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Santa Cruz Trek and Ascent to Pisco

The Cordillera Blanca, in Peru, is an ideal destination for a beautiful hike. Here, do the Santa Cruz trek and ascent to Pisco in 9 days.

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9 Days

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Trekking Santa Cruz & Nevado Pisco (5760 m).

A very popular and short trek in to the Cordillera Blanca with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lagoons. Also a demanding ascend to the pass “Punta Union” at an altitude of 4759 m.

Nevado Pisco takes 3 days. Pisco is a very attractive mountain for foreign climbers. It is a good option for those who are acclimatized.
Previous experience is not required. We will help you reach the summit of this peak. The ascent is moderately difficult and not very steep. You will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca, including Mount Huascarán (6768 m), which is Peru’s highest mountain.

Below you will find the day-to-day program for this trip.

Day 01: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3760 m)

Day 02: Llamacorral – Taullipampa (4250 m)

Day 03: Taullipampa – Cachina pampa (3750 m)

Day 04: Cachinapampa – Vaquería – Llanganuco – Paccha (3850 m)

Day 05: Paccha – Cebollapampa (3900 m)

Day 06: Cebollapampa – Trekking Laguna 69 (4450 m)

Day 07: Cebollpampa (3900 m) – Base Camp (4700 m)
Arrival to Base Camp. This mountain is one of the easy ones in this region. You should keep in mind that it is a real high tour with 30° ice passages and chinks on the glacier. We start at Cebollapampa from where a trail leads us to the basecamp of the Pisco. After the first steep ascend a flatter part follows. After a further ascend and a small waterfall we reach a small area, offering us a perfect place to build up our base camp.

Day 08: Ascent – Summit Nevado Pisco (5752 m) – Base Camp
Quite some time before sunset we start our climb to the top. Our headlamps lighting the way through stony grounds and easy glaciers.
Later we pass a field of rocks below the Huandoy glacier where we have to calculate with falling stones. On the other side of the glacier, thankfully, dark rocks serve us a better way to the top of Nevado Pisco. Soon we arrive at the entry to the glacier of Nevado Pisco. In the majority of cases there is a clear trace showing us the way to the saddle. So, we have to follow the steep ascend before reaching the top of 5752 meters.

Not only the highest mountain in Peru, the Nevado Huascaran, but also several other mountain giants can be observed from here. Also Huandoy and Chopiqualqui appear in the direct neighborhood.

Day 09: Base Camp – Huaraz
After our breakfast we will come down to Cabollapampa. Our private transport is waiting for us.

Contact me if this trek and climbing trip interests you. Guiding you in Peru’s great Cordillera Blanca will be a pleasure!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Camping equipment tents


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Transfers included: - Transfer hotel/busstation – Huaraz in Hotel - Private transportation Huaraz/according to the program/Huaraz Transfers not included: - Transfer/bus station/Hotel – Lima - Transfer airport/hotel/airport – Lima - Bus ticket Huaraz/Lima, executive service in public bus-Movil Tours or Cruz del Sur All meals during the trek program and climbing program are included, the rest of the meals (and beverages) are not included. Collective technical equipment is included, personal camping and climbing equipment is not included (sleeping bag, climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, gaiters, harness, snow glasses, appropriate clothes, personal medicines, etc).

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Founder, manager and Mountain Guide of Andean Peaks
Member of IVBV (Internationale Vereinigung der Bergführerverbände) IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) UIAGM (Union Internationale des Associations de Guide de Montagne).
I was born and raised in the hamlet of Yarush in 1987, at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca. From very young age i was born my passion for the mountains. In 2003 I started as enthusiast to climbing in rock next to my brother Eloy. In 2009 i obtained the title as ''official guide of high mountain'', i also ranks first in his class.
I enjoys doing sports climbing and opening new avenues in the cordillera Blanca, and in other countries. My wide experience has meant that he has climbed most of the mountains in cordillera blanca.


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What people are saying about Octavio



Octavio wss injured and we ended up with Hector instead. He is new, but is very friendly and hard working. I would acclimatize more than the stated 3 days at one of the lagoons if you want to increase your chance at success. Communication was lacking a little prior to the trip with no contact until the day before the trip. Overall the crew was great and went above and beyond my expectations.



Excellent adventure. Octavia is a very skilled guide. The expedition was fabulous



Excellent service in every way. I was confident Octavio experience and I was thrilled with everything done during this expedition.



Where to start, the personal touch, the enjoyment, the focus on the client and safety. A truly enjoyable experience with both brothers. The only bad thing I would say is that the experiences have to come to an end. They have made our honeymoon truly memorable and I wouldn’t change a moment. I would highly recommend using andeanpeaks.com if you want a safe and enjoyable experience with well trained, likeable, friendly, personal and experienced guides. I cannot praise enough. Thank you so so much



Octavio is very nice guy with acceptable command of English

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