Lake 69 & Llangnauco Lakes – Challanging Day Hike
ACTIVITY: Hiking DIFFICULTY: Medium/Hard DURATION: 1 N ELEVATION: 3 900 m / 4 650 m
♦ This is one of the most beautiful aqua colored glacial lakes of the Cordillera Blanca Range
♦ Considered by most hikers as one of the most impressive scenic day hikes in the entire Cordillera Blanca
♦ This hike rated as medium to hard , because of the altitude and challenging hiking effort
The Lake 69, located at 4600m/15,092ft.lies just at the flank of The Pisco and Chacraraju Mountain. This is one of the most beautiful aqua colored glacial lakes in the Northern of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. Considered by most hikers as one of the most impressive scenic day hikes in the entire Cordillera Blanca. It is truly a very unique and special place. On clear days you can look straight through its deep blue color waters, there is an incredible waterfall dropping right into the far end of the lake that makes amazing scenery to enjoy. This hike rated as medium to hard , because of the altitude and challenging hiking effort at the last section just before to reach the lake, combines and scenic mountain view of the main peaks in the Cordillera Blanca, beautiful colored lakes, reach vegetation and magnificent water falls dropping down along the valley.
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 3 900, 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.
BRIEF ITINERARY View in full
Why Inkaland Treks?
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Huaraz / Cashapampa / Llamacorral
After the breakfast in your hotel our Inkaland Treks’ team pick you up then drive in our private bus north from Huaraz to the village of Cashapampa, approximately a 3 hour drive which is the trail head and starting point of our Santa Cruz trek. In Cashapampa we meet our arrieros who load all of our equipment onto our donkeys. After hiking through the Santa Cruz Valley for approximately 5 to 6 hours, we reach our first overnight camp at Llamacorral situated at an altitude of 12 467 ft / 3 800.
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner
Day 2: Llamacorral /Taullipampa
Your second day on the trail is pleasant and enjoyable. After breakfast we start our hike passing beside the beautiful glaciated lakes of Ichiccocha (small lake) and Jatuncocha (big lake). Cocha means lake in Quechua. We continue hiking up the valley filled with Lupine plants and surrounded on both sides with very high, beautiful, Andean white-capped peaks until we reach the switch back trail which ascends up to Alpamayo Base Camp. We’ll ascend for approximately 45 min – 1 hour to get to the view point where you’ll relax and enjoy the splendid summit views of the majestic mountains of Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju, Paron and Aguja. After enjoying these awesome views, we then descend down hill for about 1½ hours to our second overnight camp at Taullipampa 13 944 ft / 4 250 m Alternatively, if you choose the one additional day of the 5 day trek, we would leave your visit to Alpamayo Base camp for the next half day hike and then this second day hike would be straight to camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch. Tea Time & Dinner
Day 3: Taullipampa / Paria Valley
This day we reach the highest elevation during our trek. After leaving our Taullipampa camp at 13,944 ft / 4250m we make a gradual ascend for about 2 ½ to 3 hours until we reach the Punta Union pass at 4750 where we enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the mountain landscape, turquoise lakes and experience the Andean fresh air at this high altitude. From our panoramic vantage point we will now cross over from the Santa Cruz valley and descend into the rich lush Paria Valley for approximately 4 hours to our last overnight camp at Paria 12 467 ft / 3 800 m.
Alternatively, If you choose the 5 day trek, we can either spend this third day resting or visit the spectacular views from Cerro Centillo or choose do a half day hike to Arhuey cocha at Arhuey Valley where the Alpamayo base camp is located.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner
Day 4: Paria / Vaquería / Huaraz
The last day of your trek we hike down at a relaxed pace for approximately 3 hours as we soon pass directly through the village of Huaripampa where we have the opportunity to meet the local, friendly Quecha people, take memorable photos of their traditional houses their farmland and colorful garments. We continue on out last segment of our trek ascending up the side of a ridge to the settlement of Vaqueria where our private bus awaits us to transport us to the breath-taking views of the Portachuelo Pass, From this vantage point, you’ll capture spectacular panoramic views of Mt. Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. We then descend down the amazing 32 switch-back mountain pass road into to Llanganuco valley then finally returning you to your Huaraz hotel after an approximately 5 hour drive.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch
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