Llanganuco lakes & Laguna 69 Hiking & Camping
Timing: 2 or 3 days
*Great trip for families with children!
Want to experience the grandeur of the highest Cordillera Blanca peaks from close proximity – but don’t have the time or maybe the physical strength for a multi-day trekking route?
Our Llanganuco Lakes camping / hiking trip takes you into the heart of the biggest magnificent peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Camp one or two nights near the famous LLanganuco Lakes beneath the towering snow covered peaks of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoy and Pisco plus others
For active hikers, there is the option to hike up to Laguna 69, possibly one of the most picturesque day hikes in the Cordillera Blanca
Hiking Option – Moderate Hikes
Day 01: Huaraz to Llanganuco Valley , Hike to Huandoy Glacier
Depart Huaraz 07:00am and take a scenic drive two hours into the Llanganuco Valley when we reach the starting point for todays hike. We take a route up the Rajururi Valley towards the massive glacier of Huandoy Mountain. It is a beautiful remote valley, not frequented by many tourists following the tumbling mountain stream flowing from Huandoy Glacier and passing through bush and stands of ancient Quenual trees. During the whole route we are treated to fantastic close views of Huandoy mountain and glacier. We hike as far up the valley as we feel like going, and if wanted can make a short climb up the terminal moraine face of Huandoy Glacier (at 4000m) for a magnificent close view of the glacier. Return back down the valley the same way, then we have short drive around LLanganuco Lakes to our flat campsite in a meadow at the head of the lakes, in a place named Yuracorral (3850m). From our campsite we have impressive close views of mountains towering over us, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoy and Pisco.
Hiking time 4 to 6 hours, depending on how far you want to go
Day 2: Laguna 69 Hike & Return to Huaraz
We climb continuously on a zig zag track for about 2 hour 40 minutes to Laguna 69, a beautiful lake of the most brilliant blue colour (4500m). This is a steady continuous climb up the trail to the lake, so reasonable fitness is necessary. The lake is surrounded by the mountains Chacrarju and Pisco which leave reflections on the lake. The return hike is around 5 hours back to the road where our car will be waiting and drive back to Huaraz.
OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY: Day Hike to Pisco Base Camp & Return to Camp
We can hike up to the base camp for the Pisco climb and back as a very pleasant day hike from the Llanganuco Camp. It is a steady climb of around 2 ½ hours on a good dirt path following a tumbling stream up to a large flat plateau where base camp is located at 4650m. Enjoy a picnic lunch and take in the surrounding spectacular mountain scenery and then descend back down to camp.
Hiking Families with young children: We can send a porter(s) to help with young children for active families who would like to be hiking.
Easy Hiking & Camping: For those who would like to enjoy the beauty of the mountains but may not be able to undertake a strenuous hike, we can camp at Yurakcoral at the head of Llanganuco Lakes. From here you are surrounded by some of the largest mountains in the Cordillera Blanca, and can appreciate the sheer cliff faces of the rock walls surrounding Llanganuco Lakes. You may feel like walking part way up the Rajururi Valley on the easier initial section of the trail, and can also wander part way up the trail towards Laguna 69
Contact us for more information and prices.
If you know, tell us the approximate dates that you would like to be trekking and the number of people in your group, as well as if you prefer a private trek or would be happy to join with other people.
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