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4-day Santa Cruz Trek in the Peruvian Andes (Cordillera Blanca)

Come and join one of our IFMGA certified guides for a wonderful 4-day Santa Cruz Trek in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca of Peru.


Cordillera Blanca

4 Days

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct


All Levels


* Enjoy a 4-day hike along the Santa Cruz Trek in Peru.

* Visit a number of great spots including Huaraz, Cashapampa and more.

* Open to hikers of varying skill levels.


Have you ever dreamed of taking a scenic trek through the Cordillera Blanca in Peru? Then you’ll love this 4-day adventure along the Santa Cruz Trek.

Throughout the amazing Santa Cruz Trek, you’ll be constantly staring up at the gorgeous peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. You’ll also get to gaze upon a number of beautiful natural highlights, from stunning lagoons and forests to lovely rivers and lakes. You’ll also get access to magnificent viewpoints, including the Punta Union Pass, which rests at an altitude of 4,750 meters.

Our journey will begin in Huaraz. From there, we will venture to different locations, including Vaqueria, Paria, Taullipampa, Cashapampa, Llamacorral and Arhuaycocha. Each one of these places will provide you with its own unique experience and set of wonders.

Another great aspect of this 4-day trek is that it will act as a perfect means to acclimatization for those wishing to do some climbing on the tremendous peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. Furthermore, this is not a very technically difficult trip. As a result, people of all levels can enjoy it. However, you should be in good physical condition.

Hiking along the Santa Cruz Trek in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru is an adventure you will never forget. To enjoy it for yourself, please send a request. We look forward to guiding you.

We also offer a much longer hike on this 10-day Cedros Alpamayo Trek.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

Price details

Price Includes:

Certified Trekking Guide (english, spanish)

Certified chef

Private transportation: Huaraz – Vaqueria village

Private transportation: Cashapampa village – Huaraz

Donkey drivers and donkeys for the transfer of the logistic camping equipment (10 Kg per participant)

5 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, box lunch, tea time and dinner)

4 seasons tent with double occupancy

Tent kitchen, dining room and bathroom.

Kitchen sets and fully-equipped dining room

First aid kit and oxygen bottle

Permanent radio communication between the Andean Raju Expeditions team.

Boiled water to fill up your bottle every day (1 Lt.)

Warm water for your personal higiene

Tips to get to Huaraz

Advice before the Expedition

Last day: lunch and farewell toast with regional food and typical Peruvian drinks.

Price doesn't include:

Airline ticket to Lima and back to the country of origin

Bus transportation Lima / Huaraz / Lima

Entrance ticket to Huascaran National Park: S/. 60.00 nuevos soles

Personal tent (if you want a personal tent, the rent is S/. 30 soles per day)

Extra costs for premature abandonment of the expedition

International Medical Insurance

Accident and rescue insurance (you can ask us about the agreement we have with Global Rescue for a preferential price)

Travel luggage and trip cancellation insurance

Transfer to Huaraz out of schedule, in case of premature abandonment of the expedition

First breakfast at the beginning of the itinerary is not included

Sleeping bag -25° / -30º

Personal expenses

Hotel during your stay in Huaraz

Tips for guide / staff


Day 1: Huaraz (3,100 m) – Yungay (2,458 m) – Vaquería Village (3,900 m) – Paria Camp (3,870 m)

Our expedition starts in Huaraz, we will pick you up at your hotel with private transportation. We will go north through the Huaylas valley to Yungay then continue to Huascaran National Park to check in and pass through Llanganuco canyon while visualizing the turquoise lakes Orconcocha and Chinancocha. Then we will go up the road until we reach the beautiful viewpoint Portachuelo Pass, where we will stop to enjoy the visual domain of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoys, Pisco, and all the turquoise lakes that compose the far Llanganuco valley. Finally, we will continue to Vaquería village, this is the place where we will begin Santa Cruz Trek. Vaqueria village is where the donkey drivers and donkeys are waiting to assist us with the transportation of logistical equipment to the camp. Finally, 3 hours after walking from Vaqueria village, we will arrive at Paria Camp.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Transfer by car: 3 hours Estimated trekking time: 4 to 5 hours Elevation gain: +770 m (3,100 masl to 3,870 masl)

Day 2: Paria Camp (3,870 m) - Punta Union Pass (4,750 m) - Taullipampa Camp (4,250 m)

On the second day, we will hike uphill to Punta Union Pass (4750 m). From this pass we will have an awesome viewpoint of the snowy mountains: Taulliraju (known as the Cathedral of the World), Artesonraju (known as the mountain of the Paramount Picture), Rinrijirca, Paria and Quitaraju. We will go down for approximately 2 hours to Taullipampa camp, this is the highest camp of the whole circuit. In the afternoon, you can rest or take pictures of the landscape. When dinner time arrives, we will eat and rest to continue with the next day’s journey.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, tea time and dinner. Estimated trekking time: 7 to 8 hours Elevation gain: +880/-500 (3,870 masl to 4,750 masl)

Day 3: Taullipampa Camp (4,250 m) - Llamacorral Camp (3,750 m)

On our third trekking day we will hike to the Alpamayo mountain viewpoint and to the Arhuaycocha lake, after 1 hour of hiking we will enjoy the view of the Alpamayo peak and the silhouette of the Artesonraju peak, the famous «Paramount Picture». At this point, if you do not feel in good condition you may choose to descend and continue to the next camp, one of our assistants will be responsible for guiding you. Those who feel well and in good condition will continue for another 2 hours to the Arhuaycocha lake, the road is through a plain to the base camp of Nevado Alpamayo, at this place there is a change of slope in the form of zigzag until you reach the lake where we will stay for a time to rest, hydrate and take pictures.

Finally we go back down the same ravine until we reach the viewpoint of Alpamayo, continue to the Quebrada Santa Cruz, surround the lake Hatuncocha (large lake) and is in this place we will have lunch.

After a short rest we continue our hike until we reach our campsite in Llamacorral, in the afternoon you will have time to rest or take pictures of the surrounding landscape and the beautiful sunset that can be seen in the Taulliraju peak.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, tea time, lunch and dinner. Estimated trekking time: 7 to 8 hours Elevation gain: +500 m (4,250 masl to 3,750 masl)

Day 4: Llamacorral Camp (3,750 m) – Cashapampa village (3,425 m) – Huaraz (3,100 m)

The end of our trek has arrived, we will wake you up in the early hours of the morning. As every day, we wake you up with a hot drink and we will provide you warm water for your personal cleanliness. At 7:00 a.m. we will begin our day’s trek to the Cashapampa village.

On the way down the Quebrada Santa Cruz you will see a constant change in the vegetation. Finally, we will arrive at the Cashapampa village, the transport will be waiting for us at this place to transport us to the city of Huaraz.

Lodging: Mountain tents. Meals: Breakfast Hiking time: 4 hours Transportation by car: 2 hours back to Huaraz. Elevation gain: -650 (3,750 masl to 3,100 masl)


About the guide

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Andean Raju



Tour Operator

We are a team of young IFMGA and UIMLA-certified mountain guides and leaders, with extensive experience. We offer hiking and mountain expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Perú, our main adventure destinations. We also offer ascent expeditions to the most emblematic mountains of Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia.

In Andean Raju Expeditions we are proud of our work. Our priority is always the satisfaction and safety of our customers, always taking care of the conservation and protection of the environment. Our mission goes beyond adventure, we offer our clients a personalized experience and our friendship, sharing our culture, knowledge and love for nature and mountains to ensure every visitor an unforgettable experience.





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What people are saying about Andean Raju



Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.



The guide did the absolute minimum he could possibly do. The food provided was definitely not enough for what we were doing. This was already a fast itinerary and he cut it short by two more days. It made it extremely dangerous for us as clients. 2 of the 5 of us had to get flown off the mountain by helicopter due to edema because we didn’t acclimate properly. The guide then lied on social media and claimed 100% success to the summit. He really is a snake. He only cared about cutting everything and doing it as cheap as possible, most likely just to make a few more bucks. If this was a service offered in the U.S., there would’ve been a lawsuit. He should never guide this trip ever again for the pure safety of the clients.



Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.

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