The Ultimate Trail Run of the Andes
The Huascarán 80k 2-Day Stage Run will connect our Pisco 30k route with the Santa Cruz 45k for one unforgettable trail run through the Cordillera Blanca. With three major high mountain pass crossings along some of the most scenic and popular trails in Huascarán National Park, this event in worth putting on your calendar today.
This 80k route will be divided into two difficult days. Day 1 will begin in the popular Llangaunco Valley and will cover 35k, cross two high mountain passes, and descend to the small town of Vaqueria where runners will stop for the night. Day 2 will run the famous and remote Santa Cruz trekking route over Punta Union Pass and back down to the western side of the Cordillera Blanca.
The 2019 Huascarán 80k Stage Run will begin at 7:00am on August 9 at the far west end of Laguna Chinancocha (first Llanganuco Lake) in the Llanganuco Valley. This is roughly a 2.5 hour drive from Huaraz- transportation to and from the event is included in the cost of registration. The first day begins as a lollipop loop that climbs to Pisco Basecamp and Refugio Peru before taking a high traverse to Laguna 69 and descends back down to the Llangaunco Valley floor. From here, runners will climb up one more high mountain pass, Portachuelo, before descending to Vaqueria and the Illariy Lodge for the night.
Day 2 will begin at 6:00am at the Illariy Lodge on the eastern side of the Cordillera Blanca. The race course will cross over the continental divide and finish by running through the famous Santa Cruz Valley on the western side of the Range in the small town of Cashapampa (above Caraz). There will be food and refreshments available for all racers at the finish in Cashapampa with an awards ceremony in the afternoon for top finishers. There will be shuttles back to Huaraz following the ceremony. Please see the itinerary below for a more detailed outline of the event.
* Please note for safety reasons there will be an overall time limit of 11 hours to complete Day 1 and 12 hours to complete Day 2. There will also be a cutoff time of 3 hours to Aid Station 2 (Refugio Peru) and 9 hours to Aid Station 5 (Portachuelo) on Day 1. There will be two cutoff times before Punta Union Pass on Day 2- 5 hours to Aid Station 3 and 6 hours to the top of Punta Union. In the event that you are unable to make these first two cutoff times you will be asked turn around and return to the starting line. Transportation and staff will be there to make sure you make it back to Huaraz safely. There will be horses sweeping the route and giving rides to those who are unable to complete the route in the allotted amount of time.
All overnight baggage will be transported from Vaqueria to the finish in Cashapampa. Space is limited on this bus so please try to keep the luggage you bring to Vaqueria to a minimum. Please do not bring all of your vacation luggage. Most hotels in Huaraz are able to store your bags for you while you are gone for a couple of days.
Lodging / Camping in Vaqueria
One night of lodging in Vaqueria is included in the price of the race. The Illariy Lodge is fairly small and beds are available on a first come first serve basis to the first 20 entrants of the race. These beds are not guaranteed to be in your own private room. Once all of the beds have been claimed runners will be required to camp in the designated campground on the property. Tents will be provided but sleeping bags and pads will not. If you are unable to travel with this camping gear there are many rental options in Huaraz.
Transportation Package for Non-Racers
This Package is available for friends and family members who would like to be at the finish line when their runners arrives. There will be a shuttle bus on the morning of the race to take people from Huaraz to the finish line in Cashapampa for $15. This also includes a return ride back to Huaraz following the event.
80k Race Itinerary
• Thursday, Aug 8 •
12:00pm- Pachamanca lunch at the Yurac Yuca Cafe ($10). Next to the Lazy Dog Inn above Huaraz.
4:00pm - Tech talk and race brief at Trivio Restaurant in Huaraz- There will be a short presentation of the event along with information about the Cordillera Blanca and Huascarán National Park. A question and answer session for the participants will follow the presentation. Please come by to have all of your questions answered, meet some of the other runners, and enjoy some delicious Sierra Andina beer. This will also be your opportunity to pick up your race packet and bib number.
• Friday, Aug 9 (Race Day 1) •
3:45am - All 80k participants will meet in Parque Periodista in front of Trivio Restaurant- buses will leave for the Llanganuco Valley at 4:00am sharp.
6:30am - Buses will arrive at the starting line at Laguna Chinancocha. Participants will have 30 minutes to stretch and warm up before the race begins.
7:00am - The Huascarán 80k begins- Good luck!
12:00am – 6:00pm - Runners will reach will reach Vaqueria.
6:30pm - Pasta dinner at the Illariy Lodge. During dinner there will be a short talk about the schedule for the next morning.
• Saturday, Aug 10 (Race Day 2) •
5:00am - There will be fruit, bread and coffee available for those who want breakfast. Any items that runners do not need for the race may be left behind and will be transported to the finish line in Cashapampa.
6:00am - Day 2 of the Huascarán 80k and Santa Cruz 45k begins- Good luck!
8:00am - Buses will leave Huaraz for Cashapampa with friends and family who wish to cheer on the racers at the finish line. This cost $15 per person and needs to be purchased ahead of time so that we know how many buses are needed. This includes a return ride back to Huaraz.
10:30am – 6:00pm - Runners will reach Cashapampa. There will be music, beer, and food available at the finish line.
3:00pm - Huascarán 80k awards ceremony
3:30pm – 7:00pm - Buses will leave Cashapampa for Huaraz.
7:00pm - Sierra Andina Mountain Trail party at Trivio Restaurant. Food, beer, and music.