• Landscape Composed of surrounding snow capped mountains
  • Glacier rises over the lake
  • Floating ice adorning its turquoise green water of the lake.
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Elevation gain : +244 m /-40 m
  • Origen: Huaraz
  • Duration: 1 days
  • Challenge Level : easy-moderate
  • Trek tipe:  Not popular

The Llaca Lake with the Ranrapalca Glacier is a pleasant trip in a long valley mainly renowned for rock and snow climbing and located in the central Cordillera Blanca. This trekking route follows one of the most fascinating valleys in the Huascarán National Park. The trail has grand panoramas and vistas of the snow-capped Ranrapalca, Ocshapalca and Janyaraju mountains. The colourful Llaca River flows through the short valley plain. This is also an opportunity to spend time in an area that’s reasonably intact and part of the variety in natural landscapes here.

This one day route is great for those interested in starting mountaineering but don’t have much time. Suitable for most people due to moderate difficulty rating and fairly easy altitude.

Our service includes pick-up from your accommodation. The recommended departure time from Huaraz is 07:00 (am). The journey (1:20 hours approx.) takes us north-east of Huaraz and then through some small villages along a dirt road to the centre of the Llaca Valley.

The trek starts at an altitude of 4,230m with a constant array of panoramas in front of you till we arrive at 4,474m. The area with the river flowing from the Ranrapalca Glacier and the Llaca Lake is the most pleasant part of the ascent from the valley. During the first section, we cross the plain and continue via the slope with a short climb to Llaca Lake. The final section along the lake to the Ranrapalca Glacier from where we return after a while to the lake for a necessary rest. Energised, we return with the short hike back down to where our private transport to Huaraz awaits.

Maximum Altitude: 4,474m Ranrapalca Glacier

Distance: 6 km (round trip)

Elevation gain/loss: +/-244 meters

Average Temperatures: 13°C – 23°C

Good to know

Road: private transport Trek: equipment transported by muleteer, mules and/or porters.


We camp in tents during the trek.


The food is prepared by our local chef. If you have restrictions or are allergic to any product. please inform us when booking your trip.

Options for Trek Extensions

**please speak to us about other versions/extensions of this trek as there are a variety of options to suit your capabilities and requirements.

The Program Includes:

  • Professional trekking guide
  • Camping equipment (tents & mattress)
  • Food during the trip
  • Entrance fee
  • Cook, porter, donkey driver & mules
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Transportation to and from excursion
  • First Aid, emergency oxygen & Radio

The Program does not Include:

  • Personal Equipment
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Does not include the first breakfast or last dinner.
  • Personal expenses and drinks in town
  • Other items not mentioned above


Acclimatisation: This is a difficult trek and is recommended for trekkers who have previous trekking experience and are physically in a good condition and fit. Acclimatisation before the trek is a must! The highest pass you will cross is Cuyoc at 4,950m with most of the trek above 4,000m. If you are coming from up from sea level or anything less than 2,500 meters, you should spend at least 3 days in Huaraz. Please see our 1-day hike programs  that would be useful in helping you adjust to the altitude. Note: We can put together a package that would include acclimatisation hikes/treks as well as a complete program with transport from Lima (return if preferred).

Recommendations for Best Seasons: The best time is from mid-April to late October, November. April, May and June are the best months for lovers of flowers. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also excellent period for photographers (warm colours and clear blue skies are great!). It starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.

Weather: The city of Huaraz has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 7.1° C (44.8° F). The dry season is between the months of May to September and mid-April and October.

Vaccines: No mandatory vaccines. Recommended the typhus, tetanus, hepatitis A and B.

Languages: Spanish & Quechua (we speak English as well)

Money: Nuevo Sol, but the US dollar is accepted at restaurants, shops, and service stations

Time Difference: GMT -05:00

Location: Peru is located on the western edge of South America bordering Chile (south) and Bolivia (to the southeast), Brazil (northeast), Colombia (north) and Ecuador (northwest).

The Cordillera Blanca is a chain of snowy mountains in the north of Peru, 400 miles (640km) from Lima.


HUARAZ (population: 100,000) is the capital of the Ancash Region in the northern Callejón de Huaylas valley. The eastern skyline of the city is dominated by the impressive snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, much of which is in the Huascarán National Park. One of the landmarks is Perú’s tallest mountain, Huascarán towering up at 6,768m.

At an average altitude of 3,000 – 3,100m altitude, Huaraz is also the base for most of the mountain activities like trekking and climbing in the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash.

Cuy (guinea pig) is one of the regional specialities although you’ll also find many cebicherías (fish and seafood). Being a base for many tourists, quite a variety of restaurants and bars have sprung up everywhere. Feel free to ask us about what’s the latest/trendiest spots.


By Road:  Several bus companies serve the route between Lima and Huaraz as well as between Chimbote and Huaraz. Travelling from the south of Perú, connect with a bus service from Lima (about 8 hours). From the north, the best is to connect with a bus service from Chimbote (about 4-5 hours)

By Air:  Daily flights from Lima to Huaraz/Huaraz to Lima are now available. Keep in mind that there are luggage restrictions with 15kg limit per passenger and 5kg hand luggage. The flight is about 50 minutes and a taxi (about S/25 – $8.00) can then get you to Huaraz city, more or less a 20 minute ride. For further information visit the airline site at LC Peru


A range of transport options are available within Huaraz and also for getting to and from the outlying areas and villages.  The most obvious are the little ‘moto’s’ that will take you anywhere (in the day) for S/1.50 (about $0.40 – 0.50). Taxis (cars) are generally in the region of S/3-4 (about $1-1.20). Commonly used by most residents in Huaraz are the different collectivos, cars and minibuses – these are also the cheapest and will pretty much get you anywhere you want to get to.

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