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Trekking Santa Cruz & Climbing Nevado Pisco 2022

Trekking Santa Cruz: One of the most classic and popular hiking route in the Cordillera Blanca, the hike around this tropical mountain range passes through impressive landscapes of uncommonly beautiful mountains, frequent lakes and glaciers. The camps are some of the most spectacular in the world. This is a short and very popular hike with spectacular views of lakes and mountains.
For acclimatization, we begin with a day hike to Lake Willcacocha at 3700masl. The highest and most demanding pass on Santa Cruz trek is Punta Union Pass (4750masl)

Mountain Pisco: This is a very appealing mountain and a good option for beginners climbers or for acclimatization. Previous experience in mountaineering is not required, though you should be in good physical condition. At the summit (5752 m), you are rewarded with magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), including the 4 peaks of the Huandoys, Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Chacraraju and Chopicalqui. You’ll also be able to see North and South Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru, at 6,768 meters.

  • 13 Days/12 Nights
  • Moderate to hard. Up to 6-7 hours physical activity each day. Some exposure to heights
  • Our staff will pick you up at the Lima airport and at the end of your trip will also drop you off at the airport.
  • Start at your arrival in the bus station.
  • Finish at your depart in the bus station.
  • Best time April to October

DIFFICULTY

Moderate to hard, the highest point is the summit of Pisco (5752m/18870ft)

SAFETY COVID-19

You are in a place with all cleaning and biosecurity protocols.

MOUNTAINS & NATURE

It means that social distancing on the tour is a natural thing.

BILINGUAL GUIDED

Bilingual (spanish/english) trekking and mountain guide. Groups could be mixed.

SPECIAL OFFER

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Program details: Trekking Santa Cruz and Climbing Pisco

  • Arrival in Lima - the largest city in Perú; population approximately 11 million.
  • Rest for explore the city on your own. Overnight Hotel

  • This ride follows the Panamerican highway north across the impressive Pacific coastal desert.
  • Continuing toward higher terrain, we pass through the Cordillera Negra (Black Range) at Conococha Pass (4020 m) into the Santa Valley and Huaraz (3100 m).
  • Once across the pass, you’ll see a charming view of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, without a doubt some of the most impressive scenery in the world.
  • You can also fly via LCPERU (now suspended until further notice) - flight duration 50 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Duration: 20 min (by car) 3 - 4 hours (hiking)

  • Our guide will pick up you at your hotel after breakfast with our transportation and we’ll drive about 20 minutes southeast of Huaraz to the bridge of the Santa Cruz Village where we will start ascending to the lake Willcacocha.
  • The hike is a gradual ascent up on a local trail for about 2 ½ to 3 hours.
  • Along the way you may expect to meet local Quechua people still wearing their traditional colorful Andean clothes.
  • You’ll pass close to their traditional adobe houses and see how they have lived for countless centuries surrounded by richly green farm lands where they grow their products as: wheat, corn and potatoes.
  • Upon arriving the lake, you will be amazed with the magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range with its highest mountain Huascaran at 6768m/22,205ft.
  • At such a vantage point, you will have the perfect lookout point for enjoying the surrounding breath taking views and shooting some “10 on the drool scale” photos and we have lunch enjoying the panorama view, before we begin our easy descent to the Shansha Village Bridge trailhead.
  • On our way down you’ll have the great view of the valley below and of the Cordillera Blanca peaks accompanying you.
  • Our private transportation will be waiting to take back to Huaraz Hotel.Total time of this acclimation journey is approximately 6 hours.

Duration: 50 min (by car) 5 - 6 hours (hiking)

  • Drive up on the dirt road to the parking place at Pitec ( not a village , but a few farmhouses).
  • Along drive we pass through traditional village of Unchus and Llupa with its traditional adobe houses and reach farmlands, there is opportunity to see local quechua people on their traditional clothes and working land with their hands.
  • Then as we reach Pitec, after checking with the Huascaran National Park range, start ascending following the path over the long ridge.
  • After about 1 ½ you reach a steep an rocky part, to the left of the water fall.
  • From there, you reach lake Churup after a quite intimidating 45 minutes climb.
  • This climb can be a real challenge climb , to avoid this steep part, there is an option to climb more to the left where is a a kind of metal rope that helps to climb. Then as you arrive to the lake will be impressed for the beautiful view of the lake and landscape sourrounded.
  • Spend time walking around lake side , take pictures, relax and have box lunch enjoying the nature.
  • Then return on the same way back to Pitec , where our transportation waits to drive you back to Huaraz. Overnight Hotel.

Duration: 3 hours (by car) 4 - 5 hours (hiking)

  • Pick up at your hotel in Huaraz.
  • Drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley to the village of Cashapampa 2900m.
  • There are opportunities for photo stops along the way.
  • Cashapampa village is the start point for hike to ascend steeply for about 2 hours and then the track levels out.
  • Camp at Llamacorral (3750m).

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

  • Today is an easier hike up the Santa Cruz valley.
  • This day it is generally flat and we ascend just the last hour towards the camp.
  • We will pass by the Jatuncocha lake, one of the largest lake during this trek.
  • Visit the Alpamayo mountain viewpoint (if we have enough time we will go to the base camp Alpamayo and Laguna Arhuaycocha)
  • Camp at Taullipampa (4250m), surrounded by many peaks such as Paria, Artseonraju, Rinrijirca, Quitaraju and Alpamayo.

Duration: 7 - 8 hours approx.

  • This day will be the hardest, since we will ascend to the highest point of the route ( Punta Union pass 4750 mts).
  • We ascend steadily for about 3 hours on a good trail to the Punta Union Pass 4750m.
  • We can feel the effects of the altitude as we reach the pass.
  • From the pass we have very close views of the big mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • We have a long descent passing two small lakes and then coming down into the Huaripampa Valley.
  • Camp at Cachinapampa 3700m.

Duration: 3 hours (hiking) 2 hours (by car)

  • After descending through the forests and whitewater rivers of the Huaripampa Valley, we pass through a typical village of the high Andes, Vaquería.
  • The farmers here raise small animals and some crops.
  • At this elevation there are still flowers, and their colors brighten the landscape.
  • From the village we climb to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass, 4650 meters, where you will have fantastic views of several mountains covered in snow.
  • From here we take a continue to Cebollapampa, the camp at the base of Nevado Pisco. Overnight Camp.

Duration: 5 hours (hiking)

  • Laguna 69 has been called the most famous and well known lake in the Cordillera Blanca. Our trail winds through picturesque montane forests and a somewhat marshy area, always alongside a steep imposing ridge.
  • Behind us, the fortress-like peak of the ice giant Huascarán looms.
  • Winding trails lead us past several waterfalls to the lake, which is flanked by glacial moraines.
  • Immediately above the deep blue surface of the lake, we see the steep ice walls of Chacraraju, one of the most beautiful, but also most difficult of the 6000 meter peaks in the Cordillera Blanca.
  • After a little stop and eat our lunch we will continue to the base camp of Pisco.
  • Trought this trail which is one of the routes that is less taken, alternative trails are often not in excellent shape, an unfortunate condition of this alternative hike.
  • Luckily the famous little towers of flat stones indicate the route pretty well.
  • Overnight base camp Pisco

Duration: 12 hours approx.

  • A little after midnight we leave Base Camp, climbing up to cross the long moraine to arrive at the glacier.
  • A sharp climb brings us to the saddle of Nevada Pisco.
  • Next the final long climb over the glacier to the peak, 5752 meters in elevation.
  • We are again going to have a magnificent view of the highest mountain in Perú - Huascarán, and also nearby Huandoy, Chopiqualci and many more.
  • Later we descend back to Refugio Peru. Optional: The group can climb to Moraine Camp comfortably in 3 or 4 hours and then return to the refuge or if hikers are not up for the return trip, we can camp on the moraine (4900 m.). Overnight Camp.

  • Our trek is nearing its end.
  • Early in the morning we begin our descent toward Cebollapampa and continue hiking until we arrive at the highway.
  • From there, we take a vehicle to return to Huaraz.
  • Tired and happy, we arrive at the hotel. Overnight Hotel.

8 Hours by bus to Lima. Overnight Hotel

Say free in Lima; transfer to the airport depending on your departure schedule. Return to your country of origin.

Services included:

  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Bus tickets from Lima to Huaraz and viceverse
  • 02 nights hotel in Lima (at the arrival and at the end )
  • 04 nights hotel in Huaraz
  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide in you hotel for an orientation before to start the activities.
  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel everyday in the morning and will travel by private transportation to the starting point of the trek and also private transport from the end of tour to the hotel.
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
  • Professional certified mountain guide for climbing tour Pisco.
  • All camping & cooking equipment (sleeping, Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the donkeys).
  • Colective climbing equipment (such as rope, ice axes, crampons, helmet, harness)
  • Cargo Mules: For to carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (8 kgs), this does not include climbing equipment, which can be transported on the last day of the Santa Cruz trek.
  • Trekking Cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant (if the group is more than 8 people), will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!(Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Tea time daily: Every afternoon before dinner, the cook will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite to eat!
  • Snacks on the trail daily: Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.
  • Entrance fee to Huascaran National Park
  • Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transport: Private transport from Vaqueria to your hotel in Huaraz (day 4)

Not included:

  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, sleeping bag, Goretex, etc.)
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the tour early or additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

Prices according to number of people Please contact us for more information.

GROUP DEPARTURE PRICE:

5 to 8

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  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group Service considerate from 5 to 8 participants) We open a new group minimum base on 2.

PRIVATE SERVICE (Exclusivo):

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  • If you want to take this PRIVATE SERVICE, you can book up to a week before the date (subject to availability).
  • If you are a group of friends or family of 4 people or more, we recommend that you try to organize your experience in PRIVATE SERVICE, because you only know the health situation of your circle of friends and/or family.

 

FAQs?

How fit do I need to be to Trek or Climb in Peru?
For trekking, it is not necessary to be “super fit”, but you do need to be of generally good fitness and a regular walker. You need to be able to hike continuously uphill (sometimes steep) for 2 to 2½ continuous hours with rest stops to reach the top of a pass. Total walking time in a day varies from 3 or 4 hours to up to 7 hours for moderate treks and the hard treks can be up to a 9 hour day.
For climbing you need have good aerobic fitness and be generally strong, and it is important to be well acclimatized. On many of the climbs, you have to carry your equipment with sleeping bag, mattress, clothes up to a high camp in a backpack and you need to be strong enough to manage this.

Hotels, bus before/after trek?
We can also organize transfers, hotels in Huaraz or other cities, packages in the rest of the country etc. If you would prefer more services, from the airport in Lima for example or a complete Peru travel package, please let us know.

Can you accommodate food sensitivities?
Our cooks are used to dealing with vegetarians. However, other clients and staff may have a conventional diet. Meals are prepared in the same tent and scents of meals can not be avoided. if you do not want to eat your meal in the same tent with clients having a conventional diet, please inquire about a private tour.

How to book the tour?
FIRST: To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking form.
All clients will need to fill out a Passenger Details form. Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We need the following information:
  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender and passport number
  • Nationality and date of birth
  • Dietary requirements and medical conditions (alergies)
SECOND: We require a deposit of 50% per person in order to purchase a permit for the Huascaran National Park 4 days. You can make you deposit by VISA/Mastercard/Dinners or another cards (payment link) or Wester Union (request our data).
Important for group departures!
  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group Service considerate from 5 to 8 participants) We open a new group minimum base on 2.
  • For booking validation you should deposit a 50% of total price, and rest 50% you pay when you arrive to Peru or Huaraz.
  • Dear visitors you should know that our company is available to provide wherever information regarding our trip, for detailed information you should request us and we will reply as soon as possible, because we have an expert guide available.
  • Our trek rates can change according the book time or number of participants, contact with us for more information please.

Information for a better experience during the trek

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Packing list for trekking in Perú

During the treks in Cordilleras Huayhuash or Blanca you will fill your backpack just enough. Clothes, sleeping bag, accessories depending of the tour duration.

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