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8-day Santa Cruz trek (with Pisco ascent)

Explore Santa Cruz with Edwin, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, Santa Cruz, and reach th summit of the Pisco Mountain. Join him on this amazing 8-day trek through the Peruvian Andes.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration8 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Do you want to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Peru? Let me guide you on this 8-day trek through Santa Cruz and to the summit of the Pisco Mountain.

Santa Cruz is one of the most popular trekking routes on Earth! During the trek, you will be able to see all of the important mountains, rivers and lakes in this area, in just a few days. Moreover, during this amazing trek, you will get to reach the summit of Pisco (5752 m).

We’ll begin by exploring the Callejón de Huaylas and driving through charming Andean towns. Our first stop will be Carhuaz (2650m). There, we’ll try one of the best guarded secrets of this mountains: ice cream! You’ll get to taste ecological, handcrafted ice cream, made with local fruits!

I will also take you to the dazzling Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes. Then, I’ll guide you to Alpamayo, an impressive viewpoint where you’ll get the best photos! From here you’ll be able to see Alpamayo, Aguja, Paron Quitaraju and ArtesonrajuAdditionally, we will reach Punta Union Pass (4750m), where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch with spectacular views.

Afterwards, we’ll head to the Quenual Trees. Due to its unique location, you’ll be able to see different animals here. If we are lucky you’ll get a great view of the magnificent condor of the Cordillera Blanca.

I’ll also guide you to Portachuelo Pass (4770m) where you’ll get an unparalleled view of Pisco, Huandoys and Chacraraju.

And on the seventh day we’ll reach the Pisco‘s summit. Upon descent, we’ll head to Cebollapampa where a transfer will take you back to Huaraz.

So do not miss out on this unique opportunity to see this wonderful place. Send me a message and explore with me the Cordillera Huayhuash.

But, if you want something shorter, I also guide this Cordillera Blanca 4-day trek.



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The price doesn't cover emergency evacuations and medical expenditures

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Day 1: Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral

Today we’ll begin our adventure after breakfast. First, we’ll go to Callejón de Huaylas and drive towards Carhuaz, where you’ll taste the best local ice cream! Then, we’ll go towards Caraz, from where we’ll head to the Cashapampa District. Finally, that night we’ll set camp in Llamacorral.

Day 2: Llamacorral - Jatuncocha - Taullipampa

I’ll take you to the Ichiccocha and Jtuncocha lakes. Later, we’ll head to Quisuaur and continue towards Alpamayo, where you’ll get an amazing view.

Day 3: Taullipampa - Punta Union Passs - Cachinapampa

We’ll begin our hike towards the Punta Union Pass (4750m) to have lunch there. After which, we’ll head to Cachinapampa to camp there for the night.

Day 4: Cachinapampa - Vaqueria - Paccharuri

This day we’ll direct ourselves to Vaqueria, from where we’ll hike towards Quenal Trees. Because of the location of this spot, you’ll be able to see many animals here, including condors. And, at night we’ll camp in Paccharuri (4100m) where you can see Mt. Chopicalqui.

Day 5: Paccharuri - Portachuelo Pass - Cebollapampa

We will reach Portachuelo Pass to get an incomparable view of the Andes! Then we’ll head to Cebollapampa for camping.

Day 6: Cebollapampa - Pisco Base Camp - Moraine Camp

I will guide you to Base Camp to get the best views of Huandoys, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui and Pisco. Then, we will go to the Moraine camp to spend the night there.

Day 7: Moraine Camp - Summit Pisco - Back to Base Camp

Our day will begin early so we can reach the glacier and get to the Pisco Summit (5750).

Day 8: Base Camp - Llaganuco - Huaraz

After breakfast in Base Camp, we’ll head back to Cebollapampa, where a private bus will take us Huaraz.

About the guide

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My name is Edwin, professional Mountain Guide, member of Mountain Guides Association of Peru (AGMP) and Member of the International Union of Mountain Guides Association (UIAGM), specialized on Trekking, Climbing, Expeditions also I am the founder of Andes Travel Expeditions company.

I have extensive experience and I had climb throughout Peru, Argentina and Bolivia and succesfully guided Huandoy Norte ( 2 times: on the north face and east face), Piramide de Garcilaso, Arteson, Caraz 1, Alpamayo, Huascaran, as well as Illampu, Sajama, Condiriri, Aconcagua, among many other mountains..

I will be happy to welcome you and your friends from all over the world to travel with us in America del Sur particularly in my home country Peru, the country of Mt Huascaran, Alpamayo(Most beautiful mountain in the world), Machupicchu, Cusco, Lago Titicaca, Arequipa, Amazonas etc.

As a professional mountain guide, I have been leading several mountain trips for the, past 20 years. I love and enjoy my job and have gained a lot of experience through climbing with many groups from all over the world. First I would like to assure you the best service and cooperation from my team, Secondly I will make sure that you have an exciting trekking on mountain, wonderful, unique and memorable experience. And while you are here in Peru we would like to promise, you are going to have an enjoyable and comfortable stay with us and look forward to meet your expectation Andes Travel Expeditions Company is pleased to share your enthusiasm for lifetime experience. I am pleased to let you know that I am going to be your Guide up there personally I will take you there not to send you there.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3042 each

Group of 2

USD 1918 each

Group of 3

USD 1568 each

Group of 4

USD 1444 each

Group of 5

USD 1444 each

Group of 6

USD 1361 each

Group of 7

USD 1361 each

Group of 8

USD 1135 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

The price for 8-9 people is US$1100 and for 10 or more US$920. The prices previously displayed are for private groups. For shared groups, starting at 5 people, the price is US$1000. It includes: transfers in private vehicles; professional certified guide; professional outdoor cook preparing 3 healthy and delicious meals a day with natural ingredients, plus snacks; transportation of all equipment; donkey driver or porters where needed; all camping and cooking equipment; cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, sleeping and bathroom tents; first aid kits; park entry fees. It does not include: international flights and airport taxes; transport to and from Lima; Hotel and meals in Lima or Huaraz; previous acclimatization program; personal clothing and personal equipment; personal expenses and insurance

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