The Lake 69, located at 4600m/15,092ft.lies just at the flank of The Pisco and Chacraraju Mountain. This is one of the most beautiful aqua colored glacial lakes in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. Considered by most Guides as one of the most impressive scenic day hikes in the entire Huascaran Nationa Park. It is truly a very unique and special place. On clear days you can look straight through its deep blue color waters, there is an incredible waterfall dropping right into the far end of the lake that makes amazing scenery to enjoy.
Hiking in the Andes is transcendent and eternal, infectious and convincing that you chose a true “national geographic” adventure experience. Length: full day
Grade: Medium to hard. Up to 5 hours physical activity. Some exposure to heights
Pre-hiking Briefing: The guide will meet you the day before departure in Huaraz to do a full gear check and finalize last minute details.
Altitude Max: 4600m/15,092ft
Start: 5:00am Huaraz
Finish: 18:00 aprox. in Huaraz
Departs: All year
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Huaraz - Yungay - Llanganuco's valley - Cebollapampa - lake 69 - Huaraz Duration: 3 hours (by car) 5 - 6 hours (hiking)
This hike rated as medium to hard , because of the altitude and challenging hiking effort at the last section just before to reach the lake, combines and scenic mountain view of the main peaks in the Cordillera Blanca, beautiful colored lakes, reach vegetation and magnificent water falls dropping down along the valley.
We will pick you up at your hotel then drive north in our private transportation along the Callejon de Huaylas valley following the curse of the main river Santa in the Valley that divides the Cordillera Blanca at the East and the Cordillera Negra at the West, passing traditional town with its farmlands and enjoy the view of the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. As we reach Yungay drive up on the dirt road to the North East where is located the Llanganuco Valley , just at the entarbce of the valey we Stop at the Huascaran National Park check point to register the continue drive up passing the beautiful lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha , make an stop at the side of the Lake Chinancocha to takes some pictures then drive ahead to Cebollapamapa at 3900., our star hiking point to the lake 69.
At the beginning it is an pleasant hike on the almost flat area for about 1 hour, passing through quenual tress enjoying view surrounded on the back ground we have the view of Huascaran mountain, the highest peak in the Cordillera Blanca, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha.Then ascend on the well market sig sag path to the first small lake, as we gain hight a dramatic glaciated peak of Chacraraju,Yanapaccha, Huascaran, Chopicalqui and water falls in the valley comes into view. Continue ascending on the last sig sag path to the lake 69, some people find hard demandind the last section just before o reach the lake, you may feel the effects of the altitude and get tired just a last effort to get the lake. It is really worded to reach the lake you will be impressed by the beauty of the lake and a close up view of Pisco and Chacraraju mountains. Relax take pictures have box lunch enjoying the landscape sourrouded then descend on the same way to Cebollapampa , where our transportation is waiting to drive you back to Huaraz. Timing about 10 – 11 hours full day adventure journey.
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