Santa Cruz to Pomabamba Trekking – 6 days / 5 nights
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) – Tuctu (4100m/13448ft)
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 3 – 4 hours to our camp called Tuctu (4100m/13448ft).
Day 4: Tuctu – Pucajirca pass (4640m) – Quisuar (3900m/12792ft)
Today, we will start climbup to get the Pucaraju pass (4640m/15219ft). We will get there at around 11am, and then go down zigzag path nice landscape surrounded by highlands straw and many trees. We will get the Huecroncocha Lake to have Lunch in the nice spot. Then after few minutes walking dawn we will get small village called Quisuar, where we will camp in the left side at (3900m/12792ft).
Day 5: Quisuar – Tupatupa pass (4400m) – Jancapampa
We will start our hiking going up moderate path, enjoying field of sheep, we will get the Tupatupa pass (4400m/14432ft) easily, then we will go down by the base of the Pucajirca Mountain and then we will arrive to the next camp place of Jancapampa (3600m/11808ft) overnight camping.
Day 6: Jancapampa – Pomabamba – return to Huaraz
This day after the breakfast in jancapampa we will start open down to passing small villages before reaching Pomabamba, this hike will takes 4 hours hours approximately, lunch on the way, in Pomabamba will be waiting our private transport to return Huaraz, this drive will takes 7 hours to Huaraz approximately.
- Recomended season: Early April to last Novemberr