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Santa Cruz Trek and Climb Pisco Mountain in the Cordillera Blanca

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

It has several beautiful lakes and gorgeous mountains above 6,000 m in the Andes of Peru and the highest mountain is “Huascaran” 6,768 meters of altitude.

The Cordillera Blanca is a watershed; the Santa River along Callejon de Huaylas belongs to the Pacific Ocean, while the Marañon River basin to the east belongs to the slope of the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, in urban areas, people speak Spanish and in rural areas, they speak Quechua and still maintains many aspects of traditional Andean Culture and all these reasons make the Cordillera Blanca an amazing spot for mountaineering and trekking.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru. Transfer by bus to the north of Lima, “Huaraz city” for around 8 hours and stay overnight in a hotel in Huaraz at 3,100m.

Meals included: None

Day 02: 

Acclimatization: Day hike to Wilcacocha Lake at (3,745m. / 12,286 ft) and stay overnight in Huaraz in a Hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the south side of Huaraz for around 20 minutes until you reach Santa Cruz bridge, from there you will start hiking up to Wilcacocha Lake, you’ll pass through Santa Cruz village a small village on the route where we you can meet local villagers, you will also have a nice view of the mountains in the Cordillera Blanca range, this hike normally takes around 2 1/2 hours to reach the lake. It is a half-day hike to the viewpoint of Cordillera Blanca mountains, such as Huascaran, Huandoys, Copa, Vallunaraju, Churup, Ranrapalca, Ocshapalca, and others. After enjoying the views, you’ll return by the same route back to Santa Cruz bridge where the minibus waits to transfer you to the hotel in Huaraz.

Meals Included: Breakfast – Box Lunch

Day 03: 

Huaraz (3,100m. / 10,170ft) – Cashapampa (2,900m. / 9,514ft) – Llamacorral (3,760m. / 12,335ft)

Breakfast in the Hotel, transfer to the northeast of Huaraz for around 3 1/2 hours along  the Callejon de Huaylas until Cashapampa village where you will start the hike up and along the Santa Cruz Valley, this day could be quite warm and it’s quite a rocky path to get to Llamacorral, the first campsite takes approximately 6 hours, you’ll stay overnight at 3,760m in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: 

Llamacorral (3,760m / 12,335ft) – Alpamayo viewpoint – Taullipampa (4,250m / 13,943ft)

First breakfast in the campsite, then start a hike along the Santa Cruz Valley, on the way you should see some wild birds such as, Andean geese and wild ducks on Jatuncocha and Ichiqcocha Lakes which translates to big and small lakes. This day you’ll be able to enjoy the view’s of Quitaraju, Caraz, Santa Cruz and other Mountains. The first three hours of walking is non stop but once arrived at Quisuarpampa you’ll start hiking up to the viewpoint of the Twin Mountains (Alpamayo and Quitaraju), Artesonraju, Piramide and other mountains. This viewpoint is surrounded by so many stunning mountains and wildflowers. After that, you’ll continue to the next campsite which is Taullipampa, while there, in the background is Taulliraju, another majestic peak You then arrive around 4 pm and stay overnight at 4,250 m in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05:

Taullipampa (4,250m. / 13,943ft) – Punta Union Pass (4,750m / 15,583ft) – Cachinapampa (3,800m / 12,467ft)

Early breakfast in the campsite, we start to hike up on zigzag for around 3 hours until the high point which is Punta Union Pass 4,750 m, this place has an amazing view of  the mountains and Taullicocha lake. After that, you’ll then start hiking down along Huaripampa Valley for around 4 hours until getting to the Huaripampa campsite, arrive around 5 pm. Stay overnight at 3,800m in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06:

Cachinapampa (3,800m /12,467ft) – Vaqueria (3,800m / 12,467ft) – Portachuelo Pass (4,767m / 15,639ft) – Yuracorral (3,850m / 12,631ft)

After breakfast, you’ll start to hike down along Huaripampa valley, pass along Huaripampa village and we meet locals and children asking for sweets or biscuits,. Arrive in Vaqueria after three hours. Then, a car will transfer you to Yuraqcorral at 3,850. On the way you’ll get to the viewpoint of Portachuelo 4760 m including nice view’s of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huandoys amongst others, you will overnight there in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07:

Yuracorral (3,850m / 12,631ft) – lake 69 (4,500m / 14,763ft) – Pisco Base Camp (4,500m / 14,763ft)

After breakfast, start hiking up along Demanda valley on zigzag for around three hours until Lake 69, it’s one of the most beautiful lakes in the Cordillera Blanca just below Chacraraju Mountain. After that, continue on a rocky path to Base Camp of Pisco mountain and stay overnight at 4,500m in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: 

Pisco Base Camp (4,500m. / 14,763ft) – Pisco Summit (5,750m / 18,864ft) – Pisco Base Camp (4500m / 14,763ft)

Summit Day!, you’ll start the climb at midnight on a rocky path along the whole moraine until you reach the glacier. Once you reach the glacier you’ll start to put on your crampons and other personal climbing equipment. The team will climb to the top and have a 360° mountain view. However, Artesonraju is the standing mountain from the summit. We return to the base camp around at noon where you will have a spare afternoon to relax, stay there overnight in tents.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: 

Pisco Base Camp (4500m / 14,763ft) – Cebollapampa (3,900m. / 12,795ft) – Llanganuco Lakes (3,800m) – Huaraz (3,100m / 10,170ft)

You will have breakfast at the campsite then return back to Cebollapampa at 3,900m. There will be a minibus waiting for you to transfer back to Huaraz. You’ll drive along the Llanganuco valley, where you will see two beautiful lakes “Chinancocha and Orconcocha” which translates to female and male, they are between Huascaran and the Huandoys peaks. You will stop and visit the female lake (Chinancocha). The transfer back to Huaraz takes around 3 1/2, spend the night in a hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 10:

Breakfast in the hotel in Huaraz, return to Lima on Bus at 11:00 am (Arrive to Lima around 8:00 pm) stay overnight in a hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast in the hotel – Lunch on bus.

Day 11: Return back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast in the hotel.

Dates for 2020:

13th August – 24th August

Cost (including return international flight) £2,500.00

A deposit of £650.00 will be required when booking and numbers will be limited to 10 people per trip.

What’s included in the 11 day package trip?

  • All transfers in Lima
  • Transfer on bus Lima – Huaraz – Lima (round trip)
  • Hotel 3* in Huaraz (three nights) included breakfast
  • Hotel 3* in Lima (One night) included breakfast

Support Staff:

  • UIAGM accredited Mountain Guide
  • Accredited Trekking guide and Assistant guide
  • Cook and cook Assistant
  • Donkey drivers
  • Pack animals: Donkeys for carrying our camping equipment, food and your personal maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag)
  • Emergency horse
  • All entry fees (National Park and communities)
  • Meals: Mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Camping equipment: (bi-personal tent, kitchen and dining tent, chairs, table, and all kitchen utensils, etc.)
  • All Transfers during Acclimatization and the expedition: Huaraz – Cashapampa / Vaqueria – Yuraqcorral / Cebollapampa
  • 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

Climbing gear you have to bring along with other kit will be provided on application:

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