Combine Santa cruz trek + climb of Pisco mountain. ideal for those adventurous trekker who seek a shorter trek or who want to warm up and acclimatize for an intensive climbing expedition . Pisco is an achievable climb for anyone who is well acclimatised and fit. It is a suitable climb for mountain lovers and is also a rewarding climb for experienced climbers. Although Pisco is a beginner suitable peak, the climb is physically demanding and you do need to have good fitness and be strong. The 4 day trek with crossing the high pass and a final night sleeping at a high campsite provide good acclimatisation for the climbing days.
At first it‘s an easy climb through meadows, but the trail soon becomes dry, rocky and steep. This trail was used from pre-Inca times to get to Punta Unión, an imposing mountain; it will take about 2 hours. The majestic mountains of the Cordillera Blanca you can see today include Taulliraju and Huandoy, Huascarán, the Pucajircas, Artesonraju and many others. The descent is also steep and passes through the beautiful high mountain landscape of the lakes of Morococha. We finally get to the valley of Huaripampa where we camp for the night. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
After descending through the forests and Whitewater Rivers of the Huaripampa Valley, we pass through a typical village of the high Andes, Vaquería. The farmers here raise small animals and some crops. At this elevation there are still flowers, and their colors brighten the landscape. From the village we climb to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass, 4650 meters, where you will have fantastic views of several mountains covered in snow. And with a bit of luck, we‘ll be able to see vicuñas! These timid relatives of llamas graze at elevations of 5500 m; it’s not surprising that these animals produce the finest wool in the animal kingdom. From here we take a van to Cebollapampa, the camp at the base of Nevado Pisco. Overnight Camp (B/L/D)
Alpine start! Today is summit day. Wake up at 2:00am and depart around 3:30am for the summit. Cross the moraine and wind your way to the glacier first, then make your way to the saddle where you are sure to see the Huandoys a glow in the sunrise. A beautiful ridge climbs to the summit where spectacular views of some of the Cordillera's highest peaks abound. Afterwards you'll descend to the base camp for a big dinner.
Descend to the trailhead where your transport will be waiting. Return to Huaraz about 2 pm for showers.