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- Breakfast and Lunch
- First aid kit, supplementary oxygen, radio.
- Huascaran National Park Entrance Fee
- Private transportation round trip
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Personal equipment/accessories for the trip
- Personal expenses
- Tips to guide and driver
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Note: trek times are approximate based on a slow pace and show maximum durations per section
Depart from Huaraz at 5:00 am 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 ascending 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 first 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 splendor around us which include the Nevados Caraz, Artesonraju, Paria, Garcilaso, Chacraraju and Pisco. Energized by our lunch in this lovely spot, we head back to where our vehicle is waiting to take us back to Huaraz.
Elevation difference: +/-150 meters
Maximum altitude of trail: Artesoncocha Viewpoint (4,350m)
Start of trail: Refugio Parón (4,200m)
End of trail: Refugio Parón (4,200m)
Average Temperatures: 13°C - 23 °C
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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 various streams and little rivers without any bridges.
The trek is pleasant, given that right from the arrival at the trailhead, 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. Recommended getting used to the high altitude.
Recommendations for Best Seasons
All-year-round. 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 colors 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 2-3 pm, you can count on afternoon showers.
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