Willcacocha Lake

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Willcacocha  lake Hike, Through the Cordillera Negra from Huaraz.

Enjoy good acclimatisation day hike on the Cordillera Negra that passes some local villages and offers splendid views over the Cordillera Blanca.

As it’s not visited by groups, this hike offers the opportunity to have a relaxing day exploring around the Willcacocha lake area and/or chatting to villagers along your hike. It is a great choice for a shorter half day hike to take in stunning and beautiful panoramas of the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.


Trip Details to Know

Length: Half day,

Trip highlights: Views of Cordillera Blanca.

Difficulty Grade: Moderate.

Best season: April to September.

Availability: All year.

Hiking Time: 2:00 hours uphill, about 1:00 hour down.

Altitude: 3730m.



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:


This half-day trek is ideally as an acclimatization trek before going on other more difficult and higher altitude treks. Although being a little steep at times, it’s also a good test for your physical condition at altitude.

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 leave Huaraz to the south, towards the Alley of Huaylas.
Our destination is chiwipampa, from where we will begin a 2 hours ascent trek by the Cordillera Negra.

We will see the vegetation of the area and the landscape that surround the tracks of the mountain range. Once in the Wilcacocha Lagoon, we will have 1 hour to rest, eat and take photographs.

After that, we will walk downwards for 1 more hours, and then get back to the city of Huaraz.


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