2 DAY MILKY WAY TREK

Photographer’s dream trek with sunset, starry skies and sunrise

Sparkling glacial formations and snow-covered peaks painted by sunset & sunrise

This trek offers a unique opportunity to view sunset, sunrise and the clear night blanketed in stars from a campsite that will leave you speechless in awe. From Huascarán, Peru’s highest mountain to the well-known peaks of Pisco and Chacraraju, to name but a few. This is topped off with a short trek to a glacier below the peak of Yanapaccha and various lakes each with their own distinct colour. High quality personal service.

FROM

US$ 140.00 /person

ITINERARY
Difficult

Huaraz / Panorama campsite (4,650m) / Yanapaccha glacier (5,000m) / Panorama campsite (4,650m)

Departing early from Huaraz, we head north to Yungay from where we start ascending into the Llanganuco Sector of the Huascarán National Park. Along we’ll stop for some morning photos of the turquoise blue Chinancocha, one of the two famous lakes of Llanganuco. The road starts winding up towards the Portochuelo Pass while around us the snow-covered peaks of Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju are glistening in the morning sun.

Our trail starts from the Portochuelo road traversing the slope with a slight ascent to where we get to the Panorama campsite. This campsite is also a viewpoint par excellence with views of all the peaks in the Llanganuco sector and right behind us, the glacier and peak of Yanapaccha.

After setting up camp, we head off toward the Yanapaccha glacier and its glacial lake. This ascent can be a little tougher due to the altitude but totally worth it. We enjoy the glitters and light reflections only a glacier can have while we will also relax with some lunch.

After countless photos, we head back down to our campsite and prepare for the evening photoshoot. Meanwhile nature still provides yet another stunning light show with the sunset and its oranges and pinks on the snow-covered peaks. Reflecting on this breathtaking day filled with the wonders of the Andes, we enjoy dinner. The evening will be a blanket of stars, the milky way lighting up the peaks around us enough for those awe-inspiring photos. 

Trail Note

4 hours trek / elevation change  (+400m / – 350m)

Panorama Campsite (4,650m) / Laguna 69 (4,625m) / Huaraz

Early breakfast this morning as the sun rises over the Cordillera Blanca – lighting up Peru’s highest mountain Nevado Huascarán (6,768m) with the pyramid of Nevado Chopicalqui at its left. Down across the valley the rising sun reveals the Llanganuco lakes and highlights the Huandoy Massif, and the peaks of Pisco and Chacraraju.

Breaking up camp, we start our first descent of the day along some rock and slopes and eventually through a Queñual forest to a pale green glacial lake below Nevado Yanapaccha. Keep your eyes open for the Andean antelope and vizcachas warming themselves in the morning sun. Here we start the final part of the first descent to where we join the classic trail to Laguna 69 at 4,200m altitude.

The remaining 3km ascends again passing other lakes and some stunning waterfalls till we reach Laguna 69 at 4,625m altitude after about 1.5 hours. Time to relax, have some lunch and take a lot of photos. The descent to our vehicle will follow the classic Laguna 69 trail all the way to Cebollapampa from where we will head back to Huaraz.

Trail Note

5-6 hours trek / elevation change  (- 450m / + 425m / – 725)

The Akilpo serviced 2 Day Milky Way Trek for groups with a maximum of 6 persons. Please consult with us if you are less than 4 people.

The program includes:

  • Professional and bilingual internationally certified mountain guide
  • All meals during the expedition
  • Private transportation round trip
  • Camping equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Cook & assistants
  • Mountain assistants

The program does not include:

  • Climbing equipment
  • Personal equipment
  • Entrance fees to Huascarán National Park
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items not mentioned above in “Includes”
No. of PersonsUS$ /person
6140.00
5156.00
4175.00

Route

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.

Trekking trail

  • There are no toilets along the trail at any point.
  • Be aware that there are some crossings of small rivers and streams that do not have any bridges but only large rocks serving as stepping stones.

Acclimatisation 

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.

Weather

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.

**Note: List of required equipment for the trekking expedition. Please confirm with us which items are included in the price.

**For more equipment lists and the Equipment Rental Catalogue – click on EQUIPMENT

Trekking Gear

  • LED headlamp
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking backpack
  • Day pack
  • Duffel bag

Camp & Cooking

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Tent
  • Kitchen/dining tent
  • Stove & gas/fuel
  • Cooking utensils
  • Expedition crates

Clothing

  • Trekking boots
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Rain/Hardshell jacket
  • Rain poncho
  • Light liner gloves
  • Hardshell/insulation gloves
  • Beanie/wool hat

Available for purchase  

*subject to availability

  • Headlamp
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets
  • Cooking gas
  • Light liner gloves
  • Beanie/wool hat
  • Stainless steel flask
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