Join a certified mountain guide on the Santa Cruz Trek and Alpamayo Circuit in Peru and spend 16 days on a guided hike in some of the most compelling terrain in the Andes with evocative views of the surrounding Cordillera Blanca.
Cordillera Blanca, Andes
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Discover the vast beauty of Peru on a 16-day hike on the Santa Cruz Trek and Alpamayo Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca! This guided program gives you an exhilarating trek through the jaw-dropping wilderness of a South American wonder and a front row seat to some of the most impressive mountains in the Andes!
The Cordillera Blanca is an incredibly important part of the Andes Mountains, running the length of Peru from north to south. More than 50 mountains reach over 4,500 meters in height, replete with stunning glaciers – over 700, crystal clear lakes – over 300, captivating meadows, and lush endemic plant life. For trekkers and travelers, this is one of the most majestic outdoor areas in all of South America.
This is where you come in! This program is designed to give you an exhilarating tour through the entire region. Over the course of 16 days, you will have the chance to see mountains up close and personal, including “the most beautiful mountain in the world,” Alpamayo (5,947m). Other peaks include Huascaran (6,768m), Santa Cruz (6,259m), Jancarurish (5,578m), Quitarahu (6,036m), and so many more.
After meeting at the airport, we will head right out to Huaraz to start acclimating for the journey. A couple of days getting accustomed to our surroundings and the mountain culture will prepare us for the next five days of the Santa Cruz Trek and the ensuing connection to the Alpamayo Circuit. The entire journey will take place in the Cordillera Blanca, with mountains passes and stunning lakes at every turn.
You can expect glaciers views along the way, as well as a heavy dose of wildlife. The wilderness of Peru is home to an intriguing array of animals to go along with its remarkable plant species, so you will remain in awe each day of the program. Camping along the trail gives you a chance to dig right into this enriching landscape and really see how it has shaped societies and communities throughout history.
The hike is a substantial undertaking and will require roughly two weeks immersed in the Peruvian countryside. A fitness level on par with this amount of activity is required, and any previous hiking experience is a serious asset. The mental fortitude to trek for multiple days and camp in the backcountry is also necessary for a successful expedition.
Book this unforgettable amalgamation of two incredible hikes in the Cordillera Blanca NOW and spend 16 days hiking the Santa Cruz Trek and Alpamayo Circuit for a once in a lifetime experience in Peru!
For those on a tighter schedule, we can also enjoy a three day historical trek from Olleros to Chavin in the Cordillera Blanca!
- Guiding fee
- Group porters
The price includes the guiding fee, the cooks and helpers, meals during tour, donkeys and a mule driver, camping tents, and kitchen equipment. The price does NOT include flights, transfers, departure taxes in Lima, insurance and trip cancellation, meals in Lima and Huaraz, airport pick up, public transportation, hotel accommodation and pick up in both Lima and Huaraz, Huascaran National Park entrance fee(s), personal equipment and expenses, tips, personal food and drink(s), and anything not explicitly mentioned as “included.”
After getting picked up at the airport, you will take a 400 kilometer bus ride to Huaraz, which will include passing through the coastal desert and the Andean Highlands before descending down to our destination.
We will spend this day acclimatizing to the altitude. A trip to Puya Raimandi National Park is a great way to get used to the atmosphere. This day hike along the Pumapampa River allows us a compelling experience with the flora and fauna while reaching heights of 4,780 meters above sea level before returning to Huaraz.
You will also get to see first-hand glaciation from the Pastoruri Glacier.
We tour the Santa Cruz Valley and Cashapampa and its amazing scenery. Ultimately, we will finish the day at our campsite in Llamacorral.
Visiting glacial lakes is a big part of this day, including Ichiccocha and Hatuncocha. Quenua trees and wild lupins in bloom accompany this portion of the journey, keeping our eyes peeled for the vibrant fowl of the region.
Once we reach Arhuaycocha Lake, we reach the trail head for Alpamayo. In the shadow of surrounding peaks like Quitarahu, Artesonrahu, and Paria, we will make our way to camp at Taullipampa.
Alpamayo Base Camp – We will spend two days at Taullipampa to get accustomed to the altitude and prepare for our Alpamayo Circuit. We will hike to the Alpamayo Base Camp and possibly watch some falling ice from Arhuay Glacier and another trip to Arhuaycocha Lake.
Pukahirca Sur and Rinrihirca are both outstanding sights from our vantage point.
This is a demanding day to Punta Union Pass at 4,780 meters, looking at at Huaripampa Valley. Our camp will be set up at Tuctupampa.
We hit the trail and head to the switchbacks at Pukarahu Pass. This is where the Cedros – Alpamayo Circuit connects with our trail, including wonderful mountain views of Contrayerba and Paria. We will descend down past Huecrucocha and set up camp.
Immersing ourselves in local villages, we will come to understand traditional culture in the Andean Highlands. Stunning views from Tupa Tupa Pass will take us to camp at the village of Jancapampa for the night.
Yanacon Pass and Sactaycocha are our goals for the day while admiring immense peaks and the wildlife. Condors are common here. The trail will take us to Tayapampa Camp.
Two passes, Mesapata and Caracara, will make this a challenging day. It also includes a river crossing before the steep ascent, so once we complete the passes and head into the Jancarurish Valley and the Alpamayo Crossing.
We can use this day to rest, or enjoy an optional hike to Jancarurish Lake to take in the wondrous mountains around us. We will hit 5,000 meters before making camp at Ruinapampa.
Another two pass day, but this time we cross Vientunan and Osoruri Passes. The glacial lake of Cullicocha is a pleasant reward, as is the view of Lake Milluacocha from our descent to camp at Wishcash.
Our final day includes a visit to an old community that was destroyed by an avalanche from an earthquake. The immersion in Yungay is another opportunity to delve into Peruvian culture.
We will transport back to Huaraz for a big dinner to culminate our trek.
This is a transport day for a flight or bus trip back to Lima.
This day is reserved for extra time spend at Taullipampa, Huaraz, Lima, or another camp along the trail. Placement is at the discretion of the guide.
On the last day, you will leave Peru with a wealth of new, incredible memories.
We will be staying in tents during the hike. We will also have nights in hotels in Lima and Huaraz (not included in the price).
A bus will pick you up from the airport to transport you to Huaraz. Contact us upon booking for more information regarding our meeting location.
Peru Expeditions is a Guide Agency and Tour Operator based in Huaraz, Peru.
It's a family-owned travel agency, which was founded more than 35 years ago, and is now managed by IFMGA-guide Juventino and his son, Eric.
We organize trekkings and mountain expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, and all around Peru.
AGMP | IFMGA
William was such a knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient guide! He brought books and support materials to further explain the history of the sites we were seeing, was always ready with an answer to any questions, and had great suggestions of where to take photos. He chose a truly remarkable cook for our trek, who kept us well fed with a huge variety of foods (and an ample supply of it!) and filled with hot beverages at all hours of the day and night. He allowed us to set the pace each day, and was cheerful and helpful and relaxed throughout-he absolutely enhanced a wonderful experience! Many thanks to you, William!
Eric from Peru Expeditions is a fabulous, safe, and conscientious Tour Operator. He chose an incredible guide for us (Darwin) who was highly esteemed by every guide we met at every point along the journey-the respect of one’s peers speaks for itself! We were very well supported, always had perfect timing with seeing sunrises, beating “the crowd” to our destinations, and had ample food. The Peruvian mountains are stunningly beautiful- I’m ready to go back again already! Book with Eric - he’s going to take good care of you.
Great service and trip!
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Our guide was William and he is the one that really made the trip great!
It was really good climbing expedition. The company put good effort to accommodate our needs and requests. Lima Central Office support was outstanding. Edgar, our climbing guide was top notch. Supporting staff during the climb was very helpful and friendly as well. For my personal needs, some modification of an acclimatisation scheme would be beneficial. First week of the trip consisted of various day trips to destinations of increasing altitudes, but all nights were at Huaraz, at 3100 m altitude. For me, to be fully acclimatized I need to sleep at the altitude. My first night at the higher altitude was at Pisco refuge (4800 m) and resulted with mild altitude sickness preventing me from successful climbing the following day. I would prefer spending two nights at high altitude before first high climb. It might not be the case for some other people, but it was for me. If not for this, I would had awarded straight five stars.
Disappointed with the whole experience. Didn't climb with Juventino, never met him. Got a different guide. Booked Pisco and Chopicalcui as separate climbs with one day off in between to rest. Agency combined the climbs. They told me to of go from Pisco BC directly to Chopicalcui moraine camp. Got a different guide who didn't tell me that we'll get snowed in at moraine camp. Only found out about the snow once we reached Chopicalcui moraine camp. Spent the night there, next day had to go down. Disappointed rebooked my flight and left Peru. Waste of my time and money.
The agency gave me a guide Darwin, not Juventino. Climb was good, easy just walking. There is one dangerous section near the moraine area with very loose gravel. So make sure you don't slip there or you are dead. I stayed in refugio at the base camp which was much more comfy than camping. Darwin was good but give clients some breaks once in a while, not rush too much. It's a high altitude climbing after all.
The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.
Flormila Pineda Villanueva
My visit to Huaraz was one of the most beautiful trips of my life. Our days of adventure began with the visit of lagoons in the white mountain range; wilcacocha, churup, paron, lagoon 69 and we finish with the most beautiful Santa Cruz trek. Our trip was a complete success, during the stay in Huaraz we stayed at the ALPAMAYO GUEST HOUSE hotel, an excellent place in the center of Huaraz. I recommend Mr. Juventino to make his trip and his hotel the and if nice family People.
He was very kind, patient and helped me to reach my goal the citadel of Machupicchu. One day I wanted to quit but he encouraged me to continue and waited for my step.
Our experience in Peru was an unforgettable journey, we started a journey in this country to visit Machu Picchu and the surroundings of Cusco as a sacred valley, etc. Afterwards, our next destination was to arrive in the beautiful land of Huaraz, where our main goal was the trekking of Santa Cruz and a not very difficult base climb and after the trekking of Huayhuash. We will be back next year with more customers, friends of our mountain club, thanks for everything and see you soon in Huaraz!
Michael W English
From the very first emails communication which was dealt with efficiently and provide all the required information and other options for myself to consider. When I arrived the communication was excellent and very well organised. When I return later this year I will without doubt be using Eric and the team. When we arrive at the start point to getting back the local guide was excellent. I have nothing but praise for the set up.
We did the MTB-Huarascan-Circuit (Crossing Punta Olimpica Pass and Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass) with Eric Albinos „Peru Expedition“. All, the transfers, the hotel stays, the acclimatization tours and the circuit itself, was well organized. Eric and his staff were flexible to our wishes and very helpful. Our Guide Joni is an excellent mountain bike-guide and good tailor too if something is torn. The cook prepared delicious meals during the circuit. The camping equipment was in very good condition. We (Karin, Franz. Wolfgang) can fully recommend „Eric´s Peru Expeditions“.
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