- Stunning and amazingly blue Lake.
- Scenic hiking in the Llanganuco sector of Huascarán National Park
- Surrounded by impressive 6,000m+ peaks.
FROM US$ 44.30 /person
- Best Season: July to August
- All year: Yes
- Distance: 14 km
- Maximum Altitude: 4,625m a.s.l.
- Trek duration: 5-6 hours
- Trek type: Classic – Akilpo Service
- Difficulty Grade: Moderate
One of the most famous full day treks with blue and turquoise lakes that feature in virtually all promotional materials for the Cordillera Blanca and the Huascarán National Park. A moderate to difficult day trek that requires a medium level of fitness at least that definitely requires some acclimatisation. The azure blue water of Laguna 69 and Perú’s highest mountain, Huascarán at 6,768m, are only some of the many the fantastic sights that you’ll encounter in the Llanganuco area.
(times are approximate)
05:00AM Pick-up from the hostel/hotel and departure from Huaraz heading north towards the city of Yungay from where we leave the main road to the Quebrada Llanganuco sector of the Huascarán National Park.
07:00AM At the large, turquoise lagoon of Chinancocha (3,800m) we will stop for breakfast while there is also the chance for some early morning photos of this spectacular lake
08:50AM After a total of 3 hours by vehicle from Huaraz, we reach the trailhead at Cebollapampa (3,900m), where our trek to Laguna 69 begins.
The trek is usually about 2-3 hours of ascent with several stops before reaching Laguna 69. The beautiful scenery is a 360° panorama including the vertical granite walls of Chacraraju (6,108m), the peaks of Nevado Pisco (one at 5,752m), Nevado Huascarán (6,768 m), Nevado Chopicalqui (6,345m) with the huge Nevado Yanapaccha (5,469m) along the trek. Return and descend via the same trail, about 2 hours, to Cebollapampa from where we return by private vehicle to Huaraz.
It’s imperative that at least a short acclimatisation walk/trek near Huaraz is done before embarking on this trek – for both your safety and your enjoyment.
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RECOMMENDATIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION
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.
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.
The Akilpo serviced 1-day Laguna 69 Trek is for groups with a maximum of 10 persons.
(please consult with us about prices if your group has less than 5 people).
The price includes the following:
- Trip briefing one day before the trek.
- Breakfast, Lunch, snacks and hot drinks.
- Private transport from your hostel/hotel to and from the trail head.
- Akilpo selected professional and experienced guide.
- More than 8 persons, will include assistant guide as well.
- First aid kit, supplementary oxygen, radio.
The following is not included in the price:
- Personal snack preferences & drinks.
- Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Accommodation in Huaraz
A private customized tour can also be organised by us. Please contact us for more information.
- A more difficult but spectacular alternative trek to this classic trek is offered by Akilpo. This is known as the Panorama trek offered exclusively by Akilpo – ideally suited for stronger trekkers that are also already more acclimatised. For more details click on Panorama @Akilpo
- For the people looking for a cheaper option: large group (15-30 people) departures can be booked with Akilpo but these trips are organised and run by outside agencies. Akilpo cannot be held responsible for the organisation and aspects of that activity/excursion. Akilpo will only continue support of the client in the form of advice, information and pre-trip briefings. These agencies do guarantee departures for Akilpo clients though and include a spanish speaking guide for the group. **Price: S/ 35.00 (soles) per person. This does not include the entrance to Huascarán National Park (S/30.00 soles per person) nor breakfast and lunch.
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