To the south of Huaraz, straddling the departments of Ancash, Huanuco and Lima, lays the spectacular Huayhuash mountain range. Although it only extends for 30 kilometres, some of the most beautiful peaks, such as, Yerupajá, Jirishanca, Siulá, Carnicero y Trapecio, and dozens of lakes like Carhuacocha, Jahuacocha y Mitucocha, are contained within this range.
Huayhuash is more like the Himalayas than the mountains around Huaraz, with six peaks that are higher than 6,000 meters. Huayhuash is accessed by Chiqiuian, a city located two hours by paved road to the south of Huaraz. This is the best place to trek, climb and see mountains.