Camping Multy-day trek Santa Cruz Trek

Price
$279 per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
Cordillera Blanca
Travellers
6+

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 in 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
  • Trip briefing one day before the Trek
  • 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

Santa Cruz Trek

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
Trail: Andean style established trail, crossing several wooden old bridges and rugged path in some parts
Transportation: supported by donkeys

  • 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

Route
The roads to get to Santa Cruz trek trailhead from Huaraz to Huascarán National Park are dirt roads, and some sections of this road might be very bumpy in addition to winding sections in the ascent/descent to and from the Portochuelo Pass.

Santa Cruz trek Trekking trail
There are no toilets along the path at any point.
Be aware that some crossings of small rivers and streams do not have any bridges but only large rocks serving as stepping stones.
Acclimatization
Santa Cruz trek is a challenging trek recommended for trekkers who have previous trekking experience and are physically in good condition and fit. 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. Please see our 1-day hike programs that would be useful in helping you adjust to the altitude. Note: We can put together a package that would include acclimatization hikes/treks as well.

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!). From September to April, you get a mixed sunny and pretty cloudy landscape.

Weather
At Santa Cruz trek / 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. 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.

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 in 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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      Santa Cruz Trek

      Price
      $279 per person
      Duration
      4 Days
      Destination
      Cordillera Blanca
      Travellers
      6+

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