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Photographer’s dream trek with sunset, starry skies and sunrise

Sparkling glacial formations and snow-covered peaks painted by sunset & sunrise

This trek offers a unique opportunity to view sunset, sunrise and the clear night blanketed in stars from a campsite that will leave you speechless in awe. From Huascarán, Peru’s highest mountain to the well-known peaks of Pisco and Chacraraju, to name but a few. This is topped off with a short trek to a glacier below the peak of Yanapaccha and various lakes each with their own distinct colour. High quality personal service.


US$ 179.00 /person


Huaraz / Panorama view point (4,650m) / Yanapaccha glacier (5,000m) / Panorama campsite (4,450m)

Departing early from Huaraz, we head north into the Llanganuco Sector of the Huascarán National Park. The road starts winding up towards the Portochuelo Pass while around us the snow-covered peaks are glistening in the morning sun.

Our trail starts from the Portochuelo road traversing the slope with a slight ascent to where we get to the Panorama a viewpoint par excellence with views of all the peaks in the Llanganuco sector and right behind us, the glacier and peak of Cordillera blanca afther a break we head off toward the Yanapaccha glacier. We enjoy the glittering glacier while we will also relax with our lunch.
we head back down to our campsite and prepare for the evening photoshoot. Meanwhile nature still provides yet another stunning afthernoon we enjoy dinner. The evening will be a blanket of stars, the milky way lighting up the peaks around us enough for those awe-inspiring photos.

Trail Note

4 hours trek / elevation change  (+400m / – 350m)

Panorama Campsite (4,650m) / Laguna 69 (4,625m) / Huaraz

Early breakfast this morning as the sun rises over the Cordillera Blanca – lighting up Peru’s highest mountains. Down across the valley the rising sun reveals the Llanganuco lakes
Breaking up camp, we start our first descent to a pale green glacial Paccha lake Here we start the final part of the first descent to where we join the classic trail to Laguna 69 at 4,200m altitude.
The remaining 3km ascends again passing till we reach Laguna 69 at 4,625m altitude. Time to relax and lunch. The descent to our vehicle will follow the classic Laguna 69 trail all the way to Cebollapampa from where we will head back to Huaraz.

Trail Note

5-6 hours trek / elevation change  (- 450m / + 425m / – 725)

The Akilpo serviced 2 Day Milky Way Trek for groups with a maximum of 7 persons. Please consult with us if you are less than 4 people.

The program includes:

  • Professional and bilingual internationally certified mountain guide
  • 4 main meals adn snacks  during the expedition
  • Private transportation round trip
  • Camping equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Cook 
  • porter

The program does not include:

  • Personal equipment
  • Entrance fees to Huascarán National Park
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items not mentioned above in “Includes”
No. of PersonsUS$ /person


The roads from Yungay to the lakes of Llanganuco in the Huascarán National Park are dirt roads and some sections of this road might be bumpy in addition to winding sections in the ascent/descent to and from the lakes.

Trekking trail

  • There are no toilets along the trail at any point.
  • Be aware that there are some crossings of small rivers and streams that do not have any bridges but only large rocks serving as stepping stones.


At least one acclimatisation day hike is recommended before embarking on this trek. Do not under-estimate the difficulty of this trek even though rated as moderate. If you have just arrived from another high altitude location, discuss with us the feasibility of doing it on your first full day.

Recommendations for Best Seasons

All year around. The best time is from mid-April to late September or early October.  April, May and June are the best months for lovers of flowers and green landscape. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also an excellent period for photographers (warm colours and clear blue skies are great!). From September to April you get a mixed sunny and pretty cloudy landscape.


The entire Cordillera Blanca has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 1.1° C (33.98° F). The climate is very unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. During the days it can vary from hot to very frigid temperatures, included rain and strong winds or snow over 4800 meters above sea level. It usually starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.

**Note: List of required equipment for the trekking expedition. Please confirm with us which items are included in the price.

**For more equipment lists and the Equipment Rental Catalogue – click on EQUIPMENT

Trekking Gear

  • LED headlamp
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking backpack
  • Day pack
  • Duffel bag

Camp & Cooking

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Tent
  • Kitchen/dining tent
  • Stove & gas/fuel
  • Cooking utensils
  • Expedition crates


  • Trekking boots
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Rain/Hardshell jacket
  • Rain poncho
  • Light liner gloves
  • Hardshell/insulation gloves
  • Beanie/wool hat

Available for purchase  

*subject to availability

  • Headlamp
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets
  • Cooking gas
  • Light liner gloves
  • Beanie/wool hat
  • Stainless steel flask
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The Akilpo serviced 2 Days Milky Way Trek for groups with a maximum of 6 persons/1 guide.

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