|Difficulty||Moderate to Hard|
|Range of Altitude||3,550m to 4,400m / 11,647ft to 14,436ft|
|Distance Covered||Approximately 4.5km|
At the base of Mount Urus (5,495m/18,028ft) lies the twin lakes of Urus Cocha, well known for their shimmery turquoise waters.
The journey to these lakes kicks off from the village of Pashpa, located approximately 25 kilometres north of Huaraz. While not as frequented as the other treks in Cordillera Blanca, the Lake Urus Cocha trek is no less spectacular. You will get to enjoy uninterrupted views of the almighty Mount Huascaran (6,768m/22,205ft), the highest mountain in Peru, as you make your way to the lakes.
The first Urus Cocha lake you will arrive at is the smaller of the two, otherwise known as the female lake, and a further ascent brings you to the slightly larger (or male) lake. Marvel at the queer-looking quenual trees found at these lakes, which are also the highest growing trees in the world.
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