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Santa cruz trek + Climbing Nev. Pisco 10 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.


Day 1: Acclimatization Churup lake
This is a very good hike for acclimatizing. From Huaraz we go by car to the village of Pitec. On the way we pass several picturesque villages, such as Unchus and Llupa.
At 3850 meter we start our easy hike up to Lake Churup with its blue colors sitting at an altitude of 4440 m underneath snow-capped Churup mountain (5495). The last 100 meter before arriving to the lake involves some scrambling over steep rocks. And then come back to Huaraz for the same way.

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 Morrena camp where we have a rest and lunch. We continue to the base camp. 6-7 hours aprox.

Day 10: Base Camp - Huaraz
We descend to Cebollapampa where transport is waiting for us. Return to Huaraz. 1 ½ - 2 hours of walking.

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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