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
• 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
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.
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 ArrangementsAs 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.
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 …
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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.
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
• Trekking trousers
• Waterproof over-trousers
• Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
• Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
• Fleece jacket or warm jumper
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm jacket (down)
• Warm hat
• 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:
• Trekking poles
• Insect repellant (DEET)
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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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