Churup Lake

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Churup Lake  Hike Cordillera Blanca Peru, Day Hike in Huaraz

The most popular day hike and acclimatization activity in the Cordillera Blanca, the hike to Churup lake starts 30 minutes outside of Huaraz and takes you to a breath-taking rock and ice cirque, to the shore of the shimmering waters of Churup lake. The trip can be made in 5-8 hours, Huaraz to Huaraz, and takes you to an altitude of 4450 meters. This is a great and highly recommended way to spend your first day or two in the area.


Trip Details to Know

Length: full day,

Difficulty Grade: Moderate.

Best season: April to September.

Availability: All year.

Hiking Time: 3:00 hours uphill, about 2:00 hour down.

Altitude: 4450m.


Pre-trip briefing.

Professional trekking guide.

Transportation to and from excursion.

First aid kit, supplementary oxygen.



Entrance to the Huascarán National Park.

Snacks & drinks.

Personal equipments & accessories for the trip.

Expenses of personal nature.


To Keep on Mind:


At least one acclimatisation day hike is recommended before embarking on this trek. Do not under-estimate the difficulty of this trek even though rated as moderate. If you have just arrived from another high altitude location, discuss with us the feasibility of doing it on your first full day.


To reach the lake it is necessary to climb a small 10 meter rock wall (ropes/cables have been installed to help you).

Best Trekking Season

The best time to trek in the cordillera blanca is during the dry season, from April to September. Known as the “ Andean summer”, the weather is usually stable with plenty of sunshine and clear skies, although rain and snow can come at any time of year in the mountains.


The entire Cordillera Blanca has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 1.1° C (33.98° F). The climate is very unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. During the days it can vary from hot to very frigid temperatures, included rain and strong winds or snow over 4800 meters above sea level. It usually starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.


What to bring:

Warm clothing, waterproof clothing, trekking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, snack, water, 30 liters backpack and trek poles.







We will go to the east of the city of Huaraz.
The route will take us to some towns before reaching Pitec, where the trek begins.

There we will be able to see the Andes’ own vegetation and views of the Huamashraju, Cashan and Churup mountains, besides the Cordillera Negra.

Along the route, we will see the mountain melting that form rivers and waterfalls.
After 3 hours of trek, we will arrive at the Churup Lagoon, at 4,450 m high.

In that place we will make a 1 hour pause to eat and take photographs.
Then, we will return to the bus to go back to Huaraz.


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