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Lake 69


Duration 1 Day
Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Range of Altitude 3,900m to 4,600m / 12,795ft to 15,092ft
Distance Covered Approximately 7km

Lake 69 is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes the region has to offer, with its crystal blue waters spanning across 12 kilometres, formed by the melting ice of Mount Chacraraju (6,108m/20,039ft), a majestic snow-capped mountain that sits directly behind the lake.

With views of the famous Llanganuco lakes and several other mountains such as Mount Huascaran (6,768m/22,205ft), Mount Chopicalqui (6,354m/20,846ft), Mount Chacraraju (6,108m/20,039ft) etc., the trek provides a great introduction to the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. It is also ideal as an acclimatisation hike for those embarking on longer treks thereafter.

On our way to the starting point of the trek, you will get the chance to explore Yungay (approximately one hour’s drive north of Huaraz), a town which was completely destroyed in a devastating earthquake in May 1970 which killed over 70,000 inhabitants.


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  • We begin with a short visit to the town of Yungay (optional)

  • Drive eastwards through the Llanganuco Valley and the twin lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha to Cebollapampa, the starting point of the trek
  • Gentle ascend via a long switchback for approximately three to four hours to arrive at Lake 69, where we can break for lunch and busk in the views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range (including Mount Huascaran (6,768m/22,205ft), Mount Pisco (5,752m/18,871ft) and Mount Huandoy (6,395m/20,981ft)

  • Return via the same route to Cebollapampa, where private transport awaits for our transfer back to Huaraz

  • Total hiking time is approximately five to seven hours

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