Best time: May to September
Timing: For 13 days
Grade: moderate / difficult

The Santa Cruz Ulta trek is by far the most popular multi-day hike in the range with pristine meadows, plentiful wild flowers, red Quenua trees, turquoise lakes, white glaciers. It is gorgeous.

You get a good long look at Punta Union pass as you ascend the pretty Santa Cruz Ulta ravine. The trek will provide you a good acclimatization and fitness as we continue with our 7 day climbing trip to the Ishinca Valley.

Ishinca and Urus are good peaks for an extra acclimatization ready to tackle Tocllaraju, the highest peak on our trip.

Day A: Arrive in 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: Carhuaz (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 walk and we will pass the beautiful turquoise lakes called Ichikcocha and Jatuncocha. There is an optional hike up to the Alpamayo base camp, from which we will return on a short path 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: Leaving Huaraz early we’ll drive a short way northwards, following the river downstream in the Callejon de Huaylas. Then we’ll head east and climb up to the town of Collón. From here, we’ll load our equipment onto donkeys and begin the easy trek to Base Camp. The trek normally takes only about 4 hours.
Day 8: Rest Day or extra day in case bad weather
Day 9: We attempt the summit of Urus (4450 with some steep climbing and complicated moraine travel.
Day 10: We climb the summit of Ishinca (5550m). Some steep climbing and quite complex glacier travel will take us to one of the awesome summits in the valley.
Day 11: With the help of porters, we’ll move to high camp (4900m.) and enjoy an afternoon’s rest in preparation for the summit attempt on the following day.
Day 12: Summit day Tocllaraju (6035m) This is an excellent climb for climbers who want to reach the summit a 6,000 meter peak, since it is a relatively simple climb given its immense height. In the afternoon we’ll return to the base camp.
Day 13: Return to Huaraz and celebrate

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