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Trekking Santa Cruz to Ulta valley
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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.
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
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.
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at 5:00 PM the afternoon before the trip begins.
- Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning (between 5:00 to 5:30am) and will travel by private transportation to Cashapampa, the starting point of the trek.
- Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
- All camping & cooking equipment (sleeping, Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the donkeys).
- Cargo Mules: For to carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (6 kgs/13.2 lbs).
- Trekking cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant (if the group is more than 8 people), will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!.
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners (Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost).
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
- Tea time daily: Every afternoon before dinner, the cook will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite to eat!
- Snacks on the trail daily: Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.
- Entrance fee to Huascaran National Park
- Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Transport: Private transport from Ulta valley to your hotel in Huaraz (last day)
What to take:
- Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Huaraz.
- Sleeping Bags: Considered a personal equipment, but you can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -10ºC. They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
- Day 1 breakfast and last day dinner in Huaraz city.
- Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
- Personal clothing and gear
- Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
- Additional expenses as a result of leaving the tour early or additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.
- Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)
- 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: 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.
* Departure confirmed with minimum 4 and maximum per group are 8 people
May to October
» Additional dates available upon request on this trip, places are still available
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