this food is not included in our price. In the higher valleys and at Pomapata we will eat the typical Pachamanca, which is included in the price. As well we recommend to have a lamb prepared, which can be done upon request for an economic price.
Route: Chiquian - Pomapata - Pallca - Hupaymarca - Puntahuay - Quebrada Condor - Winco - Conoc - Pomapata - Huasta - Chiquian
From Chiquian we pass Quero towards Pomapata, where we have our first stay. Along the main creek we reach the tiny settlement of Pallca, where we spend another night with very friendly campesinos. Into the Hupaymarca valley we venture, enjoying the views of Nevado Pariah beyond. Near a wonderful laguna we put up our tents and stay for the night. The next valley is the Puntahuay, beneath the Shikra-Shikra mountain, again with a picturesque laguna to camp and fish nearby. Only for the trained eye a faint trail leads us into the Condor valley with several lagunas and different side valleys to discover. Passing the thermal water of Conoc we return to Pomapata and our friends there. Along a panorama trail at appx. 4.000 meters elevation we pass La Merced with the impressive arqueological site of Petaca and descend past an ancient settlement - of the Recuay culture - named Yaucapunta to Huasta, from where we reach Chiquian conveniently.
If you like to do this trip with our people, pleasecontact us
soon, even before you know the final details of your trip. Our men speak mainly Spanish and Quechua, and very limited English, however with some goodwill and mutual efforts we will understand each other nicely. We try hard to make your experience worthwhile and lasting, just not everything is perfect. We offer you a cordial atmosphere and a very reasonable price. Talk to our contact man by mail, and you will be surprised in many positive ways. And if we do not answer immediately, then please know that we have not yet electric current in Pomapata nor do we have internet in our village - and give us some days to answer, please. We look forward to serve you, to show you our incredible nature in a harmonous ambiente.contact us here
most recent update: 19. June 2006