Duration:  4 or 5 Days
Rating: Moderate
Best time to go: January to December
Average walking per day: 5 to 7 hours.

This classic four-day trek involves hiking out into the Cordillera Blanca from Huaraz and takes in some of the most spectacular scenery the Andes has to offer. You will be accompanied by an expert English-speaking guide as you set off from Huaraz to the entrance to the Huascaran National Park, where you will be met by your donkeys, donkey-driver and cook. From here you will trek upwards into the National Park, where your four-day trip will afford you stunning views of Huascaran, Peru’s largest peak at 6,768m, and several other beautiful mountains, as well as beautiful valleys and crystal-clear glacial lakes including the famous Laguna Llanganuco at the end of the hike where we’ll catch the bus back to Huaraz.

The highest point of the trek is the Punta Union pass at 4750m and so we would recommend some acclimatization time and at least one day trek before setting off!

ITINERARY

Day A: Arrive Huaraz
Day B: Acclimatization walk
Day 1: Drive from Huaraz to Cashapampa – 3 hours. Walk up the Santa Cruz Valley, following the river to camp at Llamacorral (3750m) 4 – 5 hours
Day 2: A steady walk up the valley to our camp at Taullipampa (4250m). During the walk up the valley you can see Santa Cruz (6259m) and Alpamayo (5947m) also comes into view. We walk past two lakes, first the small Ichiccocha then the larger Jatuncocha. From our camp we’ll have views of more high peaks such as Taulliraju, Paria, Artseonraju, and Rinrijirca. 5 – 6 hours
Day 3: Optional extra night at Taullipampa. Visit Alpamayo Base Camp, the lake Arhuaycocha, climb Centillo Peak or rest day
Day 4: Climb to the Punta Union pass (4750m) from where there are very close views of the surrounding mountains. We can also look back down the Santa Cruz Valley from where we have walked. From the pass we’ll descend past two small lakes before camping in the Huaripampa valley. 7 hours
Day 5: Walk down the Huaripampa valley, then climb up to the settlement of Vaqueria 4 – 5 hours walk. We then take a car over the high Portachuelo pass and down a steep zig zag road to our campsite Yuraccoral near the beautiful lake Llanganuco – 2½ hours by car, then after having lunch, we’ll continue our drive back to Huaraz, 2 hours away.

Contact: info@peruviantreks.com  for more information and prices for these Peru treks and hikes