Dayhike to Laguna Churup
Visit the popular Laguna Churup located at 28 km east of Huaraz. This is challenging yet a fantastic acclimatization hike affording magnificent panorama views of Huaraz and the landscape around and the imposing peak of the Churup peak. Lake Churup lies at an altitude of 4450m in a big cirque with the snow covered Churup summit in the background. Typical for a cirque lake, its water is extremely clear and has a deep blue color near the edges of the lake.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
- Optimal acclimatization hike
- Pass through andean villages
- Deep blue mountain lake
- Great panoramic views
The Cordillera Blanca is the largest mountain range of Peru with 31 peaks over 6,000 meter high. More than half of the Peruvian highest 6,000m peaks are here, including the highest mountain (Huascaran) and the most beautiful mountain (Alpamayo) of Peru. This is an ideal acclimatization hike to start exploring this beautiful mountain range.
You are healthy and have a good condition. The trail is not too difficult, except for the final 100m to the lake, scrambling up a steep rock gully which some people may find difficult. The walking time is about 6 hours, at a comfortable pace.
The best trekking season in the Andes is from April to October, with rainy season in between. It is usually sunny and warm during this time. Due to the altitude, the nights can be quite cold (to minus 5 ° C).
Individual connection programs with Quilcayhuanca Cojup trek, climbing a peak as Ishinca and much more are possible. Contact us!
- Transports according to itinerary
- Qualified and experienced guide (Spanish/English)
- First aid kit and oxygen
- Breakfast, dinner
- Bottled water, alcoholic drinks
- Personal equipment
- Entrance fees to Huascaran National Park
- Medical care and insurance
- Emergency rescue or evacuation
- Travel insurance
- Tips (optional)
Dayhike to Laguna Churup
We drive 1 hour from Huaraz to Pitec (3850m) passing through the traditional villages of Unchus and Llupa. After entering the national park we start ascending by following the path over a long ridge. The final 100m to the lake scrambling up a steep rock gully which some people may find difficult. About 5 to 6 hours to walk from Pitec to the lake and return.
Driving time: 2 hours
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
During the hike we pay attention to a healthy and high-calorie diet. For lunch, a box lunch is served. We can prepare vegetarian dishes on request.
We use minivans or comfortable 4×4 off-road vehicles, depending on the group size.
- Small daypack
- Hiking poles
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (min factor 40)
- Well-worn in trekking shoes or boots
- Comfortable clothes (quick dry), trekking trousers, fleece
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Water and extra snacks
- Toilet paper
- Extra money
The time required varies from person to person. If you already have high altitude experience, your body may become acclimated faster. We recommend spending at least 2 days in Huaraz or doing easy activities in the area.