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Sierra Andina- 9-Day Race Package


Wanting to run in the Sierra Andina Mountain Trail event? Take the stress out of traveling in Peru with this week long trip in stunning Huascaran National Park. Spend a full week with our area experts while getting acclimatized and prepared for the challenge of trail running in the high Andes. Finish this unforgettable week with the premier trail running event of the Cordillera Blanca- the Sierra Andina Mountain Trail. Click here for more info on the race.

Dates : August 4 – August 12, 2018        Duration: 9 Days        Difficulty Rating:

Price: $1,950, Double Occupancy

  • Overview


    Running the Sierra Andina Mountain Trail race will be our main objective of this 9-day adventure in the Cordillera Blanca. This will take place after three days of acclimatization outings in and around Huascaran National Park. Some of the highlights will include a trip to the turquoise Laguna Churup and a longer trip up the high alpine Llaca Valley. Please see the detailed itinerary for the day to day outings and acclimatization plan.

  • Please note that daily runs are subject to change due to weather and trail conditions. In the event of bad weather, MOST planned runs have a contingency option that will give us a safer, more enjoyable, run for the day. All runs are optional and you can choose not to participate at anytime.

    Day 1: Arrive in Lima

    Depart the U.S. and arrive in Lima in the afternoon. We will be there to pick you up at the airport and transfer you to our hotel in the Miraflores District.

    Lodging: Miraflores

    Meals included: None

    Day 2: Travel to Huaraz

    Travel from Lima via bus to the city of Huaraz. This ride will take 8 hours as it passes along the desert coast and up into the highlands of the Andes. Our acclimatization will begin today as the bus will climb up and over a 13,000′ pass before descending into the Callejon de Huaylas and onto Huaraz situated at 10,000′.

    Lodging: La Casa de Zarela (10,000′)

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 3: Acclimatization above Huaraz

    Today we will go for our first run and begin training our bodies at a higher elevation. After breakfast at our hotel, we will head above town and stretch our legs on a nice run through the countryside.P1120402 copy This run will take us along secluded country roads giving us views of Huaraz and the snow capped, high peaks of the Cordillera Blanca.

    Lodging: La Casa de Zarela (10,000′)

    Run: 8 miles, 1,800′ Gain, 1800′ Loss

    Elevation: 10,000′ – 11,800′

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 4: Acclimatization Hike/Run to Laguna Churup

    Today we leave Huaraz for a few days to help our acclimatization by staying at a slightly higher elevation. We will travel above Huaraz to the base of the Cordillera Blanca and hike to the beautiful Laguna Churup. Located at 14,700’, Laguna Churup sits below the 18,000′ Churup Peak and is accessed by a fairly steep trail climbing 2000′ in nearly 2 miles. Although most will find this trail too difficult to run and choose to hike, our goal is to merely travel to this elevation for acclimatization purposes.P1120454 copy After spending some time at the lake we will travel back down to the trailhead and have casual run along country roads to the Lazy Dog Inn where we will stay for the next two nights.

    Lodging: Mountain lodge (11,800′)

    Hike to Laguna Churup: 4 miles, 2,000′ Gain, 2,000′ Loss

    Run: 4-6  miles

    Elevation: 12,700′ – 14,700′

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 5: Valley Hike/Run up Quebrada Llaca

    Today we will go for a longer alpine valley run/hike into Huascaran National Park that will no doubt be one of the highlights of the trip. Quebrada Llaca sits below towering glaciated peaks and climbs to a beautiful lake at 14,800ft.P1120756 (1) copy Following our run/hike we will travel back to the Lazy Dog Inn for one more night of relaxation.

    Lodging: Mountain lodge (11,800′)

    Run: 10 miles, 3,000′ Gain, 3,000′ Loss

    Elevation: 11,800′ – 14,800′

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 6: Rest Day

    Today we will head back down to Huaraz to take a rest day. We will go to the Racer Check-In and Tech Talk in the evening.

    Lodging: La Casa de Zarela (10,000′)

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 7: 13k, 30k, and 80k Runners- Race Day!, 45k Runners- Travel to Vaqueria

    13k, 30k and 80k runners will travel to the Llanganuco Valley for their event. Following the event all 13k and 30k runners will travel back to Huaraz for the night.

    45k runners will meet up with the rest of the event participants and drive to the starting line in Vaqueria on the eastern side of the Cordillera Blanca. This scenic 5 hour drive will pass through the famous Llanganuco Valley and a climb up and over the the 15,000ft Portechuelo Pass.

    Lodging: 13k and 30k runners- La Casa de Zarela

    45k and 80k runners- Illariy Lodge, Vaqueria

    Run: Sierra Andina Mountain Trail, 13k, 30k and 80k

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 8: 45k Race Day!

    DSC02330 copy 2Today is what you came for! The Santa Cruz 45k starts at 6:00am after a group breakfast. Following the race we will travel back to Huaraz and celebrate!

    Lodging: La Casa de Zarela

    Run: Sierra Andina Mountain Trail, 45k and 80k

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 9: Travel to Lima/ Fly Home

    Today we will bus back to Lima and connect to our international flights home. Buses from Huaraz leave mid morning and typically arrive in Lima between 6 and 8pm. When scheduling your international flight be sure to choose one that leaves at late this night- most flights do.

  • Lodging

    cabinAll lodging, between our scheduled first and last nights in Lima, are included in the price. We believe that while on vacation the places you stay can dramatically affect a trip of this sort. Staying in nicer, more comfortable, places at a slightly higher cost does nothing but benefit the group. If you eat well, sleep well and enjoy your accommodations you will most likely perform better on our daily runs. While in Huaraz we will be staying at La Casa de Zarela which is just a few minutes walk from the Plaza De Armas in the heart of the city. This small comfortable hotel is a great place to relax while taking in the views of the city and mountains from one of the many terraces or roof top patio. During our initial acclimatization runs in Huascaran National Park we will be staying at The Lazy Dog Inn just out side the entrance of the Park. This ranch style eco-lodge sits high in the hills above Huaraz and offers a quiet relaxing getaway from the city. While here we will have close access to our daily runs, large comfortable rooms and delicious home cooked meals. Not to mention spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. The day before the race we will leave the Huaraz area and head to the eastern side of the Cordillera Blanca and the starting line in the small town of Vaqueria. Here we will spend the night at the rustic Illariy lodge with all of the other participants.
All trip prices are based on double room occupancy when staying in hotels. Most, but not all, of our accommodations have the option for single occupancy if you prefer. Please inquire with Highline for these options and additional costs.

  • Gear

    High in the mountains of Huascaran National Park temps can fluctuate significantly like in most alpine environment and we need to plan for any conditions we might come across. Please see the detailed gear list and please contact us if you have any questions.



  • Difficulty: 3

    This adventure has intermediate level runs with distances ranging from 8 to 28 miles (depending on the race distance you choose), high elevation gain days with altitudes up to 16,000’. 
Although we do our best to help you prepare for higher elevations it is a known fact that everyone acclimatizes differently. With this in mind, know that running at these altitudes will still be challenging for all whether you are acclimatized or not and you should not expect your body to perform as it does at home.Running Gallery - 13342 Most runners should expect to hike many sections of these trails, especially during the first few days at altitude. During this time most will enjoy running only the easier flats and gradual down hill sections while hiking the uphills like many people do during longer ultra-marathon races. Because of the beautiful scenery through out our trips most people have no problem adopting this philosophy of “run when I can, hike when I can’t” and simply take in the beauty of Peru while hiking.

    How strong of a runner do I need to be for this trip?

    Highline Running Adventures offers trips for everyone. You do not need to be an experienced trail runner, ultra marathoner or avid outdoor enthusiast enjoy our adventures. We invite first time trail runners who might not have access to mountainous terrain at home and want to experience the joys of alpine trail running. Like any endeavor in the mountains, most runners will have a far better experience if they are in shape and should begin a training program well before the trip. We are available for training tips and advice for those who are new to this kind of running.

    Although Highline Running Adventure caters to most ability levels, most runners will find our Peru Adventures to be more challenging than other trips. With higher elevations and typical climbs over 15,000’ mountain passes, those interested should plan a training routine months in advance. With proper training, most runners will have a more enjoyable time whether you are an experienced mountain runner or someone looking for a good personal challenge. Please study the detailed itinerary for the day to day distances and elevation gains. Keep in mind that we will typically have most of the day available to complete these distances and you will most likely have the option to take significant breaks at scenic over looks, lakes, mountain passes etc.. More importantly, one should be able to complete these distances day after day because there will be few rest days planned. As always, we are available to help advise you in training for this more advanced terrain.

  • Cost Includes:

    • Experienced guides
    • All in country transportation including airport transfers
    • All in country lodging
    • Most breakfasts and dinners (See itinerary for what meals are included)
    • All National Park entrance fees
    • Entry to the Sierra Andina Mountain Trail event
    • All logistics involved with the Sierra Andina Mountain Trail event

    Not Included:

    • Guide gratuity
    • International transportation to and from Lima
    • Hotel costs before and/or after scheduled trip dates
    • Personal trail food, gels, energy drink mixes
    • Any alcohol with meals
    • Trip cancellation insurance
    • Personal running and camping gear and clothing


    If you have any questions regarding one of our trips or would like help deciding which trip is right for you please feel free to give us call. Once you have decided, just let us know and we will send you a registration form and other additional information you will need. We do require a non-refundable $1000 deposit to hold your spot at the time of registration. We recommend doing so as soon as possible since all of trips are subject to availability and have a maximum of 10 participants. Final Payment is due 90 days prior to all trips. If registering within 90 days of the trip full payment will be due at that time.


    We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance for all of our trips. Because we must invest a certain amount to reserve your place on this trip with our lodging partners, transportation and hired help we can not always refund the your full amount if you need to cancel. We understand that every situation is different and we will do our best to work with you if you need to to cancel your trip for any reason. As a policy, our cancellation refund deadlines are as follows:

    • Cancellations more that 90 days prior to trip: Full refund minus deposit.
    • Cancellations between 45-90 days prior to trip: Refund 50% of trip costs minus deposit.
    • Cancellations within 45 days of trip: No refund.