Laguna 69

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djkerley
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
The lake itself is beautiful though the trek up is hard if you are not used to the altitude. Takes about 3 hours up and 2 hours down.
What I would strongly recommend is not going with a tour. Instead commission a private taxi or collectivo.
We stayed in the town of Yungay (not Huaraz), you have to go through Yungay on your way to the start point. The town is cheap - much more so than Huaraz - and from the town you can get a taxi or collectivo return for 30soles per person. The taxi will wait for you as long as you like, but as with us we arrived at the lake about an hour before the fastest group from the tours, we were heading down as they were beginning their final climb.
This way there is no time pressure, you get to take photos without anyone in the way and the start time is later (more sleep), but you still get there early.
Written April 8, 2016
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Jean Viana
Marica, RJ116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Trekking started at 10am and finished at 4pm. Altitude was from 3900m up to 4600m. I had lucky cause I had coca leaves and made friendship with two girls (south korean and canadian) who had medicine for "soroche", the altitude sickness. The trekking is hard you'll feel tired often, so it's important to be used to hike in high altitudes. Avoid running, no hurry. The lake is a spectacle: the turquoise colored water is absolutely fantastic! But the trekking is not recommended for people who has blood pressure problems.
Written July 15, 2016
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dking211
Erie, CO156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a great time hiking up to Lake 69. From the start point it took about two hours and twenty minutes to hike up and about an hour and forty minutes to hike down. Due to the season rain showers would pass by intermittently.
Written March 21, 2015
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Jcktvls
Colorado218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
First, I don't know who put it out on the web that this is an easy hike. It is not.
I'm familiar with elevation having lived in the mountains of over 10000 feet above sea level but this is quite a bit more. I've never had a problem with elevation and didn't really here except that it slowed me down. If you don't know how you react to elevation take at least 2 sleeps in Huaraz before doing ANYTHING.
That said, it is beautiful and SO worth it. The countryside is fantastic, the guides are all great, the lake is beautiful. Also the stop off on the way at Lago Llangustingo is beautiful if brief.

Things to note:
Take a light snack, and water. I also took a small coca cola bottle of wine to enjoy as a reward!
Removable layers, obviously. Light gloves and some type of jacket. Sunscreen.
Tip for your guide. I was the only American on with our group but outside of myself and the three other Europeans NO one tipped. It was very sad. This man worked hard, answered questions, let us each go at our own pace, and encouraged the boozy Israelis who had partied until 3am.
Ladies take a few bits of tissue and hand sani--- no facilities that we were made aware of, outside of lovely bushes.. no fear!

If you are an adventurer this will be FAR better than MP.
Written March 17, 2014
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Alberto C
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From Caraz is only 15km to Yungay by paved road (15 min.), then 31km along dirt road 1:50hr) to the place known as "Curva Pisco". The road passes through a string of quaint towns, with interesting farming scenes. From this the trail head, descend to the camp ground called Cebollapampa, at the East end of the Llanganucos lakes, now you will hike 7,5km, climbing +750m in about 3hrs. The return time takes at less 2:30hrs. Including English-speaking guide, on board a 4x4, you may pay as less as Soles 60 plus park fee of Soles 5. Take snacks and water with you. Best months to visit within May-October.
Written December 3, 2013
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Talyaa
Jerusalem, Israel731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
the 2.5-3 hours hike up towarsd this lagoon are well worth it, as this is one of the pretiest lagoons around! it is recommended even for those who go to other hikes in the area that are filled with lagoons (such as the huayhuash), not only because of its uniqe colour and beauty, but also because that as it is only a short hike, it is a great "practice" before going on a longer treck in the high mountains of huaraz area (you should see how you feel here, and according to that you can decide wether to take altitude pills in advance on longer trecks).
Written August 19, 2013
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carly f
London, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
We went with a tour set up through our hotel in Huaraz. (The cheapest price we found in Huaraz for the tour was S40 each from Mony Tours). We were picked up from our hotel at 6.20am and drove for about 3 hours to the start of the trek. We stopped at a restaurant on the way where there were toilets, hot drinks for S2-5 and sandwiches S3-5 available. The road was incredibly bumpy so not a pleasant drive... There's a S5 entrance fee to the national park.
We were dropped off at the start of the trail at 11am. It's easy to follow and there were a few other tour groups there too and other hikers. We were given until 3-3.30pm to get to the top and back. This is enough time - but if you're not a fast hiker you won't get that much time at the top or for breaks along the way.
I found the hike very tough. Even though the lake is only 4,600m I really felt the effects of the altitude, so we went up pretty slowly.
It was very sunny at the bottom (sun hats, sun glasses and sun cream) but really cold at the top by the lake (I put on my coat, fleece, hat and gloves). The lake was incredibly beautiful and we had lunch up there before decending. There are excellent views on the route and lots of (friendly) cows. Our trip didn't provide lunch.
We got back to our minibus at 3pm. A couple of others in our group got back down just before 4pm as they struggled a bit.
We then had the 2 hour 45 minute drive back to Huaraz and were dropped off at our indiviual hotels which was nice. We arrived back just before 7pm.
I would definitely recommend it.
Written July 25, 2013
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Clive Sturdy
Fromes Hill, Ledbury42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
The trip to Laguna 69 in Huascaran National Park is a definite must when staying in or around the Cordillera Blanca Region, but be aware that it can be extremely tough for those not acquainted with the altitude. I organised the tour with the owner of Ezama Lodging House (Emilio) where we were staying in Huaraz. It cost us 40 soles per person and we were picked up promptly at 6 am in the morning by a comfortable bus with seat belts and a guide. The drive to the start of the trek takes around 3 hours and we stopped of at a restaurant for 30 minutes en route to buy bottles of water and purchase breakfast. From there we continued climbing by bus to an initial altitude of 3900 m and had to pay a 10 soles per person park entrance fee. After entering the national park we initially stopped off at a beautiful lake called Laguna Llanganuco for around 10 minutes to take some photos before heading with the bus to the start of the trail. From the start of the trek to reaching Laguna 69 should take approximately 3 hours at a relaxed pace. It's worth taking note that you should carry with you rainproofs and warm clothing as the weather was particularly varied with sunshine and rain throughout the day (December 2015). On reaching Laguna 69 at 4600m altitude, you have approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to admire the scenery (depending on how fast you walked to the top) and it's again worth taking some snacks to enjoy before the descent. My partner and I had arrived in Huaraz (3100m above sea level) two nights before we went on the trip, but both of us felt the effects of the altitude and particularly on the last ascent to the lake our pace slowed right down as we struggled with the thin air. The lake itself is absolutely beautiful. The colour is incredible and the mountains surrounding the lake are equally stunning. The descent takes approximately 2 hours and the return journey along the same route is equally spell binding with plenty of opportunities to take lots of photos of the surrounding scenery particularly if the weather has cleared up a little. Overall this was an amazing 1 day trek that I would thoroughly recommend, but if you are susceptible to altitude sickness make sure you allow sufficient time to acclimatise before embarking on this journey.
Written December 30, 2015
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Barry F
Asheville, NC37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
The entire hike is spectacular, at first gradually ascending a valley with spectacular waterfalls, then climing a high headwall to an upper valley before the final ascent to the lake. The hike starts at around 13,000 feet and end at around 15,000, so you need to be in shape. I am 66 years old and like to hike, so I had no problem, although I was slow as we got higher. We saw a few people who did not make it all the way up, but most people had no problem. This is a very popular hike in the area, and it takes aout 3 hours to drive there from Huaraz. We had a private guide, which you don't need, but if you take the 5 AM bus from Huaraz, you have to wait until everyone gets down before the bus leaves to go back.
Written September 18, 2015
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Eric-Adventures-Peru
Cusco4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
Time: Full Day
Grade: Medium – Hard
Altitude Max: 4550m / 14,928ft

The Lake 69, located at 4600m/15,092ft.lies just at the flank of The Pisco and Chacraraju Mountain. This is one of the most beautiful aqua colored glacial lakes in the Northern of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. Considered by most hikers as one of the most impressive scenic day hikes in the entire Cordillera Blanca. It is truly a very unique and special place. On clear days you can look straight through its deep blue color waters, there is an incredible waterfall dropping right into the far end of the lake that makes amazing scenery to enjoy. This hike rated as medium to hard , because of the altitude and challenging hiking effort at the last section just before to reach the lake, combines and scenic mountain view of the main peaks in the Cordillera Blanca, beautiful colored lakes, reach vegetation and magnificent water falls dropping down along the valley.
Written January 23, 2014
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