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Cedros Alpamayo - Santa Cruz

Cordillera Blanca

This wonderful hike is around the Alpamayo mountain (considered the most beautiful mountain on the planet in the scenic photography contest of Munich 1966). This circuit is designed for those who have already had previous experiences in hiking.

A correct acclimatization is important to make this beautiful and long trek that joins two important circuits that cross Los Cedros valley

During the trek we will cross many blue-turquoise Andean lakes and several steps over the 4,700 m. where we will have amazing and inspiring views of the mountains such as Huascarán, Santa Cruz, Taulliraju and Chacraraju.

Duration: 11 Days
Distance: -- km.
Highest Point: 4.860 m (Osoruri Pass)
Difficulty: moderate



Day 1: Huaraz (3100 m.) – Huishcash (4200 m.)
Transfer by private transport to the town of Hualcayan, from where we will start the hike ascending in a zigzag along a bridle path to our first Huishcash campsite.

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: Huishcash (4200 m.)

Day 2: Huishcash – Ruinapampa (4400 m)
This day do not expect two very important steps the Osoruri pass (4860 m.) And the Vientunan pass (4770 m) but before we will have a beautiful view of the lagoon Azulcocha and Yanacocha then we will pass by the edge of the Cullicocha lagoon (4620 m ).

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: Ruinapampa (4400 m)

Day 3: Ruinapampa – Jancarurish (3800 m)
This day the walk will be through the gulch of the Cedros and in the direction of the Alpamayo stream from the count we will have the most impressive view of the northwest face of Alpamayo (5947 m).

» Walking Time: 4 a 5 hours approx.
» Camping: Jancarurish (3800 m)

Day 04: Jancarurish – Mirador Alpamayo (4450 m) – Jancarurish.
Rest Day: Optional we can do a small walk of 3 hours approx. near the Jancarurish lagoon to see the pyramidal figure of Alpamayo (5,947 m.) from this place the photograph was taken with which the Alpamayo is considered the "Most beautiful mountain in the world"

» Walking Time: 3 hours approx.
» Camping: Jancarurish (3800 m)

Day 05: Jancarurish – Huillca (4000 m)
This day we go in the direction of Huillca, crossing the Gara Gara pass (4830 m) and then the Mesapampa pass (4500 m).

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: valle de Huillca (4300 m)

Day 06: Huillca – Jancapampa (3600 m)
We leave Huillca in the direction of Jancapampa through the Yana Queñua valley this day we will cross the Yanacón pass (4,600 m.)

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: Jancapampa (3600 m)

Day 07: Quebrada Jancapampa – Quishuar (3800 m)
This day we will walk towards the village of Pishgopampa (3600 m) then ascend the Tingopampa valley towards the Tupa-tupa pass (4400 m), during our descent we will appreciate the Huecrucocha lake.

» Walking Time: 4 a 5 hours approx.
» Camping: Quishuar (3800 m)

Day 08: Quishuar – Tuctu (4200 m)
We leave the campsite towards the high pass of Pucaraju (4650 m) from this point we can see the highest mountains of the Cordillera Blanca such as Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju and also very close to Taulliraju (5830 m).

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: Tuctu (4200 m)

Day 9: Tuctu – Taullipampa (4,250 m.)
This day we will cross the Punta Union pass (4750 m.) From where we will have a wide view of the Santa Cruz gully and the lagoons of Taullicocha and Jatuncocha.

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: Taullipampa (4,250 m.)

Day 10: Taullipampa – Llamacorral (3,800 m.)
This day we will hike to the viewpoint of Alpamayo since count we can see the South-East face of Alpamayo (5,947 m.) As well Quitaraju (6040 m). then pass near the lake Jatuncocha turquoise and lake Ichiccocha.

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: Llamacorral (3,800 m.)

Day 11: Llamacorral – Cashapampa (2,900 m.)
This last day the hike will be following the Santa Cruz stream parallel to a river of crystal clear waters and surrounded by lush vegetation and impressive mountains until we reach the town of Cashapampa (2900 m.) Where our transport awaits us to move to Huaraz.

» Walking Time: 3 a 4 hours approx.


Our Services Include:
  • private transport from/to your hotel.
  • Camping and kitchen equipment, food utensils.
  • Varied food option for vegetarians.
  • Certified trekking guide (English or Spanish) other language by request.
  • Cook.
  • Donkeys and donkey drivers for equipment transfer. Approx. 10 Kg per person.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Tent for 3-4 seasons (2 people per tent).
  • Mats.
  • Bath tent.
  • First aid kit.
  • All entrance fees to the Huascarán National Park.
Our services do not Include:
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day.
  • Extra meals or drinks in the villages.
  • Tips (optional)

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