Day 1: Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral. Leaving Huaraz city heading to the north of the Callejon de Huaylas we descend by a road to Caraz (2300 meters/7546 feet), then from this place we begin to ascend towards the Cordillera Blanca to the small town of Cashapampa (2900 meters/9514 feet), where we meet up with our mountain staff: guides, cooks, muleteers, etc., and begin the walk having loaded up our donkeys. We begin the trek heading up the Santa Cruz valley to set up our first camp in Llamacorral.
Day 2: Llamacorral - Taullipampa. We continue the trek up Santa Cruz's wide valley, passing Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes, we arrive at Quisuar where we can make a diversion towards Alpamayo base camp via the Arhuaycocha valley, with splendid views of the peaks of Quitaraju (6040 meters/19816 feet), Alpamayo (5947 meters/19511 feet), Artezonraju (6025 meters/19767 feet) and others. Tonight we camp in Taullipampa (4000 meters/13123 feet) at the foot of the impressive Taulliraju peak (5830 meters/19127 feet) and surrounded by snow peaks.
Day 3: Taullipampa - Tuctupampa. Today we cross our first pass, the Punta Union (4780 meters/15682 feet), the Continental Divide, from which there are some excellent views of the Pucaraju range (5025 meters/16486 feet). The climb is steep up and steep down, along the trail we often find the beautiful rima rima flowers that are typical of this area. We camp in the Tuc Tucpampa valley below Morococha (about 4250 meters/13944 feet) surrounded by mountains.
Day 4: Tuctupampa - Vaqueria - Huaraz. We continue descending to the small Andean town of Colcabamba (3350 meters/10991 feet), then we begin to ascend toward Vaqueria (3700 meters/12139 feet) to take a vehicle up to the Portachuelo de LLanganuco (4765 meters/15633 feet) with splendid views of Huascarán Norte (6768 meters/22205 feet), Huascarán Sur (6650 meters/21818 feet), Chopicalqui (6354 meters/20846 feet), Huandoy (6395 meters/20981 feet) and Pisco (5752 meters/18871 feet). Then we descend the Llanganuco valley visiting the Llanganuco lakes. Return to Huaraz.
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