AAPT14  Alpamayo Trek & Climb Mount Pisco (5752m)  8D/7N   From Huaraz


Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa Village - Camp Llama Corral (3750m).

Our private transport will take us from Huaraz towards Cashapampa village (2900m), the starting point of our trek. Here we meet our crew and donkeys, who will transport our heavy equipment during the whole trek. We begin our trek (5-6 hours) through the beautiful Santa Cruz valley towards our first camp. On the way on enjoy great views of the nearby high Andean peaks. Camp at Llama Corral (3750m). (B, LB, D)

Day 2: Lllama Corral - Taullipampa Camp (4250m).

After our first night in the high mountains, we continue our trek (4-5 hours) towards our next camp. On the way on, we will observe the beautiful lakes known as Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha. Later on and following the side of the Arhuaycocha gorge, we will reach the base camp of Mount Alpamayo (5947m). From here, we can enjoy great views of the famous Mount Alpamayo, mounts Artesonraju and Quitaraju. Later we will continue our walk until we reach our camp at Taullipampa at the base of the beautiful Mount Taulliraju (5830m). (B, LB, D).

Day 3: Taullipampa – Artesonraju Glaciar Lake.

This day from our camp in Taullipampa, we will enjoy a beautiful altitude hike to the glacier lake of Arhuaycocha at the base of the beautiful Mount Artesonraju (6025m). Camp. B, LB, D.

Day 4: Taullipampa – Punta Union – Tuctu Camp (Paria Valley – 3900m).

Today we face the hardest stage of the Santa Cruz trek: the Punta Union pass at 4750m. After a 4-hour ascent, we will deserve a break with an overwhelming panorama with the view over Mounts Taulliraju, Artesonraju and Alpamayo. Descending (2-3 hours) to our next camp at Tuctu, perhaps we can see some Condors flying over the Morococha lagoon. Camp. B, LB, D

Day 5: Tuctu – Huayripampa - Vaqueria Camp - Cebollapampa.

From Tuctu our trek will take us to pass the Huayripampa gorge and valley. On the way, we will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains: Chacraraju, Piramide, etc. After 4 hours of hiking, we will arrive at the settlement of Vaqueria where we meet our vehicle, which will take us to reach first the summit of the Portachuelo pass at 4750m and from where we descend towards the Cebollapampa meadow. Here we will set up our camp at 3600m. B, LB, D.

Day 6: Cebollapampa – Pisco Base Camp.

From Cebollapampa we trek towards to the base camp of Mounts Pisco and Huandoy. The trail leads us along beautiful landscapes with a well-marked route with glacial water streams, gracious Andean flowers and queñua (polylepis) forest while we enjoy great views of Mounts Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanacocha and the Mount Pisco itself. The 4 hours hike will take us to the camp at 4650m. From here, we have exceptional views of Mounts Huandoy, Chopicalqui and Pisco. (B, LB, D)

Day 7: Base Camp – Pisco Summit (5752m) – Base Camp.

We start our attempt to reach the summit of Mount Pisco early in the morning at about 2 a.m. First, we have to negotiate our way through a camp of loose rocks of the moraine and then at sunrise we will reach the base of the glacier where we put crampons on and start the climb in easy glacial and snowy terrain. At a certain point of the route and weather permitting we will have the opportunity to enjoy marvelous views of the Artesonraju snowy peak, Mount Caraz, Pico de Garcilaso and other impressive and beautiful mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. Finally, after 7-8 hours of continuous climbing we will get to the summit of the Pisco Mountain. Our effort will be rewarded with an incredible 360 degrees view of the Cordillera Blanca main peaks: Huascaran, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Alpamayo, Artesonraju, etc. etc. Then we return to base camp where we expect to arrive at about 2 – 3 p.m. for a well-deserved rest and dinner. (B, LB, D)

Day 8: Base Camp – Cebollapampa - Huaraz.

After a relaxed morning, we will start our trek down to the meadow of Cebollapampa where we meet our transport, which will take us back to the city of Huaraz. (B, LB)


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Included: All transfers, private transport to/from trek start point, all entrance fees, English speaking trekking/climbing guides, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent), and complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, horses/donkeys for cargo, first aid kit, communal climbing gear (ropes, belays).

Not included:International and domestic flights, airport taxes, extras, personal trekking equipment, tips, personal travel insurance.

Grading: Easy – moderate - hard

Personal weight allowance per passenger: 10 kgs (this to be carried by donkies)





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