Best time: May to October
Timing: For 10 days
Grade: moderate / difficult

This rewarding ten day trek and climb in the Cordillera Blanca offers some of the most stunning mountain panoramas in the Americas.
Hike through the very heart of the Cordillera, where Peru’s highest mountains soar thousands of feet above. The Santa Cruz trek works its way over a high mountain pass, catching stunning views of the surrounding glaciated peaks.

You’ll end the hike in the mountain town of Vaqueria, then drive to the base of Pisco to spend 4 days climbing to its glorious summit. If it’s a stellar view that you are looking for, Pisco will not disappoint you!

ITINERARY

Day A: Arrive to Huaraz
Day B & C: Acclimatization days
Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral
We drive north in a private bus along the Callejón de Huaylas passing through different districts such as Carhuas (2650m), Yungay (2500m) and to Caraz city (2400m), then we drive up to Cashapampa where the Donkey Driver will be waiting for us to transport our Camping equipment.  From here we will start hiking up to the first camp Llamacorral. (3760m).
Day 2: Llamacorral – Taullipampa
We will hike along the Santa Cruz Valley. It is a fairly easy walking and we will pass the beautiful turquoise lakes called Ichikcocha and Jatuncocha. There is an optional hike up to the Alpamayo base camp, and then we will return on a short cut path for few hours to the next camp at Taullipampa (4250m).
Day 3: Llamacorral – Punta Union Pass – Cachinapampa
A wonderful day starting with a 3 and half hour hike to the Punta Union pass (4750m) where we will have lunch, enjoying the splendid views of sheer white mountain peaks against a bright blue sky. Then we will descend for about 3 hours to reach  Cachinapampa camp site at (3750m).
Day 4: Cachinapampa – Molinopampa
We´ll continue our descent towards Colcabamba town for about 2 hours, from here we´ll ascend once more for an hour to reach the perfect spot for a lunch break enjoying the nice views of the Contrahiervas mountain range.  After lunch, we will go to the next camp at Molinopampa (3600m)
Day 5: Molinopampa _ Avalanche camp
From our Camp we walk uphill for about 4 hours to our next camp at Avalanche camp 4500m. From our camp we will be able to see some wonderful avalanche formations and tremendous mountain views.
Day 6: Avalanche camp _ Ulta Valley _ Huaraz
From the camp we´ll walk for an hour to the Pass Punta yanayacu at 4850m, and then we’ll descend into a nice valley surrounded by big mountains like Chopicalqui, Huascaran and Ulta. The bus will be waiting for us on the road below to take back to our Huaraz Hotel
Day 7: Huaraz – Cebollapampa – Base Camp Pisco
We’ll drive north to the town of Yungay from which we´ll leave the Callejon de Huaylas, driving up to the Llanganuco Valley.  We’ll drive past the banks of the twin lakes of Llanganuco, and then we continue going up to the Base Camp of Pisco (4600m).  On the way we will have impressive peaks like Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huandoy, and others. That afternoon we’ll check the climbing equipment ready for the morning. Total journey time: 4 hours
Day 8: Base Camp Pisco – Moraine Camp
We will leave camp at 11 am carrying all our climbing gear up to the moraine camp at 4900m; You will carry your personal gear and food, whilst the porters and guide will be responsible for carrying the tent and team climbing gear. 4 hours
Day 9: Moraine Camp – Summit Pisco – Base Camp Pisco
We will have breakfast at 2:00am, and we will hike up for approximately 1-hour on the rocky path and then put on our climbing gear to walk over the glacier on a fairly steep trail up to the summit (5750m). From the summit we will have a splendid view of the Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Artesonraju, and Huandoy mountains.  After enjoying the mountain vistas we will return to Base Camp.
Day 10: Base Camp Pisco – Cebollapampa – Huaraz
After having our last breakfast on the base camp of the Pisco, we will descend to Cebollapampa where the bus will be waiting take us back Huaraz
Day 11: Huaraz _ Lima

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