Up to 16 people
April to September
Laguna 69 is one of the best hikes in Huaraz.
Laguna 69 (or Lake 69) has become a popular Peru hike as of late and it’s no surprise why! After an endorphin inducing hike, you’re rewarded with stunning views of glacial turquoise waters surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Huascaran National Park. This trek in Huaraz, Peru has put Northern Peru on the must-visit list for many travelers. Are you one of those wanderlusters?
Lets Go! Vamos!
We start our journey very early in the morning, we pick you up at 4:30am from your accommodation and begin our drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley, today we are going to drive to the north of Huaraz passing the cities of Carhuaz and Yungay and then through some Andean farming villages and entering into the Huascaran National Park. It takes 3 hours to get to the trailhead at Cebollapampa at 3900m. We have a good breakfast before starting our hike on a well formed path.
We have a gently hike for one hour following Demanda Valley then climb on a zig zag track for about 40 minutes to Chaquicocha saddle which opens a big flat valley and from here we can see the moraine wall that holds Laguna 69.
We can feel the effects of the altitude at this point and for this reason the mother nature has created this flat pampa to give us the time to catch our breath and have a gently walk for 30 minutes to the bottom of the moraine wall before facing our final 40 minutes climb on a zig zag steep path to our final destination Laguna 69 Lake at 4604m, a beautiful lake of the most brilliant blue colour.
The lake is surrounded by the mountains Chacrarju and Pisco which leave reflections on the lake. On the return walk we look directly towards the mountains Huascaran being the highest tropical mountain in the world, Chopicalqui and Yanapaccha.
14,927 feet (4,550 meters) above sea level. Huaraz, Peru altitude: 10,013 feet (3,052 meters) above sea level.
This depends on your hiking experience, especially in high altitude. While the trail is moderate, there are steep inclines that ascend you to just shy of 15,000 feet. (4,550 meters) above sea level. Altitude makes this trek difficult. To put it into perspective, the northern Everest Basecamp sits at 16,900 feet (5,150 meters).
Expert Peruvian guide & Travel Advisor; Saul Alvarez Montalvo from SAM Corporation says: “I would recommend at least two or three days to acclimate prior to starting the Laguna 69 hike. Laguna 69 is at 15,000FT.
6-7 hours roundtrip depending on your pace and frequency for taking breaks.
3 hours but with photo stops and water breaks it could take you slightly longer.
You’ll be in a bus for a total amount of 6-7 hours roundtrip. Each way is about 3-4 hours with a short stop.
A gorgeous turquoise blue glacier-fed lake that lies at the bottom of incredibly huge snow-capped mountains.
A lot! Huaraz has its own rich culture and history worth exploring. Museums, ancient ruins, impressive flora and fauna, and breathtaking views can certainly be seen with minimal effort.
Dry season falls between the months of May to September. July is the driest month. However, weather changes quickly in this mountain region and even the dry season has its showers. With consistently inconsistent weather almost year-round there isn’t a bad time to visit Huaraz and trek to Laguna 69.
Wet season is from October to April. The same as wet season conditions if you’re also planning to hike the Inca Trail. The trail to Lake 69 is open to hikers during all seasons but during these months be sure to come extra prepared for periods of wet weather.
Explore the sites that you will actually see along your tours.
The Callejon de Huaylas Valley
National park huascaran
Sam Corporations has flexible departure dates, willing to accommodate your needs and travel requirements as far as possible. We guarantee exclusive luxurious tours of the hidden gems of Peru, whilst providing the best quality and personalized service.
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Our groups never exceed 10 people, giving you a personalized tour in our small comfortable vans
Interested in visiting only specific destinations? No problem, all our packages can be fully customized to suit your budget and schedule. Contact our travel advisors to plan the most comprehensive trip of a lifetime.
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Climb Vallunaraju, a great beginner mountain and one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in only two days. A good peak for beginners or to include at the end of your trek or for acclimatization for climbing bigger peaks.
Experince the remote beauty of the Cordillera Blanca
The Santa Cruz trek departs from the trekking mecca the is Huaraz. This region is consistently overshadowed by Cusco & Machu Picchu, but thats what makes this place so magical -with towering snowcapped peaks, and no crowds.
The Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca. The trek takes you through fertile valleys, has views of magnificent, spiraling high glaciated peaks, flower-filled meadows and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. This world-famous circuit crosses from one side of the Cordillera Blanca range to the other through ascending the Punta Union Pass reaching an elevation of 4750m.
If you’re planning on visiting Huaraz – hell, even if you’re not – you absolutely need to visit Laguna Paron. The largest lake in the Cordillera Blanca, it’s also one of the most beautiful.
Altitude: The mirador over the lake sits at 4,200m, the lake itself a little lower. Yep, this is really quite high
Distance: If you choose to hike from the trailhead entry, the total distance is approximately a 20km round trip. Should you take a tour that goes all the way to the lake entrance, you need only do a short walk (45 minutes there and back) up to the mirador.
Time: This is a long day trip from Huaraz, requiring a start at either 5 a.m. or 8 a.m. dependent upon the type of tour you take. Tours are usually back in Huaraz by about 6 p.m.
Base City: Huaraz.
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