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10-day Alpamayo Basecamp trek

Santa Cruz Trek
Alpamayo Basecamp trek

Join a certified guide on this 10-day Alpamayo Basecamp trek. And discover some of the best panoramic views in the Peruvian Andes.

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10 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




Let me take you on this amazing 10-day Alpamayo Basecamp trek so you can admire some of the most amazing panoramic views of the Cordillera Blanca. 

This challenging hike ascends through the mystical Peruvian andes crossing several mountain passes which will let you see the spectacular view of the glacial valleys.

The most amazing feature of this hike is the view of the famous Nevado Alpamayo (5947 m), described by many mountaineers as the most beautiful mountain in the world!

This 10 days hike will give you access to some of the most remote spots with with peaks, glaciers and lakes that will blow your mind! Plus it’s a great place to watch native Andean alpine flora that bloom during the hiking season.

This is a strenuous hike and it requires you to be in good physical shape and acclimatized. We’ll be walking at an average altitude of 4100 meters, with a maximum height of 4860 meters.

So send me a request to make this 10-day Alpamayo Basecamp trek be your next amazing adventure. I guarantee you’ll have a wonderful time!

And if you want to try a different high altitude hike in the Peruvian andes, you might also enjoy my 10-day Huayhuash classic trek.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: Huaraz – Llanganuco Lakes – Portachuelo Pass – Vaqueria – Paria 

I’ll pick you up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley and then into the Huascaran National Park, past the turquoise Llanganuco Lakes and over the Paso Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass (4785 m) and then down to Vaqueria (3700 m) which is the starting point of the trek 4 hours drive.  From Vaqueria our equipment is loaded onto the donkeys and we have a 5 hours hike on a gradually rising path to our campsite in the Paria Valley 3890m.

Day 2: Paria – Tuctubamba 

A short hike today. We walk up the valley for 2 hours to camp at Tuctubamba (4100 m). We can do a side trip on the way and climb up to the top of Punta Union Pass (4750 m) to have fantastic views down into the Santa Cruz Valley. 5 hours walk extra.

Day 3: Tuctubamba – Alto de Pucaraju Pass – Huecrococha Lake

We ascend steeply on a rocky path to the top of Paso Alto de Pucaraju Pass (4640 m). From the top of the pass there are lovely views of many mountains such as Taulliraju, Chacraraju, Paria and many others. We then walk down through lupin covered hillside to camp at Laguna Huecrococha Lake (4000 m). 7 to 8 hours walk.

Day 4: Huecrococha – Tupa Tupa Pass – Jancapampa 

We ascend towards Paso Tupatupa Pass (4360 m) with views of the massive snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca and then we have a long descent to camp at the head of the Jancapampa Valley (3700 m). 7 to 8 hours hike. We will see many local people and kids wondering around the campsite.

Day 5: Jancapampa – Yanacon Pass – Huillca 

We ascend a long gradual valley for 3 hours and then we climb steeply to reach the rocky Pass Paso Yanacon (4610 m) for another 2 hours. We go down to our camp at Huillca (4100 m). 7 to 8 hours hike.

Day 6: Huillca – Mesapata Pass – Gara Gara Pass – Jancarurish

We have to cross two passes today. The first pass is a gradual climb to the lower pass of Mesapata (4460 m), we then traverse and continue climbing to the higher pass Paso Gara Gara (4830 m) from where we have great views of the big mountains Jancarurish, Quitaraju, Alpamayo and Laguna Jancarurish lake. We descend to camp at Jancarurish (4250 m) at the foot of the majestic Alpamayo. 7 to 8 hours hike.

Day 7: Rest Day

We have another night at Jancarurish Camp to marvel the beauty of Alpamayo. Walk up the moraine to Laguna Jancarurish Lake for close up views of Alpamayo. 3 hours round trip or continue climbing towards Alpamayo Base Camp (4500 m). 5 hours return hike or rest in camp and enjoy the sun.

Day 8: Jancarurish – Ruina Pampa – Plataforma 

A short walk today. We descend a flat valley for about 2 hours and then hike up for one hour to our camp at Plataforma (4250 m).

Day 9: Plataforma – Vientunan Pass – Osoruri Pass – Cullicocha Lake 

Today is a long and demanding day. First, we start climbing up on a well-used trail towards Paso Vientunan Pass (4770 m) and then we descend and ascend again to the second pass Paso Cullicocha (4860 m) from where we have lovely views of the surrounding mountains. We then descend to the fabulous lake Laguna Cullicocha (4650 m) from where we can admire the majestic peaks of Nevados Santa Cruz before descending to our last camp at Wishcash (4350 m). 8 hours walk.

Day 10: Wishcash – Hualcayan – Huaraz 

We descend a long zigzag trail to the village of Hualcayan (2900 m) and then drive back to Huaraz. 4 hours walk and 3 hours drive.





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