Portachuelo Pass, Llanganuco Lakes & Maria Josefa Hke

Code: LP1D
  • Portachuelo pass & Llanganuco lake, Maria Josefa hike

ACTIVITY: Hiking  DIFFICULTY: Easy/Moderate  ELEVATION: 3 750 m  DURATION: Full day


  • 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 3800 m.


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 6 768 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 an 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.

An experienced English speaking local Guide
Private Transportation (Up to 3 Pax we use 4×4 truck) or Van for large groups
Entrance fee to the National Park
First Aid Kid
Box Lunch
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.

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.


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.


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 special liquid to kill the bacteria’s.


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
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • 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

NOTES: Available for hire/rental through our office at Inkaland Treks.


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