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Day hike lake QUESHQUECOCHA - Cordillera Blanca
Quesquecocha name means “lake of the puya”. This excursion takes us to the secluded Queshque and Trancaruri valleys, which are located in the southern section of the Huascaran National Park, about 10 km east of Catac.
Superb mountain vistas of the Cordillera Blanca’s jagged summits, including those of Mount Cashan (5716m), Shaqsha (5703m), Huantsan (6395m) and Uruashraju (5722m), can be enjoyed on the drive up, and occasionally herds of vicuñas can be spotted grazing on the vast expanses of ichu grass in the valleys of this part of the range.
Once we near our destination, extraordinary vegetation appears: the Puya Raimondi - a rare plant that can reach up to 12 m in height and that is only found in a few isolated valleys of the Andes – covers the steep rocky slopes surrounding us.
Hiking in the Andes is transcendent and eternal, infectious and convincing that you chose a true “national geographic” adventure experience.
Easy. Up to 3 hours physical activity. Some exposure to heights
The guide will meet you the day before departure in Huaraz to do a full gear check and finalize last minute details.
17:00 aprox. in Huaraz
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Queshquecocha valley - Cordillera Blanca Day 1: Huaraz - Catac - Quesque valley - Puyas Raumondi - Huaraz
4 hrs (by car) 3-4 hours (hiking)
Our staff comes to pick up you and after we leave at 8:00am and travel towards the village of Catac. We drive through the southern section of the Callejon de Huaylas Huaylas Valley and pass through Recuay, one of the few villages in the region that retains some of its traditional architecture after the earthquake of 1970. Once we arrive in Catac, we follow a dirt road that leads up to the Huascaran National park. After an hour of driving we reach the trailhead situated in close proximity to the beautiful Lake Queshquecocha.
Our hike starts near Lake Queshquecocha, a magical place where birds of all sorts - eagles, falcons, mountain caracaras and hummingbirds - can be observed in large numbers and at close range. We can also see the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Mount Pongos (5680m) and Mururaju (5688m) rising high above the turquoise waters of the lake. After a short walk, another lagoon comes into view – Lake Jarapococha - bordered by the region’s largest forest of Puya Raimondi, a truly terrific sight, especially with the several species of hummingbirds that come and feed on the nectar of the plants’ thousands of flowers.
This relatively easy hike gives Guides the rare opportunity to visit some of the Cordillera Blanca’s most untouched and seldom visited valleys.
We have lunch in this idyllic and peaceful spot before making our way back to the starting point, where our vehicle is waiting. At around 3 pm we drive back to Huaraz. We arrive in town at around 5 pm.
- Transport from to your Hotel - and back
- Trekking guide, english speaking.
- Box lunch (energetic cereal, fruits, chocolate, energetic sandwichs, juice)
- All entrance fees
- Basic first aid kit
We can also recommend which hikes might be suitable for your level of fitness and recommend a series of day hikes to help you acclimatise for trekking or climbing.
Prices: full private service
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The prices could vary according to the dates of travel, eg Easter holidays or Independence Day of Peru.
Prices: Group departure
US $ 60
* Departure confirmed minimum 2 people
Map of the tour
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