• Great emerald green Lake
  • Huge valley with beautiful scenery
  • See the glittering Nevado Garcilaso Pyramid
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Elevation gain : +300m /-300m
  • Origen: Jatun cocha
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Challenge Level : Easy
  • Trek tipe:  Special /New

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 in stunning contrast to the valley walls and the giant peaks behind them. With a variety of viewpoints, it’s possible to get very good to excellent views of virtually all 11 mountain peaks around you. There are very one day hikes that will provide the panoramas you have on this trek!

Depart from Huaraz at 6am to the north of Callejon de Huaylas. The drive from here to the trek start is about 2 hours with the final parts within the conservation area of Huascaran National Park through the deep valley and ascending through Queñual forest. The parking area already provides the perfect place to set and enjoy our breakfast on fanitate views down the Parón Valley and across Lake (laguna) Parón toward the peaks of Paria and Garcilaso.

our hike Depending on weather and conditions, we have two options of trails from here; the more classic route is a walk along the lake to the other end until Laguna Artesoncocha, about 6 km / 2.5 hours. The more interesting, but with some ascent in the trail, is the walk up to a few viewpoints along a rocky trail. The views from here are spectacular. 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.

Good to know

The price include:

  • Transfer to /from any bus terminal in Huaraz
  • Trip briefing one day before the departure
  • Transport private  4×4 or sprinter van to and from destination
  • Certificate English Speaking local guide for the excursion
  • 2 Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)
  • First aid, emergency oxygen, radio.
  • Entrance fee to Huascarán National Park (Conventional ticket valid only 1 day)

The price does not include:

  • personal equipments /accessories for the trip
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Accommodation in Huaraz



The tour is pleasant, given that from the beginning this hike lends pleasant view of the surroundings. Those arriving from the very low level can feel the altitude, may also have some mild symptoms, of course everything depends a lot on each, in addition if you want to get up to over 4,500 meters it would be necessary to take another smaller walk near Huaraz to test your condition and your adaptation to altitude

Trekking trail:

Despite being a 2.5-kilometer hike, the hiking trail consists of rocky sections that need a lot of concentration during walking, each stone must be tested before stepping on it, sometimes it is necessary to use the hands to get a better balance .

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.


All entire cordillerablanca 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, event 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 see level

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