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Santa Cruz Trek 4 days, Huaraz, Perú
Santa Cruz Trek 4 days, Huaraz, Perú
Santa Cruz Trek 4 days, Huaraz, Perú
Santa Cruz Trek 4 days, Huaraz, Perú

Santa Cruz Trek 4 days, Huaraz, Perú

Join one of the certified guides at Andean Raju Expeditions and enjoy a thrilling 4-day Santa Cruz Trek in Peru's Cordillera Blanca starting from Huaraz!


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4 Days


Mar - Aug, Oct, Nov






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  • Enjoy a unique 4-day trek in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.
  • Discover crystal clear lakes and stunning mountain views on a thrilling trip.
  • Follow a certified guide on the breathtaking Santa Cruz trek in the Andes.


Would you like to discover some of the most stunning landmarks in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru? Then join us on a 4-day Santa Cruz Trek starting from Huaraz!

The Santa Cruz Trek is a short route that goes through some of the most stunning spots in the Peruvian Andes. Turquoise lagoons and snow-capped peaks will catch your eye on the way to the highest point of the trek, Punta Unión, at an altitude of 4,750 meters.

On this adventure, we will set off from the town of Huaraz. We will pick you up at your hotel and drive to our kick-off spot. From there, we will hike for an average of 6-8 hours per day, starting off early every morning. We will spend the night in tents, and stop on the way to rest and take pictures. You can find a detailed description of the itinerary below.

Keep in mind that you need a good fitness level to join this adventure. Additionally, some prior mountaineering experience is recommended. Of course, we will be there at all times to take care of you and make sure you are comfortable.

So, are you ready for a thrilling 4-day adventure in the Cordillera Blanca? Then book your place now and join us on the Santa Cruz Trek in Peru!

We also offer a 5-day program that combines the Santa Cruz trek with a stop at Laguna 69, check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Clean drinkable water

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details


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.

Not included:

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

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


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)

Equipment you will need to bring

• Trekking pants. • Trekking footwear. • Trekking socks (synthetic fibers). • Sun hat. • Cap for the cold. • Down jackets. • Trekking sticks. • Sleeping bag (-30 °). • Microfiber and thermal shirts. • Sunglasses. • Backpack 60 liters to transport your personal items. • 15-20 liter backpack for walking. • Waterproof jacket. • Waterproof pants. • Waterproof clothing. • Water bottle (1 Lt.). • Headlamp (with spare batteries). • Personal first aid kit. • Personal hygiene accessories. • Camera. • Towel. • Flips flops.

About the guide: Andean Raju

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Andean Raju



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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



Had so much fun mountaineering with Pablo and Paulino! first experience climbing snow/ice, would definitely recommend and good price too



An extraordinary expérience with Pablo and Alex, two fantastic guides (and now friends for life) from Huaras, Peru, who are at the same time extremely professional and incredebly flexible. We reached the summit on day 8 to benefit from a good weather window. My heurt is full of gratitude for the who le expérience and the magical encounters I was blessed with during that expedition. Probably amongst the very best memories in my entire life. Thank you si much, guys! And see you soon for new adventures 😛🔥❤️😊



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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