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Lake Churup


Duration 1 Day
Difficulty Hard
Range of Altitude 3,800m to 4,450m / 12,467ft to 14,600ft
Distance Covered Approximately 3.5km

The Lake Churup day hike is a popular trek as it is often used for acclimatization, without having to venture too far out from the city of Huaraz.

The trek begins from Pitec, located about an hour’s drive east of Huaraz. From Pitec, it is a steady but challenging ascent to Lake Churup, as it involves an altitude gain of 600m/1,969ft (with the terrain getting steeper as you approach the lake). As such, we would not recommend this trek if it is the first trek you do upon arriving in Huaraz.

Upon reaching your destination, you are rewarded with tranquil views of the beautiful Lake Churup and its famous clear blue waters against the backdrop of Mount Churup, an imposing mountain with a peak of 5,493m/18,022ft.


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  • Drive eastwards from Huaraz, passing by local villages of Unchus and Llupa

  • After an hour’s drive, arrive at Pitec from where the trek begins
  • Ascend for approximately three hours to Lake Churup. The route will gradually steepen as we approach our destination

  • We break for lunch at the lake, enjoying views of Mount Churup (5,493m/18,022ft) which frames the lake

  • Return via the same route to Pitec for our transfer back to Huaraz by private car

  • Total hiking time is approximately five to six hours


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