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Lake 69 & Santa Cruz Trek 5 days, Huaraz, Perú


Join one of the certified guides at E-S Latam Adventure Guides Team for a unique 5-day Lake 69 and Santa Cruz Trek adventure in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru starting from Huaraz.



5 Days

Mar - Jul, Oct, Nov




* Discover the stunning deep blue Laguna 69 in Peru.

* Enjoy a unique 5-day adventure in the Cordillera Blanca.

* Explore the thrilling Santa Cruz Trek with a certified guide.


Would you like to enjoy a unique trekking adventure in Peru? Then join us for this 5-day Lake 69 and Santa Cruz route adventure in the Cordillera Blanca starting from Huaraz.

Lake 69 is located near Huaraz, in the region of Áncash, Peru. It belongs to the Huascarán National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site and boasts stunning crystal clear blue waters. During the warm months, when the snow begins to melt, the lake is nourished by a waterfall from Chacraraju.

The Santa Cruz Trek is a short route that goes through some of the most stunning spots in the Peruvian Andes. Turquoise lagoons and snow-capped peaks will catch your eye on the way to the highest point of the trek, Punta Unión, at an altitude of 4,750 meters.

On this adventure, we will set off from Huaraz. We will pick you up at your hotel and drive to our kick-off spot. From there, we will hike for an average of 6-8 hours per day, starting off early every morning. We will spend the night in tents, and stop on the way to rest and take pictures. You can find a detailed description of the itinerary below.

Keep in mind that you need a good fitness level to join this adventure. Additionally, some prior mountaineering experience is recommended. Of course, we will be there at all times to take care of you and make sure you are comfortable.

So, are you ready for a thrilling 5-day adventure in the Cordillera Blanca? Then book your place now and join us on this Laguna 69& Santa Cruz Trek in Peru!

We also offer a 4-day Santa Cruz trek program, check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Clean drinkable water

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Price does not include: • Entrance Ticket to Huascarán National Park S /. 150.00 Soles per person ($ 46). • Travel accidents and health insurance. • Travel luggage and travel cancellation insurance. • Does not include first breakfast. • Personal expenses. • Sleeping bag. • Heat lamp, snow goggles, appropriate clothing, personal medications, etc.


Day 1: Huaraz (3100m) - Yuraccorral (3900m) - Laguna 69 (4600m)

On the day of departure (6:00 am), will pick you up at your hotel and then we will go to the north side of the Callejón de Huaylas to the city of Yungay. Then, we will continue to the town of Huashao, where we will pause for 30 minutes to have breakfast in a restaurant. After breakfast, we will continue along the road until we reach the entrance control to the Huascarán National Park (PNH), where we will buy the tickets and sign in. We will continue to Quebrada de Llanganuco until we reach the location of the Chinancocha lagoon 3850 meters above sea level. Finally, we will continue and arrive at Yuraccorral, where we will set up camp.

Day 2: Yuraccorral (3900m) - Vaqueria (3700m) - Paria (3870m).

Departure at 8:00 am in our private transport to the town of Vaquería. The route includes crossing the pass of Portachuelo, the highest point of the trip (4,767m). From there, we will catch sight of the highest mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. Then, we will arrive at Vaquería at an altitude of 3,700 meters. After our arrival, we will organize the luggage so that the donkeys and the porter can transfer our camping equipment. Once on the road, we will pass through the small town of Huaripampa. We will enjoy an easy hike to the first Paria camp. Transfer by car: 02 Hours / Walk: 05 Hours

Day 3: Paria (3870m) - Punta union (4750m) - Taullipampa (4250m).

We will wake you up with hot tea in your tent and hot water for personal grooming. After breakfast, around 6:30, we will begin the hike to the most difficult section of the route, Paso Punta Unión. The first 2 hours are simple, then we will begin to ascend towards Punta Unión at an altitude of 4,750 meters. This ancient road was used as a route for the transport of goods from the eastern side of the Andes to the main valley. As we approach the pass, we will enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Valley to the west, and views of the Huaripampa Valley to the east. The Santa Cruz peaks are surrounded by Andean vegetation, the snowy peaks of Paria and Taulliraju, Artesonraju and Huaripampa. We will see the snowy Taulliraju near us and the Taullicocha Lagoon. From this point on, it is possible to see the entire Santa Cruz gorge. After lunch and a 1 hour break, we will go down to our next Taullipampa camp at an altitude of 4,250 meters, the highest camp during the Santa Cruz trek. Duration of the Day: 06 – 07 Hours Approximately.

Day 4: Taullipampa (4250m) - Arhuaycocha / Mirador del Nevado Alpamayo (4420m) - Llamacorral (3750m).

After your tea, personal hygiene and breakfast,  we will start walking towards the Nevado Alpamayo viewpoint, then continue to visit the Arhuaycocha gorge,  the Alpamayo BC and the Arhuaycocha lagoon (4420msnm), one of the most beautiful lagoons of the Santa Cruz trek located at the foot of the snowcapped Pucajirca. It is common to find blocks of ice in the water. After 30 minutes we will return along the same path to the traditional Santa Cruz trek path, and continue walking past the Jatuncocha lagoon that has splendid turquoise color, and is surrounded by vegetation and white sand, we will also catch sight of the Ichiccocha lagoon. Finally we will arrive at our last camp at an altitude of 3,760 meters. Duration: 07 – 08 hours.

Day 5: Llamacorral (3750m) - Cashapampa (2900m) - Huaraz (3100m).

This is our last day inside the Huascarán National Park. After breakfast, we will walk downhill to the town of Cashapampa at 2,900 meters. When descending, you will be able to notice a constant change in the vegetation until we reach the town of Cashapampa. We will take private transport to Huaraz. Walk: 04 Hours / Transfer by Car: 03 Hours.


Equipment you will need to bring

Trekking pants. • Trekking footwear. • Trekking socks (synthetic fibers). • Sun hat. • Cap for the cold. • Down jackets. • Trekking sticks. • Sleeping bag (-30 °). • Microfiber and thermal shirts. • Sunglasses. • Backpack 60 liters to transport your personal items. • 15-20 liter backpack for walking. • Waterproof jacket. • Waterproof pants. • Waterproof clothing. • Water bottle (1 Lt.). • Headlamp (with spare batteries). • Personal first aid kit. • Personal hygiene accessories. • Camera. • Towel. • Flips flops.

About the guide

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E-S Latam Adventure Guides



Mountain Guide

Tomás and his team of IFMGA/UIMLA-certified mountain guides, leaders and rock climbing instructors (Alvaro, Juliana, Merlin, Rodrigo, Armin, Alfredo, and Camila) are some of the top outdoor adventure professionals in Latin America.

Whether you wish to climb some of the most stunning mountains in the Andes or discover the vibrant peaks of Central America, among other amazing options, you will find yourself in good hands with this lively team of professional local guides that will not only show you the top spots in Latin America for outdoor adventures but also, bring you closer to the colorful local cultures of the places that you visit with them.

Tomás will be your main point of contact during the booking process and will help you with all the questions you have in order to make sure you receive the best possible guiding service.

Pick one of the E-S Latam Adventure Guides' programs and start planning an unforgettable experience in the beautiful mountains of Latin America!


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What people are saying about E-S Latam Adventure Guides



We wish we could have Simon as our guide on every trek we do. His mountaineering experience and extensive knowledge of the area was impressive and definitely enhanced the trek for us. On top of this, we got along great with Simon and appreciate his easy going personality and sense of humor. We will definitely request Simon as our guide for the next hike we do from El Chalten!



Thoroughly recommended. Daniel is an excellent guide and we had a great day out.



This was a fantastic mountaineering trip to Ecuador. The altitude was a bit of a challenge, but Ramiro did a great job with the acclimatization schedule leading up to the taller mountains. Overall, this was a challenging experience given the altitude of the climbs as well as the back-to-back climbing of four mountains. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone who wants to experience a fantastic country/culture as well as someone who wants to gain some nice experience mountaineering!



Fredy Tipan is like a superhero of the outdoor world. He knows absolutely everyone, has climbed and guided in the most epic of locations all around the world, knows the mountains like old friends, and really loves what he does and who he does it for. Our trip was completely messed up after an issue with our airline tickets. We weren't going to be able to leave until a week after our planned departure which jeopardized our entire trek with Fredy. We didn't expect him to take any sort of responsibility in replanning as it was our mistake that caused the airline issue but he absolutely did. Within days he rearranged the entire trek so that we would be able to summit all our desired peaks without cutting the days down and without changing the cost. He is a class act and an incredible guide and I'd say my husband and I both consider him a friend as well. We will definitely be booking another trip with Fredy Tipan and recommend him to anyone looking for the real deal in outdoor Guides. Thank you, Fredy!


Amazing short but exciting climb to a summit with outstanding views. Perfect acclimatization peak for the bigger Ecuadorian volcanoes, with a cozy hut and a nice approach walk. Fredy was fantastic, thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!

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