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Santa Cruz Trek and Ascent to Pisco

Santa Cruz Trek and Ascent to Pisco
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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.


9 Days

All year


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 IFMGA Mountain Guide of Andean Peaks. I work together with my brother Eloy and a team of IFMGA mountain guides, and UIMLA Mountain Leaders. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my qualified colleagues will be your guide.

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 enjoy doing sports climbing and opening new routes in the cordillera Blanca, and in other countries. My wide experience has taken me to climb most of the mountains in cordillera blanca.


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What people are saying about this trip



We had 10 days in the Cordillera Blanca and Octavio helped us plan a great trip. We did Laguna 69 day trip, Santa Cruz trek, climbing in Hatunmachay, ice climbing and trekking on Mount Pisco. The trip was very well organised and equipment provided was of high quality. Octavio is an experienced mountain guide and climber so we always felt safe throughout the trip. We had a great chef with us when camping and always enjoyed the food he prepared. Also enjoyed chatting to Octavio in the evenings and hearing his great stories!



We had 10 days in Andes (Huaraz as base) and wanted to get a mix of trekking, rock climbing and mountaineering. Contacted Andean Peaks who helped me organize the whole trip. Octavio, who was our main guide and one of the owners of the company was super helpful and quick to respond on both emails and Whatsapp. Octavio is a qualified professional mountain guide. Apart from this, he's also a super friendly guy an a good climber. Bonus points for always being punctual, having great equipment/tents etc, good chef (cooked pizza for us at 4600m!). Highly recommend. Activites: 1 day Laguna 69, 3 day Santa Cruz Trek, 2 days rock climbing, 1 day Ice wall climbing and 3 day Pisco mountain.



Leaving Huaraz after an amazing trek with Eloy from Andean Peaks. Me and my boyfriend did a Santa Cruz trek (you can opt for a private or group tour), 4 days, 3 nights. All the service was just perfect - food (we thought we will survive on snacks but actually received proper meals and nice company during dinners), support during the actual trek, local stories, luggage transfer etc. The whole team took care of us very nicely, not forgetting about allowing us also to have a nice local experience! The landscape itself is beautiful! Highly recommended! Besides the trek itself, also the communication prior to that was smooth and re-assuring. Thanks Octavio & Eloy!

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