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Trekking Santa Cruz climbing Pisco. Peru

Santa Cruz trek. Pisco summit

The Santa Cruz - Vaqueria route is one of the most popular routes in the Cordillera Blanca. It is one of the most impressive routes of the Peruvian Andes. In  this  circuit  you  will  see  many  representative  mountains  of  the Cordillera Blanca, among them the Artesonraju, the Alpamayo (The most beautiful  mountain  in  the  world),  the  Quitaraju,  the  Paria,  the  Taulliraju, Huascaran, Huandoy, Chacraraju among others. At the end of the trek you will have the option of climbing one of the most spectacular mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, the Pisco. From the summit of this mountain you can see the entire Cordillera Blanca at 360 degrees, it is known as the Natural viewpoint or the Balcony of the Cordillera Blanca.  Organize your Trekking and Climbing expeditions with us and live a unique experience. 

Tour type:
Hiking and trekking
Cordillera Blanca, Andes
Number of participants:
From 2 participants
Maximum height:
5752 m
June - August
Start of the program:
Huaraz (Lima)
Finish program:
Huaraz (Lima)
12 days
1 210 USD
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DAY 1:

Arrival in Lima at night (sleep in hotel)

DAY 2:

Travel from Lima to Huaraz in the morning by Bus or Plane (sleep in hotel)

DAY 3:

Huaraz – Churup Lake (4600 m) - Huaraz. We’ll leave from Huaraz city towards east, passing through villages as Unchus and Llupa, up to the place called Pitec (3860 m), where we have to pay the entrance fee at the Huascaran National Park control post, then start hiking in an ascending path, observing mountains as Huamashraju, Cashan and Shacsha also crop fields can be seen. This place houses a diversity of flora and fauna  such as the wild duck, plants with healing properties and quenual tree forests. To reach this lake we have to climb rocks helped by a steady metal rope, ideal for those who love the adventure or take other path less challenging. Churup is a  beautiful  blue  lake  one  of  the  most  frequently  visited,  surrounded  by  Ichu grass, Quenual trees, wild flowers, etc. there’s also a smaller lake on the east side  for  those  who  want  to  continue  hiking,  both  lakes  are  right  below  the mountain with the same name, then return to Huaraz city.

DAY 4:

Huaraz - Cashapampa (2900 m) - Llamacorral (3750 m). We’ll  leave  from  Huaraz  city  by  van  towards  north  of  Callejon  de  Huaylas, passing through cities as Carhuaz, Yungay, and Caraz, following the Rio Santa and observing part of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra. From Caraz we'll go to the Cashapampa village, where we'll meet the donkey drivers and donkeys, the trekking starts here towards the place called Llamacoral where we’ll camp. About 5 to 6 hours. 

DAY 5:

Llamacorral - Taullipampa (4250 m). Today trekking we'll pass through the beautiful lakes of Hichic Cocha (small lake) and Hatun Cocha (big lake), then observe mountains such as Aguja (5886 m), Caraz (6025 m), Abasraju (5765 m), Quitaraju (6040 m),  Alpamayo  (5947 m) (known  as  the  most  beautiful  mountain  in  the  world), then walk towards Taullipampa where we'll camp, from where we can observe other  mountains  as  Rinrijirca  (5810  m),  Taulliraju  (5830  m),  Paria  (5600 m) and Artesonraju (6025 m). About 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 6:

Taullipampa - Punta Union Pass (4750 m) - Paria Valley. We’ll ascend following the Inca trail towards the Punta Union Pass, from where we have a scenic beauty of mountains as Chacraraju (6112 m), Pirбmide de Garcilazo  (5885  m),  Chopicalqui  (6354  m),  the  South  peak  (6768  m) and the North peak (6655 m) of Huascaran, Artesonraju (6025 m), Paria (5600  m),  Quitaraju  (6040  m),  Santa  cruz  (6259  m),  Rinrijirca  (5810 m),  Taulliraju  (5830  m)  and  Pucaraju  (5090  m),  then  descend  and reach the next campsite in the Paria Valley. About 6 to 7 hours.

DAY 7:

Paria Valley - Vaquerнa (3750 m) - Portachuelo Pass (4767 m) – Yuraq corral (3846 m). This  day  we’ll  pass  through  the  Picturesque  village  of  Huaripampa,  with  the presence of kids asking for candies, pens, matches, and others, from this place we have the spectacular view of the Southeast face of Chacraraju (6112 m). We'll  also  pass  through the  Yanachaca  village,  and  walk  up  to  the  Vaqueria village, where our private van will be waiting to take us to Yuraq Corral Camp. We'll ascend by van through the Morococha valley, observing the Morocochas lakes, as well as mountains as Chopicalqui (6354 m) and Yanapaccha (5460 m),  and  reach  the  Portachuelo  Pass,  from  this  point  we  have  a  wonderful view  of  mountains  as  the  South  peak   of  Huandoy  (6160  m),  Pisco  (5752 m),  and  the  North  peak  (6655  m)  and  the  South  peak  (6768  m)  of Huascaran, and in the distance the Chinancocha and Orconcocha lakes in the Llanganuco valley,  finally reach  Yuraqcorral where  we'll camp. About  2 to 3 hours. 

DAY 8:

Yuraq corral –Pisco Base Camp (4650 m). We’ll walk uphill, from the path we can observe mountains such as  South peak (6160  m)  and  North  peak  (5900  m)  of   Huandoy,  Pisco  (5752  m), Chacraraju  (6160  m),  Yanapaccha  (5460  m),   Chopicalqui  (6354  m) and South peak of Huascaran (6768 m). About 3 to 4 hours.

DAY 9:

Pisco Base Camp – Moraine Camp (4900 m). In our next day we'll walk over a rocky zone towards the Moraine Camp, from where  we  can  observe  mountains  such  as  the  South  peak  (6160  m) and  East peak (5900 m) of Huandoy, Pisco (5752 m), Chacraraju (6160 m),  Yanapaccha  (5460  m),  Chopicalqui  (6354  m),  South  peak  (6768 m) and North peak (6655 m) of Huascaran. About 3 to 4 hours.

DAY  10: 

Moraine  Camp  –  Summit  of  Pisco  (5752  m)  –  Pisco  Base Camp. We’ll leave at dawn and climb up to the Summit of Pisco, when it gets light we have a scenic beauty of mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. Pisco is considered a natural lookout of the Cordillera Blanca. Then descend to Base Camp. About 9 to 10 hours.

DAY 11:

Pisco Base Camp – Yuraq Corral – Huaraz (Hotel, Pachamanca dinner) - Lima at night (exit hotel). In our return to Cebollapampa, our private van will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz city. Hotel, Pachamanca dinner.

DAY 12:

Departure from Huaraz  to Lima and Lima - Home. Possible overnight in Lima!!

Note: After the ascent, we are ready to offer you a vacation on the coast of the ocean, lakes and various excursion programs in Peru - Read



Lima - Huaraz (3052 m) - Acclimatization day (Churup Lake, 4450 m) – Huaraz -  Cashapampa (2900 m) - Llamacorral (3750 m) - Taullipampa (4250 m) - Punta Union Pass (4750 m) - Paria Valley - Vaqueria (3750 m) - Portachuelo Pass (4767 m) – Yuraq corral (3846 m) - Pisco Base Camp (4650 m) - Moraine Camp (4900 m) - Summit  of  Pisco  (5752  m)  –  Pisco  Base Camp - Yuraq Corral - Huaraz - Lima

The cost of the full package of services -  from 1210 USD*

* cost for a group of 8 people or more

  Service with tents Service without tents 
Cost per person   1300 1210



  • Pick up at Lima Airport (by our personal) and transfer to the bus station or Hotel (taxi service must be paid by client).
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner during the expedition.
  • Private  Transport:  to  different  starting  and  ending  point  of  the expedition.
  • Experienced Climbing Guides certified by the UIAGM/IFMGA or Offical Guides or Trekking Guides certified UIMLA.
  • Cook. 
  • Cook Assistant (from 6 customers), only in the Trekking, in Pisco it will be another porter.
  • Donkey drivers. 
  • Donkies. 
  • Camping  equipment:  Sleeping  tents,  Kitchen  tents,  Dinning  tents, Bathroom tent, Mattress, practical table and chairs, etc. 
  • Kitchen kit: Plates, pots, tea pot, frying pot, spoons, knife, cups, etc. 
  • Huascaran National Park entrance fee.
  • One day hike (Acclimatization day – Churup or Willcacocha lake).
  • PACHAMANCA  the  last  day  of  the  expedition  (typical  food  of  the Peruvian Andes) from company.

Not Included:

  • Taxes
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks. 
  • Personal clothing and equipment. 
  • Travel, personal, and medical insurance.
  • International flight. 
  • Hotel (we can make reservations if clients want it so, extra payment). 
  • Extra charge for luggages. 
  • Laundry. 
  • Reconfirmation of flights. 
  • Food during stay in Huaraz city. 
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Transport from Huaraz to Lima or Lima Huaraz.
  • Mountain equipment (it can be rented in Huaraz city).
  • Tips.

Brief information on the area and route

Peru (Republic of Peru) is a country in South America, on the territory of which the tropical forests of the Amazon and Machu Picchu are located - the ancient Inca city on the top of the Andes mountain range. The area around Machu Picchu, where the Urubamba Valley is located (another name is the Sacred Valley of the Incas), the Inca Trail and the colonial city of Cusco, famous for its archaeological sites. The capital is the city of Lima. The territory of Peru can be divided into three regions, differing in the nature of the terrain, climate, flora and fauna.

  • In the west, along the Pacific coast, stretched a narrow strip of desert coastal plains (Costa). The largest deserts are Atacama and Sechura.
  • East is located the mountain belt of the Andes - Sierra. The highest point is Mount Huascaran (6,768 meters); In total, Peru has more than three dozen mountain peaks with a height of more than 6,000 meters.
  • To the east is the Amazonian lowland (selva) - the territory of tropical rain forests.

Huaraz is a city in Peru, the administrative center of the Ancash department. Located in the valley Callejon de Huaylas, on the river Santa, in the central part of the region, at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. The population is 120,000 people, 407 kilometers north of Lima, the Pan-American Highway passes through the city.

Santa Cruz - one of eleven districts of Santa Cruz Province in Peru. Santa Cruz is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Peru; in the area of Santa Cruz, Huaylas, Ancash. It has a height of 6259 meters. First ascent: July 20, 1948

Pisco (sometimes called Nevado-Pisco) - a double-peaked mountain in Peru, about 5,752 meters high, located about 60 kilometers north of the city of Huaraz. Pisco is located in the National Park of Huascaran, one of the most beautiful mountainous areas in Peru. First ascent: July 12, 1951

Additional Information

  • Children under 14 years old are allowed on the route only when accompanied by adults.
  • The host party has the right to change the route according to weather conditions and group conditions
  • The cost of the voucher does not include: additional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: additional transfers, personal equipment hire, hotel booking, recreation, etc.

Attention! Don't forget to read our article about outdoor activities in Peru - Read

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