Dayhike to Laguna Wilcacocha
Visit Laguna Wilcacocha situated at 3700m, high in the Cordillera Negra, where flocks of ducks like to swim and cows, sheep, donkeys and horses munch peacefully on the surrounding grass. The hike up to the lake passes several small Andean villages, where colorfully dressed local people still follow a traditional way of life. The highlight of the visit is the breath-taking panoramas from a hillock by the lake, with superb views of the Cordillera Blanca. This spectacular view of the White Range is one of the best in the region. The lake is located only 10km from Huaraz. It is an ideal first acclimatization hike.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Pleasant
Group Size Small Group
- Optimal acclimatization hike at 3700m.
- Andean villages and local people
- Only little visited lake that invites you to relax
- 360° panoramic views over the Cordillera Blanca
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. Laguna Wilcacocha is located in the Cordillera Negra, opposite the Cordillera Blanca and thus offers a unique panoramic view.
You are healthy and have a good condition. The trail is not too difficult.
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).
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- 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 Wilcacocha
We leave Huaraz and drive southwards along the main road. Around 10 minutes later, we reach the trailhead at Chiwipampa. Almost immediately, the trail starts ascending steeply towards the village of Santa Cruz. We walk on upwards past traditional Quechua homes and fields where the local people cultivate potatoes, wheat, beans and corn. After two hours of hiking, we reach the picturesque lake and are granted magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca. A rapid descent brings us back to the main road from where we catch our transport back to Huaraz.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Meals included: Box lunch
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
This hike can be done easily in the rainy season. In addition, the vegetation is especially beautiful and green at this time. In the morning, it is often sunny and the clouds do not gather until noon. The rain comes in the afternoon at about 4 o’clock. In the rainy season, therefore, we usually leave a little earlier in the morning.