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Cordillera Blanca 5D / 4N

Cordillera Blanca 5D / 4N

  • Departures: Sunday from April to October
  • Minimum: 2 paxes

Day 01: (Sunday) Huaraz – Vaquería

Leaving early in the morning you drive down along the Santa Valley passing several villages until you reach present-day Yungay. The road winds slowly up into the galley between the Huascarán massif and the Huandoy three-pronged peak. As you reach the overhanging valley you arrive at the boundary of the National Park of Huascarán. Llanganuco, as the area is known, has two lakes Chinancocha and Orconcocha, which have turquoise waters. You continue on this narrow road as it twists and turns to the pass at Portachuelo of Llanganuco at 4 750 masl (15 580 ft.). From this point, if the evening is clear, you will get a spectacular view of Mt. Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. You continue down until about 40 minutes before your first campsite at Vaquería 3 700 (12 136 ft) where will undertake a short hike (2.5 Km walk). (L-D)

Day 02: (Monday) Vaquería – Tuctu

The day starts with a leisurely walk down towards a trail which makes its way to the left over a small ridge into the Huaripampa Valley. As you slowly head up this valley you pass small settlement of farmers, going by their agricultural activity and Andean vegetation. The snow-capped peak of Chacraraju, Taulliraju will come into view passing meadows and fields along the way. Camp in the vicinity of Paria or tuctu. Time 5-6 hours. Distance 11 km. (B-L-D)

Day 03: (Tuesday) Tuctu – Taullipampa

The trail starts ascending towards Punta Union, a pass at 4 750 masl (15 580 ft.). This old trail was heavily used in pre-Columbian and Colonial times as a route for transporting goods from the eastern side of the Andes to the main valley. As you approach the pass, Taulliraju Mountain will loom above you and on the other side its glacial lake and glacier will add colour and contrast to the amazing view down the Santa Cruz Valley. The peaks of Quitaraju, Artesonaju and Rinrijirca will come into view as well as the two lakes of Ichicocha and Jatunconcha. The trail descends into Taullipampa where you will camp at 4 100 masl (13,448 ft.). Time: 7 hours. Distance: 13 km. (B-L-D)

Day 04: (Wednesday) Taullipampa – Llamacorral

Past the side-valley of Arhuaycocha with a possibility to view Alpamayo Mountain, you continue down the Santa Cruz Valley. The landscape changes, and scree slopes appear on each side of the now marshy meadow as well as rock boulders fallen from the eroded walls above you. Finally, towards the end of the day you walk out of the ever-narrowing canyon into Llamacorral, where you will camp at 3 500 masl. Time: 6 hours. Distance: 16.5 Km. (B-L-D)

Day 05: (Thursday) Llamacorral – Cashapampa – Huaraz

A steep descent brings you to Cashapampa in the early morning. You meet a vehicle that will take you back to Huaraz saying good-bye to your camp crew as the road winds slowly down to the main valley, arriving in the afternoon. Dinner on your own, overnight at hotel. Time: 2½ hours. Distance: 7 Km. (B)

Included:

  • Transportation by vehicle to start and from the end of trek to your city of departure
  • Two-man tents including sleeping pads
  • Pack animals
  • Camp crew and commissary gear with all meals included
  • Specialised tour guide on the trek, who will handle the first aid kit

Not Included:

  • Hotels in Huaraz
  • Meals in the cities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extras tips
  • Laundry service
  • Additional tours
  • Insurance and Airline tickets (where applicable)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Hiking boots and other personal gear