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

Join one of the certified guides at Andean Raju Expeditions for a unique 5-day Lake 69 and Santa Cruz Trek adventure in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru starting from Huaraz.

Private and Group


5 Days

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, 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

Other gear: 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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Andean Raju



Tour Operator

We are a team of young IFMGA and UIMLA-certified mountain guides and leaders, with extensive experience. We offer hiking and mountain expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Perú, our main adventure destinations. We also offer ascent expeditions to the most emblematic mountains of Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia.

In Andean Raju Expeditions we are proud of our work. Our priority is always the satisfaction and safety of our customers, always taking care of the conservation and protection of the environment. Our mission goes beyond adventure, we offer our clients a personalized experience and our friendship, sharing our culture, knowledge and love for nature and mountains to ensure every visitor an unforgettable experience.





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What people are saying about Andean Raju



Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.



The guide did the absolute minimum he could possibly do. The food provided was definitely not enough for what we were doing. This was already a fast itinerary and he cut it short by two more days. It made it extremely dangerous for us as clients. 2 of the 5 of us had to get flown off the mountain by helicopter due to edema because we didn’t acclimate properly. The guide then lied on social media and claimed 100% success to the summit. He really is a snake. He only cared about cutting everything and doing it as cheap as possible, most likely just to make a few more bucks. If this was a service offered in the U.S., there would’ve been a lawsuit. He should never guide this trip ever again for the pure safety of the clients.



Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.

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