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  • Beautiful panoramas of the Cordillera Blanca
  • Short half-day hike
  • Suitable for initial acclimatisation
  • Best Season: July – August
  • All year: Yes
  • Distance: 7km
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,745 m a.s.l.
  • Trek duration: 5 – 6 hours
  • Trek type: private Akilpo Serviced
  • Difficulty Grade:  Easy

Good acclimatisation day hike on the Cordillera Negra that passes some local villages and offers splendid views over the Cordillera Blanca. As it’s not visited by groups, this hike offers the opportunity to have a relaxing day exploring around the Willcacocha area and/or chatting to villagers along your hike. It is a great choice for a shorter half day hike to take in stunning and beautiful panoramas of the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.

Departing at 08:00am from your hostel/hotel, our journey begins by travelling 20 minutes south by private vehicle from Huaraz to Santa Cruz village.  The ascent starts up through the local village of Santa Cruz, a beautiful rural village with sprawling meadows and mixed vegetation and local farmers tending their crops. The mild ascent takes about 1.5 – 2 hours to Willcacocha Lake. Once there, we will have lunch and you can spend some time enjoying the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. From here we will be making the 1 hour descent to the village of Toclla where we meet the private transport back to Huaraz.

Please contact us for more information on a private tour.

Trek profile

This shows the maximum distance of the trek and a profile of the elevation along the trek.



Half-day trek ideally suited for acclimatisation before going on more difficult and/or higher altitude treks.


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This half-day trek is ideally as an acclimatisation trek before going on other more difficult and higher altitude treks. Although being a little steep at times, it’s also a good test for your physical condition at altitude.

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 1-day private Laguna Willcacocha Trek is serviced by Akilpo.

The Program Includes:

  • Pre-trip briefing
  • Professional & experienced trekking guide
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from excursion
  • First Aid, emergency oxygen & Radio

The Program does not Include:

  • Snacks & drinks.
  • Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
  • Expenses of personal nature.

Please contact us for a price offer.


Speak to us about our Andean summer option where will camp overnight at Willcacocha and enjoy the mind-blowing sunrise and sunset views. Fantastic opportunity for exceptional and unique photos when the night skies are usually crystal clear as well.

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