Maria Josefa Trail & Llanganuco Lakes

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Maria Josefa Trail & Llanganuco Lakes

ACTIVITY: Hike   DIFFICULTY: Easy/Moderate   DURATION: 1D    ELEVATION: 3 850 m/12 631 ft

Trip Over View


♦ An easy Maria Josefa trail is located in Llanganuco Valley.
♦ Visit the well-known  beautiful turquoises green/turquoise  colored lakes of Chinancocha.
♦ Suitable  hike through quenual forest, a lot of vegetation, and bromeliads in a well market stone path.

The suitable and easy Maria Josefa trail is located in Llanganuco Valley, where there is located the two well-known beautiful turquoises green/turquoise colored lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha lie between flank of Huascaran and  Huandoy, about 80 km/50 miles north of Huaraz. This is a suitable hike through quenual forest, a lot of vegetation, and bromeliads in a well market stone path following the curse of the river that takes up to the first beautiful lake Chinancocha at 3800m.

Itinerary Description

We recommend to start early because of the distance, from Huaraz we drive north through the Callejon de Huaylas valley, passing several traditional towns and great view of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca in the East side  including the highest peak of Peru Huascaran at 6768 m up to Yungay town. It was completely destroyed in 1970 by an earthquake, Now the new Yungay was built a little bit far North. Then we continue our drive ascending on a dirt road up passing reach farmlands and there is a opportunity to see local people working the land by their hands, and see local ladies wearing still their traditional colorful clothes as we reach entrance of the Llanganuco Valley, we stop at the Huascaran National Park check point, where we register and continue driving up to the starting point of the Maria Josefa Trail. Then hike for about 1and ½ hour to 2 hours ascending through quenual forest, a lot of vegetation, and bromeliads in a well market stone path following the curse of the river that takes up to the beautiful lake Chinancocha at 3800 m, upon arrival we enjoy the spectacular turquoise colored lake surrounded by a lot of quenual trees and glacier mountain view of Huascaran, Yanapaccha and Huandoy. Walk around right side of the lake take photos, relax and have lunch just at lake side at the picnic area enjoying the surrounded landscape. Then drive  back to Huaraz hotel. Full adventure  journey day around 7-8 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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