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Santa Cruz Trek in Huaraz – 4 Days

Santa Cruz Trek in Huaraz - 4 Days

The Santa Cruz trek departs from beautiful Mecca to the famous Huaraz. This region is consistently overshadowed by Cusco & Machu Picchu, but thats what makes this place so magical – with towering snowcapped peaks, and no crowds. This trek takes you through fertile valleys, has views of magnificent, spiraling high glaciated peaks, flower-filled meadows and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. This world-famous circuit crosses from one side of the Cordillera Blanca range to the other through ascending the Punta Union Pass reaching an elevation of 4750m/15,583ft. It is a trek that will give you memories that last a lifetime.


Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacoral

After breakfast in the hotel we will travel by private bus along the Callejón de Huaylas. This drive takes us through many traditional Andean towns. We will make our first stop in Carhuaz (2,650m/86,92ft). Here you will find homemade ice-cream from a local fruit stand, and authentic ecological handcrafts shown in el Abuelo handcrafts shop. Then we will continue to the city of Caraz where we will purchase any needed supplies. From here we travel to the Cashapampa District to meet the donkey drivers at the trailhead. After the donkeys are loaded with our camping equipment we will set out on the five to six hour hike to our first camp, Llamacorral (3760m/12332ft).

  • Distance: 9Km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours

Day 2: Llamacoral – Alpamayo Basecamp – Taullipampa

Today will be a quiet walk through the valley of Santa Cruz filled with breathtaking vistas. After breakfast we will begin the two-hour hike to Ichiccocha Lake and Jatuncocha Lake, then we will arrive to a beutiful spot where will have lunch with views of the impressive Alpamayo peak. After lunch, we can go to the Arhueycocha lake –base camp of Alpamayo. Then continue until we reach Taullipampa 4,250m/13,943ft.

  • Distance: 10Km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 Hours

Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass – Quenual Pampa

After breakfast we will start hiking at 8am. A four-hour hike will bring us to the Punta Union Pass (4,750m/15,580ft) where we will have lunch while enjoying the splendid scenery. From here you have complete panorama views of glaciated mountains, blue skies, and unique landscapes, which will be our companion during this high altitude picnic. After lunch we descend for approximately three to four hours to our final camp, Cachinapampa (3800m/12464ft).

  • Distance: 11Km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 Hours

Day 4: Quenual Pampa – Vaqueria – Huaraz

After breakfast we will descend for about 2 1/2 hours to Vaqueria. There our private van will be waiting for us for transfer to Yuraccorral. We will pass throughPortachuelo Pass (4,770m/15,646ft). From this pass you are rewarded with views deep in the heart of the Andes. Few people in the world have seen what your eyes will behold from this vista. North and South Huascaran, Huandoys, Pisco, and Chacraraju are a few of the peaks you will see and also the incredible LLanganuco Lakes.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.


What is Included for the Santa Cruz Trek in Huaraz?

  • Private tourist transport from/to your hostel/hotel.
  • English speaking official guide
  • Cook
  • Donkeys & Donkey drivers
  • Complete food during the trek (vegetarian option available)
  • All camping equipment and cooking/eating utensils
  • 3 or 4 Season sleeping tents. (3 person tents with additional fly storage for every 2 clients, Mountain Hardwear Tents and sleeping bags)
  • Emergency Horse (if more than 2 guests on trek)
  • First aid kit

What is NOT Included for the Santa Cruz Trek in Huaraz?

  • Additional beverages or meals in villages.
  • Entrance fee into the National Park
  • Breakfast on the 1st and dinner on the last day.
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Personal mountain equipment such as trekking shoes, rain/wind jacket/pants, hat, gloves, sunglasses etc.
  • Sleeping bag/ mattress (can be rented)

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