Laguna Shallap

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ACTIVITY: Hike   DIFFICULTY: Easy/Moderate   DURATION: 1 day    ELEVATION: 4 250 m

Shallap Lake – Easy  but Long hike in the Cordillera Blanca

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♦ The Lake Shallap hike  takes place at a more remote location; less frequented by travellers
♦ A beautiful, unique bright green glacier lake – located at 4250m
♦ Rated Easy / Moderate but Long

Laguna Shallap is a beautiful, unique bright green glacier lake – located at 4250m, tucked at the foot of snow-caped peaks San Juan (5843m). The Lake Shallap trek takes place at a more remote location of Huaraz –Cordillera Blanca. Because of its remote nature, the route is less frequented by travellers, which allows trekkers to have unobstructed and personal access to the untouched landscape. This allows for a greater appreciation of the beauty of nature that surrounds you, with prominent sights of Mount San Juan (5,843m/19,170ft) and Mount Huantsan (6,369m/20,896ft) in the distance.

Recommended day hike for family groups or just  another alternative for those people to add on their list of acclimatization hikes prior their trekking or  or climbing  rated Easy / Moderate  The characteristics that it has makes it unique and unmissable to visit, despite not having much popularity.

Itinerary Description:

An early start. Our Inkaland Treks guide and private transfer will collect you from your hotel after breakfast then you will drive up about an hour’s drive from Huaraz East side to the Jancu Village at 3900m- Where you will starts –  Walking to Laguna Shallap is a  gorgeous hike up the Shallap Valley (Quebrada Shallap). While the hike is a long one (approximately three to four  hour walk from the starting point of Jancu to Lake Shallap), it is relatively easy as you will be traversing mostly over flat terrain,following the river along the valley  with the exception of a steep ridge wall about 30 minutes from the lake.

Upon reaching Laguna Shallap, you will be impressed capturing both the site of this beautiful green colorful glacier made lake and the amazing surrounding panoramic views of the peaks from this prime lofty position. At the Shallap Lake, you will spend time walking around, relaxing taking great photos and enjoying our testy snack before we start walking back down Jancu Village where our private transportation waits to drive you back to your Huaraz hotel. Approximately time is about 7 to 8 hours. – Distance about 17 Km return.


Itinerary Description:

Our service starts and ends at the Hotel. An early start, our guide and transportation will pick you up at your hotel leaving Huaraz we drive to the North turn off from the highway of Carhuaz town where we take the unpaved road that goes to Hualcan village. Once past the village we keep going up to the end of the dirt road at Shonquipampa 3540m/11,611ft.where we walk begins.

First of all we cross a pampa and go towards the (broken) ridge of where we will start to climb. The path changes when you cross a small quenual forest crossing on the right and later the ascent becomes steeper once we cross the stream.

The road is in good condition although there are no goals to mark where we should go. We continue climbing to a small lake Laguna Rajupáquinan at 4100m/13,448ft. After a break, we continue walking the last part of the walk to reach Lake 513 of the Cordillera Blanca in the Huascaran National Park is also carried out on the way with concrete parts that help to climb better and faster. Coming to Lake 513 at (4460m/14,628ft) impresses the glacier Hualcan with breathtaking views. A whole effort is just worth it. Making 8km ascending and 8km descending.

  • 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.  


    • 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


    • Shorts
    • Trekking poles
    • Insect repellant (DEET)
    • Camera

    *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.


    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.

    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 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

    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

  • 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

    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:

  • 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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