Laguna Ahuac

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Laguna Ahuac

ACTIVITY: Hike   DIFFICULTY: Hard/Challanging   DURATION: 1D    ELEVATION: 4 600 m

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♦ A challenging acclimatization hike and rated as demanding because it involves a sustained upward ascent on a nice trail.
♦ The hike to Laguna Ahuac  is a good choice for a second follow-up acclimation day hike

The hike to Laguna Ahuac is a good choice for a second follow-up acclimation day hike and is especially recommend for those who have already completed an medium hike the day before and now seek to pursue a more challenging hike.  This hike is particularly good as necessary support for acclimating to higher altitude for one of Inkaland Treks’ guided mountain climbing programs to several of the spiraling summits in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca.
Inkaland Treks denominates this hike as challenging acclimatization hike and  rated as demanding because it involves a sustained upward ascent on a nice trail for 3 ½ to 4 hours to reach this beautiful glacier formed lake. As your hike takes you higher, you gain magnificent vast views of the Cordillera Negra mountain range as a back drop to the city of Huaraz seen in the valley below with great views of the white-capped high peaks of the Cordillera Blanca range to the southeast as your ascent brings you close to the top.


An early start. Our Inkaland Treks guide and private transfer will collect you from your hotel after breakfast then you will drive up to the Wilkahuain Village where the Willkawain archeological complex is located dating back to about 600 – 900 AD. Initially you start hiking on an easy, gentle ascent passing through eucalyptus trees on a well market path then become a steady gradual climb t up to reach Laguna Aguak.Some people find hard the last section just before to reach the lake, it is because of the lack of oxygen as it is high altitude.
Upon reaching Laguna Aguak, you will be impressed capturing both the site of this beautiful colorful glacier made lake and the amazing surrounding panoramic views of the peaks from this prime lofty position. At the Aguak lake you’ll spend time walking around, relaxing taking great photos and enjoying our testy snack before we begin our descent back down to Wilkahuain Village where our private transportation waits to drive you back to your Huaraz hotel. Approximately time is about 7 to 8 hours.

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Day by day Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz / Canrey Chico / Sacracancha

We leave from Huaraz heading toward Chico Village at 10,991 ft / 3350m from where we start by an easy trekking pace following an ancient pre-Inca trail up the wide Uquian Valley gently gaining altitude. During this trek, you will have great views of the snowcapped peaks of Shaqsha and Cashan. We’ll set-up our first camp in Sacracancha at 13,517 ft / 4,120m.
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 2: Sacracancha / Yanashallash Pass /Jato

We start the day going up to Yanashallash Pass 15,420 ft / 4700 m). On our trek to the pass we are treated with close views of the glacier coming from Uruashraju and some small lakes on the valley floor below.  Next we descend to our camp site following a switch back trail to reach our camp site is in Jato which is situated in the Shoncopampa Valley at 12,631 ft / 3850 m.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 3: Jato / Castilla

We continue our trek along the wild mountain valley with stunning views of magnificent glaciers such as: Uruashraju and Rurec, and where the massive snow covered peak of Huantsan comes into view dominating the skyline. We spend the night in Castilla Camp Site at 14,272 ft / 4350 m. During today’s trek, we are passing by small farms.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 4: Castilla / Santa Rosa Pass / Hitacok

An early walk to the beautiful Santa Rosa Pass at 15,847 ft / 4830 m is really rewarding and soul searching. You will find yourself amidst the tranquil and peaceful nature forgetting the world outside. You will enjoy fabulous views of Uruashraju, Rurec, San Juan and Cayesh Peaks. You’ll then start descending easily through a beautiful valley surrounded by granite Rock Mountains. Our camp site is called Hitacok which is situated in the Rima Rima Valley.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner 

Day 5: Hitacok / Mesapata view / Warmirumi

We leave our camp site ascending by an undefined path to Mesapata which is a beautiful viewpoint at 15,158 ft / 4620 m. The site has one of the most fabulous vistas of river forest and colorful lakes situated at the base of Huantsan, Tumarinaraju, San Juan and Maparaju Mountains. From here we descend into the Carhuascancha Valley where we find our camp site is located at 12,992 ft / 3960m.  Warmirumi  Carhuascancha Valley must be the most beautiful valley in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, because it possesses a beautiful  forest, very rich in different kinds of local trees, wildflowers (including orchids), bushes, mushrooms, moss and lichens.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner 

Day 6: Warmirumi /Puente Dos amores /Huaraz

We start this day going down easily through the beautiful Carhuascancha Valley which driver us to Puente Dos amores, where our bus will be waiting for us to go back to Huaraz. On the way we visit the Chavin archeological complex, this temple, the largest pre-Inca site that has been restored with its impressive carved stonework and anthropomorphic figures and its labyrinth of underground passages. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture (600 – 400 BC) discovered and known as Chavin the Huantar.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Snack

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