Santa Cruz to Pomabamba trekking – 6 Days / 5 Nights
Day 01: Huaraz – Cashapampa – Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft)
After breakfast in the hotel we will travel by private bus along the Callejón de Huaylas. This drive takes us through many traditional Andean towns. We will make our first stop in Carhuaz (2650m/8692ft). Here you will find homemade ice-cream from local fruits and authentic ecological handcrafts shown in el abuelo handcrafts shop. Then we will continue to the city of Caraz where we will purchase any needed supplies. From here we travel to the Cashapampa District to meet the donkey drivers at the trailhead. After the donkeys are loaded with our camping equipment we will set out on the five to six hour hike to our first camp, Llamacorral (3800m/12464ft).
Day 02: Llamacorral – Jatuncocha – Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft)
Today will be a full day of 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 campsite, Taullipampa (4200m/13776ft).
Day 03: Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) – Tuctu
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 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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.