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Llanganuco - Santa Cruz trek, Cordillera Blanca
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Santa - Cruz - Pisco - Chopicalqui

Santa Cruz Trek

 

The Santa Cruz Valley is one of the most popular trekking routes because in just a few days you can enjoy magnificent scenery. There are turquoise glacial lakes, a stunning variety of wild flowers, diverse fauna, and magnificent snow-capped mountains towering over the valley, including Mount Santa Cruz (6259m), Alpamayo (5947m), Quitaraju (6036m), Ririjirca (5810m), Taulliraju (5830m), and Artesonraju (6025m). The trek over the Punta Union Pass (4750m) helps you acclimatize before ascending the relatively easy peak of Pisco (5752m) and the more challenging Chopicalqui (6354m).

The two beautiful glaciated mountains are located in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca, on either side of the Llanganuco Valley. Mount Pisco is one of the most popular peaks in the range for climbing, both because it has a relatively easy approach and ascent, and because it is surrounded by all the highest and most difficult peaks in the range. Mount Chopicalqui has one of the most spectacular summit ridges and summits in all of the Cordillera Blanca. For the novice or experienced climber alike, both the mountains are not to be missed. By climbing Mount Pisco first, you are able to acclimatize and strengthen your legs, and you also have time to practice your mountaineering skills before moving on to the bigger Chopicalqui.

Pisco - West Face

 

Mount Pisco is one of the most popular climbs in the Cordillera Blanca thanks to its relatively easy ascent and the magnificent 360º panorama of the surrounding peaks from its broad summit. It is the perfect peak for first time mountaineers because it is not technical, and offers an introduction to the amazing experience of traversing a glacier using ropes and crampons. It is also a great acclimatization peak for experienced mountaineers intending to move on to higher mountains.

Chopicalqui - Southwest Ridge

 

Mount Chopicalqui is among the Cordillera Blanca’s highest peaks. But it is sometimes dubbed the easiest 6000m-peak because the southwest ridge route is straightforward enough not to require any technical ability. The mountain’s proximity to Mount Huascaran - Peru’s highest peak - may make Chopicalqui seem less imposing, especially when seen from Huaraz, but it reaches a height of 6354m. And its location among many of the Cordillera Blanca’s giants - including Huascaran North (6655m) and South (6768m), Huandoy (6395m), and Chacraraju (6108m) – provides climbers with spectacular views both on the way up and from the summit.

Itinerary:


Day 1: Drive from Huaraz (3100m) to Cashapampa (2990m). Trek to Llamacoral (3700m). Duration: 8 hours.

Day 2: Trek from Llamacoral to Taullipampa (4000m). Duration: 8 hours.

Day 3: Trek from Taullipampa to Cashinapampa (3650m), via Punta Union Pass (4750m). Duration: 9 hours.

Day 4: Trek from Cashinapampa to Vaqueria. Transfer by private van to Cebollapampa (3850m). Duration: 7 hours.

Day 5: Acclimatization day.

Day 6: Trek from Cebollapampa to Pisco Base Camp (4650m). Duration: 5 hours.

Day 7: Trek from Pisco Base Camp to Moraine Camp (4900m). Duration: 3 hours.

Day 8: Climb from Moraine Camp to Pisco Summit (5752m), and descend back to Pisco Base Camp. Duration: 11 hours.

Day 9: Trek from Pisco Base Camp to Chopicalqui Base Camp (4000m). Duration: 4 hours.

Day 10: Full rest day.

Day 11: Trek from Chopicalqui Base Camp to Moraine Camp (4990m). Duration: 5 hours.

Day 12: Climb from Moraine Camp to Chopicalqui High Camp (5300m). Duration: 5 hours.

Day 13: Climb from Chopicalqui High Camp to Chopicalqui Summit (6354m), and descend back to Moraine Camp. Duration: 11 hours.

Day 14: Trek from Moraine camp to Cebollapampa. Drive back to Huaraz. Duration: 4 hours.

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