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Llanganuco – Santa Cruz Trek

The Llanganuco to Santa Cruz Trek is by far the most famous of all the Cordillera Blanca Treks. This tour will take you over two high mountain passes giving you fabulous views of twelve mountain peaks – Alpamayo, Huascaran, Chopicalqui and Taulliraju among others. It does not get any better than this! The trail reaches a height of 4,700 meters above sea level from where it is possible to appreciate the impressiveness of the snow-covered peaks and the surrounding flora and fauna. This is one Peruvian experience not to be missed with an abundance of lakes, waterfalls, rivers, trails and camping areas.

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Day 1: Huaraz – Caraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral

The trek will begin in Huaraz (3,052 meters above sea level) taking you through Caraz and then to the small village of Cashapampa (2,900 meters). You will meet the muleteer and load your belongings onto the donkeys. From here you begin your walk up the Santa Cruz Valley, following the river. The hike ends at Llamacorral (3,750 m).

Walking time: 4 to 5 hours.

Day 2: Llamacorral – Alpamayo Base Camp – Taullipampa

After breakfast, you will begin the trek through the valley. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Santa Cruz Mountain (6,259 m) before heading to the Alpamayo Base Camp (5,947 meters). Alpamayo is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world and you will soon see why. Your trek will also take you past three lakes: Ichiccocha, Jatuncocha and Arhuaycocha. From Base Camp, you can see even more peaks: Taulliraju, Paria, Artesonraju, and Rinrijirca.

Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass – Paria

It is difficult not to enjoy the splendor of the landscape. Following an Andean breakfast, you will walk to Punta Union Pass (4,750 m) where you can stop to take as many pictures as you wish. After, you will descend the other side of the Cordillera Blanca, passing near two small lakes (Collcacocha and Tzakicocha). You will finish at Paria, where the cook will greet you with hot chocolate.

Walking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Day 4: Paria – Vaqueria – Cebollapampa, 3,950 meters

After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, you will start to walk down to Huaripampa Valley and the village of Vaqueria, where you can experience a more traditional Peruvian way of life. After a brief rest, you will collect your luggage and head by car to Portachuelo, the second mountain pass. You can stop to take more photos of the amazing landscape before trekking to the campsite at Cebollapampa.

Walking time: 4 to 5 hours.

The Trek includes:

  • Pick up from the bus station.
  • Day hike for acclimatization around Huaraz.
  • Private Transport to and from Huaraz.
  •  Trekking Guide.
  •  Cook.
  • All meals during the expedition: 5 meals.
    • Breakfast: May include omelet or scrambled eggs, yogurt, cereal, cheese, pancakes, quinoa, oats, ham and coca tea.
    • Snack: Fresh fruit every day served with crackers, chocolate and sweets.
    • Lunch: Hot lunch may include soup and chicken plus tea, coffee, hot chocolate and coca.
    • Tea: Hot chocolate, popcorn, avocado salad, wontons with cheese and fried potatoes.
    • Dinner: Dinner may include soup, trout, chicken, beef, spaghetti, finishing with hot wine on the final evening.
  • Basic first aid kit.
  • Donkeys and muleteer.
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Camping equipment: Tents for cooking, dinner, toilet, sleeping (a three-person tent will be shared by two people) and essential mountain gear. 2 sleeping mats will be provided per person (one inflatable and one standard mattress). Kitchen utensils and well as table, chairs, cooking stove and gas are also supplied.

The Trek does not include

  • All entrance fees to the Huayhuash Mountain Range and the Huascaran National Park (US$22).
  • Return from the tour before the arranged date: transport, food, staff and possible accommodation costs.
  • Sleeping bag (although if you don´t have one, it can be rented for S/. 15 soles per day.)
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Dinner on the last evening.

Minimum Number: 4 persons
Maximum Number: 10 persons

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