The Santa Cruz Trek explores three important gorges of the Huascarán National Park: Quebrada de Santa Cruz, Huaripampa and Llanganuco. Huaraz is situated between the mountain ranges Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra in the north-west of Peru and has an altitude of 3052 meters. After the 1970 earthquake, the city was rebuilt in American style. The streets are wide with concrete block boxes. That might not sound very charming, but Huaraz is definitely worth it! The city is an important starting point for trekking and adventure tours in the region. The town is perfect for the climbers, there are many climbing shops and many fellow hikers. Also, Huaraz is very well known for the Huarascán mountain, which is the highest mountain in the tropics at an altitude of 6,768 meters.
Transfer with private transport in the morning from Huaraz to Cashapampa (2900 m). Here we will start with our 4/5 hours walk towards the camp site at Llamacorral which lays on 3750 meters.
This day we start walking very early. During the walk, we can enjoy the lagoons Ichicocha and Jatuncocha and the snow-capped Caraz, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Alpamayo. We will arrive in the late afternoon at our campsite in Taullipampa (4250m).
The third day will be the most difficult day since the walk is going up-hill until the Punta Unión pass at 4750 meters. From here we will have a beautiful view of the snowy mountains: Quitaraju, Taulliraju, Artesonraju, Huascarán and Contrahierbas. Later we will continue to our campsite at Cachinapampa (3750m).
This last day we will have a short 2/3 hour walk to Vaquería where our bus will bring us back to Huaraz.
There are also longer treks starting from Huaraz. Contact us about more trekking options.