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SANTA CRUZ LAKE 69 TREK, PERU

SANTA CRUZ LAKE 69 TREK, PERU

A superb 7 day trek in a world class trekking region

This Santa Cruz Lake 69 trek is a superb 7 day trek in the Cordillera Blanca, crossing 2 high Passes, each of 4750m.

Highlights

  • Cordillera Blanca – reputed to be the best mountain trekking region in the world outside of the Himalaya
  • Cross the 4750m Punta Union Pass – stunning
  • Experience the Peruvian countryside on the drive to Huaraz
  • Time to explore in Lima

Fitting neatly into 2 weeks, this trip flies London – Lima, an overnight hotel before driving up to Huaraz (3050m) to acclimatise for 2 nights. The trek begins at Cashapampa and treks in a clockwise direction crossing the Punta Union Pass (4750m) on day 2 and the equally high and impressive Portachuelo Pass a few days later.

Few people trek here. Overshadowed by the more famous Inca Trail, this region is easily the better trekking region with lush valleys, tiny rural villages, clear flowing rivers, numerous lakes and vast open mountain scenery. The jewel in the crown is the remote and pristine turquoise blue Lake 69 tucked away in amongst the towering peaks that surround it.

The average altitude of the campsites on this trek is about 3900m so it deserves a little respect! Looking after you throughout your trek are the attentive and cheerful staff as well as your knowledgeable Guide.

There is a final night in the delightful adventure town of Huaraz before driving back to Lima (overnight hotel) and your return flight to the UK.

At A Glance   

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Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2495
Land Only, from £1795
Trip Duration 13 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 7 Days
Max Altitude 4750m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tents

A superb 7 day trek in a world class trekking region

This Santa Cruz Lake 69 trek is a superb 7 day trek in the Cordillera Blanca, crossing 2 high Passes, each of 4750m.

Highlights

  • Cordillera Blanca – reputed to be the best mountain trekking region in the world outside of the Himalaya
  • Cross the 4750m Punta Union Pass – stunning
  • Experience the Peruvian countryside on the drive to Huaraz
  • Time to explore in Lima

Fitting neatly into 2 weeks, this trip flies London – Lima, an overnight hotel before driving up to Huaraz (3050m) to acclimatise for 2 nights. The trek begins at Cashapampa and treks in a clockwise direction crossing the Punta Union Pass (4750m) on day 2 and the equally high and impressive Portachuelo Pass a few days later.

Few people trek here, overshadowed by the Inca Trail. Trekking wise, there is no contest. The average altitude of the campsites on this trek is about 3900m so it deserves a little respect! There is a final night in the delightful adventure town of Huaraz before driving back to Lima (overnight hotel) and your return flight to the UK.

At A Glance

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Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2495
Land Only, from £1795
Trip Duration 13 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 7 Days
Max Altitude 4750m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, tents

Superb 7 day trek
Crosses the 4750m Punta Union Pass

Acclimatisation in Huaraz

Most food

Hotels/Camping

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Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Lima, overnight hotel

Day 2. Transfer to Huaraz

Day 3. Huaraz (3010m), Acclimatisation day

Day 4. Drive Huaraz – Cashapampa, Trek to Llamacorral (3700m)

Day 5. Llamacorral – Alpamayo Base Camp ($250m) – Taullipampa (4200m)

Day 6. Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m) – Paria (3700m)

Day 7. Paria – Vaqueria – Paccha (4100m)

Day 8. Paccha – Portachuelo Pass (4750m) – Cebollapampa (3900m)

Day 9. Visit Lake 69 and Pisco Base Camp (4600m)

Day 10. Cebollapampa – Llanganuco Lakes – Huaraz

Day 11. Drive to Lima, overnight hotel

Day 12. Depart Lima, flight back to UK

Day 13. Arrive UK

Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Lima, overnight hotel
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival at the group hotel in Lima.

On arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel in the Miraflores area of the city. You will be given timings for the following morning.

Day 2. Transfer to Huaraz
You will be driven to the bus station for your comfortable journey up to Huaraz. Sit back, relax and enjoy the changing scenery. It is a 400km journey (8 – 9 hrs). You will be met in Huaraz and transferred to your hotel and briefed about the following days. B.

Day 3. Huaraz (3010m), Acclimatisation day
After breakfast, we drive to Pitec (1 hr) for a 3hr acclimatisation trek up to Churup Lake (4460m). The whole day takes approx 6 -7 hrs and provides a real taster for what is to come. Overnight back in Huaraz. B

Day 4. Drive Huaraz – Cashapampa, Trek to Llamacorral (3700m)
Depart from Huaraz at 7am and drive to the trail head at Cashapampa (2900m). Here you will meet the trek crew complete with mules and begin trekking. The trek heads east up the narrow Santa Cruz valley keeping the river on your left side. It is a gradual ascent before attening out at the first camp site of Llamacorral (3,700m). BLD

Day 5. Llamacorral – Alpamayo Base Camp ($250m) – Taullipampa (4200m)
Today’s trek takes you past the two lovely turquoise lakes of Ichiccocha and Jatunocha before lunch at Quisuar. After lunch, we take a slight excursion up the Alpamayo Base Camp (south) before returning and moving on to the camp site at Taullipampa. BLD

Day 6. Taullipampa – Punta Union Pass (4750m) – Paria (3700m)

A great morning classic zig zag trek up to the Punta Union Pass (3hr ascent) where the views of the surrounding white peaks are just fantastic. Continue on down to Paria and Cachinapampa camp. BLD

Day 7. Paria – Vaqueria – Paccha (4100m)
A nice easy 2.5 hr descent to begin with to the village of Vaqueria. From here we begin the gradual ascent through unique Quenual Tress where you can see many different animals such as the condor of the Cordillera Blanca. 3 hours of trekking will bring us to the campsite, Paccharuri (4100m); great view of Chopicalqui peak. BLD

Day 8. Paccha – Portachuelo Pass (4750m) – Cebollapampa (3900m)
Today’s lunch time destination is the 4750m Portachuelo Pass, normally reached in about 3hrs. From this Pass you are rewarded with views deep into the heart of the Andes. From here, it’s a glorious zig zag descent for two hours to the next camp site, Cebollapampa 3,900m. BLD

Day 9. Visit Lake 69 and Pisco Base Camp (4600m)
We leave our tents up for a change and trek out to Lake 69 (4600m), one of the most beautiful aqua coloured glacial lakes in the Cordillera Blanca. After spending some time there, we cross to the Pisco Base Camp with its amazing beautiful mountain views. Return to Cebollapampa, BLD

Day 10. Cebollapampa – Llanganuco Lakes – Huaraz
From here, it’s not far to get picked up by our private vehicle and drive by the 2 Llanganuco lakes and back to Huaraz. Time to clean up and have a celebration Peruvian meal. BL

Day 11. Drive to Lima, overnight hotel
Transfer back to Lima and the hotel by public bus/taxi. B

Day 12. Depart Lima, flight back to UK
Transfer back to the international airport by taxi. B

This is usually an evening flight. Your luggage can be stored in the hotel during the day

Day 13. Arrive UK

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
10 - 21 Jun 2018 £2495 £1795
1 - 12 Jul 2018 £2495 £1795
2 - 13 Sep 2018 £2495 £1795

Deposit – £250

Group Size: 2 – 12 + the Guide(s).

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights and return airport transfers
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Lima, 2 nights, twin share, B&B
  • Hotel accommodation in Huaraz, 3 nights, twin share, B&B
  • Full camping services; sleeping tents, sleeping mats, kitchen, dining tent, toilet tent, porters (own sleeping bag required).
  • All meals and drinking water (boiled) on trek.
  • All camping, park and trekking fees.
  • Full support pre trek

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Overseas airport taxes not paid in advance through the international airline ticket
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tourist Visa
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending

What the Price Includes

  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary (less airport transfers)
  • Hotel accommodation in Lima, 2 nights, twin share, B&B
  • Hotel accommodation in Huaraz, 3 nights, twin share, B&B
  • Full camping services; sleeping tents, sleeping mats, kitchen, dining tent, toilet tent, porters (own sleeping bag required).
  • All meals and drinking water (boiled) on trek.
  • All camping, park and trekking fees.
  • Full support pre trek

What the Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Transport to/from international airport – hotel in Lima
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tourist Visa
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending

If Sole Occupation is requested – £240.

This includes:

  • 2 nights hotel Lima
  • 3 nights hotel Huaraz
  • Tent on trek

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for 6 months from the date on entry into Peru. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Peru.

Visa – No visa is required for the purpose of tourism.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This trek is classed as Challenging primarily because it includes two Passes each of 4750m. In amongst that, most of the camp sites are up at around the 4000m mark.

A good level of fitness is required.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

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After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fasts in hotel, all meals and drinking water on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, spreads, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunches are packed meals, made up at b’fast.
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal is at least two courses; rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, etc.. + desert (usually tinned fruit). Hot drink.

Please inform us if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation

  • Lima – good quality hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • Huaraz – good quality 3* hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • On trek – tents, twin share.

Our default flights are:

International Flights – London Gatwick – Lima, direct flights with British Airways (BA). Note BA is the only airline that runs a direct service but their schedules are not daily. We try to coordinate our itineraries with those flights. Where this is not possible, we use alternative airlines and routes with one stop. As a result, this may alter the itinerary by a day. We will inform you of this prior to confirming any booking.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The Peruvian Sole (sl) is the currency of Peru and you cannot obtain the currency outside of Peru.

Money changing is big business in Peru so please be generally aware. The US$ is their second currency.

When changing, keep denominations low and don’t accept anything larger than a 50 sl note.

Take US$ to exchange (take new notes and nothing above a US$50 note), the GBP can be difficult to exchange.

There are ATM’s available.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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