Santa Cruz to Ulta 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) – 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 04: Cachinapampa – Colcabamba –Molinopampa (3600m/11808ft)
After the breakfast in the morning we will start go down to Colcabamba town for about 2 hours approximately, after arrive to Colcabamba we will hike up for 1 hour more to get a good place camp to have lunch enjoying the nacie views of contrahierva mountains, etc, after that we will continue hiking up to place camp of Molinopampa, overnight camping at (3600m/11808ft).
Day 05: Molinopampa – Avalancha Lake – Avalancha (4500m/14760ft)
After the breakfast in the morning in Molinopampa we will start at 8am approximately, after hike up 3 hours half we will have lunch enjoying the nice panoramic of Contrahierva mountain and wild animals, after that we will continue go going up to place camp Avalancha for about 1 hours half approximately, overnight at (4500m/14760ft).
Day 06: Avalancha – Yanayacu Pass – Ulta Valley – Huaraz
After the breakfast in Avalancha camp site, we will start hiking up for about 2 hours to get to Yanayacu pass at (4850m/15908ft) , there we will have a splendid views of nice mountains like Huscaran south, Chopicalqui, Ulta, Hualcan, after that we will start go down to Ulta valley for about 3 hours called Cruzepampa, where our transfer will be waiting for us to transfer to Huaraz, arriving to Huaraz around 3:00pm.