Trekking Santa Cruz is one of the most visited trekking in the Cordillera Blanca, due to its easy and short access of 4 days, it has a moderate difficulty and reaches a maximum height in the pass of Punta Unión (4,750 m) and Portachuelo de llanganuco (4,765 m) in its route you will find a variety of flora, fauna, cold water lagoons, view of beautiful mountain meadows and old gramineae grasses, you can see the Alpamayo, Artezonraju, Quitaraju and an impressive panoramic view of the Santa Cruz and Huaripampa valley .
Altitude Between: 2,900 / 4,750 m
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights / 43 km Approx.
Season: All year (Day + 12 ° C to + 23 ° C) (Night 0 ° C to -7 ° C)
Activity: Trekking Nature and Adventure
Technical difficulty: Moderate / Level of effort: Demanding / Hours of walking: 5
Destination: Huaraz Peru, Cordillera Blanca
Day 1 Huaraz (3,090 m) / Cashapampa / Llamacorral (3,760 m)
Transfer in our transport to the north of the city of Huaraz through the villages of Carhuaz, Yungay, Caraz, then we will arrive at Cashapampa 2,900 m from this place we will start with our walk to the Llamacorral camp 3,760 m (D, A, C)
Elevation: + 860 m (duration 3/4 hours approx.)
Day 2 Llamacorral / Taullipampa (4,250 m)
We will continue our walk along the wide and flat creek of Santa Cruz, crossing the lagoons of Ichiccocha and hatuncocha, from Queruar we will start a side walk towards the base camp of Alpamayo until we reach the Arhuaycocha lagoon where we will have splendid views of Quitaraju 6,040 m, Alpamayo 5,947 m, Artezonraju 6,025 m and others, then cross to our camp in Taullipampa 4,250 m (D, A, C)
Elevation: + 490 m (duration 4/5 hours approx.)
Day 3 Taullipampa / Punta Unión Pass (4,750 m) / Cachinapampa (3,600 m)
We will start climbing up to the Punta Union pass 4,750 m from this point we will appreciate a large part of the Cordillera Blanca and Negra then we will begin to descend to the Huaripampa gorge until we reach our camp in Cachinapampa 3,600 m (D, A, C)
Elevation: + 500 m / – 1,150 m (duration 6/7 hours approx.)
Day 4 Cachinapampa / Vaqueria / 3,500 m / Portachuelo 4,767 m / Huaraz
We will continue descending to the small town of Huaripampa, and we will go up to the village of Vaquería and then with our transport return to Huaraz, we will ascend to the portachuelo pass of Llanganuco 4,765 m, in this place we will have a very splendid panoramic view towards the snow-capped Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju, and then return to Huaraz (D, A)
(Duration 3 hours of walking and 4/5 hours in transport)
# Trekking Guide that speaks English
# Cook (1), Arrieros (1)
# Private tourist transport to the starting point for walking
# Food during the expedition (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Breakfast: Tea, coffee, milk, serials, bread, cheese, butter, jam, cake, fruit salad, etc.
Snack: Fresh fruit, chocolate, biscuit, frugues and candies.
Lunch: Vegetable salad, pasta, tuna, huancaína potato, chicken chili pepper, chicken spatter, ham.
Tea Time: Coffee, infusions, cookies, fried huantan, popcorn, etc.
Dinner: variety of soups, quinoa, chaufa rice, rolled chicken, fried trout, pasta, sauteed loin.
# Optional vegetarian food
# Last day (typical food of the Andes)
# Camping equipment (sleeping tent 2 people, dining tent, kitchen and bathroom tent)
# Logistic Kitchen Equipment (kitchen utensils, pots, plates, cutlery, chairs, tables, gas)
# Hot water in the morning to wash your hands and face every day
# Boiled water for your bottle every day
# Donkeys for the transport of luggage and food (6 Kilos of personal equipment for the donkey)
# Emergency Horse (1) in case of evacuation
# First aid kit
# Communication radio
# Personalized assistance
What does not include?
# Personal clothing for Trekking
# Extra food and drinks in the cities
# Entrance tickets to Huascaran National Park (S / 60.00)
# Travel, accident and evacuation insurance
# Breakfast (day 1)
# Dinner (last day)
# Sleeping bag
# Tips (driver, guide, cook, muleteer)
What do i need to bring?
# Wear appropriate clothing for the day (heat) and for the night (cold), sunscreen, sunglasses, repellent, bathing clothes, personal hygiene kit, walking boots, camera, waterproof jacket, water bottle, sleeping bag, small backpack, front (flashlight-light).
# Baggage of (6 Kilos per person) for donkeys.