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Santa Cruz Trek with Pisco (5783m) summit, 8 days from Huaraz, Peru

Join certified mountain guide, Edgar Zambrano on this 8 day trek from Huaraz to the summit of Pisco. Enjoy the Cordillera Blanca in all its glory!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration8 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripGroup


  • Summit the colossal peak of Pisco, where you will have an amazing view

  • Experience both tropical and ice-covered scenery in the same tour

  • Be accompanied by donkeys who will help take some of the load off your back


Are you ready for an exciting eight day trek in the mountains of Peru? Join me on this adventure in the Cordillera Blanca!

Cordillera Blanca means white range in English. It is a world-famous mountain range that is part of the Andes Mountains. Cordillera Blanca has several massive peaks that stand over 6,000 meters tall. There are also over 700 glaciers in this mountain range alone.

The Cordillera Blanca is one of the places in the world where you can experience both tropical and ice-covered scenery. Here we will find the largest concentration of ice in all of Peru.

We will begin our tour in the city of Huaraz. Huaraz is a very important city for winter sports and adventure. People come from all around the world to practice climbing, hiking, biking and snowboarding.

From Huaraz, we will travel to Cashapampa where we will meet our donkey drivers. These donkeys will accompany us on trek, taking some of the load off of our backs.

The highlight of this trek will be our summit of Pisco. This amazing mountain is over 5,000 meters tall. From such a great height, we will be met with an amazing 360 degree panorama view of the spectacular Cordillera Blanca. We will be able to look out over the Huandoys, the Chacraraju, Pirámide de Garcilaso, Artesonraju, Alpamayo and Huascarán.




Day 1: Huaraz- Cashapampa- Llamacorral

We will leave Huaraz around 7 AM from your hotel and drive along the callejon de Hualas until we reach Cashapampa. Here, we will meet our donkey drivers. We will prepare our packs then start hiking. We will hike to our first campe at Llama corral where we will stay overnight.

Day 2: Llamacorral- Taullipampa

We will start the day with an Andean breakfast at our campsite. We will hike along the valley and see the beautiful lakes of Ichicocha and Jatuncocha. We will have lunch in a nice place called Quisuar, then we will go up to the Alpamayo south base camp. We will take some pictures and enjoy the view then hike to our next camp called Taullipampa.

Day 3: Taullipampa- Huaripampa

We will start hiking around 7 AM. We will hike up for 3 hours in a zig zag path to the Punta Union pass. Here we will have spectacular views from the mountains like Paria and Taulliraju. We can also see the beautiful lake of Taullicocha then hike down to Morococha lakes. Next, we will arrive at Cachinapampa Camp.

Day 4: Hauripampa- Vaqueria- Llangnuco- Cebollapampa

We will hike along the valley down to Hauripampa then turn to the right side to climb for above 40 minutes to Vaqueria. Here, our minivan will meet us and take us to Huaraz through Portachuelo Llanganuco Pass. We will drive through quinoa forests and meadows and pass the lovely Llanganuco Valley. We will also be able to see some big mountain peaks. We will continue down to camp at Cebollapampa.

Day 5: Cebollapampa- Pisco Base Camp

We will start our climbing program and meet our donkeys who will transport our gear as we climb up the well-marked trail to Pisco Base Camp where we will have overnight.

Day 6: Base Camp- Moraine Camp

We will ascend through the moraine field as we continue to our next stop at Moraine Camp. This day, our donkeys cannot join us so we will need to carry our packs as we climb up for 3 hours.

Day 7: Moraine Camp/ Pisco Summit Base Camp

We will start very early at around 2 AM to ensure that we get the prime snow conditions. We will climb for about 40 minutes on moraine until we reach the glacier where we put on our climbing equipment. From here, we will use crampons and rope up. We will climb for approximately 5 hours on the glacier until we reach Mount Pisco summit where we will have amazing panoramic views. We will then descend down to our base camp where we will camp for the night.

Day 8: Base Camp- Cebollapampa- Huaraz