- Trek to see the mountain known as the famous “Paramount”
- Includes the longest & largest lake in the Huascarán National Park
FROM US$ 43.00/person
- Best Season: July to August
- All year: Yes
- Distance: 11.5 km
- Maximum Altitude: 4,350m a.s.l.
- Trek duration: 3 – 4 hours
- Trek type: Akilpo Pioneered – Akilpo Service
- Difficulty grade: Easy
Relatively level day trek along the largest and longest lake in the Huascarán National Park to the lake of Artesoncocha fed directly from the joint glacier of Nevados Garcilaso, Paria and Artesonraju. The latter also known as the “Paramount” from the famous Hollywood company. This trek takes you through probably one of the most spectacular valleys in the Cordillera Blanca.
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 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 initial part of the trail follows the northern shore of Laguna Parón to the eastern end of the lake from where go north again following the valley in the direction of Artesonraju (also known as “Paramount”). In this section we will be crossing various rivers and streams to reach the trail to the lake Artesoncocha at 4,280m. At the lake, we have the opportunity to ascend a little more for even better panoramic views of the mountain splendour around us which include the Nevados Caraz, Artesonraju, Paria, Garcilaso, Chacraraju and Pisco. Energised by our lunch in this lovely spot, we head back to where our vehicle is waiting to take us back to Huaraz.
This trek is ideal as an acclimatisation trek before going on higher altitude or more difficult treks.
Crossing of various streams and little rivers without any bridges.
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.
With your guide’s assistance, we’ll be crossing of various streams and little rivers without any bridges.
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.
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 Paramount Trek is for groups with a maximum of 13 persons.
(please consult with us about prices if your group has less than 6 people).
The price includes the following:
- Trip briefing one day before the trek.
- 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:
- Snacks & drinks.
- Entrance to Huascarán National Park.
- Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
- Expenses of personal nature.
A private customized tour can also be organised by us. Please contact us for more information.
This trek is an alternative day trek to the Huandy Viewpoint trek (click on trek name for more details)
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