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Col San Antonio

Col San Antonio (Peru)

Practical information about Col San Antonio

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Lake
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4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
5 hours by car from Huarez then a number of days walking, depending on your chosen itineray
When to go
Between April and October
Minimum stay
Longer than a week

Reviews of Col San Antonio

Travel writer
181 travel articles

The pass at Cordillera Huayhuash, at 16,500ft in altitude and a stage on the trek of the same name.

My suggestion:
The weather in the mountains is often variable. During the daytime, protect your sleeping bags in a bin bag for example; there's nothing worse that dampness when sleeping at such high altitude!

Huayhuash…a name that all mountain lovers dream about. I think by the way that it's the most beautiful hike I've ever done until now. If you want my opinion, if Ancash is part of of your Peruvian odyssey and you would like to do one long walk, this Cordillera is absolutely definitely the one you should choose!

Numerous routes are possible and of course the climb up Col de San Antonio to the spectacular viewpoint is optional. But definitely recommended! The view, with the lakes and snow-covered peaks, makes you want to stay and find a picnic spot. I stayed at least an hour (I was dead lucky - no rain and now clouds during the during the entire trek) It's a steep climb, but what a proud achievement to reach 5000m, about 16,500ft in altitude.. Then again the descent towards the base camp is extra steep. There isn't really at a path at all and it's slippery: walking poles are more than welcome here. My mantra, to help me forget the pain in my knees caused by the rough slope was "om namah chocolate", a ritual reward after a rather intense effort.. well, we all motivate ourselves as best as we can!

View from the pass
Caroline Gourmaud Travel writer
221 travel articles

Situated in the Cordillera Huayhuash, the San Antonio Pass sits at an altitude of 5,050 metres.

My suggestion:
Make sure you have thermal undergarments to keep you warm on cold nights.

Not far from the Cordillera Blanca, the Cordillera Huayhuash is a great place for trekking. Little known to the average traveller, this splendid mountain range is surrounded by spectacular landscapes. The multicoloured lagoons and Andean glaciers are waiting just for you.

Less well-known than the region of Cusco—the land of Machu Picchu and the Incan civilisation—, the region of Ancash is also a pleasant place to explore during your trip to Peru. However, you will need to have some time to spare and a keen interest in trekking as it is one of the main activities in this mountainous region.  

The Huayhuash trek is not an easy one, but it will delight trekking fanatics. Allow 7 to 10 days to explore almost all of the mountain range. It is possible to attempt the climb to San Antonio Pass at the end of the trek. Note that it is a steep slope but your efforts will be greatly rewarded once you have reached the summit. At the top of the pass, the view is spectacular. You can see Siula Glacier and Rasac Glacier, as well as Saracopocha Lagoon and Jurau Lagoon from another angle. It is difficult to come back down after this dazzling natural spectacle!

Cordillera Huayhuash