Day Hike to Churup Lake
Time: Full Day
Grade: Medium – Hard
Altitude Max: 4450m/14,600ft
Hiking up to Laguna Churup is challenging yet a fantastic hike affording excellent panoramic views. Laguna Churup is 28 km/17 miles east of Huaraz by car to Pitec. The road to Pitec is gravel and during the initial part of your drive, you will pass by small villages with traditional mud homes. The local Quechua women often move livestock between villages using the main road. It is about 1.5 hour drive up to Pitec. Some sections of the trail up to Churup lake are extremely steep and you may need to stop often for rest breaks.
About 40 minutes before Lake Churup you will reach a long steep waterfall. Upon reaching the top of the waterfall it is about a 15 minute hike to Lake Churup which sits at 4450m/14,600ft. At the base of Churup Mountain there is a beautiful small glacier and aqua colored lake and if the weather is good, the rocks above its shores are a good place to sit down and enjoy the rugged scenery and enjoy some lunch. Allow two hours for your return hike to Pitec where our private transport will take us back to Huaraz.
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