11 DAY SANTA CRUZ - PISCO - CHOPICALQUI

Build up with trekking and two famous peaks to some of the most spectacular views

Challenges from beginner climbers to the advanced

Starting from Cashapampa provides more gradual acclimatisation as we ascend to the Arhuey Valley and Punta Union Pass surrounded by magnificent and grand scenery. The build-up to more spectacular views continues with the ascent of Pisco and culminates with some moderate glacier climbing and the Chopicalqui summit pitch of 60-80 degrees of snow and/or ice, with enough challenges to keep both strong beginners to intermediate climbers interested.

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Huaraz / Cashapampa (2,900 m) / Llamacoral  (3,760m)

The trip departs in the morning from Huaraz north through the Huaylas valley to Cashapampa village. Here we’ll meet our team of donkey drivers.  Ensure you have all your personal items required for the trek whilst your larger pack will be transported on the mules. Have your entrance fee/ticket ready as well – we will walk to the entrance, register and start the trek.

First day of the hike is a moderate ascent from Cashapampa to Llamacoral. Lunch will be at a spot along the river. Once at our Llamacoral campsite, Enjoy the afternoon rest time and hot drink and pre-dinner snacks.

Trail Note

5 – 7 hours trek /  9.60 km / Elevation change  +860m

Llamacoral (3,760m)  / Laguna  Arhueycocha (4,400m ) / Taullipampa (4,250m)

Gradually gaining altitude, there is the option to deviate to the Arhuey Valley, from where we can view the beautiful Arhueycocha lake. Note that this deviation is a slightly steeper ascent via switchbacks (zig-zag) after which we return to the main valley.  The walk takes us through an area known as Ichiccocha, an ancient lake that also serves as a campsite at times. Getting to Jatuncocha lake, we stick to the trail on the right of the lake. We continue on the gradual ascent to our campsite at Taullipampa at 4,250m.

Trail Note

7 – 8 hours trek / 20 km / Elevation change  +990 (with diversion +1,040m/-150m)

Taullipampa (4,250m) / Punta Unión Pass (4,760m) / Paria ( 3,850m)

More difficult day. Today we must cross over the first and only high pass of the trip. At first the ascent is 3 hours up to the Punta Union pass at 4,760m, from where we descend all the way to the third camp at Paria.

Leaving our campsite we set off on a gradual ascent that becomes increasingly steeper via switchbacks past Taullicocha lake to the Punta Union pass at 4,760m. Here we’ll stop under the towering peaks of Taulliraju and its neighbours for photos down the Santa Cruz Valley (quebrada). Descending down a zig-zag of rock “stairs” we will stop near one of the lakes on the plateau for lunch. The rest of the walk from here is a descent all the way with more fantastic scenery to our campsite at Paria.

Trail Note

7 – 9 hours trek / 15.5 km / Elevation change  +510m/-910m

Paria (3,850m) / Vaqueria (3,600m) / Portachuelo Pass (4,760m) / Cebollapampa (3,900m)

After lunch break and packing our kit and equipment from the mules at Vaquería, we continue to Cebollapampa by private vehicle via the high pass of Portachuelo to Llanganuco at about 4,760m.  A short stop here to enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking scenery of the several high peaks like Huascaran and Chopicalqui and the colourful lakes of Llanganuco (Chinancocha and Orconcocha) .  Tonight  we camp at Cebollapampa, surrounded by the quiet giants of the Cordillera Blanca.

Trail Note

4 – 5 hours trek / 6 km / Elevation difference  -450m/+200m

Cebollapampa (3,900m) / Refugio Peru (4,675m)

Leisurely early breakfast at our Cebollapampa base camp before we start the ascent with a trek to the next campsite at Refugio Peru.

Trail Note

3-5 hours trek / 5km /

Refugio Peru (4,675m) / Pisco West summit (5,752m) / Refugio Peru (4,675m)

The ascent to the summit undertaken early & then we traverse the glacier a few hours after crossing the rocky part. After the long climb our professional guide leads the group to the summit. The descent will take us about 3 hours to get back to the Refugio.

Trail Note

Distance: 4.5 km / Duration 6 – 7 hours of ascent

Refugio Peru (4,675m) / Laguna 69 (4,625m) / Cebollapampa (3,900m) / >>>

The return path leads to one of the most beautiful glacial lakes of the site, Laguna 69 (optional). Following the enjoyment we return to the Cebollapampa base camp.

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Trail Note

Distance: 11, 4 km / Duration: 4 hour hike

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The program includes:

  • Professional and bilingual internationally certified mountain guide
  • All meals during the expedition
  • Private transportation round trip
  • Camping equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Entrance fees to Huascarán National Park
  • Cook & assistants
  • Donkeys and muleteers / mountain assistants

The program does not include:

  • Climbing equipment
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items not mentioned above in “Includes”
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Route

Many of the access roads to and from the Huascarán National Park are dirt roads and some sections of these road might be very bumpy in addition to winding sections in the ascents/descents.

Trekking Trail & Climbing Route Notes

  • There are no toilets along the trail at any point.
  • Be aware that there may be some crossings of small rivers and streams that do not have any bridges but only large rocks serving as stepping stones.

Acclimatisation 

For all climbs it’s imperative that you are well acclimatised, both for your enjoyment of the climb and your health. Speak to us about a suitable acclimatisation program before the climb which can be done via various 1-day treks and lower, less technical climbs.

Recommendations for Best Seasons

All year around. The best time is from mid-April to late September or early October.  April, May and June are the best months for lovers of flowers and green landscape. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also an excellent period for photographers (warm colours and clear blue skies are great!). From September to April you get a mixed sunny and pretty cloudy landscape.

Weather

The entire Cordillera Blanca has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 1.1° C (33.98° F). The climate is very unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. During the days it can vary from hot to very frigid temperatures, included rain and strong winds or snow over 4800 meters above sea level. It usually starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.

**Note: List of required equipment for the trek & climb expedition. Please confirm with us which items are included in the price.

**For more equipment lists and the Equipment Rental Catalogue – click on EQUIPMENT

Climbing Gear

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe/tool
  • Ice Screw
  • Rope
  • Quickdraws
  • Slings
  • Carabiners
  • Pulley & figure-of-8
  • Descenders & Ascenders
  • Helmet
  • LED headlamp
  • Harness
  • Summit backpack

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking backpack
  • Duffel bag

Camp & Cooking

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Tent
  • Kitchen/dining tent
  • Stove & gas/fuel
  • Cooking utensils
  • Expedition crates

Clothing

  • Hard-shell trousers
  • Softshell trousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Hardshell jacket
  • Beanie/wool hat
  • Light liner gloves
  • Mid-weight gloves
  • Heavy insulated gloves

Available for purchase           

*subject to availability

  • Headlamp
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets
  • Cooking gas
  • Light liner gloves
  • Beanie/wool hat
  • Stainless steel flask
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