The Llanganuco – Santa Cruz Trek is without a doubt one of the most famous and incredible hikes of the White Mountain Range in Peru. This wonderful journey will take us through two summits that will offer fabulous views of twelve mountain peaks: The Alpamayo, Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Taulliraju, among others. The trek will reach a height of 4,700 meters above sea level (15,419 ft.), from where it is possible to appreciate the beauty of the high mountains, the spectacular color of the lakes, rivers, the surrounding flora and fauna, and without doubt, to breathe the purest air of all. If you love hiking, this is one of the experiences in Peru that cannot be missed!
The journey will start at the city of Huaraz, where the transportation will be waiting for us to drive through the town of Caraz (2240 m // 7349 ft.) and arrive to the small town of Cashapampa after 2 hours. We will encounter the staff that will be with us through the whole experience and our muleteer, that will take our belongings and load them on donkeys. From here, the hike through the ravine of Santa Cruz begins, following the river. Arrival to Llamacorral, dinner and overnight in camp.
After breakfast, we will continue the hike through the valley in the San Cruz ravine. We will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Santa Cruz Mountain (6259 m // 20,534 ft.) before heading to the Alpamayo base camp. In 1966, the prestigious magazine Alpinismus awarded the Alpamayo (5947 m // 19,511 ft.) with the title of "The most beautiful mountain in the world". One of the reason is due to its peculiar shape: pyramidal, a feature that makes it quite attractive for lovers of mountaineering and nature tourism. The climb will take us through three beautiful lakes: Ichiccocha, Jatuncocha, and Arhuaycocha. Arrival to the Alpamayo base camp, where we will be able to appreciate more peaks: Taulliraju, Paria, Artesonraju, and Rinrijirca. We continue the hike until we arrive to Taullipampa, the second place for us to camp. Dinner and overnight in Taullipampa.
It would be impossible not to enjoy the greatness and beauty of the landscape! After an energetic Andean breakfast, we will start our third day towards the highest point in our journey, the pass of Punta Unión (4750 m // 15,583 ft.). This will be a long and tiring day going uphill a steep and zigzagging road through the skirts of the impressive Taulliraju (5830 m // 19,127 ft.) and the Taullicocha lake. Arrival to the pass of Punta Unión, time to rest and take pictures of the surrounding peaks such as Chacraraju, Artezonraju, Huandoy, Alpamayo, Santa Cruz, Taulliraju, among others. We will start our descent to the other side of the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range), passing close to two small lakes (Collcacocha and Tzakicocha). On this path, we will be able to observe the snow-capped mountains Paria (5600 m // 18,372 ft.) and Pirámide (5885 m // 19,307 ft.). Arrival to our next camp in Paria, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, our last day in the Cordillera Blanca will start walking towards Vaquería, the last point of our hike and the place where will be taking the transport back to Huaraz. On our way back we will be able to appreciate the snowy mountains of Pisco (5752 m // 18,871 ft.), Chacraraju (6112 m // 20,052 ft.), Chopicalqui (6354 m // 20,846 ft.), Huascarán (6768 m // 22,204 ft.) and Huandoy (6395 m // 20,980 ft.). Also, we will be able to see the famous lakes of Llanganuco (Orconcocha and Chinancocha – 3850 m or 12,631 ft.). Arrival to Vaquería and transportation to Huaraz. Arrival to Huaraz and end of services to continue with another destionation or side trip.
From $ / Person