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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Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov
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!
- Guiding fee
- 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 does not include: • Entrance Ticket to Huascarán National Park S /. 150.00 Soles per person ($ 46). • Travel accidents and health insurance. • Travel luggage and travel cancellation insurance. • Does not include first breakfast. • Personal expenses. • Sleeping bag. • Heat lamp, snow goggles, appropriate clothing, personal medications, etc.
On the day of departure (5:00 am), we will pick up our clients at their respective hotels. Then, we will go to the north side of the Callejón de Huaylas to the city of Yungay. We will continue to the Town of Huashao, where we will pause for 30 minutes to have breakfast in a restaurant. After breakfast, we will continue along the road until we reach the entrance control to the Huascarán National Park (PNH). We will purchase tickets and sign in. Then, we will continue to the Quebrada de Llanganuco until we reach the location of the Chinancocha lagoon at an altitude of 3850 meters above sea level. We will stop to take pictures of this impressive turquoise lagoon. We continue and stop at Km 42, where we will enjoy impressive views of the Chinancocha, Orconcocha, Chopicalqui, Huascarán Sur and Norte, Los Huandoys, Pisco and Chacraraju lagoons. Finally, we will continue to the village of Vaquería, the starting point of our hike to Paría, our camping area. Transfer by car: 03 Hours / Walk: 05 Hours
We will wake you up with hot tea in your tent and hot water for personal grooming. After breakfast, around 6:30, we will begin the hike to the most difficult section of the route, Paso Punta Unión. The first 2 hours are simple, then we will begin to ascend towards Punta Unión at 4,750 meters. This ancient road was used as a route to transport goods from the eastern side of the Andes to the main valley. As we approach the pass, you can enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Valley to the west, and views of the Huaripampa Valley to the east. The Santa Cruz peaks, are surrounded by Andean vegetation, the snowy peaks of Paria and Taulliraju, Artesonraju and Huaripampa. We will see the snowy Taulliraju near us and the Taullicocha Lagoon. From this point on it is possible to see the entire Santa Cruz gorge. After lunch and a 1 hour break, we will go down to our next Taullipampa camp for 2 more hours; The camp is at an altitude of 4,250 meters, the highest camp during the Santa Cruz trek.
After your tea, personal hygiene and breakfast, we will start walking towards the Nevado Alpamayo viewpoint, then continue to visit the Arhuaycocha gorge, the Alpamayo BC and the Arhuaycocha lagoon (4420m), one of the most beautiful lagoons of the Santa Cruz trek at the foot of the snowcapped Pucajirca. It is common to find blocks of ice in the water, after 30 minutes, we will return along the same path to the traditional Santa Cruz trek path, and continue walking past the Jatuncocha lagoon that has a splendid turquoise color, and is surrounded by vegetation and white sand. Then we will enjoy views of the Ichiccocha lagoon. Finally, we will arrive at our last Llamacorral camp at 3,760 meters.
This will be our last day inside the Huascarán National Park. After breakfast, we will walk downhill to the town of Cashapampa at 2,900 meters. When descending, you will notice a constant change in the vegetation until we reach the town of Cashapampa. There, we will take private transport back to Huaraz.
Huaraz, hotel pick up.
Other gear: • 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.
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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Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.
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