Lake Churup and Quilcayhuanca Valley Trek

Enjoy a Quilcayhuanca Valley guided trek. This is a great short walk along an awesome valley offering stunning views of some of the Cordillera Blanca Mountains and spectacular lakes. The walk includes a hike to the beautiful Laguna Churup Lake at 4450m.

Trip Information
Grade: Moderate
Length: 4 Days Walk
Distance: 35 Km
Maximum Altitude: 4900m
Average: 4000m
Season: All year round


Day 1: Drive to Pitec. While our staff sets up camp at Pitec 3880m, we start our hike to Laguna Churup 4450m Lake. Today’s walk is on a well formed trail up to Laguna Churup. 1 hour drive and 5 hours walk.

Day 2: Easy and almost flat hike. Today we will walk along the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca Valley to our second camp at Cruce de Cayesh 4100m offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 3: We ascend gradually to an awesome lookout that offers great views of Nevados San Juan, Tullparaju, Pucaranra Mountains and beautiful glacial lakes. We return down to camp. 6 to 7 hours walk.

Day 4: We walk out the valley and return to Huaraz. 3 hours walk and 1 hour drive.

We highly recommend that you arrive in Huaraz at least 1 day 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.

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 moderate. We trek approximately five to seven hours per day.

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. On the trek all personal belongings other than a day-pack are carried for you.

Many thanks for looking after us so well and professionally during our stay in Peru. We have really enjoyed our trekking, managed to see hidden parts of the beautiful Cordillera Blanca and even tasted all weathers! It’s been a great challenge for us all, amazing experience and we could not have done without your help. The Watt Family, England.

For more information and prices contact us.