SANTA CRUZ TREK 4 DAY

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Duration:

4 Days

Tour Type:

Trekking

Ratings:

5 star rating

Group Size:

2 Min, 6 Max

Known as one of the most beautiful circuits in the world, this trek explores three of the most spectacular gorges of the Huascaran National Park, the Downs of Santa Cruz, and Llanganuco Huaripampa. During the four day walk in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca we will have views of the best Andean scenery.

As we walk through ancient Inca roads surrounded by forests and exotic vegetation such as quenuales and quiswar, we will see crystal clear rivers, beautiful lakes and stunning scenery that gives us a view of Punta Union and the main peaks of the Cordillera Blanca: Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Taulliraju, Pisco, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, and Huascaran. Book below!

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Included Activities

  • Private Transport from/to hotel
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Emergency Oxygen Tank
  • Sleeping Bag & Matt
  • 2 Person Sleeping Tent
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Bathroom tent
  • Guided Tour of Santa Cruz including parking entrance tickets.
  • Group Cook

Accommodation

  • 3 nights (camping)

Meals

  • All meals on the 4 day trek except for Breakfast Day 1 & Dinner Day 4.

Transport

  • Private van, donkey porters

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Santa Cruz Treks

Duration:
4 Days
Tour Type:
Trekking
Group size:
2 Min, 6 Max

$ 598.00

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ITINERARY    DAY

HUARAZ - CASHAPAMPA - LLAMACORRAL

Distance: 5hr hiking

Elevation: 3100m – 3,759m (12,405ft)

Difficulty: Moderate


After the breakfast in your hotel our driver and VSA mountain guide pick you up then drive in our private van north from Huaraz to the village of Cashapampa, approximately a 3 hour drive which is the trail head and starting point of our Santa Cruz trek. In Cashapampa we meet our porters who load all of our equipment onto our donkeys. After hiking through the Santa Cruz Valley for approximately 5 to 6 hours, we reach our first overnight camp at Llamacorral.

LLAMACORRAL - TAULLIPAMPA

HUARAZ – CASHAPAMPA – LLAMACORRAL

LLAMACORRAL – TAULLIPAMPA

Duration: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Distance: 5hr hiking

Elevation: 3,759m – 4250m (14,025ft)

Difficulty: Moderate

After breakfast we begin our hike beside the beautiful glaciar lakes of Ichiccocha, which means small lake, and Jatuncocha, which means big lake. We continue hiking up the valley filled with Lupine plants and surrounded on both sides with very high, beautiful, Andean white-capped peaks until we reach the switch back trail which ascends up to Alpamayo Base Camp. We’ll ascend for approximately 45 min – 1 hour to get to the view point where you’ll relax and enjoy the splendid summit views of the majestic mountains of Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Paron and Aguja. After enjoying these awesome views, we then descend down hill for about 1½ hours to our second overnight camp at Taullipampa.

TAULLIPAMPA - PUNTA UNION - PARIA

Duration: Full Day- 7:00am- 5:30pm

Distance: 7/8hr hiking

Elevation: 4255m – 4750m – 3,800m (12,467ft)

Difficulty: Strenous

Today we reach the highest elevation during our trek. After leaving our Taullipampa camp we make a gradual ascend for about 2 ½ to 3 hours until we reach the Punta Union pass at 4750m. Here we enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the mountain landscape, turquoise lakes and experience the Andean fresh air unique to being at such high elevation. From our panoramic vantage point we will now cross over from the Santa Cruz valley and descend into the rich lush Paria Valley for approximately 4 hours to our last overnight camp at Paria.

PARIA - VAQUERIA - HUARAZ

Duration: Full Day- 7:00am- 6:00pm

Distance: 4hr hiking

Elevation: 3850m – 3100m (10,230ft)

Difficulty: Moderate


On the last day of your trek we hike down at a relaxed pace for approximately 3hrs as we soon pass directly through the village of Huaripampa where we have the opportunity to meet the local, friendly Quecha people, take memorable photos of their traditional houses their farmland and colorful garments. We continue on our last segment of our trek ascending up the side of a ridge to the settlement of Vaqueria, where our private van awaits us to transport us to the breath-taking views of the Portachuelo Pass. From this vantage point, you’ll capture spectacular panoramic views of Mt. Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. We then descend down the amazing 32 switch-back mountain pass road into to Llanganuco valley then finally returning you to your Huaraz hotel after an approximately 5hr drive.

ITINERARY

HUARAZ - CASHAPAMPA - LLAMACORRAL

Distance: 5hr hiking

Elevation: 3100m – 3,759m (12,405ft)

Difficulty: Moderate


After the breakfast in your hotel our driver and VSA mountain guide pick you up then drive in our private van north from Huaraz to the village of Cashapampa, approximately a 3 hour drive which is the trail head and starting point of our Santa Cruz trek. In Cashapampa we meet our porters who load all of our equipment onto our donkeys. After hiking through the Santa Cruz Valley for approximately 5 to 6 hours, we reach our first overnight camp at Llamacorral.

LLAMACORRAL - TAULLIPAMPA

HUARAZ – CASHAPAMPA – LLAMACORRAL

LLAMACORRAL – TAULLIPAMPA

Duration: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Distance: 5hr hiking

Elevation: 3,759m – 4250m (14,025ft)

Difficulty: Moderate

After breakfast we begin our hike beside the beautiful glaciar lakes of Ichiccocha, which means small lake, and Jatuncocha, which means big lake. We continue hiking up the valley filled with Lupine plants and surrounded on both sides with very high, beautiful, Andean white-capped peaks until we reach the switch back trail which ascends up to Alpamayo Base Camp. We’ll ascend for approximately 45 min – 1 hour to get to the view point where you’ll relax and enjoy the splendid summit views of the majestic mountains of Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Paron and Aguja. After enjoying these awesome views, we then descend down hill for about 1½ hours to our second overnight camp at Taullipampa.

TAULLIPAMPA - PUNTA UNION - PARIA

Duration: Full Day- 7:00am- 5:30pm

Distance: 7/8hr hiking

Elevation: 4255m – 4750m – 3,800m (12,467ft)

Difficulty: Strenous

Today we reach the highest elevation during our trek. After leaving our Taullipampa camp we make a gradual ascend for about 2 ½ to 3 hours until we reach the Punta Union pass at 4750m. Here we enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the mountain landscape, turquoise lakes and experience the Andean fresh air unique to being at such high elevation. From our panoramic vantage point we will now cross over from the Santa Cruz valley and descend into the rich lush Paria Valley for approximately 4 hours to our last overnight camp at Paria.

PARIA - VAQUERIA - HUARAZ

Duration: Full Day- 7:00am- 6:00pm

Distance: 4hr hiking

Elevation: 3850m – 3100m (10,230ft)

Difficulty: Moderate


On the last day of your trek we hike down at a relaxed pace for approximately 3hrs as we soon pass directly through the village of Huaripampa where we have the opportunity to meet the local, friendly Quecha people, take memorable photos of their traditional houses their farmland and colorful garments. We continue on our last segment of our trek ascending up the side of a ridge to the settlement of Vaqueria, where our private van awaits us to transport us to the breath-taking views of the Portachuelo Pass. From this vantage point, you’ll capture spectacular panoramic views of Mt. Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. We then descend down the amazing 32 switch-back mountain pass road into to Llanganuco valley then finally returning you to your Huaraz hotel after an approximately 5hr drive.

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