Santa Cruz Trek / trekking santa cruz one of the most popular hiking trails in the cordillera blanca . it is popularity is due to the spectacular mountain views , crystal lake and challenging passes . Along the trail , you have amazing views of Artesonraju , Rinrijirca and Alpamayo , before reaching punta union pass , guarded by the spectacular Taulliraju . you will also see Huascaran north and south , Huandoy , Pisco , Chacraraju, and chopicalqui when you cross the portachuelo pass and go down to the famous lakes of llanganuco ( chinancocha and oconcocha )
- The best short trek in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca
- Cross the Punta Union pass (4,750m) and see Alpamayo – One of the most beaufitul mountains the world
- Excellent acclimatization profile
- All camping and personal gear carried by burros ( donkeys)
- You will carry a day pack with your
We can organise this trek on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your trekking experience, with the assistance of local guides. The cost of going private can be surprisingly reasonable. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.
If you have more time or if you want climb, We can combine this trek with pisco climbing at 5,752m in 7 days.
4 Days / 3 Nights
4750 m. Punta Union Pass – 4,800m. Portachuelo Pass
25°C – -3°C
May to September
Start Point :
Huaraz – Cashapampa
Vaqueria – Huaraz
Day 1. Lima – Huaraz 3090m.
In the morning you have to take bus by paved road from Lima to Huaraz is 408 km approximately 8 hours
Day 2 : acclimatization day visit churup lake 4,460m.
Today hike up for 3 hours to lake after to visit churup lake we going to return to pitec place where our car will be waiting for us then to Huaraz approx. 6 to 7 hours.
Day 3: Huaraz 3,090m. – Cashapampa 2,900m. Llamacorral 3,700m
After the breakfast in Hotel drive to Cashapampa 2,900m. where our donkey drivers will be waiting for us , then we will start hiking by narrow valley ,we will go up for about 2 hours , then we will start going up moderate almost flat area to the first camp place Llamacorral at 3,700.
Day 4: Llamacorral – Alpamayo Base Camp 4,250m. – Taullipampa 4,200m.
In the morning we will hike along the valley moderate enjoying the lakes called Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha turquoise lakes ,We will have lunch at the place called Quisuar ,after we will go up to the Alpamayo south Base camp then to take picture we will return short walk and continue to next camp place Taullipampa
Day 5: Taullipampa – Punta Union pass 4,750m. – Cachinapampa 3,700m.
We will start our hiking around 8:00 after 3 hour hiking up we will reach the punta union pass at 4.750m. from here we will have spectacular views the next mountains Taulliraju ,paria ,artesonraju and contrahierbas ,then continue hiking down to paria and cachinapampa camp
Day 6. Cachinapampa – Vaqueria – llanganuco – Huaraz
After the breakfast in the morning we will start going down for about 1 hour half and 30 minutes for go up to vaqueria where our private bus will be waiting for us ,then transport to Huaraz . Before to llanganuco lake we will arrive to portachuelo pass at 4,800m. from here we will have amazing views of Huascaran north ,south ,chopicalqui ,huandoy peaks,pisco ,yanapaccha after we continue going down to llanganuco lake where we will have lunch then continue toward control of Huascaran National Park Yungay Huaraz .
Day 7: Huaraz – Lima
The best month are:
The best season for climbing and trekking in peru is during the Andean Winter (late April to September). The weather in the Cordillera Blanca is among the best found in the entire Andean Range.
Early season conditions will include seasonal snow cover on the glaciers, while later in the season conditions become icy and the wind increases. We’ve found the period of May-August the best.
» 2 Pax:
USD $ 650 per person
» 3 Pax:
USD $ 550 per person
» 4 Pax:
USD $ 480 per person
» 5 Pax:
USD $ 450 per person
» more than 10 Pax:
USD $ 380 per person