This is one of the most important routes of the Cordillera Blanca and its destination very famous.

The route:

Day 1 Chinancocha and Orconcocha Lakes – Vaquería – Paria Valley . We pass the lakes and the Portachuelo Pass (4676m) in our transport to arrive at the town of Vaquería where we begin the trek. We walk through the valley, enjoying views of Yanapacha and Pirámide, and camp at 3,800m.

Day 2 Paria Valley – Taullipampa . We make the ascent to Punta Union Pass , at 4,750, with views of Taulliraju and Pucajirca mountains.

Day 3 Taullipampa – Llama Corral . We see Alpamayo, perhaps the most beautiful mountain in the world, and also Jatuncocha and Ichicocha Lakes .

Day 4 Llama Corral – Cashapampa . We descend all the way down through the Santa Cruz Valley from where we can see

This is a hike that is perfect for someone who wants to acclimatise and prepare for longer treks; there is a fairly well-trodden path, but it’s a considerable climb so if you aren’t used to the altitude it can be strenuous.

On this hike you see incredible views of the surrounding mountains including Carhuac, Vallunaraju, Ocshapalca, Ranrapalca, Rima Rima and Churup. You also have the opportunity to see and learn about the wide variety of flora and fauna native and unique to this region of Peru . The final highlight is arriving at Lake Churup , a turquoise coloured glacial lake that at noon reflects a magnificent array of all the colours of the rainbow.

Distance : 10 kms.

Difficulty : easy

Altitude : 3.500m to 4.600m
the city of Caraz and Pumapampa, finally arriving at Cashapampa.

Distance : 44 kms

Difficult : moderate

Altitude : 2.850m to 4.750m

Churup Lake (1 day trek)
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