Santa Cruz Trek & Climbing Pisco
Timing: 8 or 9 days Trek & Climb
Pisco Climb: 5753m (18875 ft)
Grades: Trek / moderate
Pisco Climb / PD / Moderate snow climbs – Beginner suitable – physically hard
Combine a 4 day trek of the famous Santa Cruz Llanganuco circuit with a 4 day climb of Pisco mountain. Pisco is an achievable climb for anyone who is well acclimatised and fit. It is a suitable climb for beginner climbers and is also a rewarding climb for experienced climbers. Although Pisco is a beginner suitable peak, the climb is physically demanding and you do need to have good fitness and be strong. The 4 day scenic trek with crossing a 4750m high pass provides good acclimatisation for the climbing days.
Andrea & Chris from the USA who did Santa Cruz Trek + Pisco said: Everything from the office staff, cook, guide, porters, was amazing. The food & the overall services exceeded my expectation , the initial Email was organized very fast and the guide was spectacular on Pisco.
Day 1: Drive from Huaraz to Cashapampa 2800m 3 hours. We meet our donkey drivers, load all equipment onto donkeys and start trekking. We hike continuously upwards following the Santa Cruz river, first we are in a narrow canyon and then after lunch the country opens up into a wider valley and we start to see the snow covered peaks. We camp in an open field near the river at Llamacorral 3750m 5 hours.
Day 2: An easier day hiking in a wide open valley. We pass by two small lakes and then we have our first glimpse of the famous Alpamayo peak. We camp at Taullipampa 4250m, a beautiful campsite surrounded by towering peaks and nestled near the bottom of Punta Union Pass. 4 hours.
Optional extra day: Stay another night at beautiful Taullipampa campsite. Options to visit Alpamayo Base Camp, Lake Arhuaycocha, climb Centillo Peak 5000m or have a rest day.
Day 3: Climb steadily up for 2 to 3 hours to the pass Punta Union 4750m then descend past a small alpine lake where we often stop for picnic lunch. Continue the descent towards the Huaripampa Valley before leaving the main trail and traversing through low bush to our camp in a secluded valley away from the main trail at Paria 3850m. 7 hours.
Day 4: At first we walk easily down the Huaripampa Valley passing through farming settlements. Then we climb to the road at Vaqueria where our private vehicle will be waiting to drive us over the 4850m Portachuelo Pass to our camp at Cebollapampa (3850m). 4 hours hike and 2 hour drive
Day 5: A short day. Climb on a good path to Pisco Base Camp. 4650m 2½ hours. Rest in the afternoon.
Day 6: Climb over moraine rocks to Morena Camp. The route is over large moraine rock and is steep in places. Donkeys cannot come this way. Porters carry the tents, climbing rope, food and cooking equipment, but you need to carry your own personal gear. 4900m 3 hours.
Day 7: 40 minutes climb on moraine to the glacier, then on the snow for about 4 to 5 hours to the summit. For most of the route, it is not overly steep or technically difficult, although the altitude does make it a challenge. There are occasional short steep sections and hard ice, or possibly a crevasse which the guides will help you to negotiate around. Return to Base Camp mid afternoon. About 10 to 12 hours total for the day.
Day 8: An easy descent down to the road at Cebollapampa 1½ hours and return to Huaraz in our private van.
Add a day: If you spend the extra day at Taullipampa camp.
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