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Santa Cruz Trek 5 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 5 Days trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa (2990m) – Llama-Corral (3760m)

Day 2: Llamacorral – Alpamayo Viewpoint (4200m) – Taullipampa (4250m)

DAY 3: rest day or day off at taullipampa camping spot

Day 4: taullipampa - punta union pass (4750m) – paria valley (3800m)

Day 5: Paria – Vaquería (3700m) – Yungay – Huaraz

Itinerary Description

Infinite & Enchanting Natural Beauty of Santa Cruz Trek

Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa (2990m) – Llama-Corral (3760m)
We will pick up you at your hotel with our private vehicle to drive along the rich Callejón de Huaylas valley, we will pass through small arable towns whose keeps colonial architecture with red tile roofs, and on the way we will stop to enjoy spectacular views of the Andes including the western face of Peru’s highest peak, Huascaran mountain (22,205ft). After that we will continue driving until Cashapampa village, where we will meet with donkeys & donkey’s driver. At the beginning of the trek, we will walk up on moderate grade trail with some steep sections to the right bank of santa cruz river trough by far narrow valley with sparkling waterfalls, groves & high land bushes and trees until reach a wide meadow, where is located our campsite with spectacular view to the valleys head.
Overnight camp at Llamacorral

Day 2: Llamacorral – Alpamayo Viewpoint (4200m) – Taullipampa (4250m)
This day we will walk up on gently grade uphill, passing the beautiful mountain lakes of ichiccocha and Jatuncocha, keep hiking up on green lush valley until quisuar, after that we will walk up on steep hill but the trail winds up on sig sag until reach Alpamayo overlooking above arhueycocha gorge, 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 the route bring us to isolated taullipampa campsite located at the foot of tailliraju mountain, which looks like a cathedral of ice and rock.

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 traverse to taullipampa camping spot
Overnight camp at Taullipampa

Day 3: rest day or day off at taullipampa camping spot
Option 01: hike to Arhueycocha Lake this day we walk down on gentle downhill, traversing the north slope valley until reach the Alpamayo viewpoint above arhueycocha gorge, Where we will relax and enjoy the splendid summit views of the majestic mountains of Alpamayo, and even the dramatic view of mount artezonraju, the angle the peak bears a striking resemblance to paramount studios logo, after that we follow walking toward alpamayo base camp with superb view to the background, as soon as we reach base camp we climb up the faint path that go to the lake ascending on rock moraine, at the shore we focus Berth taken pictures about mounts, pukajirca, rinrijirca, alpamayo, quitaraju and artezonraju. Return retracting steps on the same trail until taullipampa camp.

Option 02: if the day before you did tha base camp of mount alpamayo we offer for this day climb up to sentillo peak 5000m offers superb view about the summit of quitaraju, alpamayo, artezonraju and imposing taulliraju.

Option 03: take simple day off at the camp site to enjoy the most dramatic view.

Day 4: taullipampa - punta union pass (4750m) – paria valley (3800m)
This day we will walk up on gradual ascend on pre-Inca route with incredible view ahead of mount taulliraju until reach the Punta Union pass, from it offer stunning and superb view of towering summits around you as pukajirca, taulliraju, artezonraju andquitaraju, by far below loiter colorful taillicoca and jatuncocha on santa cruz valley, you feel there glorious awarded by the splendid vista of the nature. As soon as crossing the pass we descent on slope and rocky trail toward green lush huaripampa valley, observing small glacial lagoons, waterfalls meaning on the rocks. The camping spot is located at the junction paria and huaripampa gorge. Overnight camp at Paria valley

Day 5: Paria – Vaquería (3700m) – Yungay – Huaraz
This day can be easy day at the first we walk down on wide meadow and flat green lush valley with some sections of quenual & quisuar forest, whose lovely twisted trunks with their orange bark the trail is almost easy until reach huaripampa village, we will pass directly then we will climb up on until reach vaqueria settlement. Finish our trek. Where our private transportation await us to bring Huaraz, on the road we will pass on Portachuelo pass, where the view is superb and captivating about summits of Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco, the great view of car road drops on many loops until until the bottom of Llanganuco valley, follow driving over it. Back to Huaraz for a nice shower and some rest; enjoy a good dinner in town.

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