Wilcacocha Lake – Half Day Hike
ACTIVITY: Hiking DIFFICULTY: Easy/Moderate DURATION: 1D ELEVATION: 3 600 m/11 811 ft
Trip Over View
♦ The surrounding astonishing panorama views of spiraling white-capped peaks of the Cordillera.
♦ A beautiful lake located in the Cordillera Negra mountain range southwest of Huaraz.
♦ Adding to the awesome views the opportunity to meet and interact with the gentle local mountain quechua people and together, you capture your first “national geographic” adventure experience of the Andes in Peru.
The Willkacocha is a beautiful lake located in the Cordillera Negra mountain range southwest of Huaraz at an altitude of 3600m/11,811ft. Hiking to this beautiful place provides an easy half day acclimatization hike to start off with and is suitable for everyone to begin their necessary adjustment to the thinner air experienced at the higher Andean altitudes and it’s a good warm-up before attempting your second and more challenging acclimation walk. The surrounding astonishing panorama views of spiraling white-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range) provides an excellent introductory setting for what the Cordillera Blanca has in store for you. Adding to the awesome views the opportunity to meet and interact with the gentle local mountain quechua people and together, you capture your first “national geographic” adventure experience of the Andes in Peru.
Our Inkaland Treks Guide will pick up you at your hotel after breakfast with our private transportation and we’ll drive about 45 minutes southeast of Huaraz to the bridge of the Santa Cruz Village where we will start ascending to the lake Willcacocha. The hike is a gradual ascent up on a local trail for about 2 ½ to 3 hours. Along the way you may expect to meet local Quechua people still wearing their traditional colorful Andean clothes. You’ll pass close to their traditional adobe houses and see how they have lived for countless centuries surrounded by richly green farm lands where they grow their products as: wheat, corn and potatoes. Upon arriving the lake, you will be amazed with the magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range with its highest mountain Huascaran at 6768m/22,205ft. At such a vantage point, you will have the perfect lookout point for enjoying the surrounding breath taking views and shooting some “10 on the drool scale” photos and we have lunch enjoying the panorama view, before we begin our easy descent to the Shansha Village Bridge trailhead. On our way down you’ll have the great view of the valley below and of the Cordillera Blanca peaks accompanying you. Our private transportation will be waiting to take back to Huaraz Hotel.Total time of this acclimation journey is approximately 5-6 hours.
Is this Trekking for you?
Rated as an easy hike, it’s an ideal acclimatization day hike for the first day. Higly recommended for family groups or for those who want to do easy hikes and enjoy nature.
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
• 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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