Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa Village - Camp Llama Corral (3750 m)
Our transport will take us from Huaraz towards Cashapampa village (2900 m), the starting point of our trek. Here we meet our crew and donkeys, who will transport our heavy equipment during the whole trek. We begin our trek (5-6 hours) through the beautiful Santa Cruz valley towards our first camp. On the way, we enjoy great views of the nearby high Andean peaks before we arrive to our camp at Llama Corral (3750 m). Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 2: Llama Corral - Taullipampa Camp (4250 m)
After our first night in the high mountains, we continue our trek (4-5 hours) towards our next camp. On the way, we will observe the beautiful lakes known as Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha. Following the side of the Arhuaycocha gorge, we will reach the base camp of Mount Alpamayo (5947 m). From here, we can enjoy great views of the famous Alpamayo, Artesonraju and Quitaraju. Later we will continue our walk until we reach our camp at Taullipampa at the base of the beautiful Mount Taulliraju (5830 m). Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union – Tuctu Camp (Paria Valley – 3900 m)
Today we face the hardest stage of the Santa Cruz trek: Punta Union pass at 4750 m after a 4-hour ascent. An overwhelming panorama with the view over Mounts Taulliraju, Artesonraju and Alpamayo surrounds the trekkers as they arrive to the high pass. Descending for 2 to 3 hours, we arrive to our next camp at Tuctu, where perhaps we can see some Condors flying over the Morococha lagoon. Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 4: Tuctu – Huayripampa - Vaqueria Camp - Cebollapampa
From Tuctu our trek will take us to pass the Huayripampa gorge and valley. On the way, we will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains: Chacraraju, Piramide, etc. After 4 hours of hiking, we will arrive to the settlement of Vaqueria where we meet our vehicle that will take us to first to the Portachuelo pass at 4750 m and then descend towards the Cebollapampa meadow. Here we will set up our camp at 3600 m. Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 5: Cebollapampa – Pisco Base Camp
From Cebollapampa we trek towards to the base camp of Mounts Pisco and Huandoy. The trail leads us along beautiful landscapes on a well-marked route with glacial water streams, gracious Andean flowers and queñua (polylepis) forest while we enjoy great views of Mounts Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanacocha and Mount Pisco itself. The 4 hours hike, will take us to the camp at 4650 m. Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 6: Base Camp – Pisco Summit (5752 m) – Base Camp
We start our early attempt to reach the summit of Mount Pisco at about 2 a.m. First, we negotiate our way through a camp of loose rocks of the moraine. At sunrise, we will reach the base of the glacier where we put crampons on and start our climb in easy glacial and snowy terrain. At a certain point of the route, if weather permits, we will have the opportunity to enjoy marvelous views of the Artesonraju snowy peak, Mount Caraz, Pico de Garcilaso and other impressive and beautiful mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. After 7-8 hours of continuous climbing we will finally arrive to the summit of the Pisco Mountain. Our efforts will be rewarded with an incredible 360 degrees view of the Cordillera Blanca main peaks: Huascaran, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Alpamayo, Artesonraju and many others. We then return to base camp where we expect to arrive at about 2 – 3 p.m. for a well-deserved rest and dinner. Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner included.
Day 7: Base Camp – Cebollapampa - Huaraz
After a relaxed morning, we will start our trek down to the meadow of Cebollapampa where we meet our transport, which will take us back to the city of Huaraz. Breakfast and Lunch Box included.
All transfers, private transport to/from trek start point, all entrance fees, English speaking trekking/climbing guides, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent), and complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, horses/donkeys for cargo, first aid kit, communal climbing gear (ropes, belays).
International and domestic flights, airport taxes, extras, personal trekking & climbing equipment, tips, personal travel insurance.
Personal weight allowance per passenger: 10 kgs (this to be carried by donkeys).