- Landscape with surrounding snow-capped mountains.
- Glacier rises over the lake.
- Floating ice adorning the turquoise, green water of the lake.
FROM US$ 28.00 /person
- Best season: July – Aug
- All year: No
- Distance: 6 km
- Maximum Altitude: 4,474 m a.s.l.
- Trek Duration: approx. 4 hours
- Trek type: Akilpo promoted – Akilpo service
- Difficulty grade: Easy
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.
Our service includes a pick-up with private transport from your accommodation at 06:40am. The vehicle journey (1:20 hours approx.) takes us north-east of Huaraz and 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 Llaca Lake is the most pleasant part of the ascent. During the first section, we cross the plain and then with a short climb/ascent to Llaca Lake then final section along the lake to the Ranrapalca Glacier.
We’ll return for a rest at the lake from where we only have a short walk to where our private transport is waiting to take us back to Huaraz.
Andean winter in the Llaca valley often results in a lot of snow and the trek might not be advisable during these times.
RECOMMENDATIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION
The Andean winter in the Llaca valley often results in a lot of snow and the trek might not be advisable during these times.
This easy to moderate difficulty 1-day trek can be done as part an acclimatisation programme before going on other more difficult and higher altitude treks.
Recommendations for Best Seasons
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 Ranrapalca Glacier 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 Program Includes:
- Pre-trip briefing
- Professional & experienced trekking guide
- Breakfast & Lunch
- Transportation to and from excursion
- First Aid, emergency oxygen & Radio
The Program does not Include:
- Entrance to the Huascarán National Park
- Snacks & drinks.
- Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
- Expenses of personal nature.
Speak to us if are interested in the much longer versions of this trek that can be done where the starting point is outside of the Huascáran National Park.
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