The final day of the trek, we will hike up to the highest point of this journey - the Portachuelo pass (4800m). On a clear day, absolutely stunning views of the highest peak Huascaran among the other tall peaks of the Cordillera like Huandoy, Hualcan, Copa will greet us. The quebrada or canyon of the Llanganuco Lake is also visible from the pass. We will trek to the lake and from there head back to Huaraz and thus finish our 6-day adventure in the Ancash region.
Parque Nacional Huascarán
Travelling through the mountainous regions of Peru and Bolivia is no joke. When you are confronted with the height, you need to question yourself if you're physically able to do it or not. If you do manage to get to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, the stunning views will surely make you forget the pain of getting up there. There are a lot of one day treks here and we chose the one that took us to turquoise coloured Laguna 69. While hiking to the lake our eyes were constantly treated with beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, wild meadows, little streams and waterfalls.
A full day of trekking through the mountains taking us from Llamacoral to the Alpamayo base camp and then from there finally to our next camping site - the Taullipampa base camp at 4200 meters. The trek will take us through some very scenic stretches of the Cordillera Blanca - Ichiccocha Lake and Jatuncocha Lake are on our way to Alpamayo. At Alpamayo, the vistas will give us a clear view of the Alpamayo, Aguja, Artesonraju, Quitaraju,and Paron mountains.
The fourth day of the trek will have us hiking to higher reaches of the mountains to the Punta Union Pass at 4750 meters, at this height the splendid contrast of a clear blue skies and the white-brown glaciated mountain-tops will seem unreal. Amidst which we will have our picnic lunch. From the pass, we will go down towards Cachinapampa (3600m) in Paria to setup camp for the night.
On the first day, the plan is to visit Churup Lake at 4,450 meters and roughly a 20 Kilometer trek from Huaraz. It makes for an excellent hike to acclimatize you to the Andean mountains. The crystal clear lake has the snow-capped Churup summit as its background, a view worth the climb - which gets a little difficult at times and might leave you a little tired, a tiredness that will be completely alleviated by the lake!