Huascarán National Park Parque Nacional Huascarán
The Parque Nacional Huascarán (Huascarán National Park) was established in 1975 to protect this beautiful mountain area of the Cordillera Blanca and the numerous historical sites found here. The park covers almost the entire area of the Cordillera Blanca above 4,000m / 13,120ft, with the exception of Champará in the far north.Parque Nacional Huascarán is a designated UNESCO Mankind Heritage Site, and contains more than 650 glaciers, numerous pre-Inca ruins, hundreds of lakes, and more than 20 peaks over 6,000m / 19,850ft. Native people who have inhabited the region for centuries still live here within the park borders.There is a park fee, although the price may vary depending upon the entry point. The money goes to maintaining the park.
Alpamayo Loop Trek
The Alpamayo Loop Trek is a challenging twelve day hike with multiple high passes. This is definitely only for people with a reasonable level of fitness. This would be a moderately strenuous trek even if it wasn't at such high elevations. Some time should be spent acclimatizing at a high elevation before beginning the Alpamayo Loop Trek. The scenery on this trek is spectacular, with stunning views of the Cordillera Blanca.The hike begins at Hualcayán, which is most easily accessed from Caraz. It ends at the start point for the Santa Cruz Trek near Cashapampa. From there it is possible to arrange transportation back to Caraz.
Santa Cruz Trek
The most popular trek in the Parque Nacional Huascarán (Huascarán National Park) is the Santa Cruz trek, from Llanganuco to Santa Cruz Valley. This is a relatively easy to moderate four day hike, which can be done in either direction. The best option is probably to approach from Chashapampa for acclimatization purposes. From this direction the high pass is reached on the third day. Most days see five or six hours of walking depending on one's fitness level. The final day of this trek is the easiest and finishes at Vaquería. There are a couple of variations on this hike which can make it a three or six day trek.