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Classic Santa Cruz Trek  to  Llanganuco 

The most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca

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Taullipampa Campsite at 4250m - Second day  on Trek

The Classic Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca (white-mountain range). The trek takes you through fertile alpine valleys, has views of magnificent, spiraling high glaciated peaks, flower-filled meadows and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. This world-renown circuit crosses from one side of the Cordillera Blanca range to the other through ascending the Punta Union Pass reaching an elevation of 15,584 ft / 4750m, and then descends into the rich lush Paria Valley.  As we hike through the Paria valley headed to Vaqueria, the end of the trek, you’ll pass through the small mountain village of Huaripampa where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the exceedingly warm, kind and gentle Quechua mountain people. 

The Santa Cruz circuit can be accomplished in either a 4 day and 3 night trek or, if you choose, can be modified to be 5 days and 4 nights by either adding in a rest day “chillin out” and taking in the sights at the relaxing and breath taking grassy pasture of Taullipampa camp at 13,944 ft / 4250m couldn’t be a more perfect resting place with an option of half day hike up to the base camp of Alpamayo, considered by most mountaineers to be the world’s most beautiful mountain.


Grade: Moderate
Itinerary length: 4 - 5 days

 

Day by day Itinerary


Day 1: Huaraz / Cashapampa / Llamacorral

After the breakfast in your hotel our Inkaland Treks’ team pick you up then drive in our private bus 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 arrieros 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 situated at an altitude of 12,467 ft / 3800m.
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 2: Llamacorral /Taullipampa
Your second day on the trail is pleasant and enjoyable.  After breakfast we start our hike passing beside the beautiful glaciated lakes of Ichiccocha (small lake) and Jatuncocha (big lake).  Cocha means lake in Quechua.  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 13,944 ft / 4250m Alternatively, if you choose the one additional day of the 5 day trek, we would leave your visit to Alpamayo Base camp for the next half day hike and then this second day hike would be straight to camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 3: Taullipampa / Paria Valley

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Punta Union Pass at 4750- Rory our client from UK - January 2014


This day we reach the highest elevation during our trek. After leaving our Taullipampa camp at 13,944 ft / 4250m we make a gradual ascend for about 2 ½ to 3 hours until we reach the Punta Union pass at 4750 where we enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the mountain landscape, turquoise lakes and experience the Andean fresh air at this high altitude. 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 12,467ft / 3800m.
 

 Alternatively, If you choose the 5 day trek, we can either spend this third day resting or visit the spectacular views from  Cerro Centillo or choose do  a half day hike to  Arhuey cocha at Arhuey Valley where the Alpamayo base camp is located.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 4: Paria / Vaquería / Huaraz

 The last day of your trek we hike down at a relaxed pace for approximately 3 hours 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 out last segment of our trek ascending up the side of a ridge to the settlement  of Vaqueria where our private bus 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 5 hour drive.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, 


Client Comments:

SANTA CRUZ TREK - MARCH 2013

“Inkaland Treks was a great choice for us”

Edita at Inkaland Treks deserves high praise and our gratitude for a perfect trekking experience in Peru. We selected a guided Santa Cruz trek in the Cordillera Blanca for a group of 10 teen-agers and 4 adults. Edita took care of food, transportation (pickup and return to the Lima airport) accomodations and gear for those who needed it. While there are a number of trekking guides who will do the same, few if any, would do it with Edita's enthusiasm, vigor and attention to detail. I would absolutely recommend Inkaland Treks to someone looking to explore Peru. I've trekked Peru twice, the last time using a different company. I wish I would've found Inkaland first.

Brandon Stetser/ USA

 

 

 

 
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