Portrait of the Santa Cruz Trek

Santa Cruz Trek 4 days

   Huaraz, Peru
   Moderate difficulty
   43 km
   2800 to 4800 meters

About the Journey:

Our classic 4 day Santa Cruz trek may be one of the most beautiful hikes in the world (or so we like to think!). Immerse yourself in rolling mountains, colorful landscapes, sapphire-blue lakes, and incredible scenery with each passing step. Although this is a moderate to difficult hike, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world - or at least on top of Punta Union, where you’ll be rewarded with some of the world’s most spectacular views. This trek is perfect for those who are looking for an intense tour with an amazing reward!



We will depart from your hotel at Huaraz early in the morning and drive to Caraz, and into the valley of Llanganuco (4-5 hour drive). We start our trek descending to the village of Huaripampa, going through the local community where we will get to appreciate their traditional houses, farmland and colorful garment. We will then descend to Paria, to our first campsite, located at 3800m (4-5 hour hike).

We will start the day hiking towards Punta Union (4,750m), the highest point of our trek. We will enjoy panoramic views down the Santa Cruz Valley, appreciating the majestic peaks of Paria and Taulliraju surrounded by andean vegetation. Following the route, the Artesonraju, Huaripampa, Alpamayo and Chacraraju peaks will all come into view. We will then descend to Taullipampa (4250m) to set up the tents and spend the night.

We will hike approximately 5 hours to our last camp at Llamacorral (3750m). We will enjoy the views of the Artesonraju, Quitaraju and Santa Cruz mountains and also pass the beautiful lakes of Arhuaycocha, Hatuncocha and Ischicocha. These incredible turquoise lakes holds the best views of the Cordillera Blanca.

On our last day, we will wake up and enjoy a breakfast surrounded by spectacular views. We will then descend for approximately 3 hours to Cashapampa, where a private transportation will be arranged to take us back to Huaraz.

What's included:   +

  • English speaking, professional mountain guide with many years guiding in Huaraz; first-aid certified
  • Brief session before the trek
  • Private transportation to the start of the trek and back to Huaraz
  • Entrance and camping fees
  • First-aid kit, oxygen tank and horse 'ambulance'
  • 4 person, 4 season tent for every two persons
  • Inflatable pad & pillow
  • Toilet tent
  • Dinning tent with tables & chairs
  • All meals
  • Boiled water to fill your water container
  • Cook, horsemen and horses (can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff, apart from sleeping bag)

What's not included:   +

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (highly appreciated)

Reservations:   +

Once your payment is done, you spot will be automatically reserved. However, please keep in mind that we require at least three people for any departures to be confirmed. For more information please visit our Cancellation Policy

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