The premier trail running event through the heart of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. August 10-11, 2018. 13k, 30k, 45k and 2-Day 80k Stage Run and Relay.
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Looking for a challenge? With steep up hills, high alpine terrain, great downhills and some of the best scenery in Peru, this race will not disappoint. The Pisco 30k visits two of the most iconic places in Huascarán National Park, Laguna 69 and Pisco Base Camp, and although shorter than the Santa Cruz 45k some might consider it just as difficult. With a steep uphill climb to the Refugio Peru, a high point of 4,900m and a 5km traverse above 4,600m this race is not for the faint of heart.
The Huascarán 80k 2-Day Stage Run and Relay will connect our Pisco 30k route with the Santa Cruz 45k for one unforgettable trail run through the Cordillera Blanca. With three major high mountain pass crossings along some of the most scenic and popular trails in Huascarán National Park, this event in worth putting on your calendar today.
This 80k route will be divided into two difficult day. Day 1 will begin in the popular Llangaunco Valley and will cover 35k and cross two high mountain pass before descending to the small town of Vaqueria where runners will stop for the night. Day 2 will run the famous and remote Santa Cruz trekking route over Punta Union Pass and back down to the Western side of the Cordillera Blanca.
There are two options for running the Huascaran 80k 2-Day, as an individual running both days or as a relay team of two runners splitting the two days.
As our shortest and easiest race, The Llanganuco Lakes 13k is the perfect outing for both beginner and experienced runners looking for a beautiful day in Huascarán National Park. The course is an out and back following mostly dirt roads along side the beautiful turquoise Llanganuco Lakes with one short section of smooth single track. With very little elevation gain you will be able to enjoy the cascading waterfalls, flowing glaciers and towering 6,000m peaks of the famous Llanganuco Valley without breaking stride.
The famous Santa Cruz Trail passes through the heart of the Cordillera Blanca and is undoubtedly the most popular and scenic route through Huascaran National Park. Typically done as a 4-day point to point hike, it was listed as one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic, “…a less-crowded alternative to the hordes headed to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail” and one of the best hidden gems of South America.
This 45km/ 28mi course starts just outside the small village of Vaqueria on the eastern side of the Cordillera Blanca. Climbing just over 1,300m in the first 18km to the top of Punta Union Pass at 4,750m, racers will gain one of the most amazing views in all of Peru. From Punta Union racers will descend down through the stunning Santa Cruz Valley passing many of the icy 5,000 and 6,000m peaks, flowing glaciers and crystal lakes that define the Cordillera Blanca and Huascaran National Park.
Running this route through the High Andes is a truly rewarding experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Interested yet?
The overall elevation change of the course is roughly 1,875m of gain and 2,620m of loss.