Trekking Santa Cruz - 4 days

Itinerary :
Santa Cruz’s trekking is one of the most famous hikes of the White Cordillera. Lots of people get surprised by the landscapes’ beauty of this trek and by some snowy summits like the Alpamayo, considered the most beautiful mountain of the world by some alpinists in 1966, the Taulliraju, the Quitaraju and the Pucajirca.

Day one : Huaraz – Vaqueria (3750) – Cachinapampa (3850m)
First we will do the five hours of road/off-road in a private car until the hamlet of Vaqueria where will be waiting our muleteer. In the way to, we will pass by the beautiful lakes Llangauco then we will get to the Portachuelo’s collar (4767m), from where we will be able to take a picture of the Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco, and the LLanganuco’s valley with it two turquoise lakes. We will start our first day of walk, about three-four hours, until Cachinapampa. We will meet the area’s inhabitants  and will have a spectacular view on the mount Garcilaso.

Day two : Cachinapampa (3850) – Punta Unión (4760) – Taullipampa (4100)
After the break-fast, we will begin our walk of about seven hours (14km) to the camping of Taullipampa. We will get until the highest collar of this trekking, la Punta Unión (4760). Our reward will be the great view offered on the snowy mounts that take place in this way : Artesonraju (the Paramount picture’s mountain), Quitaraju, Taulliraju, Alpamayo, Pucajirca, Rinrijirca, Caraz, Aguja. After having taken some pictures of those summits, we will get down until the camping for a well deserved rest.

Day three : Taullipampa – Llamacorral (3750)
This day, after a good break-fast, we will start our walk of 6-8 hours (10km). Getting to the crossing of Quisuar, we will get to the base camp of Alpamayo (4400), we will walk until the lake Harhueycocha. So we will have a view on the Quitaraju and the Pucajirca, moreover of course on the Alpamayo. Then back at Quisuar, we will keep on walking until the camping  Llamacorral. We will see quite a lot of trees, named “queñual”, some forest plants named “Tarhui” and we will be able to watch some wild ducks and some Andean geeses, known under the name of “huacha”.

Day four : Llamacorral –Cashapampa (2900m)
Last day of trekking quiet, getting down during about 2-3 hours until the Cashapampa’s village at the getting out of Santa Cruz’s valley. During this day, we will watch some typical flowers of the area like the “zapatitos del Diablo” (les chaussures du diable), “el machito” (le macho), the “patas del galo” (les pattes du coq), and the Yanapacha’s waterfall, outcome from the melting snow of the summit of the same name. A change in vegetation  and landscapes in quick time and that does the charm of the Andean’s Peruvians’ trekking.
From Cashapampa we get back to Huaraz in a special car for about 2h30.

Personal material :
Clients have to take with them :

A sleeping bag (able for -5 C° confort) – Frontal lamp or pocket – Stick’s hike – Walking shoes (no barefoot) and some replacements – waterproof clothes ( sockets and t-shirt of replacement for 4 days) – solar protection and mosquito repellent – sunglasses and hat – bottles for water (about 2liters) – a backpack for hiking (about 25-30 liters) – an additional battery for your camera

Included Camping equipment :

Tent two places – floor matress – Cooking tent – toilets tent – WC paper – soap for clothes – toilet soap – a small toilet towel – chairs and tables – private car – 1st kit aid – thermos – Horse in case of urgency.

Food :

Break-fast with bread, honey, and jam, cornflakes, pancakes, eggs etc.
Midday, picnics with two sandwiches, 2 fruits, chocolate, cakes, dry fruits
Evening meal with soup, main dish and dessert.
(Please tell us if you are vegetarian or allergic to certain food).
Every morning, the cook will give to each person some hot water and micropur to full your bottles (about 2liters per day).
Our cooks give a particular care to the hygiene to give the best service possible to our clients.

Staff :

Guide with formation in hiking and 1st aid
Cook with formation in national and international cooking
Donkey driver with their own donkeys to charge the entire material of camping, the food for the entire trek and backpacks with the clients’ personals things.