- Great emerald green Lake – largest lake in Huascarán National Park
- Huge valley with beautiful scenery
- See the glittering Nevado Garcilaso Pyramid
FROM US$ 42.90 /person
- Best Season: July to August
- All year: Yes
- Distance: 5 km
- Maximum Altitude: 4,500m a.s.l.
- Trek duration: 3 – 4 hours (route dependant)
- Trek type: Akilpo Pioneered – Akilpo Service
- Difficulty grade: Easy
This trek is about being surrounded by jaw-dropping spectacular scenery all the time, in addition to the benefit of acclimatising for other treks. The turquoise lake is in stark and amazing contrast to the valley walls and the snow-covered & giant peaks. With a variety of viewpoints, it’s possible to get very good to excellent views of virtually all the 11 mountain peaks around you. There are very few one day hikes that will provide the variety of panoramas you have on this trek!
Depart from Huaraz at 5:00am to Caraz in the north of the Callejon de Huaylas. The drive from here to the trek start is about 2 hours with the final parts within the conservation area of Huascarán National Park and winding through the deep valley with the final ascent ascending through Queñual forest. The parking area already provides the perfect place to sit and enjoy our breakfast and lose yourself in views down the Parón Valley and across Lake (laguna) Parón toward the snow-covered peaks of Paria and Garcilaso.
The trail starts off with a steeper ascent followed the walk and a bit of a scramble over rocky terrain to various viewpoints. The views from here are breathtaking! We have 5 hours to spend around the lake or up on the trail to various viewpoints. Note that the latter option may involve going a bit off-piste.
The trail consists of rocky sections that require a lot of concentration during walking, including testing each rock before stepping on it and sometimes a necessity to use hands for better balance.
RECOMMENDATIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION
The roads from Caraz to the parking area 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 lake.
Despite being a 2.5 kilometre hike, the trail consists of rocky sections that require a lot of concentration during walking, including testing each rock before stepping on it and sometimes a necessity to use hands for better balance.
The trek is pleasant, given that right from the arrival at the trail head, you are surrounded by spectacular scenery. Those arriving from the very low altitude can feel the higher altitude and may also have some mild symptoms of altitude sickness. This of course depends a lot on each individual, but if you want to get up to over 4,500 meters altitude, it would still be necessary to take another smaller walk/trek near Huaraz to test your condition and your adaptation to altitude.
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.
The Akilpo serviced 1-day Huandoy Viewpoint Trek is for groups with a maximum of 13 persons.
(please consult with us about prices if your group has less than 8 people).
The price includes the following:
- Trip briefing one day before the trek.
- Entrance to Huascarán National Park.
- Private transport from your hostel/hotel to and from the trail head.
- Akilpo selected professional and experienced guide.
- First aid kit, supplementary oxygen, radio.
The following is not included in the price:
- Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
- Expenses of personal nature.
This is an alternative day trek to the Paramount trek which goes to a glacial lake, Artesoncocha, below Nevado Artesonraju (also known as “Paramount”). For more details see Paramount @Akilpo
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