Los Cedros-Alpamayo-Santa Cruz Trek (9n/10d)

Experience the wonder of Alpamayo

Experience the wonder of Alpamayo

Day 1: Huaraz-Hualcallan-Huishacash
We’ll pick you up at your hotel early in the morning to take you in a private vehicle to the town of Hualcallan. On the way, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of the picturesque cities and towns of the Callejon de Huaylas, Carhuaz, Mancos, Ranrahirca, Yungay and Caraz. We’ll start our trek in the town of Hualcallan, until we arrive at our first campsite in Huishcash (4250 meters (13943 feet) above sea level). We’ll pass by the archaeological remains of Hualcallan and by Andean terraces from pre-Inca days (Recuay culture). We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 2: Huishcash-Osoruri-Ruinapampa
After breakfast, we’ll resume our trek by walking up a pre-Inca trail that leads us to Lake Cullicocha (4625 meters (15173 feet) above sea level), where we’ll enjoy an amazing view of the snow-capped Santa Cruz mountain (6259 meters (20534 feet) above sea level). We then descend to the Cullicocha Pass (4850 meters (15912 feet) above sea level), where we are treated to another magnificent view, this time of the snow-capped Milluacocha (5480 meters (17979 feet) above sea level). We then continue our journey and later we get to observe the ancient terraces of the Cedros ravine, which were cultivated by pre-Inca populations. From this point we begin descending towards Osoruri, then we’ll continue on a winding path to Ruina Pampa, where we’ll set up camp (4500 meters (14763 feet) above sea level). We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 3: Ruinapampa-Jancarurish (Alpamayo Base Camp)
From Ruina Pampa we’ll walk along the Alpamayo ravine, enjoying the amazing views of pre-Inca platforms, and then we move on to our next campsite at the Alpamayo base camp (4600 meters (15091 feet) above sea level). On the way we’ll also visit Lake Jancarurish, where we can enjoy an amazing view of the snow-capped Alpamayo (5947 meters (19511 feet) above sea level), which is considered the most beautiful mountain in the world. We’ll rest at the campsite in the afternoon. We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 4: Jancarurish- Kara Kara Pass-Huillca
Today we’ll ascend to the Kara Kara Pass (4830 meters (15846 feet) above sea level), where we get to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the snow-capped Quitaraju (6036 meters (19803 feet) above sea level), Santa Cruz, Alpamayo, Jancarurish (5578 meters (18300 feet) above sea level) and Tayapampa (5657 meters (18559 feet) above sea level) mountains. Then we go down to the Mayobamba ravine, then we go back up to the Mesapata Pass (4500 meters (14763 feet) above sea level). From here we get an amazing view of the Pucahirca snow-capped mountain group (6100 meters (20013 feet) above sea level) as well as of the eastern side of the Alpamayo. We then go down the Tayapampa ravine until reaching our campsite at Huillca (4000 meters (13123 feet) above sea level). We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 5: Huillca-Jancapampa
Early in the morning we begin our ascent to the Yanajanca Pass (4600 meters (15091 feet) above sea level). Our journey then continues down by the base of the rocky massif of the Pucahirca, from where we get an incredible up-close look at the seracs on the eastern side of the mountain. We continue descending to Lake Sactaycocha (4056 meters (13307 feet) above sea level), and then to our next campsite in the Andean town of Jancapampa (3500 meters (11482 feet) above sea level). From here we have an amazing view of the snow-capped Pucahirca. We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 6: Jancapampa-Huecrococha
Today we’ll pass through the picturesque Andean town of Pingospampa, on our ascent to the Tupa Tupa pass (4400 meters (14435 feet) above sea level), from where we can see the snow-capped mountains Taulliraju (5850 meters (19193 feet) above sea level) and Pucahirca. We continue along the Quiswar ravine until Lake Huecrococha, where we’ll set up camp (3950 meters (12959 feet) above sea level). We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 7: Huecrococha-Tuctu
After breakfast we begin our ascent up to the Alto Pucaraju Pass (4650 meters (15255 feet) above sea level), where we can enjoy an amazing view of the Taulliraju, Paria and Chacraraju mountains. Then we’ll start our descent down an ancient pre-Inca path until the ravine where our next campsite is located, in Tuctu (4150 meters (13615 feet) above sea level). We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 8: Tuctu-Punta Union-Taullipampa
Today we’ll go up a pre-Inca path until Punta Union (4750 meters (15583 feet) above sea level), where we can enjoy the most impressive views of the snow-capped mountains Taulliraju (on Lake Taullicocha), Garcilaso Piramid, Artesonraju, Pucahirca and Quitaraju. We then continue our trek to the campsite in Taullipampa (4250 meters (13943 feet) above sea level). We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 9: Taullipampa-Campo Base Alpamayo-Llamacorral
After breakfast we resume our trek until we reach Lake Arhuaycocha (4450 meters (14599 feet) above sea level), where we can see the majestic Alpamayo (5947 meters (19511 feet) above sea level), as well as the Quitaraju (6036 meters (19803 feet) above sea level), Artesonraju (6025 meters (19767 feet) above sea level), Garcilaso Piramid (5885 meters (19307 feet) above sea level) and Paria, among others. Then we’ll start our descent to the Santa Cruz ravine, passing by Lakes Hatun Cocha and Ichic Cocha (3850 meters (12631 feet) above sea level), where we find several varieties of Andean ducks. We set up camp in Llamacorral (3760 meters (12335 feet) above sea level). We’ll have lunch en route, and dinner at the campsite.

Day 10: Llamacorral-Cashapampa-Huaraz
On this last day of trekking, our route will take us down the left side of the Santa Cruz ravine, where we get to observe the diversity of vegetation and mountain ecosystems, from high-altitude areas to tropical zones where orchids and bromeliads cover the steep rocky walls. We descend to the town of Cashapampa (2900 meters (9514 feet) above sea level) as we take in the beautiful Andean landscape. From here, a private vehicle will take us back to our hotel in Huaraz.

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