Santa Cruz 69 Lake – 6 Days / 5 Nights

Santa Cruz – Laguna 69 Trek


This trek is one of the most popular trek routes in whole of Cordillera Blanca, with magnificent Mountain View of glacier lakes and lagoons, where you will have a chance to see popular mounts to climb as: mount Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artezonraju, and Taulliraju, from the pass offer a gorgeous view.

  • Maximum altitude : 4750 m (Punta Union pass)
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Duration : 6 days / 5 nights
  • Preferred time : April – October
  • Location : Cordillera Blanca
  • Average temperature : Between 13° C to 23° C during the day / at night -3°C to -1°C


Day 1 : Huaraz at (3100m) – Caraz at (2200m) – Cashapampa village at (2970m) – Llamacoral camp at (3760m). (Trek time : 4 hours (ascend) / driving time: 3 hours)
Departure from Huaraz at 7:00 am, we will drive to the north side of Huaraz along Callejon de Huaylas on paved road until Caraz at 2200 m, then we will deviate to the north – east on dirt road until cashapampa village at 2970m. From this point we will start walking up along narrow Santa Cruz valley with sparkling waterfalls, groves & high land bushes and trees until reach a wide meadow, where is located our campsite with spectacular view to the background about mount Taulliraju. Overnight camp at Llamacoral.

Day 2 : Llamacoral at (3760m) – Arhueycocha Lake at (4450m) – Taullipampa camp at (4250m). (Trek time : 8 hours (ascend & descend)
After breakfast, we will start walking up on grass meadow, passing beautiful mountain lakes of Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha Lake , continue hiking up on the Santa Cruz valley until Quisuar, after that we will walk up on steep hill, but the trail winds up on sig sag until Alpamayo viewpoint above Arhuaycocha gorge, and Arhueycocha lake at 4450 m, where we will relax and enjoy the splendid summit views of the majestic mountains of Alpamayo, and another peaks, after a break we will come back on the same route up until Alpamayo view point, from it the route bring us to isolated Taullipampa campsite, where we will enjoy lovely sunset, Overnight camp at Taullipampa.

Day 3 : Taullipampa Camp. at (4250m) – Punta Union pass at (4750m) – Cachinapampa camp at (3700m). (Trek time : 7 hours (ascend & descend)
After our breakfast we will start walking up toward Punta Union, which is the highest point of this trek, on pass we will enjoy the most spectacular & panoramic views surrounded by huge mountains as: mount Taulliraju, Artezonraju, Pucajirca and other peaks, turquoise lakes, we after crossing the pass we will descend on slope and rocky trail toward Huaripampa valley, watching small glacier lakes, waterfalls & high land groves and trees, mount Huascaran, which are garnishing our trail until our campsite at Cachinapampa on Huaripampa valley. Overnight camp at Cachinapampa.

Day 4 : Cachinapampa at (3700m) – Pacchapata camp at (4200m) (Trek time : 5 hours (descend & ascend)
After our breakfast we will start walking down on flat valley with some sections of Quenual & Quisuar forest, the trail is almost easy until reach Huaripampa village, after that we will start climbing up until Pacchapata camp site on morococha valley, with good view about mount Chopicalqui and mount Yanapaccha. Overnight camp at Paccahta.

Day 5 : Pachapata Camp. at (4200m) – Portachuelo de Llanganuco pass at (4770m) – Cebollapampa camp at (3900m). (Trek time : 7 hours (ascend & descend)
This day we will climb up until Portachuelo pass at 4770m, to cross from east to west the Cordillera Blanca, on the pass we will enjoy splendid view on clear day about giant snowcapped peaks as, mount Huandoy, mount Pisco, giant mount Huascaran, deep valleys, Chinancocha and Orconcocha lake on Llanganuco valley. After that we will walk down enjoying the view until Cebollapampa camping spot. Last night camp at Cebollapampa.

Day 6 : Cebollapampa camp at (3900m) – 69 Lake at (4600m) – Cebollapampa – Huaraz City. (Trek time : 6 hours (ascend & descend) / driving time : 3 hours)
This day we will walk up to 69 lake, there we will spend an hour enjoying the beauty landscape around us, then we comeback until Cebollapampa, where our private transport is waiting us to drive Huaraz.


  • Qualified trekking guide
  • Cook specialized in normal and vegetarian dishes
  • Full first aid kid
  • Camping equipment (double sleeping tent, matrass, and etc.)
  • Equipment and cook tools (cook tent, utensil kitchen, and more)
  • Personalized service of Peruvian Mountain Summit
  • Donkey driver, who is allowed to drive 5 donkeys
  • Donkey service to transport our trek equipment
  • Private transport from Huaraz – Cashapampa / Cebollapampa – Huaraz
  • Meal during the trek (breakfast, picnic, dinner)
  • The meal contain enough carbohydrate to recover the lost energy during the trek (omelet, soup, fresh fruit, meats, pasta, raze, hot drinks, coca tea, which is ideal for altitude sickness)


  • You should do early book to get special discounts.
  • For booking validation you should deposit a 40% of total price, and rest 60% you pay when you arrive to Peru or Huaraz
  • Our accommodation service has hot water, private bathroom, TV with cable connection, restaurant, cafe shop, which is located at down town
  • Bus service from Lima – Huaraz – Lima with “Cruz del Sur or Movil tours” with WiFi connection
  • Our trek rates can change according the book time and number of participants, contact with us for more information please


  • Entrance ticket fee to Huascaran National Park 65.00 soles
  • Alimentation in Huaraz city
  • Sleeping bag (adequate -15° C)
  • Tips


  • Hiking boots
  • Polar Tec or wool gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Polar Tec or wool cap
  • Sun glasses UV protection
  • A back pack between 40 l to 70 l
  • Waterproof jacket Gore-Tex
  • Waterproof pants Gore-Tex
  • Water bottle
  • Sun scream
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal first aid kid
  • Hiking poles
  • Overcoat clothes
  • A camera
  • Sleeping bag -15°C
  • Personal toilets and small synthetic towel
  • Sandals
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