SANTA CRUZ TREK VIA CASHAPAMPA
It is undoubtedly one of the best known trekking circuits in Peru and the Cordillera Blanca, designed especially for people who do not want to spend much time in the mountains or for people who do not have enough time to make a longer circuit such as the Santa Cruz trek combined with Cedros Alpamayo or the circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash. Within the circuit you will be able to appreciate many impressive mountains of more than 6000 meters such as the Huascaran, considered the highest mountain in Peru with its 6768m., Huandoy, Chopicallqui, Chacraraju, Arteson Raju 6025m. Which is also known as the mountaineering Paraount, Quitaraju, Caraz Santa Cruz and of course El Alpamayo, although it does not exceed 6 thousand meters, it is known as the most beautiful mountain in the world thanks to a survey of scenic photographs conducted in 1966 in the city from Munich Germany where it won this recognition as the most beautiful mountain, for having an impressive snow-capped peak with a perfect pyramid shape. In addition to everything mentioned you will have the opportunity to appreciate a completely different landscape every day and full of surprises.
Route: Trekking Santa Cruz via Cashapampa
Duration: 04 Days/03 Nights
Recommended Season: Early April to late November, possible to do trekking all year
Highest Point: (4750m / 15580ft) Punta Union Pass
Difficult: Easy - moderate
Average hours to walk: 5 - 7 hours per day
Day 1: Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft)
After the breakfast in the hotel we will take our private bus to the Callejón de Huaylas on the north side of Huaraz. We will travel through the districts of: Carhuas (2650m/8692ft), Yungay (2500m/8200ft), and Caraz City (2400m/7872ft). We will arrive around 10:00AM to our destination, Cashapampa. Our donkey driver will waiting for us to transport our camping equipment, and therefore make our backpacks very light. From the trail head we will hike for 2.5 hours and then break for lunch. Another 5 - 6 hours of hiking will get us to our first camp the, Llamacorral (3760m/12336ft), around 4:00pm.
Day 2: Llamacorral – Alpamayo view point – Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft)
This day will be a full day hiking and breathtaking vistas. After the breakfast we will begin the two-hour hike that will take us to Ichiccocha Lake and Jatuncocha Lake. From here we continue for another two hours that takes us to the base camp of Alpamayo. From this vista we can see the mountains Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju which is very well known as The Paramount Pictures Mountain, Paron, and Aguja. Try to resist maxing your camera’s memory card at this location because there is much more to come. Two more hours of hiking will bring us to our second camp site, Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft).
Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) – Cachinapampa
After breakfast we will start hiking at 8:00am. A four-hour hike will bring us to the Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) where we will have lunch while enjoying the splendid scenery. Complete panorama views of glaciated mountains, blue skies, and unique landscapes will be our companion during this high altitude picnic. After lunch we descend for approximately three to four hours to our final camp, Cachinapampa (3800m/12464ft).
Day 4: Cachinapampa – Vaqueria – Huaraz
After the breakfast in the morning we will start going down for about 2 hours half to get Vaqueria, where will be waiting the private bus for us, to transport to Huaraz; we will be passing the Portachuelo pass (4770m/15645ft) here we will have a short stop to enjoy the splendid views of Huascaran, Pisco, Huandoy mountains. After enjoy this we will continue our travel until Yuraccorral, where we will have lunch, then we will continue our trip passing the Orconcocha and Chinancocha lakes of Llanganuco, then we will get the control of Parque National Huascaran, where we will register. Then we will continue down to the valley until Yungay, then to Huaraz arriving at 6 or 7 pm and transfer to Hotel
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- All private tours, all private transport and the price system guarantees your departure and only with your team members.
- Official bilingual guides with good manners and social behavior
- Official mountain cooks (Our expeditions always go with guide & cook, amount depending on the amount of participants).
- Good and varied food - best quality (vegetarian option).
- Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca always with accredited guides, no exceptions.
- Porters, donkeys and donkey drivers, amount depending on the amount of participants and nature of your expedition.
- We respect working conditions and local tariffs of staff - no exploitation
- Imported tents from Eureka, Mountain Hard ware, North face and Ferrino brand, 3 person tents for every 2 customers, 2 person tent for every single person.
- All camping equipment and cooking/eating utensils.
- Self inflating Matresses (Thermarest)
- Clients carry day pack only, approx. 12 kg per client on the donkeys
- Safety horses in case of emergency or fatigue (until 6 pax -> 1 horse, until 12 pax -> 2 horses, until 18 pax -> 3 horses …).
- All entrance fees
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Not mentioned or additional beverages or meals in villages
- Sleeping bag (rental US $ 7.00 per day + US $ 5.00 for obligatory laundry)
- Breakfast on the 1st day (hotel) and dinner on the last day.
- Tip for the staff
- Travel accidents and health insurance
- Return or abortion otherwise as planned itinerary: transport & possible accommodation costs (also for staff)
- Personal mountain equipment.
TREKKING EQUIPMENT LIST
We understand how important it is for our clients to have the right equipment on their trips. That’s why we provide you with this Trekking Gear List, which gives you a detailed inventory of all the items you need during your excursion.
- Walking Boots
- Lightweight long underwear bottoms
- Comfortable and lightweight cotton or synthetic pants
- Water/windproof pants
- Lightweight long underwear tops
- Mid weight top layer
- Down or synthetic fill parka or sweater with hood
- Water/windproof jacket
- Lightweight gloves
- Shelled gloves
- Warm hat
- Neck gaiter and/or balaclava
- Ear band
- Sun hat
- Light cotton long sleeved shirt
- Trekking Poles
- Sunscreen: At least 30 SPF or higher.
- Lip balm: With sunscreen.
First Aid Kit:
- Insect Repellent
- Repair Kit
- Personal Toiletries
- Ear Plugs
- Water Bottles
- Water Purification
- Snack food
- Sun glasses
- Duffel Bag
- Day Pack: A large-is (30 liters) day pack is recommended.
- Stuff Bags: A few assorted stuff sacks to help organize your gear
- Entertainment Selection
- Passport: Make a photocopy or two and keep apart from your passport.
- Solar charging panels