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Trekking in the Santa Cruz Valley

Andes. Peru. Ancash. Mountain trekking program of MCS AlexClimb "Santa Cruz valley trekking"

Altitude: 4750 m
Program category: Mountain trekking
Duration: 5 days
Season: May - September
Program price from: 750 Euro

  • 25.04.22 - 12.05.22Standart, group 6 part. 750 EURO booking

Santa Cruz Valley Region (Cashapampa) - one of the most beautiful locations of the high part of Cordillera Blanca.

The greatest advantage of this trekking route in Santa Cruz valley (Peru) besides the possibility of enjoying the incomparable landscapes of the fairy Andean mountain country, is that smooth altitude gain and comparably easy physical loads make it possible to adaptise and acclimatize yourself before further climbing or trekking programs in Cordillera Blanca. The program "Santa Cruz valley trekking" is ideal for those who have no mountain experience at all.

The trek begins in the Indian village Cashapampa (2-3 hours cross country road driving from Huaraz) and goes by the picturesque valley of Santa Cruz river. On the third day we reach the Punta Union Pass (the highest point of the trek 4750 m) and then descent to Paria valley where finish in the Bakeria village. The trail goes by the alpine meadows and sierra zones and is marked all the way long. On the Santa Cruz valley trek there are no technical obstacles connected with using the climbing technique.
Comfortable minibus will bring our group from the hotel in Huaraz to the trek beginning and pick up in the last camping place - Ceboillipampa. The English speaking guide and the guide assistant lead the group, with a help of a cook and arriero - donkey driver, all the heavy loads are carried by donkeys and mules. You are not supposed to carry the heavy backpacks on this trek.
Normal three times food is provided for this trek. Overnights in the tents.

This 5-day program "Trekking in Santa Cruz valley, Peru"  was developed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves at mountain trekking and get closely acquainted with the wild nature of Peruvian mountains. "Santa Cruz valley trekking"  route is not hard physically, does not require to overcome any technically difficult parts nor long-term stay at high altitude conditions. Regardless your climbing or trekking experience, we recommend passing the MCS AlexClimb Course of general physical preparation before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work. 


Program Schedule

The AlexClimb South America Andes trekking schedule (Santa Cruz trek 2022):

Guided trekking route in Santa Cruz valley, Peru
Easy trekking, Basic level

Day 1 - Transfer from Huaraz to Cashapampa, 2900 m, minibus, excursion to Yungay Memorial. From Cashapampa - trek to Llamacorral (3760 m), camping. The loads are delivered by donkeys

Day 2 - Llama Corral (3760 m) - Taullipampa (4250 m) The trek goes by the lakes of Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha where you can enjoy the view to the summits of Aguja de Santa Cruz, Pumapampa, Curuicachajana, Quitaraju, Alpamayo, Pucahirca, Rinrinjirca, Taullipampa, Artesonraju, Paria, Millishraju... One hour walk to the view point by Laguna Aruyercocha – wonderful high mountain lake with big pieces of ice floating in the water at the foot of the most beautiful mountain in the World – Alpamayo. Camping

Day 3 - Taullipampa (4250 m) - Quebrada Paria (3870 m) Trekking uphill to the pass of Punta Union (4.750 m). From the Pass we have an exceptional view to the Cordillera Blanca Range with its most important mountains as Taulliraju, Rinrijircas, Pucahircas, Quitaraju, Santa Cruz, Artesonraju, Piramide de Garcilazo,Paria, Millishraju. Camping

Day 4 - Quebrada de Paria (3870) - Vaqueria (3850 m) – Pacchapampa (4130 m). Descending to the valley, we enjoy the views of Yurma, Huaripampa, Colcabamba, the spectacular view to Chacraraju, the village Vaqueria. From Vaqueria by minibus we move to Cebollapampa, driving through the pass of Portachuelo (4767 m). From here we can see the summits of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju. Camping at Cebollapampa (3900 m)

Day 5 - Two-three hours walk to Lake 69. For not less than one hour you enjoy the extraordinary views and then we return to Cebollapampa. Transfer to Huaraz (minibus). Hostel accommodation


Prices and conditions

The price of the "Santa Cruz valley trekking, Peru 2022":

750 Euro* - standart group 5-10 participants
900 Euro* - mini-group 3-4 participants
1200 Euro* - private program for 1-2 participants
Price per person

You have to be ready for:

  • Camping life in the field conditions;
  • Carrying a 5-8 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -10°C on the altitude higher than 4000 m;

Conditions: minimum group 4 participants. The MCS AlexClimb Course of mountain physical preparation is recommended before the trip.
The price includes: Professional mountain guide services, cook services, rent of the communal equipment (ropes, belaying and navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel accommodation, transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Huaraz), using the
communal basic medical kit, local registering and climbing permits, food for outdoor part of the program.
The price does not include: Peruvian visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Huaraz), obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, food and drinks while being in cities, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 12
Guides: 2

*Most European citizens do not need visa for entering Peru, check that in Peruvian consulate in your home country.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Andes. Peru. Santa Cruz valley trekking" can be read in the Offer section

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AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.