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Lake Wilcacocha


Duration 1 Day
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Range of Altitude 3,100m to 3,600m / 10,171ft to 11,811ft
Distance Covered Approximately 3km

This is an easy trek suitable for hikers of all fitness levels, including those with little or no previous hiking experience. Lake Wilcacocha is located just 10 kilometres south-west of Huaraz, which makes it convenient for those not wishing to venture out too far from Huaraz. This trek can be completed in approximately six hours.

Unlike the other treks which take you to lakes in the Cordillera Blanca region, the stunning Lake Wilcacocha is located in Cordillera Negra and offers one of the best views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. You are presented with seemingly endless views of the numerous snow-capped peaks that line the horizon, and you will then understand why Cordillera Blanca is also known as “the White Range” in Spanish.


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  • We drive south-east of Huaraz for approximately 45 minutes to Santa Cruz Village, where we alight at a bridge from which the trek will begin
  • We hike for approximately three hours, gradually ascending 500m/1,640ft in altitude

  • We will pass local villages along the way, giving you deeper insight into local Quechuan culture and livelihood

  • At Lake Wilcacocha, we can break for lunch, spend time lazing around and taking in views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, before returning via the same route to our private transport for transfer back to Huaraz


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