Laguna 513

Code: LP1D
  • Lake 513 Huaraz

ACTIVITY: Hiking  DIFFICULTY: Moderate  ELEVATION: 3 540 m – 4 460 m  DURATION: 1 day  DISTANCE: 16 Km


  • NEW Hike and not popular yet! But highly recommended.
  • One of the most beautiful aqua colored glacial lakes of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • The moraine zone is evidence of accelerated glacial retreat.


Laguna 513, located at 4 460 m/14 628 ft. Its depth is approximately 45 meters; the color of its waters is intense turquoise. There is no vegetation because the moraine zone is evidence of accelerated glacial retreat. It is located right at the base of the glacier of the Hualcan glacier, whose thaw pours to feed this lagoon.  

We are offering this new day hike option in the Cordillera Blanca. Ideal to acclimatize for a trekking, climbing or just to combine with one of our well-known day trips. Considered of strong degree, we recommend for a second or third day. This hike rated as medium to hard, because of the altitude and challenging hiking effort to reach the Laguna 513.


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 3 540 m/11 611 ft. 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 4 100 m/13 448 ft. 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 (4 460 m/14 628 ft) impresses the glacier Hualcan with breathtaking views. A whole effort is just worth it. Making 8km ascending and 8km descending.

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
Entrance fee to the National Park
Tips for guide or other staff
Travel insurance
Accommodation in town
Miscellaneous expenses: drinks and souvenirs


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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