Guided tour : Trekking Cedros / Alpamayo / Santa Cruz ( 12D/11N )

Overview

Alpamayo circuit offers one of the most awesome & breathtaking scenes views in the pristine Peruvian Andes, This circuit leads us through Cedros valley which remains a sparsely travel trekking trail in the Cordillera Blanca, The Alpamayo circuit represents by far demanding trek during the high season but the trek require a good acclimatization process because many high passes are between (4400 m) & (4850 m), which offers splendid panorama mountain views. The highlight view point is at jancaurish valley, where we will be able to observe the huge pyramidal shape of mount Alpamayo, which has been considered the most beautiful mountain in the worldwide.

Highlights

  • You will be going to a maximum altitude of 4850
  • Jancaurish valley, where we will be able to observe the huge pyramidal shape of mount Alpamayo, which has been considered the most beautiful mountain in the worldwide.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1 | Huaraz to Hualcayan Village

    We will pick up you at your hotel with our private vehicle to drive along the rich Callejón de Huaylas valley, admiring picturesque villages and the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Blanca encompassing Peru’s highest tropical peaks,mount Huascarán (6,768masl), After that we follow driving until old Yungay, where we will visit the camposanto, this area or town was completely destroyed by earthquake in 1970, then follow driving until Andean quechua settlements of hualcayan village.

  2. Day 2 | Hualcayan to Wishcash

    This day we will meet with our mountain crew as donkey drivers and donkeys, After our breakfast we walk up on steep hill but the trail wind up on switchbacks observing the spectacular view of cultivated area of hualcayan village, in the afternoon we arrive to the camping spot.

  3. Day 3 | Wishcash to Punta Cullicocha pass - Osoruri

    From Wishcash we will continue our trek ascending until the spectacular crystal blue Cullicocha Lake, after resting and taking pictures we follow climbing up on steep trail until reach our first high pass punta cullicocha (4850m), where we will enjoy taking exiting pictures about huge mountains and cliffs valleys, after that we descend on slope and rocky trail until our camp site.

  4. Day 4 | Osoruri to Vientunan pass - Jancarurish

    After our hearty breakfast we start walking up on steep trail until vientunan pass (4770m), with excellent view of Milluacocha iced peak (5,480masl), then we descend on slightly slope trail until jancarurish campsite , enjoying on the way the great view of ancient’s pre Inca terraces. In the afternoon we will enjoy taking pictures about photogenic alpamayo mountain on cedros valley.

  5. Day 5 | Jancarurish to Jancarurish ( Rest day )

    Optional hike to Laguna Jancarurish or visit the Alpamayo Base Camp (4500m)/14,760ft.

    For appreciating the photogenic views of mount Alpamayo, which has been considered the most beautiful mountain in the worldwide since 1966 in Munich Germany by “Alpinism Magazine”, Breathtaking views of the ice pyramid (Alpamayo) await our arrival, as well as views of other mountains like Santa Cruz, Quitaraju, Jancarurish, Tayapampa and some high Andean lakes. Then we return back to our campsite at Jancarurish

  6. Day 6 | Jancarurish to Cara cara pass - Huillca

    This day we ascend on very steep trail until reach Cara Cara pass (4830m), where we will be able to capture the most awesome panoramic views of Alpamayo and lakes, after that we descend along moyobamba valley until reach the skirt valley plain of Mesapata Pass at 4,460m, then we will descent along tayapampa valley enjoying the view of Safuna Lake& splendid blue-violet beneath the snowy peaks of Pucajirca until huillca campsite.

  7. Day 7 | Huillca to Yanacon Pass - Jancapampa

    We will walk up until Paso Pucajirca known by others travellers as yanacon pass (4600m), after the fabulous scenery there, or after some rest for taking picture or eating our sack we descend until next camp on grassy valley, we descend to the Yanajanca Valley who’s cliffs shelter the wide Sactaycocha lake surrounded by vegetation. At jancapampa life Quechua families & as a usual they come to offer some beverages or Andean products, that they to make many (that is one way to make many for that poor families)

  8. Day 8 | Jancapampa to TupaTupa Pass - Huecrucocha

    This day we pass through several Andean communities, where we will be able to watch some people grazing their livestock, and then we climb up until reach Tupa-tupa Pass (4360m) we observe the iced peaks of Taulliraju (5,850masl) and Pucahirca, after that we will descend to our next camp

  9. Day 9 | Huecrucocha to Alto de Pucaraju - Tuctu

    This day we will ascend up until Alto de Pucaraju pass (4640m), over the we will enjoy an absolutely stunning panoramic views of majestic Taulliraju mountain and view of mountains of Chopicalqui (6,354m), Huascarán (6,768m – highest in Perú) and Huandoy (6,160m) to fare way, later we descend on slope and rocky trail until grass plateau of tuctu valley (4250m)

  10. Day 10 | Tuctu to Punta Union Pass - Taullipampa

    After our breakfast we start walking up on by far steep trail until reach tzaquicocha lagoons, after that we follow climbing up on sleeper and rocky trail until reach the pass 4750m/15,580ft where we awarded by panoramic mountains views & turquoise lakes, as well as the completely view of ichiccocha and jatuncocha lake on Santa Cruz valley, after resting for pictures or eat our lunch we will descend on sleeper pre-Inca trail until our campsite.

  11. Day 11 | Taullipampa to Alpamayo B.C - Llamacorral

    After the breakfast we walk down toward Alpamayo view pint, where we will enjoy taking the most impressive pictures about snow-capped peaks around it including alpamayo east face, then we follow walking up until base camp, Where we will enjoy taking one of the most exiting pictures about huge mountains including artezon mount, after that we will walk down along santa cruz valley until llamacoral camping spot.

  12. Day 12 | Llamacorral to Cashapampa - Huaraz

    After the breakfast, we will start walking down along narrow Santa Cruz valley until cashapampa village.

    Finish or trip. Where our private transport awaits us to drive Huaraz

What is included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transport to and from meeting point
  • Meals
  • Camp Towel and Washcloth
  • Tent(s)
  • Guide's Salary
  • Guide's Transport
  • Access Fees
  • Porters
  • Mountain Cook
  • Day acclimatization to lake churup included: private transportation, guide, hiking permits, box lunch

Whats not included in this tour?

Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Duffel Bag
  • Sleeping Bag and Pad
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Access Flights (Both-Ways)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • First Aid Kit
  • Donkey and Donkey Driver
  • Mountain Bikes

Important stuff

Accomodation

  • tent

Hostel in Huaraz is not included in this trip.

Notes

What you should bring

  • Trekking shoes/hiking boots
  • small daypack to carry your personal items
  • Travel insurance (+ copies in a case you lose it).
  • Jacket designed for adventure and preferably made of bright colours to make you visible from far away
  • Trekking trousers.
  • Sandals for comfort at campsite.
  • Warm/Thermal clothing
  • Hat or a cap
  • Sun cream
  • Camera and batteries
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper
  • Small towel and toiletries
  • Underwear and extra socks
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Cash in a local currency

When do you want to go?

lists this as available during the months of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec however you can always send a message to see if he's available some other time.

Important stuff

Cancellation policy

Payment is not made until the guide approves the request. Cancel for a full refund at least 60 days before departure. Amount refunded for cancellations closer to the date are based on our cancellation policy

Group size

There's a maximum of 6 persons for this trip.

Who can come

Trekkers ages 18 and up can book this trip.

Activity level

Strenuous

Government ID

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