AAPT15  Quebrada Santa Cruz – Alpamayo Trek    11D/10N  From Lima


Day 1: Arrival to Lima.

Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Lima

Morning ½ day city tour in Lima visiting the pre-Columbian Huaca Pucllana ruins, the colonial part of Lima with its Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, and San Francisco Church, and the modern part of Lima: Miraflores, San Isidro and the Larco Mar with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. B.

Day 3: Lima – Huaraz (3100m).

Transfer out to the bus station. Comfortable public bus transport (or fly at extra cost) to the city of Huaraz. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 4: Huaraz – Pastoruri – Huaraz.

Today we will enjoy an acclimatization trek. From Huaraz our private transport will take us to the foothills of Mount Pastoruri (5230m) of altitude. We will hike up to the base of the glacier. Late in the afternoon, transport back to Huaraz. Hotel. (B, LB)

Day 5: 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 6: 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, 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 and mounts Artesonraju and Quitaraju. Later on, we will continue or walk until we reach our camp at Taullipampa at the base of the beautiful Mount Taulliraju (5830m). (B, LB, D).

Day 7: 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 8: Taullipampa – Punta Union – Tuctu Camp (Paria Valley – 3900m).

Today we face the hardest part of the trek: the Punta Union pass at 4750m. However, the view over Mounts Taulliraju, Artesonraju and Alpamayo, rewards us for all our efforts. After a 4-hour ascent, we will deserve a break with an overwhelming panorama. Descending to our next camp at Tuctu, perhaps we can see some Condors flying over the Morococha lagoon. Camp. B, LB, D

Day 9: Tuctu – Huayripampa - Vaqueria Camp - Huaraz.

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 back to the city of Huaraz. During our drive, we will reach the Portachuelo pass at 4750m from where we descend to the beautiful Llanganuco Lakes (3860m) and continue to Huaraz where we arrive late in the afternoon. B, LB.

Day 10: Huaraz – Lima.

Public bus transport (or fly at extra cost) from Huaraz to Lima. Hotel in Lima. (B)

Day 11. Lima out.

Transfer to the airport. (B).

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Included: All transfers, comfortable public bus transport Lima/Huaraz/Lima, hotels (twin bed room with private facilities), private transport to/from trek start point, all entrance fees, English speaking guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, donkeys for cargo transportation (maximum allowed weight per pax: 10 kgs), first aid kit.

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

Grading: Moderate

Personal weight allowance per passenger: 8 kgs (this to be carried by donkies)





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