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 fit. It is a suitable climb for beginners and a rewarding experience for professional climbers.

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

Day 1
Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral
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
Day 2
Llamacorral - Alpamayo Base Camp - Taullipampa
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
Day 3
Taullipampa - Punta union pass - Huaripampa
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
Day 4
Huaripampa - Vaqueria - Yanamachay
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
Day 5
Yanamachay - Portachuelo Pass - Cebollapampa
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: 4768m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight: Camp
Day 6
Cebollapampa - Pisco Base 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: 4500m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight: Camp
Day 7
Mt Pisco summit & Huaraz
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: 5760m
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Services Included:

  • Transfer bus station- hotel.
  • Specialized high mountain Guide.
  • Cook- porter specialized in high mountains.
  • Private transport.
  • Food during all the service.
  • Camping and climbing equimpent.
  • Service of donkeys and donkeydrivers.
Doesn’t Include:
  • Hotel nights in the city.
  • Entrance fee to the Huascarán National Park, S./150.00 per person
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Horse (in case of emergency, for trekking parts)
  • Don’t include first breakfast and last dinner.
  • Personal Spending
  • Personal camping and climbing equipment (sleeping bag, climbing boots, grampons, harness, ice axes, heat lamp, snow glasses, appropriate clothes, personal medicines, etc.)
  • Tips
  • Hikking boots.
  • trekking socks (synthetic fibers)
  • Sun hat
  • Hat for cold weather (fleece)
  • microfiber shirts and thermal
  • Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Day Backpack or advance 40 liters
  • waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Waterproof Pant (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Waterproof Layer
  • bottle
  • Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
  • Sunscreen (lips and skin)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Photographic Material
  • wash bag and towel
  • Sandals
  • Hiking poles.

Tour Info

Breakfast x 6
Lunch x 7
Dinner x 6
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Airport transfers (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
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
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
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.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. 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.
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.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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  • Briefing one day before the trek.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure.
  • 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available).
  • Drinking water along the trek.
  • Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers).
  • Chef (assistant chef for larger groups).
  • Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks.
  • Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers.
  • Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times).
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person).
  • These are provided by your guide at your briefing.
Not Included
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the hot springs.
  • Inflatable mattresses, pillow & sleeping bag. (If you don’t want to bring your own, you can hire these from us).
  • Tips for guides and field staff.
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