People per Guide
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Type of Trip
The Santa Cruz Trek is a very popular hiking option in the Cordillera Blanca. But today I’d like to propose you a bigger plan…
You will not only have the opportunity of walking along the Santa Cruz Trek. You will also live a unique mountaineering expedition up to the summits of 3 amazing peaks: the Urus (5495 m), the Ishinca (5550 m) and the Tocllaraju (6035 m). Therefore, the Santa Cruz Trek will help you acclimatize your body to the height and get ready for the climbing stage of this trip.
As you may know, the Ishinca and Urus peaks do not involve a technical knowledge. However, the Tocllaraju has some stretches of technical and steep climbing. That is why I always recommend to have some prior ice climbing experience. In addition, it is also important that you know how to use crampons and piolets and how to descend by abseiling.
The best season to come to the Cordillera Blanca and enjoy this amazing program is from May till September. I can lead a group of 6 guests during the trekking stage. Once we start the ascensions I will lead a group of no more than 3 participants. If you are a larger group, a mountain guide assistant will join us.
And if you want to climb these 3 peaks but you don’t have so many days in the country, please check out my 7-day program.
If you want to join me in this adventure contact me now and make your reservation. I will be happy to be your guide!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport to the start of the trip
- Transport during the trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral
After breakfast in the hotel we will travel by private bus along the Callejón de Huaylas. We will make our first stop in Carhuaz. Then we will continue traveling to the Cashapampa District to meet the donkey drivers at the trailhead. So, here we start a six hour hike to our first camp: Llamacorral, at 3800 m.
Jatuncocha Lake – Viewpoint of Alpamayo - Taullipampa
A full hiking day awaits us today. After having breakfast we will start a 2-hour hike in direction to the Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha Lakes. From here we continue for another two hours to the Alpamayo base camp. From there, you’ll have a privileged viewpoint of the Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Paron and Aguja mountains. Two more hours of hiking will bring us to our second campsite in Taullipampa.
Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass – Cachinapampa
We will start the day at 8 AM. A 4-hour hike will take us to the Punta Union Pass (4750 m) where we will have lunch while enjoying the splendid landscape. After that we’ll descend for approximately 3 or 4 hours to our final camp, in Cachinapampa at 3800 meters of altitude.
Cachinapampa – Vaqueria – Huaraz
After breakfast we will start walking down for about 2:30 hours to Vaqueria, where our bus will be waiting for us. Transportation to Huaraz passing the Portachuelo Pass at 4770 meters. Finally, we will continue our travel to Yuraccorral, where we will have lunch. After registering at the control of the Huascaran National Park, where we’ll continue down to the valley until we are in Yungay and then in Huaraz. Transfer to your hotel.
Rest day in Huaraz
This day you will have free day to do some shopping and get ready to start the second stage of this program.
Huaraz – Pashpa – Base Camp Ishinca
Private bus to the trailhead in Pashpa, where we will meet the donkey drivers. Then, we will hike along the Ishinca Valley, where there is the National Park’s control. After the check-in we will have lunch and continue walking in direction to the Ishinca base camp. Here we will check our climbing equipment for the next day and spend the night in tents.
Base Camp – Summit Ishinca– Base Camp
We will wake up early and have breakfast at 3 AM. After that we will start hiking towards the glacier for 2:30 hours. Here we must use our climbing gear to climb up to the summit. After 3 hours we will be at the top of the Ishinca enjoying a nice view for some minutes and taking pictures of the valley. We will then start the descent for about 2 hours to the Moraine camp and continue to the Base Camp, where we’ll spend the night.
Base Camp – Urus summit
Today we’ll start hiking at 4 AM arriving at the glacier 2 hours later. Then we will start climbing up the glacier until we are in the 5497-meter summit. After some pictures, we must descend for about 1:30 hour to the Moraine camp and finally to the Base Camp. Overnight camping there.
Base Camp - Rest day
You will have the free day to walk around the camp and prepare the climbing gear to the next challenge: the Tocllaraju.
Base Camp – Camp 1 (5200 m)
Today we must reach the Camp 1. After 2:20 hours we will be arriving to the glacier where we must put our climbing gear on to continue. Finally, we’ll spend the night in the Camp 1, over the glacier.
Camp 1 – Tocllaraju summit - Base Camp
After breakfast at 3 AM we will climb up to the Tocllaraju summit for about 5 hours. Once at the top we will enjoy the splendid views of the Huascaran, Santa Cruz and Ranrapalca peaks. Time to return to the Camp 1. Here, we will pick up our equipment and continue to the Base Camp, where we’ll spend the last night.
Base Camp – Pashpa – Huaraz
After breakfast we must walk down to Pashpa. Once in there our private transfer will be waiting to take us to Huaraz and then, to your hotel. Time of arrival in Huaraz: 2 PM.
The price does not include:
- Hotel in Huaraz
- Meals in the City
- Huascaran National Park entrance fees
- Tips for the staffs (Guide, cook, porters and Donkey drivers)
- Personal climbing gear
- Extra drinks
About the Guide
Peruvian Mountain Guide - UIAGM Certified Guide Mountain by the Association of Mountain Guides of Peru (AGMP)
I was born and raised in the foothills of the Andes, spending summers hiking and climbing the valley and the peaks near of Huaraz.
Genius of the mountain adventure. From childhood I was a lover of adrenaline, after of the years I became in a Mountain Guide UIAGM and given to become an Instructor of Mountain Guides in the School of Guides in Peru.
I helped build, install and run the famous Via Férrata and Sky Lodge in Sacred Valley, near of Cusco.
I have more than 10 years of experience climbing mountains in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash mountain ranges in Peru, but also in neighboring countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.
I also did Wilderness First Aid course (WFA) and have completed first aid courses.
I like to share culture with people from all over the world, and help visitors make their dream come true. I speak Quechua, Spanish, English and French.