Wilcacocha Lakes trek from Huaraz
- A great place for bird watching
- Meet locals and learn about their daily life
- Test your endurance by hiking challenging trails
- Hike around the internationally renowned Cordillera Negra
All about the trip
After a one day hike to Huillcacocha or Willcacocha, one may stay for the next challenges of Cordillera Blanca or Huayhuash for long treks or for climbing.
This amazing place in the Cordillera Negra is actually preferred by internationals coming for trekking and climbing and for its use for acclimatization. Huillcacocha is easy to access for beginners and experts alike, with clearly marked trails combined with a cultural interchange with the local community nearby. Our company gives you detailed step by step itinerary and information.
Huillcacocha lies at 3600m and has plenty of wild ducks and humming birds, the stunning view of amazing Cordillera Blanca is extremely impressive for its wide display of snowcapped peaks and magnificent landscapes. You complete the hiking circuit at the lake and our guide will pick you up and take you to public minivans station (private groups – private car). We will drive to Chiwipampa along 10km of a paved highway to the south side of Huaraz, where we cross the Santa River by the small bridge in the direction of Santa Cruz Village where we will start hiking up to the Huillcacocha Lake. The short trek is a moderated ascent up a local trail for about an hour. During your hike, you will meet local people still wearing their traditional colorful Andean clothes. You will pass by their typical adobe houses, whilst taking the opportunity to appreciate the farming fields and observe the products they farm such as wheat, barley, oats, corn and potatoes as well as other products that are unknown in Europe and the USA. Once you arrive at the lake you may be surprised by the wonderful views of the Cordillera Blanca and the notoriously impressive Huascaran massif being the highest peak in the Cordillera Blanca with its 6768masl. There is an alternative trail to cross to the north side towards the cordillera Negra and get to the Huascar village, here the car will wait for the return back to Huaraz. You can thus avoid the same trail to come back to Huaraz, or you can come back to Huaraz the same way if you prefer.
What is included in the price
- Official tour guide in Spanish
- Round trip transfer with public mini buses
What is not included in the price
- English guide - please book in advance for US$ 10.00 per hour payable at the time of the tour start)
- Huascaran National Park entrance fees (varies from US$ 5 up)
- Meals and beverages (we will take you to a tourist restaurant)
- Tips for guides and drivers
Please, for your comfort, only select this activity if you are in moderately good health.
If you experience altitude sickness, this might not be the best activity for you.
Please dress according to the weather and wear comfortable hiking clothes and boots.
This activity is organised by First Class Huaraz, Avendia Interoceanica 719, Huaraz, Peru, +51 945 337550, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do you have a question or need more information about the activity?
You can reach our European office between 9am and 5pm CET on weekdays and between 11am and 5pm on weekends and holidays.
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