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Santa Cruz trek + Climbing Pisco & Chopicalqui 14 Days

Santa Cruz trek is one of the most famous circuits in Cordillera Blanca. It is praised for its breath taking views, beautiful lakes with crystal clear water and Andean flora and fauna.

Nevado Pisco
Duration: 3 day
Pisco mountain lies in Cordillera Blanca and forms a part of a mountain range called Macizo de Huandoy. It lies in the central part of Cordillera Blanca, in Yunghay province.
It became a popular mountain due to its spectacular views and an easy approach. The normal western route is ideal for acclimatization and many mountaineers use it as a finish of their trek or as a beginning to acclimate before climbing technically more challenging mountains. Chopicalqui is the third Huascaran peak of the massif, located in the Cordillera Blanca, between the two peaks of the Huascaran and Contrahierbas, in the Yungay province. The trail inside the valley goes around the edge of the two beautiful, with emerald-like water lakes of Llanganuco: chinacocha (Female lake) and Orconcocha (Male Lake)


Day 1: Acclimatization Wilcacocha lake
It is located a short walk outside the town of Huaraz. We visit the Cordillera Negra, from where one has a magnificent view of the Cordillera Blanca. On a beautiful lagoon we will be able to see wild ducks.
We started at 9 am until Santa Cruz(Village) bridge. Then we will start our trek towards the wilcacocha lagoon. 2 hrs approx.

Day 2: Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral (3760 m)
Starting in Huaraz, we take a bus to Cashapamba at 2800 m. We then ascend through a closed valley to reach Santa Cruz valley and reach Llamacoral at 3760 m. 4- hours aprox.

Day 3: Llamacorral - Taullipampa (4250 m)
A relaxed walk through picturesque Santa Cruz valley takes us through Polylepis forest. We pass two beautiful lakes, Chinancocha and Orconchocha, before we reach our camp at Taullipampa at 4200 m. 6-7 hours aprox.

Day 4: Taullipampa – Cachina Pampa (3750 m)
We walk up to Punta Union pass at 4750, which rewards us with spectacular views over Taulliraju, Quitaraju and other mountains. From the pass, the road leads us down to our camp at Huari Pampa (3700 m). 7 hours aprox.

Day 5: Cachinapampa - Vaquería - Llanganuco - Paccha (3850 m)
We descend through farmlands of Huaripampa valley, before we start to ascend again to reach our camp Paccha. 5-6 hours.

Day 6: Paccha - Cebollapampa (3900 m)
We start the fifth day very early and walk past two beautiful lakes. We then reach Portachuelo del Llanganuco pass, where we get an excellent view over the surrounding mountains, such as Huascaran, Huandoy, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju and others. Later we descend to Yuraccoral where we set a camp. 5-6 hours.

Day 7: Yuracorral - Trekking Laguna 69 (4450 m)
We make a trekking to the famous lake 69. 4 hours up and 2 hours to return.

Day 8: Cebollapampa (3900 m) - Campo Base (4700 m)
A beautiful hike brings us to Campa Morrena camp, where we spend the night. 4-5 hours aprox.

Day 9: Climbing Nevado Pisco (5752 m) – Base Camp
We start very early, at 3:00, traversing various moraines to reach the glacier. We then pass very steep slopes (inclination 35-40°) to reach the peak. A magnificent view opens in front of us, including the gigantic Chacraraju, Artesonraju (Paramount logo), Huandoys, Caraz, Huascaran, Alpamayo and others. We then descend to Base camp. 6-7 hours aprox.

Day 10: Base Camp - Base Camp of Chopicalqui Mountain
We descend to Cebollapampa and continue to walk until base camp.

Day 11: Base camp (4430m) – Campo Morrena (4820m)
We will start our hike by a ridge and continuing until we reach Campo Morrena where we will spend the night. Approx. 4 to 5 hours.

Day 12: Campo Morena - High Camp (5380m)
We will start the hike by crossing several moraines until we reach the glacier. Then, we will start the journey up to the 5380m point where we will set up camp. Approx. 4 hours.

Day 13:High Camp-Cumbre (6354m)-Campo Morena
We will start our hike at 1 am, ascending until we reach the ridge, before continuing onto the first wall (50m, 50-60°) and then the second wall (60m, 50-65°) (please note that the inclination varies every year). We will climb to the top where great mountain views will await us. Later, we will descend to Campo Morrena. Approx. 5 to 6 hour hike.

Day 14: Campo Morena-Huaraz
On the last day, we will descend to the hairpin, where our ride will be waiting for us to return to Huaraz. Approx. 3 to 4 hours.

Services included in the prices:
  • Tour of Aclimatizzation
  • Peruvian Mountain Guide (UIAGM / AGMP)
  • Specialised cook
  • Entrance to the Huascaran national park.
  • First-Aid kit
  • Private transport between Huaraz / start and end of trek.
  • Complete meals during the trekking program
  • Donkey driver
  • Donkeys
  • Kitchen / dinning tent.
  • Collective technical equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Tent for 2 Person
  • Toilette tent
Not included:
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Pick-up from the station and transfer to the Hotel reserved for you in Huaraz.
  • Transfers from the airport / hotel / airport - Lima
  • Hotel accommodation in Lima.
  • Tour of the city
  • Transfer from the station to the hotel / station / hotel - Lima
  • Bus ticket Huaraz / Lima,
  • Hotel accommodation in accordance with tour program.
  • Porter
  • Food and drink in Lima and Huaraz
  • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Personal Spending
  • Personal equipment (tent, sleeping bag, backpack, harness, hiking pants, mountain jacket (goretex), hiking shoes, matraz, suitable clothing, personal medicine, crampons, ice axe, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Tips

Tour Information:

Season: May to September
Difficulty: Moderate
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Santa cruz trek, Pisco and Chopicalqui Mountain Photos