Laguna Churup

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Lake 69 & Llangnauco Lakes- Challanging Day Hike

Laguna Churup

ACTIVITY: Hiking  DIFFICULTY: Medium/Hard  DURATION: 1 N    ELEVATION: 3 990 – 4 450 m / 14 600 ft

Trip Overview

HIGHLIGHT

♦ Deep blue coloured lake
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This is challenging yet a fantastic acclimatization hike affording magnificent panorama views of Huaraz
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This is one of the most beautiful aqua colored glacial lakes of the Cordillera Blanca Range
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Considered by most hikers as one of the most impressive scenic day hikes in the entire Cordillera Blanca
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This hike rated as medium to hard , because of the altitude and  challenging hiking effort

Visit the popular Laguna Churup located at  28 km/17 miles east of Huaraz. This is challenging yet a fantastic acclimatization hike affording magnificent panorama views of Huaraz and the landscape around and the imposing peak of the Churup peak. Lake Churup lies at an altitude of 4450m in a big cirque with the snow covered Churup summit in the background. Typical for a cirque lake. Its water is extremely clear and has a deep blue colour near the edges of the lake.
Drive up on the dirt road to the parking place at Pitec ( not a village , but a few farmhouses),along drive we pass through traditional village of Unchus and Llupa with its traditional adobe houses and reach farmlands, there is opportunity to see local quechua  people on their traditional clothes and working land with their hands. Then as we reach Pitec , after checking with the  Huascaran National Park range, start ascending following the path over the long ridge. After about 1 ½ you reach a steep an rocky part, to the left of the water fall. From there, you reach lake Churup  after a quite intimidating 45 minutes climb. This climb can be  a real challenge climb , to avoid this steep part, there is an option to climb more to the left where is a a kind of metal rope  that helps to climb. Then as you arrive to the lake will be impressed for the beautiful view of the lake and landscape sourrounded.
Spend time walking around lake side, take pictures, relax and have box lunch enjoying the nature. Then return on the same way back to Pitec, where our private transportation waits to drive you back to Huaraz hotel.
Full day hike approximately 7- 8 hours.

Itinerary Description
Inkalanad Treks recommend our clients to start early; our team will pick you up at your hotel then drive north in our private transportation along the Callejon de Huayhuash valley following the curse of the main river Santa in the Valley that divides the Cordillera Blanca at the East and the Cordillera Negra at the West, passing traditional town with its farmlands and enjoy the view of the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. As we reach Yungay drive up on the dirt road to the North East where is located the Llanganuco Valley, just at the entarbce of the valey we Stop at the Huascaran National Park check point to register the continue drive up passing the beautiful lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha , make an stop at the side of the Lake Chinancocha to takes some pictures then drive ahead to Cebollapamapa at 3900, our star hiking point  to the lake 69.

At the beginning it is an pleasant hike on the almost flat area for about 1 hour, passing through quenual tress enjoying view surrounded on the back ground we have the view of Huascaran mountain, the highest peak in the Cordillera Blanca, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha.Then ascend on the well market sig sag path to the first small lake, as we gain hight a dramatic glaciated peak of Chacraraju,Yanapaccha, Huascaran,Chopicalqui  and water falls in the valley comes into view. Continue ascending on the last sig sag path to  the lake 69, some people find hard demandind the last section just before o reach the lake, you may feel the effects of the altitude and get tired just a last effort to get the lake. It is really worded to reach the lake you will be impressed by the beauty of the lake and a close up view of the Pisco and Chacraraju mountains. Relax take pictures have box lunch enjoying the landscape sourrouded then descend on the same way to Cebollapampa, where our transportation is waiting to drive you back to Huaraz Hotel. Timing about 10 – 11 hours full day adventure journey. 

Is this Trekking for you?
This walk is considered to be of a strong / difficult degree, therefore we recommend doing it at the second to third day if possible. Proper acclimatization is important for this program. Undoubtedly one of the best in the Cordillera Blanca for the impressionate mountain view it offers.
With a buna physical condition and adequate acclimatization – guarantees your enjoyment to the maximum.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz / Vaqueria / Cachina or Paria
After breakfast at your hotel we pick you up with our private transportation and drive north from Huaraz along the Callejon de Huaylas passing traditional towns in the valley with astonishing views of the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Then we reach Yungay the town that was completely destroyed by an earthquake in the 1970’s from where we drive up on the dirt road through the beautiful Llanganuco Valley and one of the main entry points into the Huascaran National Park.  We continue up the valley passing the two Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha and Orconcocha) and the winding road up to the Portachuelo Pass (15,617ft / 4760m) with its amazing panoramic views of the white-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. At the top of the pass we’ll stop to take photos of the peaks of Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. Then drive down to Vaqueria (11,811 ft / 3600m) where our arrieros and donkeys wait to load our gear.  From Vaqueria we have a relaxing hike, leaving the road behind. We pass farmer’s plots with small houses and cattle herds.  We continue hiking on a gently gradually path to our first camp at Cachina camp (11,975 ft / 3650m).  5 hour drive and a 3 to 4 hours hike.
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Option: This day there is an alternative to camp in Cachina or Paria. Chachina Camp site is just an hour before Paria campsite. Our Guide is flexible on this depends on our clients’ fitness.

Day 2: Cachina or Paria / Tuctubamba
Today is a short gradual 4 hour hike up into Huaripampa Valley to our camp at Tuctubamba 12,959 ft / 3950m. You will have an alternative option for a side trip to hike up to the Punta Union Pass (15,584 ft / 4750m) where, if weather conditions are favorable, you’ll have amazing close-up views of the surrounding mountains and down into the Santa Cruz Valley. Alternatively, we can hike straight to Tuctu camp below the looming figure of Mt. Taulliraju (19,120 ft / 5,829m) and enjoy the afternoon relaxing for the next day (3 to 6 hours extra).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner 

Day 3:  Tuctubamba / Huecrococha Lake
After breakfast we are ready to reach our first Pass of the trek. From camp we have a slow ascent to the right of the valley where we climb steeply on a rocky switch back trail with the last section scrambling on rocks to the top of Alto de Pacaraju Pass 15,256 ft / 4650m from where we look at the panoramic scene behind us, we have astonishing views of Mt. Contrahierbas (19,798 ft / 6,036 m), Huascaran 22,204 ft / 6768m, Chopocalqui 20,846 ft / 6354m, and Taulliraju with the Punta Union Pass. With its trail that descends into the Santa Cruz Valley. We then descend slowly down through lupine covered hillside to our campsite at beautiful Laguna Huecrococha 12,959 ft / 3950m. (Duration 6 to 7 hours).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 4: Huecrococha /Jancapampa
Today we camp at Jancapampa where there is the opportunity to meet the local Quechua people still wearing their native traditional Andean colorful clothing. We might expect to see them at our camp offering to sell beer. As we cross a grassy slope we arrive at a bridge (13,366 ft / 4,100m) from where one can see Mt. Pucahirca and its glacier. We’ll then cross and skirt a marshy pampa and then next pass Tupatupa 14,436 ft / 4400m.  From this vantage point we have a broad close-up view of Pucahirca Mountain and many other surrounding peaks. From here we then descend to camp at the head of a wide open valley at Jancapampa 11,811 ft / 3600m. (Time: 6 to 7 hours).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 5: Jancapampa / Huillca or Safuna
Today is a long tough day. We start hiking on a long gradual ascent through the forested valley past grassy meadows to finally reach a scree slope and pass Laguna Sactaycocha, then climb steeply to the reach the top of the rocky narrow Yanajanca Pass 15,092 ft / 4600m. From this point we descend to Quebrada Yantu Quenua then continue to walk to the settlement of Huillca or Safuna in the Quebrada Tayapmapa 13,780 ft / 4200m. From our campsite we ascend steeply through a sparse forest below the Yanajanca pass at 14,600 ft / 4,400 m with glacially polished cliffs on either side. Then from the narrow pass we descend to the settlement of Huillca at 13,400 ft / 3,600m where we camp (Time: 7 hrs, Distance: 4.3 miles / 7 km).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner.

Day 6: Huillca or Safuna / Cruze Alpamayo
Another long day as we cross two passes. To reach the first Pass we climb gradually to Mesapata Pass at 14,643 ft /4460m, then we descend walking on nearly a flat area for about an hour before we climb to cross the second pass, Cara Cara (15,846 ft / 4830m) where  at times it is windy and cold.  From here we have the first views of the pyramid shaped Alpamayo and the impressive views of the neighboring peaks of Quitaraju and Santa Cruz. As we descend down from the Cara Cara Pass we have beautiful views of Laguna Jancarurish and the Quebrada Alpamayo as we approach our campsite at  Cruze Alpamayo just below the impressive Alpamayo peak 13,615 ft / 4150m. 7- 8 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 7: REST DAY
Today is an extra day on our program itinerary just to relax at Cruze Alpamayo enjoying the pyramid shape of the famous Alpamayo.  There is an option to do a short climb up the moraine to the lake Laguna Jancarurish for close up views of Alpamayo (2 ½ hours total). Or simply spend the day at camp just relaxing.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 8: Cruze Alpamayo / Osoruri
A tough long day. We start by walking on nearly flat easy gentle terrain for about 2 hours before we ascend on a well market trail towards Osoruri Pass at 15,584 ft / 4750m.  From the Osorui Pass we capture a magnificent view of the valley below with its rich farm land and the mountain view of Milluaraju as we descend to our next camp at Osoruri. 7 Hours hike approximately.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 9: Osoruri / Wishcash
This day we start ascending gradually to the Paso Cullicocha Pass at 15,912 ft / 4850m, from where we have a magnificent view of the Santa Cruz peak. We then descend to our next camp the view of beautiful colored Laguna Cullicocha as the Santa Cruz Mountain comes into view. We stop here for a while at Laguna Cullicocha to enjoy lunch and take photos before we continue descending towards our Wishcash campsite. Overnight at the Wishcash campsite and during the afternoon you’ll enjoy views down the valley  and of the Cordillera Negra Mountain range just in front camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner

Day 10: Wishcash / Hualcayan / Huaraz
We do our last hike down to the village of Hualcayan. Descending on a on a long switch back trail you’ll enjoy views of the rich colorful farm land in the valley. As we reach Hualcayan our private transport awaits us to drive us back to Huaraz.
3 hours walk and 2 ½ to 3 hours drive back to your hotel in Huaraz.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch

  • What's Included


    • An experienced English speaking local Guide
    • Private Transportation (Up to 3 Pax we use 4×4 truck) or Van for large groups
    • Box Lunch
    • First Aid Kid
  • What's not Included


    • Entrance fee to the National Park
    • Tips for guide or other staff
    • Travel insurance
    • Accommodation in town
    • Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Meal Plan


    All breakfasts are included in most hotels in Huaraz. As part of our service, we provide you with tasty nutritional lunches, snacks and modern, comfortable personal transport to and from our day hikes.
    Our service include from box lunch for midday during day trips.You will pay directly extra meal expenses during your stay in Huaraz From traditional Peruvian dishes, through to budget bites and fine cuisine you should allow approximately US$10 – 15 per meal.
  • Food


    On Day Trips, the box lunch is included. As part of our service, we provide you with tasty nutritional lunches, snacks.
    We cater all fresh meals. We are pleased to cater to our vegetarian clients or special diets on request. It is your personal trek so it is your personal meal choice.
    In Lima and Huaraz there are a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.
    Typical Trekking Adventure Day Schedule
    On a typical Day trip we will pick you up from your hotel. All our Day tours starts and ends from your hotel. During tours you will be accompanied by our guide and private transportation with reliable and experienced drivers. For large groups up to 5 there will be a assistant guide to support the group.
    Every day we will provide you snack and cooked lunch for (Paron, Pastoruri ) For lake 69 and other hikes where is not possible to have the car next to us for lunch time. We will provide you delicious sandwiches. According you diet request.
    Health and Hygiene
    We make health and hygiene our top priority. Our box lunchs are prepared with fresh vegetables accompanied by meet, trout or chicken. Fruits we provide are disinfected using a specai liquid to kill the bacteria’s.
  • Transfer Arrangements

    As part of our service we Include the Huaraz transfers, our base representatives will meet you at the bus station and take to your hotel – viceversa
    **Applicable if clients take bus option.
    For flight option, we charge extra the transfer service. The Huaraz Airport is located about 40 minutes north from Huaraz.
  • Accommodation


    You are in charge of your accommodation reservation.
    **We are happy to help you with the accommodation booking if you request and confirm with us.
  • Group Leader & Support Staff


    On this trip, a first-rate, English-speaking local guide will accompany throughout the group In addition the driver and assistant for large groups will support you …
    View our Group Leaders
  • Guidance on Tipping


    Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 5 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 5 or 7 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £ to a group tipping pool.
  • Free Inkaland Treks Gift


    We give you a gift as a way to thank all our clients who book a INKALAND TREKS trip. Choose from IT T-shirts, buffs, IT trek bags* (where applicable) plus many more.
  • Group Size & Trip Status


    For each Day trip there is a minimum number of participants required. WE start from 2 pax up to 6 or 8 pax. We manage small private groups.
    We are happy to maintain a PRIVTAE TRIP for you and your groups (family or friends) upon your request. If you like to have more people on your group upon your confirmation we will offer you program according your dates and aviability. Then price will reduce for each member to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run’. You can check the trip status for each departure in. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.
  • Equipment List


    The checklist bellow should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
    YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
    • Hiking boots
    • Socks
    • Trekking trousers
    • Waterproof over-trousers
    • Underwear
    • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
    • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Warm jacket (down)
    • Sunhat
    • Warm hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Lightweight thermal gloves
    • Warmer gloves or mittens
    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -20°C) (Sleeping mattresses are provided locally)
    • Daypack 30 litres
    • Headtorch and spare batteries
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
    • Antibacterial handwash
    THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:
    • Shorts
    • Trekking poles
    • Insect repellant (DEET)
    • Camera
    NOTES
    *Available for hire/rental through our office at Inkaland Treks
  • Passport & Visas


    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
    VISA PERU
    UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. When passing through immigration you will need to request a copy of your TAM Migration form. You will need to retain this document and keep it safe, as you will be asked to produce it before you depart Peru.
    TRANSIT VIA USA
    You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa rather than the Visa Waiver Programme.
    NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA
    TRANSIT VIA CANADA
    As of 2016, all citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp
  • Health & Vaccinations


    You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.
    Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that transmit ZIKV are unlikely to be found above 2,000m altitude. For more information, visit the website of the National Travel Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk
    Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Electricity Supply & Plug


    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/
  • Preparing for your Holiday


    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more because of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in your city.
  • Travel Aware


    At Inkaland Treks we treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organize. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.
  • Climate


    Our trekking adventure trips in the Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash and Cuzco areas take place in Peru’s dry season (May – September). While our weather is generally dry and very stable, this does not mean that it won’t rain. The most common daily weather pattern is a clear bright morning sky followed in the afternoon with some puffy cumulus clouds and then it is usually clear again by evening. Daily temperatures vary greatly so pack appropriately. During the hottest part of the day and in the sun, temperatures between 12 and 23°C above c. 3500 meters. During this season, the nighttime temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps, we might experience nighttime temperatures as low as -5°C. Even though this is winter, Lima is only 12 degrees south of the equator, and the daytime temperatures in the capital will be 20 to 25°C, with quite cool nights.
  • Altitude


    This Adventure trip involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip, you will be spending at least one night above 4000 meters and/or trekking to 5000 meters or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this trip, you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website. For all our expeditions, we carry a portable bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.
  • Books


    • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. Kate Harper and Val Pitkethly.
    • Flight of the Condor. Michael Andrews.
    • The Conquest of the Incas. John Hemming (MacMillan)
    • Peru – the Rough Guide. Dilwyn Jenkins.
    • The Andes – Time Life Books.
    • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.
    • The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.
    • Latin America Spanish Phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

In our section “Join a Group” you will located an ideal offer for those clients that are seeking to join on with a confirmed trip. This “Join a Group” option can help clients to reduce costs. As soon as there is a group confirmed, and the group is seeking to find a additional members to add to their group, we will advertise in our section “Join a Group” to attempt to attract someone interested to join a trip program.

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