Santa Cruz trek+Climb Tocllaraju & Ishinca – 10 Days
Day 1: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft)
After the breakfast in the hotel we will take our private bus to the Callejón de Huaylas on the north side of Huaraz. We will travel through the districts of: Carhuas (2650m/8692ft), Yungay (2500m/8200ft), and Caraz City (2400m/7872ft). We will arrive around 10:00AM to our destination, Cashapampa. Our donkey driver will waiting for us to transport our camping equipment, and therefore make our backpacks very light. From the trailhead we will hike for 2.5 hours and then break for lunch. Another 5 – 6 hours of hiking will get us to our first camp the, Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft), around 4:00pm.
Day 2: Llamacorral – Alpamayo view point – Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft)
This day will be a full day hiking and breathtaking vistas. After the breakfast we will begin the two-hour hike that will take us to Ichiccocha Lake and Jatuncocha Lake. From here we continue for another two hours that takes us to the base camp of Alpamayo. From this vista we can see the mountains Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Paron, and Aguja. Try to resist maxing your camera’s memory card at this location because there is much more to come. Two more hours of hiking will bring us to our second camp site, Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft).
Day 3: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) – Cachinapampa
After breakfast we will start hiking at 8:00am. A four-hour hike will bring us to the Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) where we will have lunch while enjoying the splendid scenery. Complete panorama views of glaciated mountains, blue skies, and unique landscapes will be our companion during this high altitude picnic. After lunch we descend for approximately three to four hours to our final camp, Cachinapampa (3800m/12464ft).
Day 4: Cachinapampa – Vaqueria – Huaraz
After the breakfast in the morning we will start going down for about 2 hours half to get Vaqueria, where will be waiting the private bus for us, to transport to Huaraz; we will be passing the Portachuelo pass (4770m/15645ft) here we will have a short stop to enjoy the splendid views of Huascaran, Pisco, Huandoy mountains. After enjoy this we will continue our travel until Yuraccorral, where we will have lunch, then we will continue our trip passing the Orconcocha and Chinancocha lakes of Llanganuco, then we will get the control of Parque National Huascaran, where we will register. Then we will continue down to the valley until Yungay, then to Huaraz arriving at 6 or 7 pm and transfer to Hotel.
Day 5: Huaraz rest day
This day our clients will have free day tomake some purchases and preparation day to start next morning to Ishinca valley.
Day 6: Huaraz – Pashpa – Base Camp Ishinca (4300m/14104ft)
Transfer to the trail head Pashpa (3670m/15317ft) in private bus, where we will meet the donkey drivers, then we will hiking up along the Ishinca Valley, where there is the National Park’s control, then after to check in we will have lunch, then we will continue walking arriving to the base camp of Ishinca about 5 hours approximetaly. Then we will check our climbing equipment for the next day, overnight Camping at (4300m/14104ft).
Day 7: Base Camp – Summit Ishinca (5550m/18204ft) – Base Camp
We will wake up very early and have breakfast around 03:00hours, after that we will start hiking at 03:30hours to the glacier, arriving to the glacier after 2 hours half hike, then we will put and use our climbing gears and start climb up to the summit for about 3 hours, getting the summit over (5550m/18204ft) we will enjoy the nice view for some minutes to take pictures around the valley, there we will see the amazing mountains and nice lakes, then we will start to descend for about 2 hours to the Moraine camp and continue to the Base Camp, arriving around 18:30hours, overnight camping in the Base Camp at (4300m/14104ft).
Day 8: Base Camp – Camp 1 of Tocllaraju (5200m/17056ft)
We will start going up at 10:00am to the Camp 1 for Tocllaraju, after 2 hours half climb up will be arriving to the Glacier where we will put our climbing gears to continue climbing up over the glacier to the Camp 1 for about 1 hours more and overnight over the glacier at (5200m/17056ft).
Day 9: Camp 1 – Summit Tocllaraju (6035m/19794ft) – Base Camp
After the breakfast in the Camp 1 at 3:00am will be starting to climb up to the Summit for about 5 hours to get the summit, where we will enjoy the splendid views of different peaks our around like: Huascaran, Santa Cruz, Ranrapalca, etc. after that immediately will return to the Camp 1, then we will pick up our equipments ant continue go down to Base Camp, arriving at 4:00pm approximately and overnight in the Base Camp.
Day 10: Base Camp – Pashpa – Huaraz
This day we will back to Huaraz after the breakfast around 08:00hours, down hill to Pashpa, before you will register in the Huascaran National Park your return, it will takes 3 hours half to Pashpa where our private transfer will be waiting to transport to Huaraz and then transfer to your hotel, lunch on the way, arriving to Huaraz around 14:00hours.