This is the classic trekking route and the most popular in the Cordillera Blanca; walking 4 days in one of its most spectacular areas with beautiful turquoise lakes, quenual forests (polylepis), and Andean high grasslands. Here the ichu grass grows surrounded by immense and defiant mountains that reach heights up to and over 6,000 m. We cross the Punta Union pass (4,750m) and the Pass of Llanganuco (4,765m) rewarding us with the view of the most famous snow peaks in the Cordillera Blanca.
This route allows us a gentle ascent, helping acclimatization.
We go up the valley of Santa Cruz crossing the pass of Punta Unión and then we go down the valley of Huaripampa until Vaqueria. At this point we take a vehicle to ascend to Portachuelo de LLanganuco, and then descend through the valley of the same name visiting the lagoons of Llanganuco Chinancocha and Orkococha. Return to Huaraz.
Day 01: Huaraz – Cashapampa (2,900 m) Bus 3h / Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3,650 m) 4h
Leaving Huaraz city heading to the north of the Callejon de Huaylas we descend by a road to Caraz (2,300m), 1h then from this place we begin to ascend towards the Cordillera Blanca to the small town of Cashapampa (2,900m), 2h, where we meet up with our mountain personnel: guides, cooks, muleteers, etc. and begin the walk having loaded up our donkeys. We begin the trek heading up the Santa Cruz valley to set up our first camp in Llamacorral (3,650m) 3 h.
Day 02: Llamacorral – Taullipampa (4,000 m) 5h
We continue the trek up Santa Cruz’s wide valley, passing Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes; we arrive at Quisuar where we can make a diversion towards Alpamayo base camp via the Arhuaycocha valley, with splendid views of the peaks of Quitaraju (6,040m), Alpamayo (5,947m), Artezonraju (6,025m) and others. This night we camp in Taullipampa (4,000m) at the foot of the impressive Taulliraju peak (5,830m) and surrounded by snow peaks.
Day 03: Taullipampa – Huaripampa (3,600 m) 7h
This will be a long and tiring day ascending by a steep zig zag path at the foot of the impressive Taulliraju and overlooking the Taullicocha turquoise lake. We arrive at Punta Union (4,750m) 3h and see the peaks of Chacraraju (6,112m), Artezonraju (6,025m), Pyramid (5,885m), Huandoy (6,395m), Alpamayo (5,940m), Santa Cruz (6,259m), Rinrihirca (5,810m), Taulliraju (5,830m) and others; now on the east side of the Cordillera Blanca we begin to descend passing the Morococha lake and then into the long, broad Huaripampa valley, passing through red-barked quenual forests and pleasant Andean grasslands; we approach our camp in Huaripampa (3,600m) 4h.
Day 04: Huaripampa – Vaqueria (3,700 m) 3h / Vaqueria – Huaraz (3,100 m) Bus 4h
We continue descending to the small Andean town of Colcabamba (3,350m) 1h then we begin to ascend toward Vaqueria (3,700 m) 2h to take a vehicle up to the Portachuelo de LLanganuco (4,765m) 2h with splendid views of Huascarán Norte (6,768 m) Huascarán Sur (6,650 m), Chopicalqui (6,354 m), Huandoy (6,395 m), and Pisco (5,752 m. Then we descend the Llanganuco valley visiting the Llanganuco: Orkon-cocha and Chinan-cocha lakes. Return to Huaraz.
The price includes
- Transportation to the beginning or the ending of the trek to Huaraz
- Full Accommodation during the trek
- Tent for two, dining room-kitchen tent
- Trek guide, cook, muleteers, donkeys
- First-aid kit
- Communication equipment
The price doesn´t include
- Entrance ticket to the Huascarán National Park: US$ 20.00
- Personal equipment: Sleeping bag, warm clothes, etc
- Meals for the days not included in the trek
- Anything that was not specified