Santa Cruz to Los Cedros, Alpamayo Valley Trek
Enjoy a Santa Cruz to Los Cedros Valley guided trek. A complete circuit around Alpamayo Mountain. Ascend through Andean environment with panoramic views of the Cordillera Blanca, crossing several passes, spectacular valleys with abundant flora and fauna and the opportunity to see the famous Nevado Alpamayo Mountain 5947m, the most beautiful mountain in the world.
Length: 11 Days Walk
Distance: 152 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4860m
Season: May – September
Day 1: We begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley to the village of Cashapampa 2900m which is the starting point of the trek. There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. From Cashapampa we start to ascend steeply for about 2 hours and then the track levels out, we climb steadily along the Quebrada Santa Cruz to camp at Llamacorral 3750m. 5 hours walk.
Day 2: We continue our hike along the wide Santa Cruz Valley, passing Lagunas Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes below towering peaks of the Cordillera Blanca that sit in commanding positions above the valley. We camp at Taullipampa 4250m. 5 hours walk.
Day 3: We ascend towards Paso Punta Union 4750m Pass. From the pass there are amazing views down the Santa Cruz Valley and the surrounding mountains. We descend to Huaripampa Valley passing two small lakes to camp at Tuctubamba 4100m. 7 hours walk.
Day 4: We ascend towards Alto de Pucaraju Pass 4640 with amazing views of Taulliraju Mountain and many other peaks. We descend to camp at the end of Laguna Huecrococha Lake 4000m. 7 to 8 hours walk.
Day 5: We ascend towards Paso Tupatupa Pass 4360m. We have great views of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. We descend to camp at the top of the Jancapampa Valley at 3700m. 7 to 8 hours walk.
Day 6: We ascend towards Paso Yanacon Pass 4610m. We have great views of the surrounding mountains as we climb up to the pass. We descend to camp at Huillca 4100m. 7 to 8 hours walk.
Day 7: We have to cross two passes today. We ascend towards the first Pass of Mesapata 4460m, and then we ascend towards the second Pass Paso Gara Gara 4830m. From the pass we have spectacular views of the unique pyramid shaped Alpamayo Mountain 5947m, Jancarurish, Quitaraju and Laguna Jancarurish Lake. We descend to camp at Jancarurish 4250m at the foot of the majestic Alpamayo. 7 to 8 hours walk.
Day 8: Side trip to Laguna Jancarurish Lake for close up views of Alpamayo. 3 hours round trip.
Day 9: A short walk today. We descend a flat valley for about 2 hours to camp at Ruina Pampa 4100m.
Day 10: We cross two passes today. We ascend towards the first pass Paso Vientunan 4770m and then we descend and ascend again to the second pass Paso Osoruri 4860m from where we have awesome views of the surrounding mountains. We descend to camp at Wishcash 4350m. 7 to 8 hours walk.
Day 11: We descend a long zig zag path to the village of Hualcayan 2900m and drive back to Huaraz. 3 hours walk and 3 hours drive.
We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 2 days before the trek departs and spend time doing day hikes to higher altitude, this will help with acclimatization to the new altitude. We can help organise day hikes for you.
Grading & Fitness
In order to get the most out of this trek you should be in good physical condition. It is not easy to grade the fitness level required for the treks, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as moderate. We trek approximately six to eight hours per day with several long ascents and descents.
We encourage everyone to walk at their own pace, it is not a race and we want you to enjoy it. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest walkers and there is always a guide at the rear of the group. On the trek all personal belongings other than a day-pack are carried for you.
Rodolfo and Huaraz Treks met and exceeded our expectations in all respects. His lifelong knowledge of the Cordillera Blanca enriched our trip beyond the trek itself, including identification of birds, animals, mountains, and the local villages. He also was helpful in suggesting other activities for our time in the Huaraz area. Bright, personable, excellent English, quick judge of our abilities and interests. Evan Metcalf, USA.
We also offer Santa Cruz to Los Cedros Valley Trek in 10 days. For more information and prices contact us.