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Santa Cruz Trek and Climb Pisco Mountain in the Cordillera Blanca

Cordillera Blanca is part of the Huascaran National Park and the international Biosphere reserve is an incredible destination for trekking and climbing in Peru especially for those people who love the mountains and less crowded paths. The Cordillera Blanca or “White Mountain Range” is the world’s highest tropical mountain range. It is considered tropical because it’s altitude is only about 8-10 degrees south of the equator.

Within the park there are 663 rapidly receding glaciers, 269 lakes, 41 rivers and a sea of peaks, 26 of which are over 6,000 m. It includes six habitats which gives its great biodiversity (799 species of flora, 112 of birds, 10 of mammals.) thirty-three pre-Inca archeological sites are known. The rural population speaks Quechua and still maintains many aspects of traditional Andean Culture and it’s all of these reasons that make the Cordillera Blanca such a great place to hike and climb.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru. Transfer by bus to the north of Lima, “Huaraz city” and stay overnight in a hotel.

Meals included: None

Day 02: Acclimatization day hike to Wilcacocha Lake at (3,745m. / 12,286 ft) and stay overnight in a Hotel in Huaraz . Breakfast is in the hotel then transfer to the south side of Huaraz which will take around 20 minutes until you reach Santa Cruz bridge, from over there you will start to hike up to Wilcacocha Lake. You’ll pass through Santa Cruz village, a small one on the way where you’ll meet local people. While you ascend you’ll have a nice view of the mountains in the Cordillera Blanca range, this hike takes around 2 1/2 hours to get the lake. It’s only half day’s hike hike but this beautiful spot has wonderful views in order to enjoy the the valley and mountains such as the highest peak in Peru (Huascaran 6,768m./22,204ft.) among others. After enjoying the views you will go back by the same route until you get to the Santa Cruz bridge where the car will be waiting wait to transfer you back to the hotel in Huaraz.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Box Lunch

Day 03: Huaraz (3,100m. / 10,170 ft) – Cashapampa (2,900m. / 9,514 ft) – Llamacorral (3,760m. / 12,335 ft) Breakfast in the Hotel, transfer to the northeast of Huaraz for around 3 1/2 hours along Callejon de Huaylas until you reach Cashapampa village, from there you’ll start to hike up along the Santa Cruz Valley. This day is warm with some rocky paths, it takes approximately 6 1/2 hours to get to the first campsite which is at Llamacorral where you’ll stay overnight in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner.

Day 04: Llamacorral (3,760 m / 12,335 ft) – Alpamayo Base Camp (4,330 m. / 14,206 ft) – Taullipampa (4,250 m / 13,943 ft) First breakfast in the campsite then start to hike along the Santa Cruz Valley, on the way you’ll find some wild birds such as Andean geese and wild ducks on Jatuncocha and Ichiqcocha Lakes which mean big and small lakes, you’ll enjoy the view of Mountains such as, Quitaraju, Caraz, Santa Cruz and others. The first three hours of walking is flat but once you arrive at Quisuarpampa you’ll start to hike up to the view point of the twin Mountains (Alpamayo and Quitaraju), Artesonraju, Piramide and others. This particular view point is surrounded by beautiful mountains and wild flowers. Afterwards you’ll continue until the next campsite which is Taullipampa, in the background is Taulliraju a majestic peak, you’ll arrive around 4pm and we stay overnight in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner.

Day 05: Taullipampa (4,250m. / 13,943 ft) – Punta Union Pass (4,750 m / 15,583 ft) – Cachinapampa (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) Early breakfast in the campsite, you will then start the hike up on to the zigzag for around 3 hours until you reach the high point called Punta Union Pass, it has an amazing view of Mountains, valley and the Taullicocha Lake. After the high point you’ll start walking down along Huaripampa Valley for around 4 hours until you get to the Huaripampa campsite probably around 5pm, stay overnight in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner.

Day 06: Cachinapampa (3,800 m /12,467 ft) – Vaqueria (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) – Portachuelo Pass (4,767 m / 15,639 ft) – Yuracorral (3,850 m / 12,631 ft) After breakfast you’ll start walking down along the Huaripampa valley, you’ll pass along Huaripampa village and meet local people, some of the children will probably ask you for sweets or biscuits. After three hours or so you’ll arrive at Vaqueria then a car will transfer you to Yuracorral before arriving at the next campsite where you’ll have nice views of Huascaran peaks, Chopicalqui, Pisco and other mountains, we overnight at 3,850 meters in Yuracorral campsite.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner.

Day 07: Yuracorral (3,850 m / 12,631 ft) – lake 69 (4,500 m / 14,763 ft) – Pisco Base Camp (4,500 m / 14,763 ft) After breakfast, you will start the hike up along Demanda valley on a zigzag trail for around three hours until you reach Lake 69. This is a beautiful lake just below Chacraraju Mountain, after that you’ll continue on a rocky path to Base Camp of Pisco and stay overnight in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner.


Day 08:
Pisco Base Camp (4,500m. / 14,763 ft) – Pisco Summit (5,750 m / 18,864 ft) – Pisco Base Camp (4500 m / 14,763 ft) The summit day, you’ll start the hike at midnight on a rocky path for the whole moraine until you get to the glacier, from there you’ll change into crampons and break out the ropes. The view from the summit is amazing, after enjoying the views you will climb down until base camp of Pisco and stay overnight in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner.

Day 09: Pisco Base Camp (4500 m / 14,763 ft) – Cebollapampa (3,900m. / 12,795 ft) – Llanganuco Lakes (3,800 m /) – Huaraz (3,100 m / 10,170 ft) After breakfast, you will start to walk down for roughly 2 1/2 hours until Cebollapampa from there you’ll take the bus and drive along the Llanganuco valley, there are two beautiful lakes “Chinancocha and Orconcocha Lakes” which mean female and male lakes they are between Huascaran and Huandoys peaks. After visiting these amazing lakes you will then go back to Huaraz in a car, driving for around 3 hours and spend night in a hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch.

Day 10: Flight from Anta, Carhuaz to Lima and back home, breakfast in the hotel in Cusco then flight to Lima and back home

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Dates for 2018:
May 6th – 16th
July 22nd – 1st August

Cost (including return international flight) £2,500.00

What’s included in the 10 day package trip?

  • Transfer on bus from Lima to Huaraz
  • Domestic flight from Anta (Huaraz) to Lima (one way)
  • Hotel 3* in Huaraz (three nights) included breakfast
  • Support Staff: Trekking guide, Mountain Guide UIAGM certificated, cook and donkey drivers.
  • All entry fees (National Park and communities)
  • Pack animals: To carry camping equipment and food, donkeys to carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag)
  • Meals: Mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Camping equipment: (bi-personal tent, kitchen and dining tent, chairs, table and all kitchen utensils )
  • Transfers during your trip
  • Pre departure briefing, one day before trek departure.
  • First Aid Kit

Whats not Included?:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gear like (sleeping bag, mattress, etc.)
  • Meals in the City
  • Any extra day hikes, tours, hotel, etc.
  • Tip to staff
  • Personal expenses

 

Climb gears list, you have to bring:

  • Large backpack for carrying gear to high camp 60 / 80 Litres
  • Sun glasses (UV)
  • 1 x ice screw (for personal use – safety)
  • Helmet
  • ATC – XP Belay Device or Figure 8
  • Climbing boots
  • A pair of Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 4 locking karabiners
  • 3 simple karabiners
  • Automatic crampons with anti balling plates
  • 2 x waist
  • 1 x Sling 3m
  • Rope
  • Ice axes
  • jumar
  • Sleeping bag minus -15 deg. C
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Day backpack
  • Large trek bag or backpack – to carry your main gear on donkeys. (Hard suitcase not suitable)
  • Line backpacks and trek bags with waterproof plastic liner
  • Hiking boots (Comfortable and well-worn in)
  • Gaiters
  • Waterproof raincoat and over trousers
  • Warm hat or cap
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Water bottle (needs to be able to take hot water)
  • Trainers or sports sandals
  • Fast drying trekking trousers or shorts
  • Tee shirts for walking in
  • Thermal Tops or micro fleece
  • Thermal long johns
  • Fleece top for walking in
  • Fleece Trousers (to wear at night)
  • Thick fleece top to wear at night or Down Jacket
  • Socks – for walking, and warm pairs for at night
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Small towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A small bottle of hand disinfectant, for hand was washing during the hiking day
  • Insect Repellent
  • Head torch and spare batteries + bulb
  • Camera +spare batteries (Batteries in digital cameras become flat very quickly with the cold and altitude. It is not possible to recharge batteries during the trek. Consider carrying an additional supply of batteries)
  • First Aid Kit – If not sure – ask your doctor (We carry a basic first aid kit for accidents and emergencies, but you also need your own personal kit and drugs (There are some drugs available that can help with acclimatization / for treating mild altitude sickness symptoms (eg. Diamox) and for stomach problems – ask your doctor.)
  • Good books
  • Travel Clothes
  • Lockable bag – you can leave surplus gear you don’t need on trek in your hotel in a lockable bag for safekeeping.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us……