This beautiful glacier lake is located at the base of Chacraraju mountain (6100m), which is one of the most beautiful and most difficult mountains to climb in the Cordillera Blanca. The trek also offers great views of other mountains such as Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Yanapaqcha and Pisco. On the way up to the lake you will encounter a variety of flora, waterfalls and other small lakes. You will experience incredible views and huge colour contrasts during this trek. The final reward is when you reach the magnificent turquoise water of Laguna 69 with its icy peaks surrounding. The trek is considered difficult due to its high altitude at 4650m.
You are picked up in your hotel and we drive north following the course of the Rio Santa that divides the Cordillera Blanca in the east and the Cordillera Negra in the west. We pass traditional Andean towns and enjoy the magnificent view of the high peaks of the Cordillera Blanca range including Huascaran (6768m), Peru’s highest mountain. As we enter the Huascaran National Park, we continue our drive up this beautiful valley. Our first stop is at Llanganuco lake where we have breakfast. After another 20 minutes of driving our bus stops and we start hiking up to the Laguna 69. This hike will take about 3 hours of steep ascending. After having lunch at the lake we hike back down the same trail. Our transport brings us back to Huaraz.
Driving time: 6 hs. / Hiking time: 6 hs.
What is not included
- Transport: From your hotel in Huaraz to the starting point of your trek, and from the finishing point of your trek back to your hotel in Huaraz. We use minivans or 4x4 depending on the size of the group.
- Guide: Qualified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and basic English.
Entrance fees to the National Park, lunch and snacks, soft drinks or water, medical treatment, travel insurance, tips, additional expenses as a result of leaving the trek early, additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation, toilet paper.
What to bring
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- Small daypack
- Walking sticks if you have knee problems
- Sun protection: sunscreen (factor 40 minimum), hat, sunglasses
- Well-worn in hiking boots or trekking shoes
- Comfortable clothes: t-shirts (quick dry or merino wool recommended), trekking trousers or leggings, fleece
- Waterproof jacket and trousers / or rain poncho
- Water bottle, lunch and snacks
- Toilet paper