This trek through the spine of the Andes, culminating in the ascent of Pisco (5752m), is one of the finest high mountain treks in the world. The route crosses two high passes before we reach Pisco, a peak ideally suited to those who would like a first taste of alpine peaks.
The Santa Cruz trek goes into the heart of the Cordillera Blanca and close to its most spectacular alpine peaks; Alpamayo; Chacaraju; Taulliraju. We keep company with soaring condors as we cross the high passes, first the Punta Union (4750m) and then Punta Portachuelo de Langanuco (4767m), no more than a notch in a rocky ridge revealing Huascaran, the highest peak in Peru, and our objective: Pisco.
The ascent of Pisco is a stunning climax to the trip. The 4-5 hour ascent, on snow from just above our high camp, is easy angled until a short and steeper headwall just beneath the summit adds to the excitement. In the settled summer weather which the Blanca enjoys and with good acclimatisation afforded by the trek, our success rate on Pisco is high.
What did you enjoy most about your trip?
“Whole thing – great scenery, great crew accompanying us and the others on the trip were fantastic company.”
Mandy Ogilvy-Stuart, Cordillera Blanca & Pisco
“Scenery, excellent guide, trekking companions.”
John Winstanley, Cordillera Blanca & Pisco