Take a hike in the Cordillera Blanca and reach the beautiful Laguna 69
All guides are from the local community, they are certified and highly experienced
Operator has been conducting Laguna 69 tours for many years in Huaraz
Laguna 69 is located in the Huascaran National Park. It is a breath-taking turquoise lake that is literally hugged by snowy mountain peaks, jagged rocks, and trickling waterfalls some 4,600 metres above sea level. You will be stunned by the beauty of this entire region.
All year round
Huaraz hotel and hostel pickup
The main square of Huaraz
We’ll commence our journey with an early start out of town, departing at around 5:00 to 5:30am. Our trip will take us to the north side of the city of Huaraz, and you will enjoy the scenic drive through the beautiful villages of the Callejon de Huaylas. The bright, snowy peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, a famous mountain range, will be the perfect backdrop for this road trip. Upon reaching the town of Yungay, we will begin to ascend the east side.
We’ll begin our ascent, driving upwards along a dirt road for over 28km, surrounded by steep, majestic mountain views all around, until we finally reach the famous Llanganuco valley. We will arrive at the camp of Cebollapampa (3,850m), our starting point from where we will begin our 3-hour hike to Laguna 69. Although a bit difficult, most hikers consider this to be one of the most beautiful and scenic hikes in the world. Try pausing in between the hike to catch your breath, and to take some time to admire nature’s surrounding beauty.
After 3 hours of vigorous hiking, we will finally be rewarded with the most beautiful sight of the aqua-coloured glacial lake: Laguna 69. We will stay for about an hour to admire the lagoon, and then do the long hike back to Cebollapampa where we will then take the bus back to the city of Huaraz, arriving at approximately 6:00 to 6:30pm.
Maximum height: 4,600 metres.
- We strongly suggest that you acclimatize for at least 1 day in Huaraz before the tour date, because Laguna 69 is located at 4,600 metres altitude.
- From January to March, we very strongly recommend that you bring a rain jacket or poncho as it is rainy season.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: From May to June 15th the tour will depart half an hour earlier. You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:30am.
05:00 - 05:30
Pick up from the hotel or hostel
05:30 - 07:30
Drive to Huascaran National Park
07:30 - 08:00
08:30 - 09:30
Start trekking in Cebollapampa
Start hiking up to Lake 69
12:30 - 13:30
Relax with an amazing view of the lake
Hike down to Cebollapampa
Back to the main square
- Specialized hiking guide (Spanish / English)
- Pick up from your hostel
- Round trip tourist transportation
- Huascaran National Park entrance tax
ALL VISITORS 30 soles (approx. USD $10)
- Breakfast and lunch
- Personal items
- Cap or hat
- Mineral water or rehydration drink
- Insect repellent
- Kit for small injuries
- Shoes or hiking boots
- Thick stockings
- Long, lightweight pants/trousers or shorts
- Trekking poles
- Windbreaker and waterproof jacket with hood (in the case it rains)
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 10:00 am (Lima time) 2 days before the tour begins.
No Shows & Cancellations of this tour - If you cancel before 10:00 pm (Lima time) 2 days before the tour begins or earlier, there is a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
You must email email@example.com (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodations listed. This list covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. If you cannot find your hotel on the list, please select an alternative pick up location close by and be ready for pick-up at the time shown on your booking confirmation.
How physically fit do I need to be?
You should be reasonably fit to undertake the trek. The trek is not particularly steep, but at this altitude the gradual climb is difficult, and most people find it somewhat challenging.
Do I need trekking shoes?
Not necessarily, but as it takes several hours hiking up and down through the canyon, we recommend to at least wear stable and comfortable shoes.
What else do I need to bring?
We recommend that you bring enough water (around 2 litres per person), snacks (there are no shops in the mountains), sunglasses, warm clothes (jacket & scarf), camera, walking sticks (optional), coca leaves or sugary snacks, and sunscreen.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
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