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Santa Cruz & Climb Nevado Pisco 8 Days

Santa Cruz & Climb Nevado Pisco 8 Days

Santa Cruz & Climb Nevado Pisco 8 Days

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8-Days Santa Cruz Trek & climb Pisco Mountain.

Join us on an unforgettable Santa Cruz & Climb Nevado Pisco 8 Days  in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, combining the impressive hike starting in Santa Cruz with the exciting and challenging ascent to Nevado Pisco. This expedition is designed for all hikers and climbers looking for a unique experience in the high-altitude wonders of the Andes.


  • Santa Cruz Trek: Traverse diverse landscapes, from alpine meadows to high mountain passes, witnessing the grandeur of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • Nevado Pisco Summit: Conquer the summit of Nevado Pisco, experiencing the thrill of high-altitude climbing and rewarded with unparalleled views.
  • Scenic Beauty: Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the Andes, with glacial lakes, snow-capped peaks, and the rugged charm of the high-altitude environment.
  • Cultural Interaction: Engage with local communities during the Santa Cruz trek, gaining insights into the traditional Andean way of life.
  • Professional Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of experienced guides throughout the expedition, ensuring safety and a fulfilling adventure.

Trip Details

Altitude  : 2,900 / 5,752 m.a.s.l.
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Difficulty : Easy / Moderate
Season : April / October
Beginning of Trek : Cashapampa
End Trek : Quebrada Llanganuco Gorge
Activity : Nature and Adventure
Places to visit : Huaraz, Callejón de Huaylas, Trekking Santa Cruz, Llanganuco Lagoons, Pisco Climbing.

Day 1: Arrival in Huaraz
Arrive in Huaraz, acclimate to the altitude, and meet with the expedition guide for a briefing on the upcoming adventure. Rest and prepare for the journey ahead.

Day 2-4: Santa Cruz Trek
Embark on the classic Santa Cruz trek, a 4-day exploration through stunning landscapes. Traverse high mountain passes, witness glacial lakes, and marvel at the iconic peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, including Alpamayo and Huascaran. Camp in scenic locations, interact with local communities, and absorb the diverse flora and fauna of the Andean ecosystem.

Day 5: Rest Day in Huaraz
Return to Huaraz, providing a day for rest, recovery, and final preparations for the Nevado Pisco climb. Ensure all equipment is in order and acclimatize further.

Day 6-7: Nevado Pisco Ascent
Begin the challenging ascent of Nevado Pisco (5752 m), a stunning glaciated peak. Climb through challenging terrain, including snow and ice, with the support of experienced guides. Reach the summit and revel in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Descend to base camp for a well-deserved rest.

Day 8: Departure
Bid farewell to the Cordillera Blanca, concluding the expedition with a sense of accomplishment and a treasure trove of memories.


Day 01: Huaraz - Cashapampa (2900 m) - Trekking to Llamacorral (3800 m)

Today we head for the departure with private car to the valley of the Santa River, as far down as Caraz and then along a narrow route toward the Santa Cruz Valley. The farmers cultivate the green fields, but agriculture is very difficult here. We arrive of Cashapampa village (2900 m) where our team is waiting for us our porters and donkys that they transport our luggage .we starting in the lush vegetation of the valley, we continue deeper into this unique mountain landscape. After approximately 4½ hours of trekking, we arrive at our campsite in Llamacorral. Overnight Camp.

Distance: 7km/ 4.34ft
Elevation: 1,000 m/
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping Llamacorral (3800 m)

Day 02: Llamacorral - Trekking to Taullipampa (4250 m)

We can continue to walk to Santa Cruz Gorge and pass alongside the lakes of Ichiccocha y Jatuncocha. At the edge of the trees, the lupines enchant us with all colors of blue. This is a paradise for the local ducks! Next we go to Lake Arhueycocha (4450m), which is also the departure point for climbing Alpamayo. We enjoy a fantastic view of the peaks of Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju (the logo for Paramount Pictures!) Many people believe that the white pyramid of Alpamayo is the most beautiful mountain in the world! Camp at Taullipampa. Overnight Camp

Distance: 13km/ 42650.9ft
Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping Taullipampa (4250 m)

Day 03: Taullipampa - Trekking to Punta Union Pass (4750 m)

At first it‘s an easy climb through meadows, but the trail soon becomes dry, rocky and steep. This trail was used from pre-Inca times to get to Punta Unión, an imposing mountain; it will take about 2 hours. The majestic mountains of the Cordillera Blanca you can see today include Taulliraju and Huandoy, Huascarán, the Pucajircas, Artesonraju and many others. The descent is also steep and passes through the beautiful high mountain landscape of the lakes of Morococha. We finally get to the valley of Huaripampa where we camp for the night. Overnight Camp

Distance: 9,08 km/ 297900ft
Dificult: 763 m
Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping- Huaripampa (3600 m)

Day 04: Paria - Vaquería - Portachuelo Pass (4650 m)

After descending through the forests and whitewater rivers of the Huaripampa Valley, we pass through a typical village of the high Andes, Vaquería. The farmers here raise small animals and some crops. At this elevation there are still flowers, and their colors brighten the landscape. From the village we climb to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass, 4650 meters, where you will have fantastic views of several mountains covered in snow. And with a bit of luck, we‘ll be able to see vicuñas! These timid relatives of llamas graze at elevations of 5500 m; it’s not surprising that these animals produce the finest wool in the animal kingdom. From here we take a van to Cebollapampa, the camp at the base of Nevado Pisco. Overnight Camp.

Distance: 9,00 km/ 29527.6ft
Dificult: None
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: Camping at Cebollapampa (3870 m)

Day 5: Trekking from Cebollapampa to Laguna 69 (4450 m)

Laguna 69 has been called the most famous and well known lake in the Cordillera Blanca. Our trail winds through picturesque montane forests and a somewhat marshy area, always alongside a steep imposing ridge. Behind us, the fortress-like peak of the ice giant Huascarán looms. Winding trails lead us past several waterfalls to the lake, which is flanked by glacial moraines. Immediately above the deep blue surface of the lake, we see the steep ice walls of Chacraraju, one of the most beautiful, but also most difficult of the 6000 meter peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. Return to Cebollapampa and camp. Overnight Camp.

Distance: 16.1 km/ 52821.52ft
Dificult: Medium
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours.
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping

Day 6: Camp Cebollapampa - Trekking to Refugio Pisco (4680 m)

In the next 2 days we will arrive at the highest point of our trek. We stop at the Pisco mountain hut “Refugio Perú“, our base camp. The view of the back portion of Huascarán Peak and Chopicalqui is overwhelming. We also enjoy the views of Huandoy, Chacraraju and Yanapaccha. Overnight in the hut. Overnight Camp

Distance: 11,3 km/370734.91ft
Dificult: Medium
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours.
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping Refugio Pisco (4680 m)

Day 7: Base Camp/ Climb Nevado Pisco (5752 m) - back to Base Camp (4900 m)

A little after midnight we leave Base Camp, climbing up to cross the long moraine to arrive at the glacier. A sharp climb brings us to the saddle of Nevada Pisco. Next the final long climb over the glacier to the peak, 5752 meters in elevation. We are again going to have a magnificent view of the highest mountain in Perú – Huascarán, and also nearby Huandoy, Chopiqualci and many more. Later we descend back to Refugio Peru. Optional: The group can climb to Moraine Camp comfortably in 3 or 4 hours and then return to the refuge or if hikers are not up for the return trip, we can camp on the moraine (4900 m.). Overnight Camp.

Distance: 16 km/9.94194ft
Dificult: Medium / Dificult
Hiking time: 10 to 12 hours Aprox.
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodations: camping Base Camp (4900 m)

Day 8: Base Camp - Trekking to Refugio Pisco - Transfer to Huaraz.

Our trek is nearing its end. Early in the morning we begin our descent toward Cebollapampa and continue hiking until we arrive at the highway. From there, we take a vehicle to return to Huaraz. Tired and happy, we arrive at the hotel. Overnight Hotel.

Distance: 4 km
Dificult: Medium / easy
Hiking time: 2 hours Aprox.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Accommodations: None


  • One AGMP – UIAGM mountain guide for every two clients.
  • Support personnel: porters, muleteers and cooks.
  • Pack animals
  •  Overnight in tents (optional use of the base camp shelter).
    base camp)
  •  Food during the ascent.
  • Collective technical equipment (ropes, snow, ice and rock insurance).
    rock insurance)
  • All transportation from Huaraz  to Huaraz

No Included

  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

What To Bring

  •  A pair of mountaineering boots of high
  •  Two pairs of thick socks.
  •  Three pairs of light trekking socks.
  • trekking socks.
  •  One pair of booties.
  •  Two thermal fleece underwear.
  • One fleece jacket (second layer).
  •  One waterproof mountaineering
    waterproof mountaineering jacket.
  •  One down jacket.
  • One waterproof mountaineering
    waterproof mountaineering trousers.
  •  One pair of trekking pants.
  • One pair of thermal underpants.
  •  Non-cotton underwear.
  •  Wind stopper or windblooc gloves.
  •  A pair of waterproof gloves.
  •  Cold weather hat.
  •  Sun hat.
  •  Buff .
  • Glasses with UV spectrum 4 protection.
  • Crampons with front spikes.
  •  A pelvic harness
  •  An ice axe and a hammer for technical
    technical mountaineering.
  •  Three safety carabiners.
  •  One 120cm webbing or anchor line.
  • One descender
  • One 6mm / 1.5m lanyard.
  • Backpack 45 l minimum
  •  A helmet.
  • Water bottle 1 liter minimum
  • Sunscreen for skin and lips
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
    spare batteries.
  •  Insulated sleeping pad.
  • Winter sleeping bag

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