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Weather and climate

The trekking season in the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash extendes from May to September. Though this is the middle of Winter it is dry in these mountain ranges because they are near to equator. The weather during the dry season is generally very stable with normally one or two bad days during the week. Freezing level is about 4500 m / 14 764 ft. - 5000m / 16 4040 ft. during the day, but strong sun can make it feel much warmer then this in the valleys. Wind is rarely a problem in the mountains during the dry season. Precipitation and temperature vary in accordance to altitude; the average temperature is between 9ºC – 0ºC.

Equipment list for trekking and climbing tours


  • 1 Backpack with a carrying capacity of 60 to 70 L/ 15 -17 Gallons (a similar sized duffle bag or travel bag can be used as a substitute)
  • · 1 Small backpack for day trips
  • Sleeping bag (rating depends upon particular trip)
  • 1 Warm jacket or parka
  • 3 Pairs of outdoor pants (jeans are not recommended as they are difficult to dry out when wet)
  • Warm sweaters
  • 2- 4 Pairs of woolen socks
  • T-shirts, shirts, hats or caps
  • 1 Set of warm underwear such as long underpants and long undershirts
  • 1 Pair of good hiking boots (make sure they are "broken-in")
  • 1 Pair of light shoes (runners or sneakers)
  • 1 Set of light rain gear such as a pant and jacket combination (poncho style rain gear is not recommended as it hinders movement while canoeing)
  • 1 Water bottle with a 1 litre capacity
  • 1 Pocket-knife or hunting knife
  • 1 Flashlight
  • 1 Pair of sun glasses (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • A supply of sun blocker or sunscreen lotion and Lip suncream (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • Personal medications
  • Underwear, personal items, and toiletries
  • 1 pair of fleece pants
  • 1 wool or fleece hat
  • Headlamp and Batteries (bring at least 2 spare sets)
  • 1 pair of Gore-Tex gaiters (heavy-duty, sized large enough to fit over plastic boots)
  • 1 pair of Gore-Tex shell glovestop


  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad
  • Camara y filmadora
  • Journal and pens
  • Español / Ingles diccionario




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