SANTA CRUZ TREK TO ULTA VALLEY
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.
Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3,800 masl)
Day 2: Llamacorral – Hatuncocha – Taullipampa (4,200 masl)
Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4,750 masl) – Cachinapampa
Day 4: Cachinapampa – Colcabamba – Molinopampa (3,600 masl)
Day 5: Molinopampa – Avalancha Lake – Avalancha (4,500 masl)
Day 6: Avalancha – Yanayaku Pass (4,850 masl) – Ulta Valley – Huaraz