Santa Cruz Trek (4days)


This is one of the most popular treks in the Cordillera Blanca. You will see spectacular mountains and lakes with beautiful views and colors. From the trailhead, there are amazing views of the mountains Artesonraju, Rinrijirca and Alpamayo. On your way to Vaqueria in The Gap of Llanganuco, you will pass the famous sister lakes of Llanganuco. And when crossing Portachuelo Pass, you will see Huascaran (the highest mountain in Peru), the four peaks of Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju and Chopicalqui. As you reach the highest poitn of the trek, Punta Union (4,750m), you will have a spectacular view of the mountain Taulliraju.

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Itinerary in brief

Day 1: Huaraz-Yungay-Llanganuco Lakes-Portachuelo (4768), Vaqueria-Paria
You arrive at Galaxia and private bus leaves from Huaraz around 6:30. The road follows the river Rio Santa and passes several villages before arriving in the village of Vaqueria. The drive includes crossing Portachuelo Pass, the highest point of the trip (4,767m). From here, we have one of the best views to observe the highest mountains of Cordillera Blanca. On the way to Vaqueria, we stop at the beautiful lake sister lakes called Llanganuco. After our arrival, we load the donkeys with everything except what you wish to carry in your small day pack. Once on the trail, we pass through the small village of Huaripampa. We will hike an easy 3 hours to our first camp Paria.
Day 2: Paria-Punta Union-Taullipampa
Day 3: Taullipampa-Arhuaycocha Ca�on-Jatuncocha, Ichicchocha ,Llamacorral
Day 4: Llamacorral-Cashapampa-Huaraz

What to bring:
Get prepared for heat, sun, rain and cold. Good hiking shoes. Sleeping bag, light daypack, toilet paper, headlamp, personal things, camera, sunscreen, snacks. Water for the first day. Missing something? Ask Galaxia.

Service covers:
Mattress, tent, bag for mules, transfers, local guide services, mules and mule drivers, cook, breakfasts (except for the first day), lunches and dinners (except for the last day), separated kitchen and dinner tents with tables and chairs, toilet tent. Excluded: park entrance fee (65 soles in 2012, valid for one month - bring your passport number). Tips for the staff.

- This hike reaches 4600m altitude with 700m vertical gain, which may feel hard if you haven't acclimatized.
- If you have any food restrictions like allergies, vegetarian or religious restrictions, please inform us before the trek.
- You can also purchase this trek as an individual tour, or buy only some parts of the service package - just contact us and we'll make you a good offer!