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LOS CEDROS - ALPAMAYO – SANTA CRUZ TREK
 

12 Days / 11 Nights

INTRODUCTION

This trail leads to the foothills of the famous Alpamayo Peak (5,947masl), once considered the World's most beautiful iced peak for its almost perfect pyramidal shape. Lakes in a stunning variety of colors, and native flora and fauna are a gift to the eye. Among the peaks seen on route are the summits of Pucahirca (6,046masl), Taulliraju (5,830masl), Artesonraju 6,025masl) and Quitaraju.

ITINERARY

Day 01: LIMA / HUARAZ

Our comfortable vehicle takes us via the Pan American Highway along the Pacific Ocean coast, across sand deserts and through coastal valleys to Pativilca. Here we take the Pativilca - Huaraz Highway and drive up into the Andes until we reach Conococha Lake (4,100masl). Scenic mountains capes announce our arrival to the Callejón de Huaylas Valley between the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) and the Cordillera Blanca. We continue to Huaraz (3,100masl), the "Capital of Mountaineering and International Friendship." We overnight at our hotel in Huaraz City.

Day 02: HUARAZ / HUALCAYAN / HUISHCASH

We drive along the Callejón de Huaylas Valley admiring picturesque villages and the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Blanca encompassing Peru's highest tropical peaks, among them Huascarán (6,768masl) and Huandoy (6,395masl). We arrive at Molinopampa at the beginning of the Pato Canyon. We start our hike in Hualcallan village and continua across the archaeological site Huallcallan and to arrive to Huishcash, where we camp (4,250masl).

Day 03: HUISHCASH / OSORURI / RUINA PAMPA
After breakfast we hike along pre Inca way toward Cullicocha Lakes (4,625masl). We enjoy the astonishing panoramic view of Santa Cruz iced peak (6,259masl). We continue to Cullicocha Pass (4,850masl). Excellent view of Milluacocha iced peak (5,480masl), on the way we enjoy the view of ancient’s pre Inca terraces. Our camp is set at 4,800masl.

Day 04: RUINA PAMPA / JANCARURISH (ALPAMAYO BASES CAMP)

Today we climb in the Alpamayo gorge. On the other side of the river once again we see ancient agricultural terraces. We continue our ascent along Alpamayo River until we arrive at base camp of Alpamayo. We camp at 4,600masl. From here we visit Jancarurish Lake, and we enjoy the astonishing panoramic view of Alpamayo iced peak, the most beautiful mount. In the afternoon we rest in our camp site.

Day 05: JANCARURISH/ KARA KARA PASS / HUILLCA
We ascend the Karakara pass (4,830masl). Spectacular view some iced peaks such as Quitaraju (6,036masl), Santa Cruz, Alpamayo, Jancarurish (5,578masl) y Tayapampa (5,657masl). We descend afterwards to the Mayobamba Gorge, and climb to Mesapata pass (4,500masl). We enjoy the view of the iced peaks group of Pucahirca (6,100masl), and the beautiful east side of Alpamayo. We descend to the Tayapampa gorge until we arrive at Huillca camp site at 4,000masl.

Day 06: HUILLCA/ JANCAPAMPA
This morning we ascend the Yanajanca pass (4,600masl) hiking along Sactaycocha Lake and descending to the Jancapampa gorge where we camp (3,500masl).

Day 07: JANCAPAMPA / HUECROCOCHA
We climb the Tupatupa pass 4,350masl) to descend later to the Trigo Pampa gorge until we arrive at Quiswar (3950masl). We will pass through some peasant communities, learning about their traditional lifestyle and the varied flora and vegetation of this region.

Day 08: HUECROCOCHA / TUCTU
We ascend the Alto Pucaraju pass (4,650masl) admiring the peaks such as Chacraraju (6,112masl) Paria (5,519masl), Taulliraju, Piramide de Garcilazo, Artezonraju, Pucahirca and Quitaraju. Then we descend along the pre Inca way until our camp in Tuctu (4,100masl).

Day 09: TUCTU / PUNTA UNION / TAULLIPAMPA
We climb up the trail carved by Pre-Inca people on the rocky walls of Taulliraju Peak (5,830masl) until we arrive at Punta Unión Pass (4,750masl). The impressive stone walls of Taulliraju Peak above Taullicocha Lake, Piramide de Garcilazo, Artezonraju, Pucahirca and Quitaraju, dominate the panorama. We camp in Taullipampa. (4,250masl).

Day 10: TAULLIPAMPA/ ALPAMAYO BASE CAM / LLAMA CORRAL
We climb up at Arhuaycocha Lake (4,450masl) enjoying the magnificent view of Alpamayo Peak (5,947masl), observing also the iced peaks of Artesonraju, Paria, Quitaraju and Pukajirca. A glimpse of the rocky, iced and fluted south face of Alpamayo Peak (5,947masl) in all its rugged grandeur is a feast for the eyes. Then, we descend hiking along Jatuncocha and Ichic cocha lakes (3,850masl) and set up camp at Llama Corral (3,760masl).

Day 11: LLAMACORRAL / CASHAPAMPA/ HUARAZ
The trail down the deep Santa Cruz Canyon provides us with opportunities to appreciate various vegetation ecosystems as we pass from areas with high altitude plants to tracts with tropical species such as bromeliads and orchids covering the granite walls. The rocky silhouette of the Cordillera Negra on the horizon announces our approach to Cashapampa Village (2,900masl), from where we transfer to Huaraz, and to our hotel.

Day 12: HUARAZ / LIMA
After a relaxing breakfast we return to Lima, carrying with us unforgettable memories of our experiences in the world's largest tropical high-mountain ecosystems and the friendships we built with our adventurous companions on the trails of Cordillera Blanca and the Huascarán Biosphere Reserve. We arrive in Lima in the afternoon.

NOT INCLUDED

• Hotels in Lima / Dinners in town / Personal expenses: camping gear, specific medicines equipment, phone calls, extra meals, drinks, tips and others of personal nature.

INCLUSIONS

MB = Mountain Breakfast L* = Lunch on board L = Lunch D = Dinner
• Transfer Lima - Huaraz - Lima in public bus (non-stop buses with air conditioning, chemical toilette, TV, lunch on board, hostess)
• Private car transfers in Huaraz: bus station - hotel - bus station.
• Private car transfers to all starting and returning points to/from the hiking destinations
• Bilingual trekking guide.
• First class trekking services: Cook and full meal in the mountains, according to program.
• Donkeys and donkey drivers, and a Horse.
• Sleeping tents (for 2 or 3 persons each), kitchen, dining and toilette tents.
• Air mattress.
• All cooking gear and dinning equipment.
• First aid group kit.
• Entrances fees to the National Park.
• Upon return from Huaraz transfer from the bus station to the hotel or to the airport.


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