Urus Cocha – Day Hike

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Urus Cocha – Day Hike

ACTIVITY: Hiking   DIFFICULTY: Medium/Hard   DURATION: 1D    ELEVATION: 4 500 m/14 764 ft

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HIGHLIGHT

♦ This hike gives you option to experience the Andean lifestyle and enjoy the nature mountain adventure.
♦ Ideal place for a acclimatization day, hike rated as easy to medium suitable for the first day walk.

The Llaca Valley is located northeast of Huaraz at 4 500 m, the well-known training place of the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association, where just last year was built the new beautiful Refugio. Ideal place for a acclimatization day, hike rated as easy to medium suitable for the first day walk. This hike gives you option to experience the Andean lifestyle and enjoy the nature mountain adventure. The valley is surrounded by a lot of vegetation and magnificent glacier mountains like Ranrapalca and Ocshapalca, we also visit the glacier lake Llaca lake just bellow of these mounatins.

Itinerary Description

Our IT team will pick you up at your hotel then drive up for about 1.5 hours. Along drive we pass traditional Andean villages Unchus and LlupaVillage meeting local quechua people on their traditional lifestyle, enjoying view of reach farmlands and see people working the land still by their hands with simple farm utensils. As we enter into the Llaca valley comes into view the impressive, breathtaking face of Ranrapalca 6162 m/20,217 ft. 
There is an option to start hiking just at the entrance of the valley ascending along valley up to the Llaca lake OR continue drive up to the refugio, where  start our hike ascending up to the top of the valley close to the glacier. Along hike we see several of the rock climbing routs, and abundant vegetacion lupines (Taulli) plants quenual tree and flowers. Then on the way down we traverse along the top of the moraine to the Ranrapalca Lake. Where the view of the mountain area even better close up. We will spend time at Ranrapalca Lake 4474 m/14,678 ft enjoying the landscape surrounded and having lunch. Finally, decent down to our trailhead starting point where our private car will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz. 7 – 8 hours total.

Is this Trekking for you?

This hike gives you option to experience the Andean lifestyle and enjoy the nature mountain adventure. Easu acsses Another challanging hike in the Cordillera Blanca: Suggeted for the second day hike  for those hikers wth good phisical condition ready for the  demanding hike  to warm up for the Trek program or Climbing expedition.

Why Inkaland Treks?

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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