Laguna Churup
Laguna Churup
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grmpfhmbl
Salzburg, Austria22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
This is a great one day acclimatization hike. Don't book with an agency, you can do this on your own. Take a combi (best at 7am) from Huaraz up to Pitek, buy your ticket there - if you are planning to do the Santa Cruz Trek, buy the "full" ticket for S./65 because it's valid for one week, the ranger said even a month - and start hiking up the well maintained, clearly visible path.

Took us a little under two hours to get up there. There's a nice waterfall short before the end, a great place to sit down before you take the last part.

That last one is a little tricky, because you need to climb with your hands, but nothing complicated. Stay on the left side of the waterfall, that way is easier. You should bring good hiking shoes and something for a picknick at the laguna. Then start your way down, whenever you feel like. Normally you should find a Combi for your way back at the top. If in doubt, ask the driver that brought you up, if there will be one.

Be sure to start early, because clouds will come around noon and it's more fun to enjoy the laguna in the sun, than with a cloudy sky. Time is not the problem.
Written August 9, 2012
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Bo Z
New York City, NY56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
I’m someone who’s afraid of heights and wanted to write this post for those going to Laguna Churup for the first time. This hike I would consider challenging not only because of the high elevation but also is a bit more technical than what the local guides and some other posts suggests.
The entire hike is a long ascent until you reach the lake with some steep sections at towards the top. You will see at the site map there is a loop to the hike. Before you get to the “loop” itself, there is a small “via ferrata” section with metal rope encased in rubber tube. If you have read the other posts, you may think that this is the one that other hikers where talking about. You are wrong, this small section of fixed rope is the easy one and everyone is required to go through this. There were sufficient flat areas on the rock to step on and once you get on top it feels great because you may think the lake is near, it’s not! Eventually you keep hiking up and come across a sign with 2 direction boards ( Lag. Churup, A Pitec). At this junction, there are 2 paths going forward, you may be temped to take the lower path to the right, if you choose this path, you will have to navigate the next “via ferrata” more technical fixed rope section which,in my opinion, is dangerous for people who are afraid of heights and/or have no experience with this type of hiking. I first took the path to the right because I though the rope part was already done. When I arrived in this section, the area was a little bit wet, the rock was slippery, as soon as I grabbed on and tried to navigate the sloped rock I slipped and could not go forward due to a fear of heights and the fact that if you lose your grip and slide off the rock, you will fall off the cliff and seriously injure yourself. At this point I decided to turn back and go to the junction with the sign and take the left path with is marked as “optional”. This path is essentially the left side of the loop, there were still steep sections towards the top but it is easier to navigate. I went up this optional route until the lake and came back down the same way.

The views from this hike are fantastic, definitely a worth while day trip.

Recommendations:
- Bring rain gear, it seems to always start raining around 12 noon at this time of year.
- Bring hiking sticks, local guides told me it’s not needed but I found it very helpful and saved me several times from slipping.
- Rocks get slippery in the rain, get down to the flatter sections before the heavier downpour.

(Prices as of Oct 2018)
Transport to Pitek (from Huaraz) - 10 soles via collectivo mini bus which was waiting slightly north of Ave Augustin Gamarra and Antonio Raymondi. We showed up around 7:15 AM and the driver waited until around 7:45 AM for more passengers. Look for posted signs on the bus marked Llupa and Pitek. (Do not be tempted to get off at Llupa to save few soles on bus fare, it’s not worth the extra effort to hike from Llupa. If you do, likely you will be last to get back down and miss the collectivo waiting to return to Huaraz in the afternoon.)

Transport back to Huaraz - 10 soles - the bus driver will tell you when he will wait until, ours told us he will wait until 2pm. (we arrived at 8:30 AM) You can see the collectivo buses waiting down in from far up the hike.

Entrance fee to the Lake- 30 soles ( try to bring small bills / exact change). There was a sign in sheet but the park ranger did not require any sign out when you are done with the hike, so it’s best to tell a friend before you do go. I doubt the park ranger was checking if any hikers were missing.

Bathrooms - at the beginning of the hike there is a bathroom but both times passing it by it was locked. I suppose maybe the park ranger has the key but no hikers bothered to ask. So assume no bathroom facilities for this site.
Written October 15, 2018
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Alter77
Sydney, Australia63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
This is a good one day hike that you can do without the need to spend ten times for it by booking through an agency. Just board a combi that leaves at 7am from the main street of huaraz about 7 blocks from the plaza just before the bridge that crosses the river. Get off at the very last stop where you will find park rangers that will make you pay for the entrance. From there it is about a 1.5 hours hike uphill to the lagoon. The last bit climbs quite a steep hill and the path divides up to rejoin at the lagoon. Both sides are steep and slippery but I recommend to take the left side path as it has ropes to help you climb. Once you pass this you arrive at the lagoon and are rewarded with amazing views both of the lagoon as the snowcapped mountains behind it. The colours of the lagoon are just unbelievable ranging from various shades of blue to green, yellow and white. The water is crystal clear. Take your lunch with you as there is nothing to buy anywhere on, before and at the end of the path. Make sure you ask the combo driver at what time the combi leave to go back to Huaraz, otherwise you will have to walk a good 2 hours to get to the first village where you can take a taxi or the occasional combi.
Written July 12, 2012
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Signeschi
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
We did Laguna 69 the day before going to Churup. We were so amazed by the beautiful hike and nature, that we didn't feel like wasting or relaxing a whole day before exploring more of Cordillera Blanca.
We woke up at 6am and met up with 2 friends before catching the Combi to Pitec. We were packed into the Combi with a lot of locals who were on their way to work in the mountains. This is just a part of the culture and the adventure to Churup. So enjoy it, smile and observe the beauty of their culture.
We paid 10 soles per person for the Combi.

At the entrance to Churup a guy will collect 10 soles per person to enter the national park.

We went by ourselves no guide needed.
But there are no signs pointing you in the right direction, only 1 pointing to a camping area, so you might have to take some detours, or look at footprints.

A women in front of us had a private guide, who were really friendly and at times he pointed us in the right direction.

The first part of the hike is a little similar to the last part of Laguna 69.
It's pretty steep, and you walk on very loose small rocks. It's challenging but the view is amazing.
If you are not used to the altitude, I would suggest to be acclimatized before doing any of the hikes, because it can result in a very unpleasant hike otherwise.
After the first part you follow a treck marked with a fence, pretty flat, for a while.
Now the fun begins and you have to climb small waterfalls, big slippery rocks and mountain sides.
Some of the places have big rubber wires that you use as support. It's a little scary but if you like climbing you will be challenged and have a lot of fun and adrenaline pumping throug your blood.
When you arrive to the top (it took us 2 hours), happy and satisfied, you must take a little climb to the right, to get the best view of the lake.
Going down again was a blast and really fun.
To be honest I feared the climb down but it's easier than it looks!
Be focused on the last part, because the rocks are very loose and you can slip so easily. It took us an hour to get down again.
We walked from Pitec to Llupa, 1 hour, where we waited for the Combi to pick us up.
In Llupa we were told that no more Combi's were coming, but don't be fooled - some of them just want to hook you up with taxies or friends.
We could see big clouds over the mountains and wanted to get going soon, but no one can tell when the Combi will arrive.
We were able to hitchhike from Llupa to Huaraz. So no cost on the way down.

It's a challenging but enjoyable hike. Bring a lot of water and food to enjoy at the top.
I hope you'll enjiy the hike alone or with friends as much as I did!
Written April 5, 2015
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DGGmo
London, UK394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
This is a great hike you can do without needing a guide, and in fact you will find very few agencies in Huaraz offering it purely because it is so easy to do on your own. Take the colectivo from the North side of Agustin Gamarra and Antonio Raymondi (marked on Maps Me) to Pitac, which costs 10 or 15 soles each way and takes about 90 minutes.
At the park entrance you pay the entry fee to the man stood by the sign. It took us 3 hours to reach the lake and just under 90 minutes back down - because it started to thunder and lightning above us, and it's funny what a little fear can do for you.
The path is a pretty standard dirt/gravel track, though there are a couple of parts where you need to climb up some rocks with the rope provided. Be ready to slide back down these parts on your derriere, especially if it's raining.
But it's a fun hike and the views at the top are fantastic. You can continue further up into the mountains to Little Churup but if you want to do this I would advise talijg the colectivo at 7am. Maps me has the paths to both Laguna Churup and Little Churup clearly marked, though I think it would be hard to get lost.
I was planning on doing this solo but met people in the colectivo on the way there. But you can absolutely do this hike alone.
We left in the colectivo at 9am and the driver waited for us and some other hikers until 3pm for the drive back. Great day out! Come prepared with something waterproof, sunscreen, layers, water, snacks and paper for the "natural toilet".
Written December 29, 2017
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Erin
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Laguna Churup is a great day hike for people hoping to acclimatize or who want to do an easier hike. It will take 1.5 - 2 hours to reach the top and does involve a bit of uphill, but nothing too difficult.

The hike is part of the National Park so be ready to pay 10 soles for the day or 65 soles for 21 days. I have noticed that often times there is no one working on Sundays.

From the moment you start this hike until the end, the path is marked to an extreme level, meaning you can feel more than comfortable to do this hike on your own and/or without a guide.

If you are wanting to experience a little Quechua culture on the way up, there is a collectivo that will take you all of the way to the trailhead. It should cost you 7 soles each way, don´t let them charge you more! To catch this collectivo you need to go to the Repsol (gas station) on Gamarra con Jr. Caraz.

If you can´t find it, tell a taxi cab driver you want to take the collectivo that will take you above Llupa, to Pitec or the trail head of Churup. They should understand. At the gas station there will be a few different collectivos waiting, just ask each one until you find the one for Churup. The best time to catch this ride is at 7am, they will wait until the car is full to leave, usually it takes about 15 or 20 minutes. I suggest you arrive around 6:50 to ensure a comfortable seat up. The driver is willing to come back and collect you, I usually say around 3pm to allow time to relax at the laguna.

A personal suggestion - spend the extra 30 - 45 minutes and continue hiking past the first Laguna onto the second, Laguna Churupito. It is beautiful and will likely have no other hikers there. It gives an amazing overview of the main Laguna, plus the beauty if the smaller laguna, AND you are relaxing at the base of Nevada Churup.
Written November 1, 2016
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F Buxton
Houston, TX37 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
Yes, this place is beautiful but let’s face it. If you are not a professional mountain climber. DON'T do it. It's not worth it. Better to go to Lake 69. I almost died! I ALMOST DIED! I saw my life in front of my eyes and I imagined my children as orphans. I have done canyoneering before so I’m not obsolete doing this kind of exercise. But this thing is just not setup right. You depend on a cable that is not even in right conditions to hold your weight. The cable is full of needles that will make you bleed. And you will depend on it not to die. if there was an other better way to get there like some stairs or even some steel bars I would give it a 5.
Written October 20, 2013
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Lauren Q
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I took a collectivo for 10 soles to the trail marker from Huaraz. The man at the hostel ensured me that I could do this hike by myself WITHOUT a guide and told me there aren't guides that do this hike (there are I met some on the trail). The collectivo arrived at 10 am and the driver said the hike takes about 1.5-2 hours there and 1-1.5 down he also said he would leave at 4 pm. Plenty of time I thought....hahaha....

I am a 19-year-old female in good shape and this hike could have killed me!!!

It took me 4 hours to reach the top rather than the 1.5-2 I was expecting!! The hike is very well marked except during the most difficult section (when you really need some direction). The last part involves scaling up a waterfall using ropes on slippery rocks.

When I first approached the waterfall and saw the tiny silhouettes of people at the top, I thought they were crazy for going off the trail until I realized it was the trail.

I eventually made it to the top with the help of some local kids but by the time I got to top I knew I had to leave fairly quickly to make the collectivo back.

Getting down the waterfall is harder than going up!!!!!! Thank GOD I ran into 2 women (angels) as I was going down who showed me an easier (but longer) alternative than scaling down a waterfall and offered to drive me home. The mountains that I thought I was going to die in a few hours prior looked beautiful at sunset!!!! We arrived at the taxi in total darkness.

I was very misinformed about what this hike would take (duration, emotional strength, stamina etc.) but everyone I spoke to after was shocked that someone told me it would be fine to go alone so I think this misinformation is not widespread.
Written July 23, 2018
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traveleramericalatin
cusco39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
The Lake Churup is a really good walk to do when you arrived in Huaraz to acclimate yourself for next trek.

How to go : Take a combo (Peruvian Bus) from Gamarra is near to the center you can walk and wait for you Combi, you will paid 5 soles to reach the city of Llupa if you paid 10 soles you will reach the city of Pitec and win 1 hour of walk.

You can begging your day between 7 to 8 am most buses pass at this time. When you begin your walk you will arrived at Pitec and paid for the entrance park fee 10 soles for the day or 65 soles for 22 days (I recommended to take the 65 soles directly).

After you will walk for a short distance but the ascend is steep, after you will have 3 options to reach the lake.

The first one is the track begin before to join the waterfall is an ascend way but you didn't lost any time and you can arrive with beautiful view of the lake.

The second one is on the right of the waterfall, no difficult access but you will need to put your hand to climb, is an easy climbing.

The third one on the left of the waterfall before this way what the normal access but that was before he take away the cable. Now is a hard way to go you need to climb and I didn't recommend at people are alone or at people are scared of height.

when you arrived you have a really good view of Churup Lake 4450m and you can have a rest before to go done.

For the return take the same way and go done until the village of Llupa and wait for you Bus (5 soles).

Time : depends of the person but I will said between 4hours to 6 hours
Written October 1, 2014
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Esphe
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
This was my favourite hike in Huaraz! It’s easy accessable, not too hard, it doesn’t take you that long (1.5 - 2 hours to the top with easy tempo) and amazingly beautiful! And I preferred that over laguna 69 because it’s less touristic and more stunning!
Written August 16, 2018
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