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Santa Cruz Trek 4 Days

Trek Overview

Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most demanding, magnificent trekking routes and world class high altitude multi-day trek in the stunning of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, crossing the heart of Cordillera Blanca, A week of glorious, remote high altitude trekking through green lush valleys of Llanganuco, Huaripamapa & Santa Cruz, exhilarating trek between a wondrous view of towering fluted summits over 6000 meters, cascading glaciers, aqua blue glacial lakes, alpine meadows, overwhelming beauty areas, fragile ecosystem, stunning view from campsites

Maximum Altitude 4750 m (15,580 feet)
Difficulty Moderate
Length 4 Days trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz – Portachuelo Pass at 4760m - Vaquería (3700m)

Day 2: Paria - Punta Unión Pass (4750m) - Taullipampa (4250m)

DAY 3: taullipampa – alpamayo B.C (4330m) – Llamacorral (3760m)

Day 4: Llamacorral– Cashapampa (2990m) – Huaraz

Itinerary description

The Impressive Classic Santa Cruz Trek

Day 1: Huaraz – Portachuelo Pass at 4760m - Vaquería (3700m)
After your breakfast we will pick up you at your hotel to drive to the north of callejon de huaylas Valley until reach Yungay, from where the road winds up toward east, into narrow llanganuco valley, the road pass close two beautiful glacial lakes with turquoise waters, and ascending on many switchbacks until Portachuelo pass, where we enjoy watching & taking pictures about spectacular mountain views of mounts Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco, after that we will continue driving down until Vaqueria where we will meet with our donkey driver & donkeys and we begin walking toward Huaripampa Valley. As we slowly head up the valley passing through huaripampa village, we will entrance to wide green lush meadow with impressive background view of mount Taulliraju, after that we will pass through quenual and quisuar forest until campsite.
Overnight camp at paria valley

Day 2: Paria - Punta Unión Pass (4750m) - Taullipampa (4250m)
This day is the most exciting day of the trek we pass by beautiful glacial lagoons of tzaquicocha we will keep up walking on rocky cliffs and over inclined slabs path with dramatic and awesome views of taulliraju, which towering to the north all day until reach the punta union pass there offer stunning and superb view of towering summits in front you as pukajirca, taulliraju, artezonraju and quitaraju, by far below loiter colorful taillicocha and jatuncocha on santa cruz valley, you feel there glorious awarded by the splendid vista. The descent is steady with some long stone paved sections and superb alpine views until the taullipampa camping spot to be able to gaze at alpamayo and taulliraju or artezon raju and quitaraju from the comfort of your tent.
Overnight camp at taullipampa

Day 3: taullipampa – alpamayo B.C (4330m) – Llamacorral (3760m)
This day we will walk down toward Alpamayo overlooking, there offer superb view of mount alpamayo east face, despite not being one of the higher summits but is highly demanded by many mountaineers, in the 1966 an international survey declared it the most beautiful mountain in the world and this beauty draws climbers from afar by its spectacular pyramidal shape on the north face and lovely ice flouted on the southwest face, even that is perfect point too to appreciate the dramatic vista of artezonraju, the angle the peak bears a striking resemblance to paramount studios logo, then we keep walking down along the santa cruz valley until the camp site. Optional no mandatory: keep walking up until alpamayo base camp, and Arhueycocha Lake, from the shores is the better view to pukajirca, then we back retracting steps until overlooking point then we drop into quisuar and follow the main trail until llamacoral camp site. You are free to do this hike, and can be strenuous if you aren’t in shape.
Overnight camp at Llamacorral

Day 4: Llamacorral– Cashapampa (2990m) – Huaraz
After our breakfast, we will start walking down along narrow santa cruz valley passing on the trail by groves, high land trees & beautiful waterfall, passing under looming rock towers and rock slides until arriving cashapampa village. Finish our trek. Where our private transportation will await us bring Huaraz. Back to Huaraz for a nice shower and some rest; enjoy a good dinner in town.

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