Los Cedros/Alpamayo/Santa Cruz Trek

Big mountains and big valleys in a remote setting, the Cedros is a true adventure. This series of ancient trails weaves through the high passes of the northern Cordillera Blanca offering day after day of beautiful views and an opportunity to see the classic north face of Alpamayo. Other highlights include stupendous six-thousand meter peaks like Santa Cruz, the Pucajircas, and Taulliraju as well as secluded lakes and intact ancient queñual forests. This 11 day trek is moderately strenuous and comparable to the Huyahuash in difficulty and quality, but without crowds. You'll feel like an explorer knowing that you have gone where few others have ventured.   ABOUT THE CORDILLERA BLANCA

Los Cedros/Alpamayo/Santa Cruz Description

This trek begins in Cashapampa and follows the traditional Santa Cruz Trek for three days before veering off in a northerly direction into less traveled regions. We enter beautiful valleys like Jankapampa and Queñuallanta with its scenic lake and dense old-growth polylepis forests and cross high passes where the trail seems almost to disappear (don't worry, we know the way!). One of our camps is in the wide Willca valley, which is one of the few places in the region where there are still large herds of alpacas. We also take a side trip into the Alpamayo valley to see the almost perfect pyramidal north face of Alpamayo. With some luck we may see condors. The last couple of days we spend traversing high country in the shadow of Santa Cruz peak passing remote archeological sites, more high lakes, and then finally descending a large number of switchbacks to Hualcayan village where we finish our trek not far at all from our starting point. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary: lostcitytreks@gmail.com

Los Cedros/Alpamayo Notes

• Trek Length: 11 days (10 nights)

• Difficulty: moderate to difficult Expect to walk from 6 to 8 hours every day

• Best time of the year: May-September

• Altitude: 2900m to 4850m


Basic Los Cedros/Alpamayo/Santa Cruz Includes:

• English speaking guide with Wilderness First Responder certification

• All food during trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)

• Park entrance fees

• Professional mountain cook and all cooking gear

• Tents (two and three person)

• Inflatable sleeping pads

• Dining tent with chairs, table, and eating utensils

• Burros and burro drivers for equipment

• Emergency horse

• Extensive first aid kit

• Emergency satellite messager

• Transportation to and from trek (Huaraz to Huaraz)

Does not include:

• Sleeping bag or any other personal camping/trekking items (see packing list)- We can arrange the rental of various items if you need them.

• Any extra costs incurred in an early departure from the trek or evacuation

• Food, hotel, or transportation before or after the trek in Huaraz or Lima

• Anything else not listed above in the "includes" section

(including acclimatization tips)