Lake Churup and Quilcayhuanca Valley Trek
This trek takes in some of the most scenically dramatic and little-walked valleys of the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range. The trek route takes us past two jewel-like glacial lakes and also provides excellent opportunities for watching Condors. There are superb mountain views throughout. The walk includes a hike to the beautiful Laguna Churup Lake at 4450m.
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. Sightings of the mighty condor are possible.
Length: 4 Days Walk
Maximum Altitude: 4900m
Season: All year round
Day By Day Itinerary
Day 1: Huaraz – Churup Lake – Pitec
You are picked up at your accommodation and begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive, passing small villages of Unchus and Llupa to Pitec 3880m (1 hour drive). There are opportunities for photo stops along the way. While our staff sets up camp at Pitec, we start our hike up to Laguna Churup 4450m Lake. Today’s walk is on a well formed trail up to Laguna Churup. 5 hours walk.
Day 2: Pitec – Cruce de Cayesh
An easy walk up the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca Valley to camp at the head of the valley at Cruce de Cayesh 4100m at the foot of Andavite mountain (4 hours hike). In the afternoon, we can hike into the Quebrada Cayesh valley, which offers very close views of the snow-capped mountains of San Juan, Cayesh and Chopiraju.
Day 3: Cruce de Cayesh – Choco Viewpoint – Cruce de Cayesh
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: Cruce de Cayesh – Pitec – Huaraz
Return down the valley to Pitec where the car will be waiting to take us to Huaraz. 3 hours hike 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.
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