7 Day
Tour Type
Group Size
Max People : 15

Trek & Climb: Santa Cruz & Mt. Pisco


Santa Cruz Llanganuco Circuit Trek & Mt. Pisco Climb

Combine 4 days of trekking the famous Santa Cruz Llanganuco circuit with Mt. Pisco climb. Join us on this guided, 7-day trip and enjoy travelling through the Cordillera Blanca. Thus; start your journey from Huaraz, where your driver will come to pick you up at your hotel or accommodation.


Departures from Huaraz, an adventure town where you can check your gear and pick up snacks for your ride to the trailhead near Vaqueria (12,139 ft / 3700 m) or Cashapampa (9514 ft / 2900 m). Peru’s Cordillera Blanca is one of the most concentrated collections of big peaks in the Western Hemisphere, with 33 summits topping 5,400 meters (18,000 feet).

One of the most popular ways to discover this mountain range is to hike the Santa Cruz Trek, considered by many trekkers as one of the best hiking routes in the world. This 50km (31 mile) trail takes you through open mountain valleys, passing high mountain nevadas; along glacial rivers and the shores of translucent & bright lagunas.

The highest point along this 27 mile (43 km) walk is Punta Union Pass (15,616 ft / 4760 m). If you have more time to spend in the wilderness, there are a few side treks you can make, extending the trip to a week or more. Camping out on this route is spectacular, and can be trekked without any technical knowledge required. For beginners at high altitude this is a perfect trek to embark on in the Huaraz region.

Cross the Punta Union Pass and climb Mt. Pisco.

Don’t be nervous if you are not a professional climber. This is an achievable climb for anyone who is well acclimatised and in good physical condition. It is a suitable climb for beginners (with some climbing experience) and a rewarding experience for professional climbers.

We will drive back to Huaraz at the end of the expedition.

Breakfast x 6
Lunch x 7
Dinner x 6
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
Muleteer & Mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)

Not Included
International Airfare
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Travel & Adventure Insurance (we highly recommend some form of medical evacuation insurance)
Entrance fee to the Huascarán National Park (S./150.00 per person)
Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet (can be hired as part of trip)
Emergency mule (can be hired for the expedition)

Suggested Packing
Hiking Boots
Trekking socks (synthetic fibers)
Sun hat
Hat for cold weather (fleece)
microfiber shirts and thermal
Trekking pants
Day Backpack or advance 40 liters
Waterproof Jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
Waterproof Pant (Gore-Tex or other)
Waterproof Layer
Water Bottle
Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
Sunscreen (lips and skin)
Personal First Aid Kit
Photographic Material
Washbag and towel
Trekking Poles


Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.



Start at 7:30 a.m in the morning. Drive for 3 hours to reach Cashapampa, the beginning point of the trek. Today, you will be trekking through the narrow valley of Santa Cruz.
  • Walking distance: 9.2km
  • Highest altitude: 3760m
  • Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Enjoy your breakfast at 7:00 am and get started. Your destination for today is a campsite located at an altitude of 4250 m. Take a detour 2km before the campsite and head for Alpamayo Base Camp to see the famous, 6,000m high mountain. Also see Lake Arhuaycocha before heading for your campsite.
  • Walking distance: 14km
  • Highest altitude: 4,250m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight: Camp
Cross the Punta Union Pass (4750m). Enjoy amazing views of the valley of Santa Cruz on the one side and the Huaripampa Valley on the other.
  • Walking distance: 13km
  • Highest altitude: 4,750m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight: Camp
Reach the Huaripampa Village before heading for Vaqueria. Keep walking until you reach your campsite.
  • Walking distance: 10km
  • Highest altitude: 4,300m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight Camp
Reach the Portachuelo Pass (4768m). Enjoy amazing views of the mountains in the Cordillera Blanca Range. See the mighty Huascaran, the highest mountain of Peru, up close. Descend to your campsite located at an altitude of 3,900 meters.
  • Highest altitude: 4,768m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight: Camp
Have your breakfast and start trekking to Pisco Base Camp. Please note that this is a steep, 6km climb that lasts for 3- 4 hours.
  • Walking distance: 6km
  • Highest altitude: 4,500m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight: Camp
Wake up at around 1:00 a.m and, after a very light breakfast, prepare for the ascend. Walk over a moriane for approximately 2 .5 hours before traversing a glacier. Reach the summit at 5:00 am and watch the sun rise from the mountains. See Huandoy, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Alpamayo and Arteson mountains. Follow the trail down the mountain. Trek all the way down to Cebollapampa, from where you will be transferred back to Huaraz by a vehicle.
  • Highest altitude: 5,760m
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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