Join a local certified mountain guide from our team for a thrilling and scenic 8-day trek through the Cordillera Blanca from Los Cedros to Alpamayo.
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Come and discover the sublime beauty and incredible culture that lives within the Cordillera Blanca!
Over the course of our 8-day trek, we will discover some of Peru’s most stunning scenery as well as have the opportunity to meet some of the indigenous people who have lived here for centuries.
Among the numerous highlights of our trip will be stunning views out over a few of the Cordillera’s highest peaks, including the Santa Cruz peaks, the Pucachircas peaks, Alpamayo (5.947 m), Quitaraju (6.036 m) and many others.
There is so much stunning scenery to see on this trip that it is impossible to describe it all in one small post. We will hike over several passes that afford stunning panoramic views; past glaciers and ice walls of imposing size and magnificence; down into valleys full of lush vegetation; through grasslands dotted with small villages; and to cap it all of, each night we will camp in a new and exotic location.
The trip is rated as moderate and we recommend that everyone prepares themself properly for this. While nothing in itself is too challenging about this trek, doing everything at high altitude always makes it tougher. Be sure to do some light cardio training prior to the trip.
So what are you waiting for? Book now for a once in a lifetime trek through the sublime beauty and stunning scenery of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca!
If you like the look of this trip, but want to spend a bit more time in the cordillera, then I think you will also enjoy my 12-day version of this trek, with the addition of Ulta!
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
Please contact us for an exact price quote and trip dates.
After meeting in Hualcayan, we will climb the steep and winding trail to Wishcash, where we will watch the sunset and spend the night.
This will be a long and challenging day. We will start by hiking past Lake Cullicocha, enjoying excellent views of the Santa Cruz mountains and glaciers. We will then hike up and down a series of mountain passes before descending down into the Cedros Alpamayo valley until we reach Ruina Pampa. Expect to hike for 8 or 9 hours this day.
We will hike for a bit less time today, heading to Cruze Alpamayo. We will then have the chance either to climb Jatunjirca Peak (5030 m) or spend a half-day resting at the camp.
We will head over both Caracara Pass and Mesapata Pass (4460 m), enjoying spectacular views of the northernmost peaks in the range. We will then head down into the Tayapama Valley and continue on to Laguna Safuna.
We continue trekking through the Tayapama Valley and then head up a steep slope to Pucajircas Pass followed by a long descent into the Yanajanca Valley, where we will camp for the night.
We will head out on the right side of Jancapampa Valley and continue to Tupatupa Pass, where we will enjoy some great views of Laguna Huercrucocha and and camp for the night.
We will hike up to Yanagrahirca Pass, from where we will enjoy stunning panoramic views. We then head downhill through increasingly populated areas until we reach the indigenous village of Colcabamba.
We will spend a scenic day driving to Huaraz via Portachuelo Pass (4650 m).
To be determined upon completion of booking.
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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