Santa Cruz Trek 4 days

Cordillera Blanca

Santa Cruz Trek (4 days – 3 nights)


An unforgettable journey to one of the most beautiful valleys of the White Range (Cordillera Blanca): Santa Cruz. During the trek there are views of spectacular Andean snow peaks such as Santa Cruz, Alpamayo, Taulliraju, Chacraraju, lagoons of intense turquoise like Jatuncocha (Big lagoon) and Ichicocha (Small Lagoon) and a quenoal forest, tree that grows only in the highlands.


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Difficulty: Easy See trekking difficulties

Distance: 63 km.

Maximal elevation: 4750 (masl)

Maximal Temperature: 20°C

Minimal Temperature: -5°C

Departure time: 6:00 AM

Duration: 3 – 6 hours per day

Arrival 4 – 7 PM



DAY 1: HUARAZ – VAQUERIA – PARIA (3700 m. – 3800 m.)

Early in the morning pick up from your hotel (Picks up from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.) and transfer to Vaquería located 4 hours northeast from Huaraz city in Conchucos area, to the other side of Llanganuco Valley and Portachuelo Pass. In Vaquería the donkey drivers are waiting for us to carry the load on the donkeys and start the amazing traverse to the cross of the Paria and Huaripampa Valley where our first campsite is located at 3800 m. During the first day we will appreciate the impressive Taulliraju Peak (5830 m.) at the end of the Quebrada Huaripampa. Dinner and overnight at campsite accommodations. BOX LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.



DAY 2: PARIA – TAULLIPAMPA (3800m. 4750m. – 4200m.)

After breakfast we iniciate the ascent to the highest point of the trek at 4760 m in Punta Union Pass between Huaripampa and Santa Cruz Valleys. Reaching this point is an inestimable reward: a view of the Santa Cruz Valley surrounded by peaks of 6,000 meters, turquoise lagoons, and the ideal place to take pictures. It takes from 5 to 7 hours to climb up to the pass and 1 to 2 hours to climb down to Taullipampa Campsite at 4,200 m, a plain at the feet of the impressive and steep Taulliraju Peak, scenery of colossal world climbing feats. Overnight and dinner at the campsite. BREAKFAST, BOX LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.



DAY 3: TAULLIPAMPA – LLAMACORRAL (4200 m. – 3850 m.)

Early in the morning after breakfast starts the descent to Llamacorral. The first stop is the fascinating view point where you can see the Aguja Peak, Caraz, Artesonraju, Alpamayo and Quitaraju. The walk down to Llamacorral takes about 4 to 6 hours. The name Taulliraju means purple, due to the flowers of this color that grow in the valley: The “Taulli” Flower. We continue descending passing the turquoise Hatun Cocha Lake (Big Lake) and Ichic cocha Lake (Small Lake). From there takes some minutes to arrive to arrive to the next campsite at 3800 m. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. BREAKFAST, BOX LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED.


DAY 4: LLAMACORRAL – CASHAPAMPA – HUARAZ ( 3850 m.- 3350 m.)

The last day is an easy descent from 3 to 5 hours to Cashapampa, town where the transportation is waiting to take us back to Huaraz city. Huaraz is about 2 ½ hours from this location. In arrival to Huaraz transfers to your hotel or agency. BREAKFAST AND BOX LUNCH INCLUDED



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