Classic Santa Cruz & Alpamayo

  • Beautiful color of the Jancarurish lake
  • Taullicocha Lake
  • Arriving at the Altopukaraju Pass
  • Jancapampa valley
  • Beautiful alpacas at Willca camp
  • North face of the alpamayo mountain
  • All equipment at the end of the expedition
  • Tupatupa Pass
  • Alpamayo viewpoint
  • Cullicocha Lake, and the Santa Cruz Mountain


Santa Cruz & Alpamayo, the hike around Alpamayo is considered one of the longest and most challenging trekking circuits in the Cordillera Blanca. It is a great option for people who love trekking.

The trail plunges into deep valleys and ascends over high passes, passing through a wide range of elevations and climates. Along the way, hikers can experience the rich flora and fauna of the Andes, glaciers and alpine lakes, picturesque villages and archeological ruins of Ruinapampa and Yaino. The route rewards walkers with close views where you will appreciate the pyramidal face of the imposing snow-covered Alpamayo.

Alpamayo covered with snow on the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes of Perú, is considered “The most beautiful mountain in the world” by Alpinismus magazine in 1966, rises to a height of 19,511 feet in the Huascaran National Park.


Trek details

Total Duration: 11 days / 10 nights.

Elevation: 3100 to 4850m.

Difficulty Grade: Moderate / Strenuous.

Destination: Cordillera Blanca.

Best Time to go: April to October.

Activities: Hiking / trekking, adventure.

Average walking: 5 to 7 hours daily

Start: Huaraz / Cashapampa.

Finish: Hualcayan / Huaraz.




A certified professional trekking guide,  who speaks Spanish and English if required trained in 1st Aid, risk management and assessment and responsibility to provide overall standard of excellence in service quality.


A profesional cook who prepares a wide variety of healthy and delicious dishes, and who is trained to cook in a hygienic manner mountain.


The muleteer (arriero) is in charge of loading the donkeys, looking after them and guiding them to camp.


The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of de the group.

Emergency Horse

One horse accompanies the group for emergency purposes.

Fantastic Meals

All food during the expeditions is provided as part of the package. We offer a combination of peruvian and western dishes. The varied, good-quality, high-energy food prepared by our profesional cook is specifically suited to rigorous activity.  We also regularly accommodate vegetarian, vegan, kosher, non-gluten and other specialty diets.

Private Transport

From you hotel in huaraz to the starting point of trek, an from the finishing point of the trek back to your hotel in Huaraz.


  • A good quality high mountain tent (doublé occupancy)
  • A foam sleeping mat.
  • Dining tent.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit.
  • Cooking stove.
  • All necessary dishes (knifes, forks, spoons, plates, cups, etc.), cooking utensils and pots.



  • Sleeping bag.
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress.
  • Tip
  • Water on the first day
  • First breakfast (day 1)
  • Last dinner (day 12)
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Soft drinks.
  • Medical treatment.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the expedition early.
  • Additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • All other services and ítems not listed as included.






Day 01: Transfer Huaraz – Cashapampa 2900m / hike to Llamacorral.


Day 02: Llamacorral hike to Taullipampa / Optional visit to Arhuaycocha Lake


Day 03: Taullipampa hike to Punta Union Pass 4750m, Tuctubamba.


Day 04: Tuctubamba hike to Alto Pucaraju Pass 4380m, Huecrococha Lake.


Day 05: Huecrococha hike to Tupa Tupa Pass 4400m to Jancapampa.


Day 06: Jancapampa hike to Yanacon Pass 4630m, to Huillcapampa.


Day 07: Huillcapampa hike to Cara Cara Pass 4850m, Jancarurish camp


Day 08: Rest o visit Alpamayo viewpoint.


Day 09: Jancarurish hike to Vientuna Pass 4770m, to Osoruri camp.


Day 10: Osoruri Pass 4850m, Cullicocha Lake and Huishca camp.


Day 10: Huishca hike to Hualcayan, transfer to Huaraz.


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