Camping Multy-day trek Santa Cruz Trek

Price
$294.50 per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
Cordillera Blanca
Travellers
6+
1 Reviews
5 out of 5

Santa cruz trek

Trace the spellbinding trails of the Santa Cruz trek, one of Peru’s “great walks.”
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Santa Cruz Trek is one of the classic treks in Perú. Takes in some of the better-known peaks and lakes around Santa Cruz, Huaripampa, and the Llanganuco Sector of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, where we also pass through some traditional Andean villages. Most of the time, considering the opposite direction, our hike starts from Vaquera village, crossing the second day over the Punta Union high pass, where the rest of the trek is a gradual descent. There is never a dull moment on the second and third days, which will provide all highlights of Arhuey Valley and Punta Union Pass surrounded by magnificent and grand scenery all the time.

What's included

Destination
Cordillera Blanca Discover Cordillera Blanca
Departure Location
Huaraz town, pick up at your hotel at the scheduled time, 5:00 am approx.
Return Location
Huaraz town, drop off at your hotel at 3-5 pm approx.
Price includes
  • All Cooking equipments
  • All meals included
  • Camping equipment
  • Certified trekking guide
  • Donkeys and muleteers
  • First aid kit, supplementary oxygen, radio.
  • Mountain cook
  • Private transportation round trip
  • Unlimited drinkable water
Price does not include
  • Accommodation in Huaraz
  • Huascaran National Park Entrance Fee
  • Medical insurance and emergency insurance
  • Personal equipment/accessories for the trip
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Sleeping Bag
  • The first breakfast and last dinner
  • Tips to guide and driver
Additional Prices
Huascaran National Park entrance fee: $20

Trek Details

Classic Santa cruz trek 4days / 3 nights

  • Distance: 52 km
  • maximum altitude: 4750 m.a.s.l
  • Elevation Gain /Loss: +1150 m /-1850 m
  • Trek level: moderate
  • Temperature: -6°C / +22°C
  • Transportation: Four-day trek supported by donkeys.

 

Driving Route To / From  Santa Cruz Trek

to get to the Santa Cruz trek trail head the first section Along the Huaylas valley is a paved road, which is used to Go and Back from the destination. the second part is a dirt road, as a result, it might be very bumpy in addition to winding sections in the ascent/descent to and from the Portochuelo Pass.

Santa Cruz Trek trail

the trail is a   typical trek trail terrain of the Peruvian Andes. it involves walking & crossing some old wooden bridges, it can be muddy in some parts, rugged and rocky at the higher part where can be covered with snow some times.

Acclimatization before the trek

The Santa Cruz Trek is a challenging trek recommended for trekkers who have previous trekking experience, and need to be fit and in good physical condition. Also, acclimatization before the trek is a must!  The highest pass you will cross is the Punta union at 4,750m. If you are coming from up from sea level or anything less than 2,500 meters, you should spend at least 2-3 days in Huaraz and do some Day hikes to get used to the altitude.

Recommendations for Best Seasons

All-year-round. 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 landscapes. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also an excellent period for photographers (warm colors and clear blue skies are great!). You get a mixed sunny and pretty cloudy landscape from September to April.

Weather in Santa Cruz trek

At Santa Cruz trek / The entire Cordillera Blanca has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of +22°C and a minimum of -6°C. The climate is very unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. It can vary from hot to very frigid temperatures during the days, including 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 2-3 pm, you can count on afternoon showers.

 

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
DAY 1

Huaraz 3100m - Vaqueria 3600m- Paria 3800m

 *Certainly Santa Cruz trek has 2 option itineraries. The suggested itinerary here is From Vaqueria to Cashapampa, which is provided for information only because it can be modified to adapt to other unexpected events or personal customer preferences.

  • Departure: 5:00am, Driving: 4:20h
  • Trek time: 4-5 h, Distance: 10km, Elevation Gain /loss:  -250m  +350m, Grade: Moderate,  Campsite: 3800m
DAY 2

Paria 3800m -Punta Union Pass 4750m-Taullipampa 4250m

Trek time: 8 h, Distance: 12 km, Elevation Gain/loss: +960m -510m , Grade: Dificult, Campsite: 4250m

DAY 3

Taullipampa 4250m- Arhueycocha Lake 4400m- Llamacoral 3750m

Trek time: 7-8 h, Distance: 19 km, Elevation Gain/loss: +200m -700m , Grade: Moderate, Campsite: 3750m

 

DAY 4

Llamacoral 3750m - Cashapampa 290m - Huaraz 3100m

  • Trek time: 4-5 h, Distance: 10km, Elevation loss: -850m, Grade: Easy
  • Drive back time: 3:30h, End in Huaraz: 3-4 pm

 

Tour cost          

*price are per person

Period Jan-Dec 2022

USD $296.00     (6-10 members)
USD $334.00     (5 members)
USD $380.00     (4 members)
USD $508.00     (3 members)
USD $681.00     (2 members)
USD $1,279.00  (1 member)

Departure Date (from/to)

Aug   08-11, 2022
Aug   10-13, 2022

Sep   11-14, 2022
Sep   29- Oct 02, 2022

More about Cordillera Blanca

Santa Cruz Trek is one of the classic treks in Perú. Takes in some of the better-known peaks and lakes around Santa Cruz, Huaripampa, and the Llanganuco Sector of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, where we also pass through some traditional Andean villages. Most of the time, considering the opposite direction, our hike starts from Vaquera village, crossing the second day over the Punta Union high pass, where the rest of the trek is a gradual descent. There is never a dull moment on the second and third days, which will provide all highlights of Arhuey Valley and Punta Union Pass surrounded by magnificent and grand scenery all the time.

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    octubre 28, 2022

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Santa Cruz Trek

Price
$294.50 per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
Cordillera Blanca
Travellers
6+

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