Trip duration   6 days
Trip type   Trekking Adventure
Grading   Moderate to Challenging
Starting Point of Trek   Cashapampa
Finishing Point of Trek   Ulta Valley
Highest Point   Yanayacu Pass 4850m
Distance   Approx. 70km

The Santa Cruz - Ulta trek is a great alternative to the classic Santa Cruz trek, ideal for hikers looking for a longer, more demanding trek exploring the stunning northern section of the Cordillera Blanca. The first part of the trek goes up the famous Santa Cruz Valley, where you are rewarded with some breathtaking panoramas of towering glaciered white peaks, pristine azure lakes and deep green valleys rich with exotic tropical plants.
The challenging 2-day extension takes you through some less frequented valleys of the range, over the magnificent Yanayacu Pass and down to the verdant Ulta Valley, where the imposing Mount Huascaran - Peru’s highest summit at 6768m - can be admired in all its splendour.

DAY 1 Drive to Cashapampa (2900m), via Caraz. Trek to Llamacorral (3760m).
Approx. 3 hours driving, 5 hours trekking

DAY 2 Trek to Taullipampa (4250m), via Alpamayo Base Camp (4330m) and Lake Arhuaycocha (4420m).
Approx. 8 hours trekking

DAY 3 Trek to Paria (3870m), via Punta Union Pass (4750m) and Lake Tocllacocha (4360m).
Approx. 7 hours trekking

DAY 4 Trek to Keshupampa (3600m), via Colcabamba (3320m).
Approx. 7 hours trekking

DAY 5 Trek to Avalanche Camp (4650m), via Ulta Lakes (4300m).
Approx. 4 hours trekking

DAY 6 Trek to Ulta Valley (4000m), via Yanayacu Pass (4850m). Drive to Huaraz, via Carhuaz.
Approx. 5 hours trekking, 2 ½ hours driving