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4-Day Cordillera Blanca Trek / Santa Cruz Loop

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Day 1 : Drive from Huaraz to trailhead at Cashapampa, hike to Llamacorral, camp overnight.

Visiting: Huaraz, Cashapampa, Llamacorral

Leaving Huaraz early in the morning we drive down along the Santa Valley passing several villages until we reach the town of Caraz. From here the road winds slowly up to Cashapampa (2,900m.a.s.l), which is the trailhead and starting point of our trek. From here we start to ascend steeply then the trail levels out, climbing steadily along Santa Cruz Valley. After two hours the trail becomes gentler, making the walking easier and after two and a half hours, the extensive meadow area of Llamacorral is reached; this is the first night’s camp site at 3,750m.a.s.l (12,303ft) (Time: 5:00 hours. Distance: 7 Km.)

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 2 : Hike to Taullipampa, camp overnight.

Visiting: Llamacorral, Taullipampa

Today we continue the trek by the wide and flat creek of Santa Cruz passing by lakes, Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha; we pass the side-valley of Arhuaycocha with great views of snowcapped mountains including Mt. Alpamayo. The landscape changes, and scree slopes appear on each side of the now marshy meadow as well as rock boulders fallen from the eroded walls above us. Then we cross into our camp in Taullipampa at 4,250m.a.s.l (13,943ft) at the foot of impressive Taulliraju. (Time: 7 hours. Distance: 16.5 Km).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 3 : Hike to Paria, camp overnight.

Visiting: Taullipampa, Punta Union Pass, Paria

The trail starts ascending towards Punta Union, a pass at 4,750m.a.s.l. (15,580ft.). This old trail was heavily used in pre-Columbian and Colonial times as a route for transporting goods from the eastern side of the Andes to the main valley. When we get to the pass, Mt. Taulliraju will loom above us with its glacial lake and glacier adding color and contrast to the amazing view down the Santa Cruz Valley. The trail descends into Paria where we will camp at 3,875m.a.s.l (12713ft). (Time: 7 hours. Distance: 13 Km).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 4 : Hike to Vaqueria, drive to Huaraz

Visiting: Paria, Vaqueria, Huaraz

The last day of our trek starts with a leisurely walk down towards to a small settlement of farmers (Huaripampa village), going by their agricultural activity and Andean vegetation. The snow-capped peak of Chacraraju will come into view passing meadows and fields along the way. We continue in our last segment of our trek ascending to Vaqueria where our transport waits for us. Drive to Portachuelo de Llanganuco, which is a spectacular and panoramic viewpoint to appreciate the snow-capped mountains Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. Then we drive down to Llanganuco Valley and return to Huaraz. (Time 4-5 hours, Distance 11Km).

  • Meals: BL

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