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Santa Cruz to Trek

     

    Santa Cruz trekking – 4 Days / 3 Nights

    Itinerary:
     
    Day 1: Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft)
    After the breakfast in the hotel we will take our private bus to the Callejón de Huaylas on the north side of Huaraz.  We will travel through the districts of: Carhuas (2650m/8692ft), Yungay (2500m/8200ft), and Caraz City (2400m/7872ft). We will arrive around 10:00AM to our destination, Cashapampa.  Our donkey driver will waiting for us to transport our camping equipment, and therefore make our backpacks very light.  From the trailhead we will hike for 2.5 hours and then break for lunch.   Another 5 - 6 hours of hiking will get us to our first camp the, Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft), around 4:00pm.

    Day 2: Llamacorral – Alpamayo view point – Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft)
    This day will be a full day hiking and breathtaking vistas.  After the breakfast we will begin the two-hour hike that will take us to Ichiccocha Lake and Jatuncocha Lake.  From here we continue for another two hours that takes us to the base camp of Alpamayo.  From this vista we can see the mountains Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Paron, and Aguja.    Try to resist maxing your camera’s memory card at this location because there is much more to come.  Two more hours of hiking will bring us to our second camp site, Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft).

    Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) – Cachinapampa
    After breakfast we will start hiking at 8:00am.  A four-hour hike will bring us to the Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) where we will have lunch while enjoying the splendid scenery.  Complete panorama views of glaciated mountains, blue skies, and unique landscapes 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).
     
    Day 4: Cachinapampa – Vaqueria – Huaraz
    After the breakfast in the morning we will start  going down for about 2 hours half to get Vaqueria, where will be waiting the private bus for us, to transport to Huaraz; we will be passing the Portachuelo pass (4770m/15645ft) here we will have a short stop to enjoy the splendid views of  Huascaran, Pisco, Huandoy mountains. After enjoy this we will continue our travel until Yuraccorral, where  we will have lunch, then we will continue our trip  passing the Orconcocha and Chinancocha lakes of Llanganuco, then we will get the control of  Parque National Huascaran, where we will register. Then we will continue down to the valley until Yungay, then to Huaraz arriving at 6 or 7 pm and transfer to Hotel.

    • Recomended season: Early April to last November
    • Highest point: (4750m/15580ft) Punta Union pass
    • Difficult: Easy moderate
    • Average hours to walk: 5 - 6 hours per day