Pisco Base Camp and Lake 69 Trek

Our Pisco Base Camp and Lake 69 trek is a unique introduction to the Cordillera Blanca Mountain Range offering panoramic mountain views, impressive valleys and beautiful glacial lakes.

The trek is close to the highest mountains of Peru such as the twin peaks of Huascaran being the biggest mountain in Peru and the highest tropical mountain in the world, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha, Chacraraju and Huandoys.

Accommodation is in Refugio Peru Mountain Hut built by an Italian Organization (Mato Grosso). We strongly recommend that you acclimatize for at least 3 days and 2 nights in Huaraz before the trek departs.

Natural History
The valleys are great places to observe native Andean alpine flora, especially the many wildflowers that bloom during the trekking season, including buttercups, ranunculus, lupines and several species of orchids. Many encrustations of deep-red bromeliads can be seen along the track, sprouting from boulders and on rock faces.
Fauna includes mountain caracaras, falcons, Andean geese and ducks, hawks, hummingbirds, American kestrels, puna ibis, Andean swifts, Andean foxes and mountain vizcachas.

Trip Information
Grade: Strenuous
Length: 2 Days Walk
Distance: 16 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4850m
Season: May – September

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz – Llanganuco Lakes – Cebollapampa – Pisco Mountain Hut
You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley and then into the Huascaran National Park, past the turquoise Llanganuco Lakes to Cebollapampa 3900m (2½ hours drive).

Here, we start hiking up on a good path for 3 to 4 hours to Pisco Base Camp 4670m (Pisco Mountain Hut). 

Day 2: Pisco Mountain Hut – Lake 69 – Cebollapampa
Today we make a traverse a long a good but rocky path before we climb up to a view point. From there we descend to Lake 69 and then we take Demanda Valley down to Cebollapampa where our vehicle is waiting for us to take us back to Huaraz. 6 hours walk.

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Acclimatization
We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 3 days before the trek departs and spend time doing day hikes to higher altitude, this will help with acclimatization to the new altitude. We can help organise day hikes for you.

What to Bring
All you need is appropriate clothing, a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots (and a spirit of adventure with a good dose of endurance for this trip!!).

Essential Items:
>Day backpack (40Lt)
>Sleeping Bag
>Waterproof jacket and over-pants
>Water bottle
>Lightweight quick drying trousers or shorts and shirt for warm weather
>Thick fleece top or Down Jacket for cold night
>Sun cream and lip cream
>Camera and spare batteries
>First Aid Kit
>Hiking boots
>Warm hat
>Warm Socks
>Sunhat or cap
>Small towel
>Sunglasses
>Walking poles (optional)
>Optional: Earplugs

Grading & Fitness
In order to get the most out of this trek you should be in good physical condition. It is not easy to grade the fitness level required for the treks, since it is a subjective matter. However, we have classified this trek as strenuous. We trek approximately four to six hours per day with long ascents and one long descent.

We encourage everyone to walk at their own pace, it is not a race and we want you to enjoy it. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest walkers and there is always a guide at the rear of the group.

Rodolfo, I really appreciated your easy going nature. Thank you for a great trip and great service. David Hayden, Australia

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