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Trekking Santa Cruz Alpamayo 2024

The most spectacular trekking route in the Andes. Trekking tour Santa Cruz Alpamayo 11 days; This trekking program combines Alpamayo Base Camp with the classic Santa Cruz Circuit. Both the well-known and popular trekking routes combined into just one program provided you the experience of the full beauty of the Cordillera Blanca.

  • The guide will meet you the day before departure in Huaraz to do a full gear check and finalize last minute details.
  • Start: 7:00am Huaraz
  • Finish: 15:00 aprox. in Huaraz.


Moderate to hard, up to 5 - 7 hours physical activity each day.


We will fulfill everything we offered you, there is nothing hidden, no surprises.


11 days 10 nights
Best season: May to October


All guided tours in Spanish and English. Groups could be mixed.


From $ 760

Program details

Day 01: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft)

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).
Day 02: Llamacorral – Jatuncocha – Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft)

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.
Day 03: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) – Tuctu

Duration: 7 – 8 hours

  • 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.
  • Then we have a long descent passing two small lakes and where we often stop for picnic lunch.
  • Continue the descent into the head of the Huaripampa Valley to camp at Tuctubamba 4200m.
Day 04: Tuctu – Alto Pucaraju pass (4640m) – Quisuar (3900m/12792ft)

Duration: 6 hours
Distance: 7.5 km aprox

  • We climb steeply on a rocky trail to the top of the Alto de Pacaraju Pass (4650m).
  • At the pass there are magnificent views of many peaks, and at 5830m the Nevado Taulliraju mountain towers over us.
  • We then have a long descent – initially on switchbacks, then on a sweeping path – down through lupin covered hillside and quenual (polylepis sp.) forest to camp at a small lake, Laguna Huecrococha, at 3950m.
  • To have Lunch in the nice spot. Then after few minutes walking dawn we will get small village called Quisuar, where we will camp in the left side at (3900m/12792ft).
Day 05: Quisuar – Tupatupa pass (4400m) – Jancapampa.

Duration: 5 – 6 hours aprox
Distance: 10 km aprox

  • After reakfast we will climb gradually, then more steeply to the Tupatupa pass (4400m)
  • From the pass we will with views back to several big snow capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, for example Pucajirca north (6050m)
  • Descend to our next camp at the top of a wide valley called Jancapampa (3600m).
  • Directly behind camp we have views of a huge hanging glacier releasing waterfalls down a broad, horseshoe-shaped wall of granite hundreds of metres high.
  • A lot of farming families lives in the valley, and we will be visited at camp by some of the friendly local people and curious, happy children.
Day 06: Jancapampa - Yanacon pass - Safuna or Huillca camp.

Duration: 7 hours
Distance: 14 km aprox

  • We start with a long climb – gradual in parts, steeper in others – up a forested valley with occasional clearings, to the beautiful Sactaycocha lake.
  • From Lake Sactaycocha, now amid grassy shrubland, we climb steeply to the top of the rocky Paso Pucajirca pass (4600m).
  • On a clear day, the awesome Pucajirca Norte can be seen rising steeply to the southwest.
  • We descend to camp at Safuna in the Quebrada Tayapmapa (4200m).
  • Passing a large Alpaca flock is our camping area. This day was a long day.
Day 07: Safuna - Mesapata pass - Cara Cara pass - Cruce Alpamayo.

Duration: 6 hours aprox
Distance: 10 km aprox

  • We will cross two passes today.
  • The first is via a gradual, grassy ascent to the Mesapata Pass (4500m).
  • We then enjoy a long traverse, skirting around swamplands, and continue with a steep climb to the high and sometimes windy Cara Cara pass (4830m).
  • From here we get our first great views of the pyramid shaped Alpamayo (5947m), and Laguna Jancarurish lake directly below us.
  • We descend to camp below the majestic Alpamayo at the camp named cruce Alpamayo (4150m).
Day 08: Extra day Cruce Alpamayo for Rest or Side Trips and to Enjoy Panoramas.

Duration: 4 hours to viewpoint Alpamayo (go & back)

  • We spend another night at cruce Alpamayo camp to greater appreciate the beauty of Alpamayo.
  • Climb up the nearby moraine overlooking the Laguna Jancarurish glacial lake for close-up views of the Alpamayo and Jancarurish (5601m) peaks (3 hour return trip from camp).
  • If you feel energised, you can continue upwards and onwards towards Alpamayo base camp (4500m).
  • If you prefer, you can simply rest in camp.
Day 09: Cruce Alpamayo - Ruinapampa - Osoruri camp.

Duration: 4 hours aprox
Distance: 7 km aprox

  • Today we take it easy with a relaxing hike, initially descending down the valley Quebrada Los Cedros for 2 hours until Ruinapampa
  • After to ascend for a zig zag path to our secluded campsite on Osoruri camp, a plateau away from the main trail (4400m).
  • From the camp we can admire the jagged peaks of Milluacocha & Tayapampa.
Day 10: Osoruri camp - Osoruri pass - Vientunan pass - lake Cullicocha.

Duration: 6 hours aprox
Distance: 9 km aprox

  • This is a hard day with two big passes to cross.
  • We start with a long climb towards the south on a well-used trail to the Paso Vientunan pass (4770m).
  • Then we descend for about 150 metres and climb again to a second pass, Paso Osoruri also called Cullicoch (4860m).
  • As we begin our descent, there are fabulous views of the surrounding mountains, especially the magnificent triple summit of Santa Cruz (6259m).
  • We camp at the crystal blue Laguna Cullicocha lake (4650m); from the camp we have a phenomenal view of Santa Cruz at the top of the lake.
Day 11: Long descent to Hualcayan village. Vehicle to Huaraz.

Duration: 5 hours (hiking), 3 hours (by transport)
Distance: 11 km aprox

  • It’s a long downhill from here all the way from Laguna Cullicocha via switchbacks and traverses to the last.
  • Long zig -zag track down to the village of Hualcayan (2900m)
  • In Hualcayan our private van will be waiting for us to drive for about 4 hours 116 kms back to Huaraz.

What’s included?

Services included in the prices:

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at the afternoon before the trip begins.
  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to the starting point of the trek.
  • 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!
  • All camping & cooking equipment (sleeping, Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the donkeys).
  • Cargo Mules: For to carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (8 kilos in group and 12 kilos in private service).
  • Trekking Cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant (if the group is more than 6 people), will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!.
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners (Vegetarian 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 end of trek to your hotel in Huaraz.

Not included:

  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in Huaraz (But we have a package that includes hotels and tours, please consult our options).
  • Sleeping Bags: Considered a personal equipment, but you can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -10ºC to -15°C. They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
  • Day 1 breakfast and last day dinner in Huaraz city.
  • Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • 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 of 6 to 8 participants

(USD per person)


USD 760

  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group service considerate from 6 to 8 participants) We open a new group minimum base on 2.


Price US Dollars per person

01 person US $ 2047
02 people US $ 1160
04 people US $ 1041
06 people US $ 886
  • 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.

Group departures programed:

We start a new departure date based with minimum 2 people. HERE OUR DEPARTURES


How many days do I need to aclimate in Huaraz BEFORE THE TREK?
It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive to Huaraz at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.
We can organize day hikes & other tours around Huaraz for your acclimatization:

  • Laguna Willcacocha Trek – Half Day Tour
  • Laguna 69 trek – Full Day Tour
  • Laguna Churup trek – Full Day Tour

If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Huaraz, we still recommend you have a complete day in Huaraz to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Huaraz before departing for the trek.

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 trek?
FIRST: To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking form.
All customers or leader of grup will need to fill out a Passenger details form. Please be ready with 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 20% deposit per person to organize your experience well in advance. You can make your deposit by Paypal, VISA/Mastercard/Dinners or another cards (payment link) or Wester Union (request our data). All subject to transfer fee

Important for group departures!
  • If you book in advance we find the other participants for the date you choice. (Group Service considerate from 6 to 8 participants) We open a new group minimum base on 2.
  • For booking validation you should deposit a 20% of total price, and rest 80% 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


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.


Altitude sickness in Perú? Travel tips

It is important to know what precautions to take before traveling to the Andes of Peru, also because of its geography, Soroche is a possibility.