Santa Cruz Trek to Ulta Valley

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Santa Cruz Ulta Valley 6 Days

ACTIVITY: Hiking, Trekking     DIFFICULTY:  Medium/Hard     DURATION: 6D/5N    ELEVATION: 2 900 m / 4 850 m

Trip Overview

HIGHLIGHT

 Complete the extension trek of the Classic Santa Cruz Trek
♦ Cross the high pass Punta Union & Yanayacu – challenging work but breathtaking views

♦ Andean villages and local people give a good balance

Our Santa Cruz Ulta Trek is a 6/7 day trek ideal for those adventurous trekker who seek a shorter trek or who want to warm up and acclimatize for an intensive climbing expedition .It is an extension of our classic Santa Cruz trek with the trekking grade being medium to hard. The extension trail begins at Quebrada Huaripampa and ends at Quebrada Ulta which is close in proximity to Huascaran Peak, the highest peak of Peru at 22,205 ft / 6768m. The altitude ranges from15,912 ft / 4850m at Punta Yanayacu pass to 11,811ft / 3600m at Molinopampa.

Is this Trekking for you?
This  trekking program is ideal for those adventurous trekker who seek a shorter trek or who want to warm up and acclimatize for an intensive climbing expedition Rated as  a demanding trek, Also  suitable family trips with  good physical condition.

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: TREK STARTS – Huaraz / Cashapampa / Llamacorral – (Camp 1)
Day 2: Llamacorral  / Taulipampa  – (Camp 2)
Day 3: Taullipampa / Paria  – ( Camp 3)
Day 4: Paria / Molinopampa – ( Camp 4)
Day 5: Molinopampa / Avalancha Campsite – ( Camp 5)
Day 6: Avalancha Campsite / Ulta Valley – 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 m.
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 2: Llamacorral /Taullipampa
The 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 7 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 12,467ft / 3 800 m.

Alternatively, If you choose the 7 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 Valley / Molinopampa
Today is a long day where we walk down Huaripampa Valley passing through farmlands, houses with the opportunity to meet local Quecha people at Huaripampa Village, The trail continues down to Colcabamba Village where we then ascend over the new road that connects to Challhua village, where there is chance to have a rest break, buy some coca cola or beer and finally walk straight to our next campsite at Molinopampa 11,811 ft / 3 600 m.
7 – 8 hours hike.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner.

Day 5: Molinopampa / Avalancha Camp
This  is a pleasant short day hike of 3 – 4 hours ascending along the Queshu Valley to the Avalancha Camp at 15,092 ft / 4 600 m. We hike a long distance through the pastures rich with vegetation and forest quenual, the only trees that grows in the highest altitude. As we gain altitude hiking on switch back trail to Avalanca campsite.  At 15,092 ft / 4 600 m, the magnificent view of Contahierbas Peak that dominates the area comes into view and in the back ground you will see the beautiful green glaciated lake that lies just down below Contrahierbas Peak and the valley we just hiked. As we arrive around mid-day, you’ll spend afternoon relaxing at camp and enjoying the crashing sounds of the avalanches from Contrahierbas Peak.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 6/7: Avalanche – Yanayacu Pass – Ulta Valley – Huaraz
For the final ascent on our trek we hike up for approximately 2 hours up to the narrow Yanayacu Pass at 15,908 ft / 4850 m.  From this incredible vantage point we capture close up views of Andean peaks such as Huascaran south and Chopicalqui. We then descend for approximately 3 hours into the rich pastures of the Ulta Valley through lupines and with spectacular views of Ulta Peak and Contrahierbas where our private transportation awaits us for our transfer back to your Huaraz Hotel 3 – 4 hours drive.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch.

In our section “Join a Group” you will located an ideal offer for those clients that are seeking to join on with a confirmed trip. This “Join a Group” option can help clients to reduce costs. As soon as there is a group confirmed, and the group is seeking to find a additional members to add to their group, we will advertise in our section “Join a Group” to attempt to attract someone interested to join a trip program.

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