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Trekking Santa Cruz to Ulta valley

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Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
Maximum height: 4,860m (Punta Yanayacu)
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
Tour code: T002-SCU
Price: Consult us

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This trek Santa Cruz to Ulta is an extension of clasic Santa Cruz trek , which start from Huaripampa valley. During the trek we will see spectacular peaks of the Cordillera Blanca and skirting turquoise glacial lakes also we will be able to observe pyramidal peaks of more than 6000 mts and turquoise lagoons in the foot of the mountains.

Travel program


Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft)
Day 2: Llamacorral – Jatuncocha – Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft)
Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) – Cachinapampa
Day 4: Cachinapampa – Molino camp 3,600m
Day 5: Molino – Avalanch camp
Day 6: Avalancha – Yanayacu pass 4,850m. – Ulta – Huaraz

Detailed Program

Day 01: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft)
Duration: 3 hours (by car) 4 - 5 hours (hiking)
You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley to the village of Cashapampa 2900m which is the starting point of the trek (3 hours drive). There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. From Cashapampa we start to ascend steeply for about 2 hours and then the track levels out, we climb steadily along the Quebrada Santa Cruz to camp at Llamacorral 3750m. 5 hours walk.

Day 02: Llamacorral – Jatuncocha – Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft).
Duration: 5 -6 hours
An easier hike up the Santa Cruz valley to our camp at Taullipampa 4250m. 5 hours walk. It is generally flat and we ascend just the last hour towards the camp. We walk past the beautiful Jatuncocha Lake. Our camp is situated near at the base of the beautiful nevado Taulliraju Mountain and we are also surrounded by other peaks such as Paria, Artseonraju, Rinrijirca, Quitaraju and Alpamayo.

Day 03: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) – Cachinapampa.
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
We ascend steadily for about 3 hours on a good trail to the Punta Union Pass 4750m. We can feel the effects of the altitude as we reach the pass. From the pass we have very close views of the big mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. From the pass, we have a long descent passing two small lakes and then coming down into the Huaripampa Valley to camp at Cachinapampa 3800m. about 8 hours walk. Overnight.

Day 04: Cachinapampa – Molino camp.
6 to 7 hours
At first we walk easily down the Huaripampa Valley passing through farming settlements and villages to Colcabamba where we meet a local people and especially children who come running to greet us. Then we will climb gently to camp by a stream at Molino Pampa in the Quebrada Keshu 3600m.

Day 05: Molino – Avalanch camp.
4 hours approx.
Today is not long, but it offers dramatic scenery and swift height gain. We begin with a steady ascent of the keshu Valley on a good path. We pass through some amazing ancient quenual (polylepis sp.) forest until we reach morraine enclosing two glacial lakes fed by the ice coming off the glaciers of the nearby Contrahierbas massif. At this point the climb steepens as we head up the valley's north side on a zig zag path to a small plateau where our high campsite Avalancha (4650 mts) is located. Directly across the valley from ou spectacular camp is the long glaciers come crashing down into the lake below. We ca spend the afternoon resting and avalanche watching.

Day 06: Avalanch camp to Ulta valley (via Yanayacu Pass) - to Huaraz.
5-6 hours approx (walking), 3 hours (by transport).
We traverse and ascend for abut 2 hours to the high narrow ledge and on to a knife-edge pass. This is our last and most spectacular pass Punta Yanayacu (4850 mts). Here abouts Andean Condors nest and are sometimes spotted in flight. From here we have close views of the Chopicalqui and Contrahierbas snow peaks. Then there's a zig zag descent on an initially steep path into the Cancahua valley below. We walk past some small lakes and again are sorrounded by snow-capped peaks, including Contrahierbas, the pyramidal Nevado Ulta to the south and the highest Huascaran (6768 mts) to the northwest. We finish the trek with a long descent through quenual forest to the beautiful Quebrada Ulta valley, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz.

What's Included

Trek Includes:
  • Private tourist transport from/to your hotel.
  • Professional, English speaking guide for acclimatization activities and trek.
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip.
  • All entrance fees
  • All camping & cooking equipment which is not included in the gear list
  • Donkeys
  • Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and toilet tent
  • First aid kit and Oxygen bottle
Not included:
  • Bus tickets between Lima and Huaraz.
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Huaraz.
  • Personal clothing and equipment (check gear list attached)
  • All food and drink during in-town days with the exception of the Celebration Banquet
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
What to take:
  • You will only carry a daypack with whatever you require for that day's walk. All you need is appropriate clothing, a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots (and a spirit of adventure with a good dose of endurance for this trip!!).

Prices & Dates

Prices: full private service
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The prices could vary according to the dates of travel, eg Easter holidays or Independence Day of Peru.

Prices: Group departure (only for trekking tour)
US $ 420 per person
* Departure confirmed with minimum 4 and maximum 10 people


Season: May to November
Group departure dates (From / To)
  • 04 may - 07 may 2018 .
  • 17 may - 20 may 2018 .
  • 31 may - 03 jun 2018 .
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