Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca

From 4 to 11 days

Hike in the Huascaran National Park, a biosphere of humanity. The best season is from mid-April to the end of October:
April, May and June are the best months for flower enthusiasts;
July and August are the best months to have a blue sky;
In September the first clouds arrive; from October to November are the months of the photographers since the colors are warmer and a clear sky after 2 or 3 with weekly rains in the afternoon.

This trek can be done between 4 to 11 days depending on the options you choose.

ATTENTION

About Santa Cruz Trek:

At the end of 2011, a lake at the foot of Artesonraju overflowed and caused a large avalanche in the Santa Cruz Valley, destroying the forests of the quenuales and making Lake Jatuncocha disappear. We know that this walk is in all the tourist guides and that, in general, all request information for this walk.

We avoid doing this walk because:
1) A good part of the flora has not yet recovered ...
2) It is the most popular trek in the region therefore, there are too many people in each camp and these tend to be dirty.
3) If it is true that the landscapes are beautiful, we have much nicer and less frequented alternatives ...
Still, we can operate the Santa Cruz Trek if you insist!

Here is a program that we recommend: Alpamayo Trek in 9 days

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Alpamayo trek in 9 days

For this walk, it is advisable to have a very good acclimatization (we recommend 3 days).

Day 01: Hiking to Quebrada Huaripampa
(3500 masl.)

You will pass by Portachuelo where you will have a magnificent view of the Cordillera Blanca.
You will only walk a couple of hours today.
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.

Day 02: Hiking to Huecrucocha Lake
(4000 masl.)

Second step: Alta de Pucaraju at 4650 masl.
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.
(Elevation: +940m,-740m; Duration:6~7H; Distance:19km.)

Day 03: Hiking in Pishgopampa
(3650 masl.)

Third step: Tupa Tupa at 4360 masl.
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.
(Elevation:+450m,-820m; Duration:5~6H; Distance:10 km.)

Day 04: Hiking to HUILLCA
(4000 masl.)

Fourth step: Today, we will cross the water separation line between the Amazon Basin and the Pacific Basin. As we pass, we will see the beautiful Lake Sactaycocha.
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.
(Elevation:+970m, -620m; Duration:7~8H; Distance:14km.)

Day 05: Hiking in the Safuna Lake
(4200 masl.)

The bravest can go to Lake Pucacocha (4512msnm.), The others will stay around Lake Safuna.
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.
(Elevation:+312m,-312m; Duration:5~6H; Distance:14km.)

Day 06: Hiking on Jancarurish Lake
(4200 masl.)

Fifth step: Gara Gara (4830 masl), we will discover the splendid pyramid of Alpamayo (5947 masl).
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.
(Elevation:+1010m, -390m; Duration:7H; Distance:14km.)

Day 07: Hiking to pampas ruin
(4000 masl.)

Small walks to enjoy the landscape and rest. Those who prefer a good walk, can climb the glacier of Santa Cruz (6259 msnm.) To have another perspective of Alpamayo.
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.
(Elevation:+0m,-200m; Duration:1H; Distance:4km.)

Day 08: Hiking to Whiscash
(4300 masl.)

Sixth step: Vientunan of 4750 meters above sea level. and seventh step of 4850 masl. with beautiful view of Santa Cruz.
Camp, overnight in tents, meals included.
(Elevation:+980m,-880m; Duration:7~8H; Distance:19km.)

Day 09: Hiking to Hualcayan
(3139 masl.)

You will pass through Portachuelo de Llanganuco where you will have a magnificent view of the Cordillera Blanca. You will walk only a couple of hours today to take the transport to Huaraz.
Meals included.
(Elevation:+0m,-1161m; Duration:3~4H; Distance:9km.)

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