Santa Cruz trek

Trip notes

When to go

The best season to make this trek is almost all the year, but it is better to make during the Andean summer (April - September). Read more

Clothing and accessories

See the list of recommend gear and equipment list

Description of the trek

The trek is considered as a moderate difficulty, with 3 nights camping in places higher than 3800m, with an average walking per day of 5 to 6 hours, its highest point is Punta Unión 4750m. We strongly recommend to make at least one day acclimatization in places higher to 3800m (short hiking), previous to depart for this trek. If you have more days and you are interested to make some mountaineering activity you can extend the tour to Pisco mountain 5750m, with three additional days you can make the Santa Cruz trek and climb to Pisco mountain.

Trekking permit

The entrance tickets must be bought in advance in Huaraz, in Huascarán National Park's office, it costs S/. 65.00 (USD 23.50).


The trek is safe for the permanent presence of visitors, there have been few cases of theft.

Recommended reading

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Central Andes

Peru and Bolivia; The Bradt trekking guide

Note: All the information contained in these pages is intended for guidance only.