SANTA CRUZ TREK COMPLETE CIRCUIT ALPAMAYO TO VILLAGE HUALCAYAN
Highlights of the Cordillera Blanca. The highest tropical mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca is part of the spectacular Andes that form the spine of South America. A mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, the region boasts over 50 peaks that exceed 15,000 feet, 700 glaciers and 300 lakes.
Hiking The Santa Cruz Trek in Peru: The Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails of Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru. Offering the chance of high-altitude hikes against a backdrop of sublime mountain vistas and with some of the country’s loftiest peaks, including the mighty Huascarán, towering in the distance, this trail is a favourite with many trekkers to the region. For those looking for an adventurous challenge but one that won’t push them to their absolute limits, this trek is an attractive option and often is considered as one of the best treks in Peru. Below we’re giving you all the details of the Santa Cruz Trek in Peru.
Overview:Santa Cruz trek is the most popular of all the Cordillera Blanca treks and for a good reason. It is easy to organise from Huaraz and offers the chance to see some of the magic of the Andes without requiring excessive exertion or high levels of fitness, meaning it is accessible to anyone in reasonably good shape. On day two, trekkers will see two beautiful lakes known as Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha (Big and Small Lake in Quechua). On day three, the trail leads over the Punta Unión Pass (4750 m), the highest point on the trail, which offers some of the best views. On the final day, trekkers can view snow-capped peaks like Huascarán, the highest mountain in Peru, before arriving in Vaquería, from where transport completes the journey back to Huaraz.
Trekking in Nevado Alpamayo: “The hike in the Nevado Alpamayo is one of the most difficult routes for adventure sportsmen, but it is also one of the most beautiful places in Peru recognized worldwide.”
The Nevado Alpamayo is located in the province of Huaylas – Ancash and is part of the Cordillera Blanca. It has an altitude of 5,947 m.s.n.m. It is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world (Scenic Photography Contest, Münich, 1996). The access is from the city of Caraz to 2,250 m.s.n.m. 67 km from Huaraz. Climate in Nevado Alpamayo: The climate in Alpamayo is dry and icy cold. Its annual average temperature is approximately 10 ° C.
May – October: It is the best time to trek in the Alpamayo, because at the foot of the Nevado the temperature is drier, while at the top it is freezing all year round.
Day 1: Airport pickup & private transport to Huaraz (3,060 masl)
Day 2: Acclimatization activities – Puya Raymondi – Huaraz
Day 3: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral
Day 4: Llamacorral – Taullipampa
Day 5: Taullipampa – Hike to Alpamayo Basecamp
Day 6: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass – Tuctupampa (4,200 masl)
Day 7: Camp Tuctupampa (4,200 masl) over Pukarahu Pass (4,650 masl) – Lakeguna Huecrucocha (4,050 masl)
Day 8: Lake Huecrucocha (4,050 masl) – via Tupatupa Pass (4,400 masl) to Jancapampa (3,600 masl)
Day 9: Jancapampa (3,600 masl) – Pukajirka / Yanacon Pass (4,615 masl) – Tayapampa Camp
Day 10: Tayapampa – Mesapata Pass (4,460 masl) – Caracara Pass (4,830 masl) –Cruze Alpamayo
Day 11: Rest-day OR ½-day – Cruze Alpamayo – Ruinapampa
Day 12: Ruinapampa – Vientunan Pass (4,770 masl) – Osoruri (4,860 masl) – Wishcash (4,250 masl)
Day 13: Wishcash – Hualcayán (3,150 masl) / Head back to Huaraz
Day 14: Private transport to hotel in Lima