Best time: June to August
Timing: 16 – 18 days Trek and Climb
Grade: difficult (Climbing section only)

Combine a 6 day Santa Cruz Trek with a moderate climb to the peak of Pisco, then continue onto the more challenging Huascaran. The Santa Cruz ulta trek takes you through wonderful landscapes of the cordillera Blanca, passing through many wonderful valleys with glacial lakes and lots of beautiful flowers.  We will also pass several small farms and rural villages such as Huaripampa and Colcabamba.

The purpose of the trek is to enjoy the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca Valley but it’s also important for your acclimatization. After the trek you will feel fit enough to climb Pisco which will be good for an extra acclimatization and fitness. After climbing Pisco, we will continue onto the high strenous peak of Huascaran.


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: 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: Huaraz – Cebollapampa – Base Camp Pisco
We’ll drive north down the valley to Yungay then up to the Llanganuco Valley, passing the twin lakes of Llanganuco, before continuing up to the Base Camp of Pisco (4600m) on the way we will have stunning views of Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huandoy, and others. We’ll spend the afternoon checking climbing equipment. 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, but 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 hike for about an hour on a rocky path up to the glacier.  Here we’ll put on our climbing gear to walk up the glacier on a fairly steep trail to the summit (5750m). From the summit we will have splendid views of the Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Artesonraju and Huandoy peaks after enjoying these spectacular vistas we will return to Base Camp.
Day 10: Base Camp Pisco – Cebollapampa – Huaraz
After having our last breakfast at Pisco base camp, we will descend to Cebollapampa where the bus will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz
Day 11: Huaraz – Musho – Base Camp Huascaran
We leave Huaraz at 7:00am and drive along the Callejon de Huaylas up to the town of Musho (3100m), where we will meet with our donkey drivers to transport our climbing equipment; from here we will start hiking up to the Base Camp of Huascaran, arriving around 3 or 4:00pm. Overnight Camping at (3800m).
Day 12: Base Camp – Huascarán Camp 1
In the morning we start hiking along the moraine up to the glacier. Then we’ll put on our gear in order to keep climbing across the glacier up to the high camp on the glacier (5250m). 6 – 7 hours
Day 13: Camp 1 – Camp 2
After packing our gear we´ll start climbing to Camp 2, for about 4 hours, if there are other climbers on the glacier, we may have to queue to pass one narrow channel, lengthening the total climbing time to camp 2 (6000m).  5 hours.
Day 14: Camp 2 – Summit Huascarán – Camp 2
We will start climbing at 1 am after some hot drinks. The climbing is not technical but the altitude makes it harder. The ascent is over 45º – 60º, climbers should reach the summit (6768m) at approximately 10am, then we’ll return to the camp 2 and stay there.
Day 15: Camp 2 – Base Camp
Early in the morning we will leave the camp 2 and start walking on the same route down to the Base Camp of Huascaran for about 6 – 8 hours approximately, arriving to the Base Camp around 2:00pm, where we will have a free afternoon, dinner and beer!!
Day 16: Base Camp – Musho – Huaraz
After having breakfast in the Base Camp we will set out at about 8:00am descending to Musho, where our private transport will be waiting for us to take back to Huaraz hotel.
Day 17: Extra day in case of bad weather
Day 18: Huaraz _ Lima

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