Classic Santa Cruz Trek 4 D/3 N
ACTIVITY: Hiking, Trekking DIFFICULTY: Medium DURATION: 4D/3N ELEVATION: 2 900 m / 4 750 m
♦ One of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca
♦ Meet & Experience the Quechua people in their life style
♦ Stunning campsites, snowy peaks, turquoise glacial lakes and good trails
♦ Close uop views of the dramatic peaks included Huascaran the highest peak in Peru
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.
Is this Trekking for you?
This trekking program offers a variety of conditions, ranging from good trails between villages, high one pass and grassy meadows in the sparsely inhabited high valleys within the Huascaran National Park.
The Classic Santa CRUZ Trek is one of the most pupular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca rated as Medium, including 4 days of camping. We higly recommend you complete at least two acclimatization hikes, prior to beginning the trek. The trek is well-paced and should be suitable for regular & bigginers hill-walkers with good levels of fitness. Also sutable for family groups with kids.
BRIEF ITINERARY View in full
Day A: Suggested Acclimatiaztion Hike ( Churup Lake Or Rajucolta)
Day B: Suggested Acclimatiaztion Hike (Lake 69 & Llanganuco Lakes)
Day 1: START THE TREK – Huaraz / Cashapampa / Llamacorral – (Camp 1)
Day 2: Llamacorral / Taullipampa – (Camp 2)
Day 3: Taullipampa / Paria– (Camp 3)
Day 4: Paria / Vaqueria – Return to Huaraz
Why Inkaland Treks?
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 / 3 800.
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 / 4 250 m 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
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 12 467 ft / 3 800 m.
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
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