Our Favourite Day Trek in the Cordillera Blanca
One-day trek for £250pp
There's certainly a lot of competition for the title of "most beautiful lake in the Andes", but Lake Churup is genuinely felt by many to be a real contender. This clear glacial lagoon high in the countryside outside Huaraz is not only beautiful in itself but from the shores you also have stunning views of the surrounding mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.
Lake Churup itself lies just below the summit of Mount Churup at 4450m so it's a good, testing climb but an easy descent and because Churup is within such easy reach of Huaraz, it makes a perfect acclimatisation day-trek for anyone getting ready for longer treks in Santa Cruz or the Huayhuash mountains.
Day One – Day Trek to Lake Churup
We will pick you up at your hotel in Huaraz this morning and take you out towards the Cordillera Blanca. After about an hour's drive we will arrive in the village of Pitec (3,800m) which is our trailhead. It's a fairly steep ascent but all on well-established trails and there is nothing technical to worry about. About three hours later we will climb over the last ridge (4,450m) and gaze down at the beautiful clear glacial waters of Laguna Churup. Even better, we're just in time for lunch!
After lunch we can explore some of the side trails from the lake before we head back to Pitec where our transportation will be waiting to take us back to Huaraz, where we'll arrive in the late afternoon. (B)
Our standard price for this Lake Churup trek is £250 per person.
That price includes private transport between Huaraz and Churup, the services of a private guide and lunch on the trek.
This hike can fit into any of our holidays in Peru but you will need to be in Huaraz in the first place! This trek to Lake Churup also acts as a great acclimatisation trek for anyone thinking of a tougher trek such as the Santa Cruz cricuit or the Cordillera Huayhuash expedition.
You can fly to Huaraz every day from Lima, and there are also regular coaches from both Lima and Trujillo.