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Santa Cruz - Vaqueria

Cordillera Blanca

The Santa Cruz trek explores three important gorges of the Huascarán National Park: Quebrada de Santa Cruz, Huaripampa and Llanganuco.

During the 4 days you will walk in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca enjoying a beautiful view of the Andean landscapes, passing through ancient Inca roads surrounded by quenual forests and exotic high Andean flora; as well as rivers of crystal clear waters, lagoons and the impressive view that gives us the pass "Punta Union" of the snowy mountains of the Cordillera Blanca such as: Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Taulliraju, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Huascarán, among others.

Duration: 4 Days
Distance: 42 km.
Highest Point: 4.750 m (Punta Union Pass)
Difficulty: moderate



Day 01: Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral (3750m)
Transfer by private transport to Cashapampa (2900 m) here we start with our walk to Llamacorral.

» Walking Time: 4 a 5 hours approx.
» Camping: Llamacorral (3750 m)

Day 2: Llamacorral - Taullipampa (4250m)
This day we started walking very early during the walk we can appreciate the Ichicocha and Jatuncocha lagoons and the snow-capped Caraz, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Alpamayo.

» Walking Time: 5 a 6 hours approx.
» Camping: Taullipampa (4250m)

Day 03: Taullipampa - Punta Union pass (4750m) - Cachinapampa (3750m)
It is the most difficult day as the walk is ascending to the Punta Union pass 4750m. From here we will have a beautiful view of the snowy mountains: Quitaraju, Taulliraju, Artesonraju, Huascarán, Contrahierbas, etc.

» Tiempo de Caminata: 7 a 8 hours approx.
» Camping: Cachinapampa (3750m)

Day 04: Cachinapampa - Vaquería - Huaraz
This last day we will have a short walk to Vaquería where our transportation awaits us for the transfer to Huaraz.

» Walking Time: 2 a 3 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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