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VThis short aclimatization day hike gives walkers the chance to enjoy some of the most stunning views of the Cordillera Blanca in complete peace and serenity.
Half Day Aclimatization hike to Willkacocha Lake Hiking in the Andes is transcendent and eternal, infectious and convincing that you chose a true “national geographic” adventure experience.

Length: 1/2 day
Grade: Easy. Up to 2 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: 3600m/11,811ft
Start: 8:00am Huaraz
Finish: 14:00 aprox. in Huaraz
Departs: All year
Join a scheduled departure or book a private or custom trip with dates to suit you.


Day 1: Huaraz - San Pedro - Santa Cruz village - Willcacocha
Duration: 20 min (by car) 3 - 4 hours (hiking)
Our guide will pick up you at your hotel after breakfast with our transportation and we’ll drive about 20 minutes southeast of Huaraz to the bridge of the Santa Cruz Village where we will start ascending to the lake Willcacocha . The hike is a gradual ascent up on a local trail for about 2 ½ to 3 hours. Along the way you may expect to meet local Quechua people still wearing their traditional colorful Andean clothes. You’ll pass close to their traditional adobe houses and see how they have lived for countless centuries surrounded by richly green farm lands where they grow their products as: wheat, corn and potatoes. Upon arriving the lake, you will be amazed with the magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range with its highest mountain Huascaran at 6768m/22,205ft. At such a vantage point, you will have the perfect lookout point for enjoying the surrounding breath taking views and shooting some “10 on the drool scale” photos and we have lunch enjoying the panorama view, before we begin our easy descent to the Shansha Village Bridge trailhead. On our way down you’ll have the great view of the valley below and of the Cordillera Blanca peaks accompanying you. Our private transportation will be waiting to take back to Huaraz Hotel.Total time of this acclimation journey is approximately 6 hours.

What's included?

Services included in the program (private service):
  • Transport from to your Hotel - and back
  • Trekking guide, english speaking.
  • Box lunch (energetic cereal, fruits, chocolate, energetic sandwichs, juice)
  • All entrance fees
  • Basic first aid kit

Not included:
  • Bus tickets between Lima and Huaraz.
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time in Lima and Huaraz.
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Travel, Personal, and/or medical insurance
  • We can also recommend which hikes might be suitable for your level of fitness and recommend a series of day hikes to help you acclimatise for trekking or climbing.

Prices & Dates

Prices according to number of people

Please contact us for more information.

Precio x persona (US $ dólares) - PRIVATE SERVICE:

1 persona 2 personas 4 personas 6 personas
$$$ $$$ $$$ $$$

  • The prices could vary according to the dates of travel, eg Easter holidays or Independence Day of Peru.
  • Please consult for prices in group departure

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Duration: 6 hours aprox.
Maximum height: 3700 m (Lake Willcacocha)
Location: Cordillera Blanca

All year
Open groups

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