Peru Cordillera Blanca Santa Cruz Lake 69

Peru, Santa Cruz Lake 69 Trek

A superb 7 day trek in a world class trekking region.

Together with the Cordillera Huayhuash, the Cordillera Blanca mountain range is widely reputed to be the best mountain trekking region in the world outside of the Himalaya and is well supported by the town of Huaraz.

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

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.


  • Excellent 7 day trek in a great trekking region
  • Experience the Peruvian countryside on the drive to Huaraz
  • Acclimatisation and down time in Huaraz
  • Time to explore in Lima

Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.

The Zika Virus. Please read this fact sheet on the Zika Virus if you intend to travel to Peru.

Date and Prices Content

Dates With Flights Meet in Country Availability
10 – 21 Jun 2018 With Flights £2495 Without flights£1795
8 – 23 Aug 2018 With Flights £2495 Without flights£1795
5 – 20 Sep 2018 With Flights £2495 Without flights£1795
Other dates are available, ask for details

Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 2
If Sole Occupation is requested – £120

Above costs are based on an overall group size of 4 pax. Groups of 2 or 3 pax, add £200 per person.

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What the Price Includes

  • International flights and return airport transfers (flight inclusive only)
  • 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 (see further details in this document)
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending

Tailor Made Option

We can tailor make this trip to suit you; dates, extensions, reductions, adjusted trek itinerary, just about anything. Additional charges only apply when additional services or time are added.

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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. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10, Drive to Lima, overnight hotel
Transfer back to Lima and the hotel by public bus/taxi. B

Day 11, 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 12, Arrive UK

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner


Without flights
from £1795
With flights
from £2495
Trip at a Glance

12 days UK - UK
Days on Trek
7 Days
5 nights hotel
6 nights camping
Meal Included
Breakfast 11-01
Lunch 7-01
Dinner 7-01

Maximum Altitude
Grade 3 - Moderate-01
Sole Occupancy

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