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Laguna Churup without a guide?

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Laguna Churup without a guide?


I am getting quite conflicting information as to whether the day hike to Laguna Churup can be done without a guide. Some people insist that any hike in Huascaran national park is not possible without a guide (unless you hold some alpine club card), and some people say that it is possible. I am not sure whether this is simply a matter of outdated information.

Can someone who has been there recently comment about this?

Thank you very much

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1. Re: Laguna Churup without a guide?

I recommend you use a tour agency.

The climb is to an altitude of 4450 meters and its located 20 kms from Huaraz city and could be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.

Maybe use someone like : enriqueexpeditiontours.com/english_2010.htm

The hike takes at least 9 hours

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2. Re: Laguna Churup without a guide?

I agree with Xochitl, I used peruvian andes adventures(www.peruvianandes.com ) for my day trek to Laguna Churup.


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3. Re: Laguna Churup without a guide?

Thanks for the replies! I will try to go with a guide. I'll arrive in Huaraz just one day before I need to do the hike (from the south, so I will be acclimatized) so hopefully it can be organized so quickly.

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I did it without a guide and had no problems. On the day I went there were also about 6 other people doing it without guides. You take a combi from Huaraz and then one back from the end of the lake trail. (I can't remember the street name in Huaraz where you take the combi from, but if you ask your hostel I'm sure they'll be able to tell you where the combis leave from It's one street with lots of combis lined up with their destinations written on a sign in their windscreens).

The path to the lake is clearly signed and it's an obvious trail, really straight forward. There is also a a park official at the beginning of the trail that can give you more info, plus you have to write down your name so they know you are going on the trail.

For more info on how I got there and did it check out this blog.......


Hope that helps!

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5. Re: Laguna Churup without a guide?

I climbed this without a guide. We got a combi driver to drive us up to the bottom of the mountainy bit though, and I did have a friend who is quite into climbing there to give me a few leg ups.

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