Santa Cruz Trek & Pisco Climb 5750m – 7 days

Nevado Pisco, Perú




7 days
4.07 by 3 reviews
  • Quality4.33
  • Amenities3.67
  • Services4.33
  • Price3.67


Combine a 4-day hike of the famous Santa Cruz Llanganuco circuit with a 3-day climb of Pisco Mountain. An achievable climb for both inexperienced climbers ready for a challenge and for experienced climbers alike. From the summit feel like you are “on top of the world”.

Although graded as a moderate climb, the high altitude and long and in places steep snow slopes make Pisco a physically demanding climb. Good fitness is required. The 4-day scenic trek with crossing a 4750m high pass provides good acclimatization for days of climbing.



  • Transport: From Huaraz to the starting point of your activity, and from the end point of your activity back to Huaraz. We use private transport, minivans and other types of cars, depending on the size of the group.
  • Guide: Qualified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and English.
  • Cook: A professional cook who is trained to prepare healthy dishes in a hygienic manner, depending on the size of the group.
  • Muleteers: In charge of taking the donkeys with our materials and backpacks, taking care of them and guiding them. (depending on the expedition we are replaced by porters / people who load things)
  • Donkeys: The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of the group. The donkeys carry tents, food, climbing rope to base camp and back, but you must bring your own personal equipment. (depending on the expedition we are replaced by porters / people who load things)
  • Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
  • Equipment: Good quality high mountain tent, sleeping mattress, ropes, carabiners, dining tent (depending on the size of the group), table and chairs, first aid kit, stove, crockery and kitchen utensils. We can also provide you with personal mountain equipment if you do not have one.
  • Entrance fee: for the national park.


  • First breakfast, last dinner, soft or alcoholic beverages, medical treatment, travel insurance, tips, additional expenses as a result of leaving the expedition early, additional expenses as a result of rescue or emergency evacuation.

What to Bring

  • Mountain backpack (65 liters).
  • Sleeping bag (-25 C) – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Walking poles if you have knee problems.
  • Mountaineering boots – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Crampons – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Ice ax – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Helmet – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Harness – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sun protection: sunscreen (minimum factor 40), hat, good sunglasses
  • Well used in mountain boots or trekking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing: T-shirt (quick-drying or merino wool recommended), trekking pants or leggings, sweater, wool trekking socks, underwear, long thermal underwear, fleece, gloves, hat, buff.
  • Down jacket quality 650 to 850 thermal degrees
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Gore-Tex gloves – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Bottle of water 1 liter, We will provide you with boiled and purified water
  • Toilet paper, personal toiletries, small towel
  • Extra snacks and money

Are you missing something? We can provide the detailed program and everything you need for a great day of expeditions, check each trip for detailed information on prices and offers we have for groups and dates or contact us for a personalized trip and you will be able to fully enjoy. The personal technical equipment that we can provide you at no cost will depend on whether we have an available warehouse, which is why it is important to book in advance and check what we can provide you.

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Smoking Allowed

Tour Plan

Drive from Huaraz to Cashapampa (2800m). We meet our muleteers, load all the equipment on 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 scenery 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). Driving time: 3 hours. / Hiking time: 5 hours.
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 the Punta Union Pass. 4 hours. Hiking time: 4 hours.
Climb steadily up for 2-3 hours to Punta Union pass (4750m) and then descend past a small alpine lake. Continue the descent toward 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). Hiking time: 7 hours.
At first, we easily down the Huaripampa valley passing through farming settlements. Then we climb to the road in Vaqueria where our private vehicle will be waiting to drive us over the Portachuelo Pass of 4850m to our camp in Cebollapampa (3850m). Hiking time: 4 hours. / Driving time: 2 hours.
From Cebollapampa we hike up on a good path to the Base Camp of Pisco (4500m). Before going to sleep early, we have time left to check our climbing equipment and get ready for the next day. Hiking time: 2.5 hours.
Early in the morning at 01:00 am we start hiking around 3.5 hours over rocky path to get the glacier. Here we put our climbing equipment on to start climbing up to the summit. After climbing up for about 1 hour, we get to a wall of 40m, 50° of difficulty. We continue 2.5 hours more and reach the summit (5750m). We enjoy the nice views of different mountains such as: Artesonraju, Alpamayo, Caraz, Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha, Chacraraju, Brogui, Huandoys and a splendid turquoise lake 69 lake. After a few minutes we go back down to Base Camp (4500m).
Our vehicle arrives at Cebollapampa with fresh supplies and we take a ride up the road in a hairpin bend in the road called "Curva" (4580m). From here we hike to the Yanapaccha Morena camp for about 3 hours until we reach the campsite (5000m).
The initial ascent onto the glacier is usually a short, steep ice climb and then there is more gentle terrain on the glacier. We negotiate crevasse fields to arrive the west face of Yanapaccha which we climb to the summit. The last 200m to reach the summit is a steep 65 degree. About 3 to 4 rappels are required during the descent. We return to the Morena camp and then we walk back the same path back to the road where our private vehicle will be waiting for us and we return back to Huaraz.
Stay at Cebollapampa Camp near LLanganuco Lakes an extra day for rest and delicious meals after climbing Pisco and departing for Yanapaccha.

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